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April 7, 2009

Lerner reads autobiographical essays for 'Live from Prairie Lights' April 20

Gerda Lerner will read from her latest, "Living with History," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site, and then available through the Writing University archive.

Lerner, who was born in Austria, has been a leader in establishing Women's History as a mainstream academic field. Six of the twelve essays are new, written especially for this volume; the others have previously appeared in small journals or were originally presented as talks and have been revised for this book. Several essays discuss feminist teaching and the problems of interpretation of autobiography and memoir for the reader and the historian.

Lerner is author or editor of 12 books in Women's History, a founding member of the National Organization for Women, a former president of the Organization of American Historians, and one of the creators of Women's History Month. She is Robinson-Edwards Professor Emerita of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and visiting professor of history at Duke University.

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