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Trans-formations: Writing and Understanding Transgender Lives
President Kathleen McCartney will introduce Amy Ellis Nutt, author of the recent New York Times bestseller, Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, about a transgender identical twin.
Nutt graduated from Smith in 1977 with a double-major in English and Philosophy. She has Masters degrees in Philosophy from M.I.T. and journalism from Columbia University. In 2011, when she was at the Newark, N.J. Star-Ledger, she won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her narrative investigation, The Wreck of the Lady Mary. Two years earlier she was a finalist for the Pulitzer in feature writing for a story which became her first book of non-fiction, “Shadows Bright as Glass.” She has since co-authored the New York Times bestseller The Teenage Brain with Smith alumna Frances Jensen ’78. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Smith Medal. Currently, she lives in Washington D.C. where she is a science writer for The Washington Post. Her beat is the brain.
|Spinsters and Bachelors: Researching Singles in 20th Century America
Postponed to Fall 2016
Social historian Patricia A. Palmieri has spent years combing through diaries, letters, magazines, sex questionnaires and lonely hearts club records to uncover how society has viewed never-married singles and how they have interpreted their own lives. She also presents their contributions to American culture. Palmieri's research extends from the Gilded Age to present times.
Palmieri is the author of In Adamless Eden: The Communityof Women Faculty at Wellesley College, 1875-1930 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.) She holds a doctorate from the Harvard University, and has taught courses on U.S. women's and family history, American Studies, and Gender Studies at many colleges and universities.