Normal schools, women’s education topic of Women’s History Month keynote

March 13, 2013

Dr. Christine Ogren will give the keynote address for Women’s History Month titled “State Normal Schools and the Expansion of Women’s Education: Emporia and Beyond” on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Preston Family Room of the ESU Memorial Union.

The presentation will shed light on the culture of higher education at the time Emporia State University was founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal School. Ogren’s presentation includes information about Minnie Grinstead Johnson, a graduate of KSN who became the first woman elected to the Kansas Legislature in 1918 — before women nationally had the right to vote.

Ogren earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with an emphasis on the history of education at the University of Wisconsin. She is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Iowa, where she teaches history of education in two programs: Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Schools, Culture and Society. She serves as chair of the latter program. 

Ogren is author of “The American State Normal School: ‘An Instrument of Great Good,’” and her most recent publication is “The History and Historiography of Teacher Preparation in the United States: A Synthesis, Analysis, and Potential Contributions to Higher Education History,” in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

The presentation is free and open to all students and the Emporia community.

The event is sponsored by the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, the 150th Anniversary Committee and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

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