March 3, 1997
22nd Grant Memorial Lecture: "Women
and the Law"
Noted historian Joan Hoff delivered the 22nd Charles
S. Grant Memorial Lecture, entitled "Women and the Law,"
to a Middlebury College audience recently, at the Center for the
Joan Hoff earned her Ph.D. at the University of California,
Berkeley, and is a specialist in 20th Century American foreign
policy, politics, and the legal status of women. Her early writings
include American Business and Foreign Policy, 1920-1933
(1971), which received the Bernath prize; Ideology and Economics:
United States Relations with the Soviet Union, 1918-1933 (1974);
and a biography, Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive
Professor Hoff has taught courses and written extensively
in the field of women's history. Two of her articles won the 1977
Berkshire Prize and the 1980 Vivian Paladin Award. She received
an NEH research grant to study the impact of the American Revolution
on the legal status of women, and continued this project at the
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard Law School, and at the Brookings
Institution. She has co-edited essays on Eleanor Roosevelt, the
ERA, and on the legal history of U.S. Women, and she authored
Nixon Reconsidered which appeared in 1994.
From 1987 to 1996, Professor Hoff co-founded and
co-edited the international Journal of Women's History.
Most recently, she served as president of the Center for the
Study of the Presidency. During the past year, her interviews
and lectures on presidents and presidential politics have included
frequent appearances on CNN and Fox Cable News.
Charles S. Grant had been a member of the Middlebury
history department for several years prior to his untimely death
in 1961. A gifted, much loved teacher and esteemed scholar, Professor
Grant won wide acclaim for his book, Democracy in the Connecticut
Frontier Town of Kent, which was published in 1961, not long
before his death. Shortly thereafter, several of his colleagues
and friends in the Middlebury community formed a committee and
created a fund to establish an annual lectureship in American
history as a fitting and enduring tribute to him.