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 Arts.

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 (1975).

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.