OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Nancy A. Hewitt

NOTE: I won't be able to lecture during the month of February 2023 unless it is at a college or university in Florida.

Portrait of Nancy A. Hewitt

Born and raised in western New York, Nancy A. Hewitt served as one of the two historians hired to create the first exhibits and tours for the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1982. Hewitt then taught American history and women's history at the University of South Florida, Duke University, and Rutgers University, and spent a year as Pitt Professor of American History at Cambridge University. Her scholarship focuses on women's activism, broadly defined, and on the interplay of race, class, ethnicity, religion, and gender in the formation and mobilization of social movements. She has published and spoken widely on abolition, women's rights, religious liberty, Quakerism, labor organizing, suffrage, feminism, and civil rights, and on the relations among grassroots and regional movements and national social justice networks. A recipient of the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, Hewitt has also participated in numerous workshops on women's and gender history and on integrating race and gender into the classroom for middle school, high school, community college, and college teachers.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Amy Kirby Post (1802-1889) was an abolitionist, woman's rights and Indian rights advocate as well as a radical Quaker and spiritualist. From the 1830s on she lived in Rochester, New York, where she engaged in interracial social justice efforts alongside Frederick Douglass, William Nell, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, and other radical Quakers. Together they helped to transform the political and social landscapes in the 19th century United States.
Explores the ways that race shaped the women's rights and women's suffrage movement from the mid-19th to the late 20th century in all regions of the United States.
Wielding a model based on radio waves rather than oceanic waves, this talk suggests new possibilities for engaging diverse forms and moments of feminism to create new narratives of this diverse movement across two centuries.
Focuses on the ways that key women--white, black and Latina--served as regional catalysts for social change by forging connections among disparate groups, transmitting information, assisting individuals in crisis, and raising funds and awareness.