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Women’s studies scholar to speak at ACRL Sixth National Conference

Catherine R. Stimpson, the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, will speak on April 13, 1992, at the ACRL Sixth National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stimpson will address issues of concern to women in a “politically cor- rect” environment.

The journal New Criterion called one of her speeches a “breathtaking exhibition of po- litically correct attitudes.” Stimpson responds in the Point of View column in the May 29, 1991, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, “The mis- use of the term ‘politically cor- rect’ or P.C. is arhetorical virus that has been spreading through higher education and the media so rapidly that it is nearly comic self-parody.” Stimpson has been called “left,” “dominant,” “smug,” “intoler- ant,” and “trendy.” She writes, “I found an anonymous note in my departmental mailbox warning me, ‘Multieulturalism is a fad.”’

Stimpson is university professor, dean of the Graduate School, and vice provost for graduate education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey/New Brunswick. Now the editor of a book series for the University of Chicago Press, she served as the founding editor of Signs from 1974- 80. She was the first director ofthe Women’s Center of Barnard College and of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers.

The author of a novel, Class Notes (1979,1980), and editor of seven books, she has also published over 125 monographs, essays, stories, and reviews in such places as Transatlantic Review, Nation, New York Times Book Review, Critical Inquiry, and Boundary 2. A selection of essays, Where the Meanings Are, appeared in 1988. Her book on Gertrude Stein is under contract to the Univer- sity of Chicago Press.

Professor Stimpson has lec- tured at over 275 institutions and events in the United States and abroad. Her public ser- vice has included the chairpersonships of the New York State Council for the Humanities, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Ms. Maga- zine Board of Scholars. In 1990 she was the president of the Modem Language Asso- ciation. She is now the chair of the National Advisory Com- mittee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Noted scholar Catherine Stimpson will speak on issues of concern to women at the ACRL conference.

Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University, and Columbia University, she holds honorary degrees from Upsala College, Monmouth College, and Bates College. She has also won Fulbright and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships.

Preliminary program and registration materials for the Sixth National Conference in Salt Lake City will be available in November. The advance conference registration rate for ACRL members is $135 and $255 for non-members. Additional information is available from the ACRL office, (800) 545- 2433, ext. 2516.

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