Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 6, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
Historian Gordon Wood to give Patrick Henry Lecture on April 7

By Angela Paik Schaeffer
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood will give the fourth annual Patrick Henry Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in 210 Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. The title of Wood's lecture is "Monarchism and Republicanism in the Early United States."

Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, is the author of many works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970; The Radicalism of the American Revolution, which won the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993; and The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, which was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. In 2006, he published Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. His most recent book, The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, was published in 2008.

Wood is currently at work on a volume in the Oxford History of the United States concerning the period of the Early Republic from 1789 to 1815.

Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his doctorate from Harvard University. Wood taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969.

The lecture is funded by the Barksdale Dabney Nuttle Family Fund. Benefactor Margaret Henry Penick Nuttle, a great-great-great granddaughter of Patrick Henry, has been a steadfast friend of the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences for decades. Her philanthropy celebrates her famous ancestor's legacy and supports undergraduate scholarships, a postdoctoral fellowship in colonial studies and the annual Patrick Henry lecture. The widow of Philip E. Nuttle, a member of the Johns Hopkins class of 1929, Margaret Nuttle also helped establish the Class of 1929 Endowed Scholarship.


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