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04/23/92

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Princeton historian Natalie Davis to give lecture

STANFORD -- Historian Natalie Zemon Davis will give the 1992 Koshland Lecture for the Study of Jewish History and Culture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Tresidder Union, Oak West Lounge. Her topic will be "Storytelling and Spirituality: The Autobiography of a 17th-Century Jewish Merchant Woman."

The event, open to the public without charge, is sponsored by Stanford's Program in Jewish Studies. Afterward, there will be a reception.

Davis is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University, where she is also director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. She is past president of the American Historical Association, current president of the Society of French Historical Studies and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is considered a pioneer in interdisciplinary courses in history and anthropology, the study of gender, and in the history of the Jews in early modern Europe.

Among Davis' published work is The Return of Martin Guerre, which was the basis for a 1982 film for which she served as a consultant. She is also the author of Fiction in the Archives and Society and Culture in Early Modern France.

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