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Skocpol will deliver 1998 Wesson Lectures

Theda Skocpol, professor of government and of sociology at Harvard University, will deliver the 1998 Wesson Lectures in Problems of Democracy on March 11 and 12. The lectures are sponsored by Stanford's Ethics in Society Program.

Her March 11 lecture is titled "The Ironic Construction of Civic America." Her second lecture, "Democracy Unraveled: America in the Late 20th Century," will be delivered March 12. Both lectures will be held at 8 p.m. in Building 240, room 40.

Skocpol is co-chair of the Russell Sage Foundation's Working Group on States and Social Structures, co-editor of Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, Comparative and International Perspectives, and a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Review.

Skocpol is the author of numerous books, including Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States, and more than 50 articles. She has received the American Sociological Association Award for a Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the American Political Science Association and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa.

Skocpol has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She recently was awarded several grants to conduct research on large voluntary associations in U.S. history.


By Marisa Cigarroa

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