“To learn, to teach, to serve, to enjoy”: The Legacy of Julia Ward Howe

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Boston University/College of General Studies
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An extraordinary nineteenth-century American woman, Julia Ward Howe was a courageous abolitionist, suffragist, pacifist, poet, public speaker, and founder of many organizations whose purpose was the intellectual and political advancement of women.  To acknowledge and examine this notable woman’s increasingly complicated and fraught legacy a one-day symposium will be held at Boston University’s College of General Studies (CGS) on June 11, 2022, and includes a luncheon with a keynote address by Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer and historian, Megan Marshall.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, Boston University’s College of General Studies (CGS), and CGS’s Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning.

Please note that the event has been postponed from 2021 to 2022. We hope that by June 2022, all who wish to join us in considering Julia Ward Howe’s legacy will be able to meet in Boston for the day-long symposium, but we plan to enable both in-person and virtual participation.

For more information about the symposium and suggested paper and panel topics, please go to the following website: