NYU dean to speak at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 19, 2004 – Catharine R. Stimpson, dean of New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Science and a University Professor, will speak at Virginia Tech Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4:15 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Stimpson will speak on "Winds of Change, Stones of Tradition: Graduate Education Now." The event is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology, Learning Technologies division. A reception will follow the lecture.

Stimpson was director of the MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program from 1994 to 1997. She has also served as University Professor at Rutgers, where, from 1986 she was dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education from 1986 to 1992.

She is a former chair of the New York State Humanities Council and the National Council for Research on Women, and president of the Modern Language Association. Her many publications include the book Where the Meanings Are: Feminism and Cultural Spaces and the Library of America's Gertrude Stein: Writings 1903-1932.

Stimpson was the first director of the Women's Center of Barnard College and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers. The author of a novel, Class Notes, she is the editor of seven books and has published more than 150 monographs, essays, stories, and reviews in the Transatlantic Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Critical Inquiry, boundary 2, and many others. She was the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 1974 to 1980 for the University of Chicago Press.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.