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October 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Ping Institute Teacher Workshop | Unelected Leaders: America’s First Ladies, Nov. 18

Unelected Leaders: America’s First Ladies, with photos of five former first ladies, including Nancy Reagan and Hilary Clinton


The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities presents a free one-day workshop for secondary teachers on “Unelected Leaders: America’s First Ladies” with Dr. Katherine Jellison on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Ohio University.

Jellison will present an overview of the role of U.S. first ladies from 1789 to the present. She will discuss the four major categories of first lady—the celebrity, the controversial first lady, the reluctant first lady, and the political partner—and will focus particular attention on a woman who embodied all four categories: Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jellison is Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, where she teaches courses on U.S. women’s and gender history. Her publications include Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 and It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005, both of which include “guest appearances” by a few first ladies. She frequently appears in print and on television and radio as a commentator on first ladies and their role in U.S. politics and history.

The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 3.  To register, please email your name, home address, email address and school affiliation to Contact Bryan Baur at 740-597-2100 or by email at with any questions.


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