August 30, 2016
Natalie Zemon Davis, a groundbreaking historian and pioneer in feminist studies, will present Susquehanna University's 2016-17 Common Reading Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Davis is the former president of the American Historical Association, only the second woman ever to hold that post. In 2012, she received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama, and in 2010 she was given the Holberg International Memorial Prize, with a citation describing her as "one of the most creative historians writing today."
Susquehanna's annual common reading creates a shared intellectual point of engagement for first-year students who all read the same book and then discuss it in various ways during their first semester on campus. An excerpt from Davis' book, A Passion for History: Conversations with Denis Crouzet, appears in this year's Common Reading Anthology. It is based on the year's academic theme of Passion. Each year, Susquehanna's theme presents opportunities for university-wide dialogue around a central idea or question.
Davis has authored six books, co-authored one and co-edited two, with titles including Trickster Travels, Slaves on Screen, Women on the Margins, Fiction in the Archives and The Return of Martin Guerre, which grew out of her experience helping to write the screenplay for Daniel Vigne's award-winning film Le retour de Martin Guerre. Davis holds degrees from Smith College, Radcliffe College and the University of Michigan, and she has taught at Brown University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Toronto and Princeton University, where she was the Henry Charles Lea professor of history and director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.