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History professor Sara Egge to attend Gilded Age seminar at Stanford University


July 11, 2013 By Mariel Smith        
Centre College, Sara Egge Egge is one of 27 faculty members selected by CIC and the Gilder
Lehrman Institute from a pool of 55 nominees. The seminar, titled
"The Gilded Age," will be held at Stanford University in Stanford,
Calif., July 14–19.

Centre College, Gilded Age, Gilder-Lehrman seminar Egge's research focuses on women's suffrage in the Midwest
and Great Plains during the Gilded Age. "I am very much looking
forward to participating in the seminar because it will serve as a
forum thorough which to introduce my work and receive invaluable
feedback," she says.

Financial collapse, corrupt politicians and immigration reform sound like this year's political buzzwords, but they also characterize American society more than a century ago during a period known as the Gilded Age. More importantly, they will be some of the topics at this year's Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History special seminar — a prestigious gathering that Assistant Professor of History Sara Egge has been selected to attend.

"It was one of those moments when the stars align and my teaching interests along with my scholarly interests came together," she says.

Egge is one of 27 faculty members selected by CIC and the Gilder Lehrman Institute from a pool of 55 nominees. The seminar, titled "The Gilded Age," will be held at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., July 14–19.

Egge will benefit immensely from the opportunity to attend, especially since she is planning on teaching a course on the Gilded Age in the spring of 2014.

"One key thing I'm hoping to learn is how to approach this fascinating yet complicated era in American history," she says. "I know that many of the Gilded Age topics and issues will resonate with students today, and I want to be able to connect the material in significant ways."

The seminar is also an opportunity to grow the history program at Centre.

"I'm not sure when the last time was that anyone taught a course on the Gilded Age," Egge says. "This material promises to augment the dynamic work the history program is already undertaking."

Last but not least, the seminar complements and enhances Egge's own research, which focuses on woman suffrage movements in the Midwest and Great Plains during the Gilded Age. She studies ethnicity, immigration and gender as lenses for more deeply understanding the tumultuous social and political atmosphere of the Gilded Age.

"I am very much looking forward to participating in the seminar because it will serve as a forum through which to introduce my work and receive invaluable feedback," she says. "It will also give me the intellectual space that scholars crave — the space to explore ideas and insights surrounded by others with expertise similar to mine."

Ewing T. Boles Professor of History and Chair of the Social Studies Division Steve Beaudoin recognizes that this seminar is a special opportunity, both for Egge and the College.

"Sara's expertise on an oft-overlooked segment of American society during this period adds an important dimension to our understanding of such an important stage in our nation's history," he says. "Her participation in the seminar will put her in touch with scholars who will hopefully bring fresh perspectives to subjects that she's been studying and teaching for years.

"Her participation also raises Centre's stature," he adds, "signaling to a group of distinguished scholars the high caliber of work done by our faculty."

For more information on the seminar, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/AmericanHistory.






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