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Dr. Marie Mullaney
Dr. Marie Mullaney will be the speaker at a Phi Kappa Phi Caldwell University Chapter lecture Oct. 12.

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 25, 2017  “Revolutionary Women: Girlfriends I’ve Made in 40 Years as a Historian” will be the topic of a Phi Kappa Phi lecture presented by Historian Dr. Marie Mullaney at Caldwell University, 7 p.m., Thursday Oct. 12.

Dr. Mullaney, professor of history at Caldwell and a specialist in the history of women, will discuss the research and publishing she has done on a wide number of achieving women in the past.

“Some were really radicals; others were pathbreakers,” said Dr. Mullaney. Some of the women she will discuss include Mabel Smith Douglass, the founder of the New Jersey College for Women; Katharine Ryan Gibbs, the founder of the well-known Katherine Gibbs secretarial schools;  French anarchist Louise Michel; Karl Marx’s daughter Eleanor; La Pasionaria of Spanish Civil War fame; and New Jersey communitarian Rebecca Buffum Spring.

In telling their stories, Dr. Mullaney will explain what it means to live a life as a professional academic and she will share stories of how her own teachers and her students have played a role in motivating her research. “Doing research has helped me become a better teacher and I want to share that advice with others, most especially students who are interested in pursuing research in any career field,” said Dr. Mullaney.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is being presented by the Caldwell University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. It will be held on campus in the Alumni Theater.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact or Dr. Francie Del Vecchio at 973-618-3416.

Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit