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NMSU hosts author Dena Goodman as part of Women's History Month

With seven books to her credit, Dena Goodman, professor of history and women's studies at the University of Michigan, has researched the lives of women from wives and daughters of merchants, to countesses and queens.



Dena Goodman, professor of history and women's studies at University of Michigan will speak about "Freedom and Happiness: Rethinking Love and Marriage in Eighteenth-Century France" as part a series of lectures and events at New Mexico State University to celebrate Women's History Month.

New Mexico State University Departments of History and Women's Studies will host Goodman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Science Hall 107 as part of a series of events and lectures during Women's History Month.

"Freedom and Happiness: Rethinking Love and Marriage in Eighteenth-Century France" is the subject of Goodman's lecture. It looks at two marriages -- one arranged, the other based on love and the power dynamics that shift to freedom of marital choice.

"Goodman's work continues to be important and relevant today as a way of understanding how women arrived at this place in history," said organizer Mary Benanti, assistant professor for women's studies. "Understanding the past often helps us understand the present much better. One of the sad things about women's history is that we have ignored, overlooked or discounted it as less relevant. That means we only have half the picture of the past, so we continue to try to put the pieces together. Dena Goodman will help with that."

"We are honored that Dr. Goodman will be speaking at New Mexico State University as our biannual Ned Newman Memorial Lecturer," said Jeff Brown, head of the history department. "The Ned Newman lecture series honors our distinguished late colleague Dr. Ned Newman, who taught at NMSU for more than thirty years."

The presentation is free and open to the public. A parking permit for off-campus visitors may be obtained by visiting https://corridor.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/epermit.aspx.

For more information visit www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies/ or call 575-646-3448.