Join author and historian Virginia Scharff for casual and informative discussion in the cozy fireside setting of the historic Inn. In addition to her research on women in the West, Virginia will discuss her most recent book, The Women Jefferson Loved, named a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” In this book, Virginia puts Jefferson’s free and slave families into the same story, and reveals how Jefferson’s love for women shaped his ideas, achievements, and legacies.
Virginia is Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. She has published numerous books including Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age (1991); Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the West (2003), two textbooks, Present Tense: The United States Since 1945 (1996); and Coming of Age: America in the Twentieth Century (1998); Home Lands: How Women Made the West (coauthored with Carolyn Brucken, 2010); and the edited volume, Seeing Nature Through Gender (2003).
Scharff served as co-curator of “Home Lands: How Women Made the West,” an exhibition sponsored by the Autry National Center. She is also the author of four mystery suspense novels, written under the name of Virginia Swift. She is at work on an exhibition and book about the Civil War and the West, and on a historical novel.
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