Sep. 26, 2012

Harding Lecture to feature award-winning biographer


Megan Marshall, an award-winning biographer and professor, will deliver this year's Walter Harding Lecture tomorrow, Sept. 27. Her address, "Biography as Intellectual History: Two Lives of the Mind," will focus on American educator Elizabeth Peabody, and journalist and women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller.

An assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College, the Graduate Student Association there named her Outstand Faculty Member in 2012. She also is the author of "The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism" (2005), which won the Society of American Historians' 2006 Francis Parkman Prize. In addition to her books, Marshall's reviews and essays have appeared in "The Atlantic;" "The New Republic;" "The New Yorker" and other publications. Her new book about Margaret Fuller will be published in 2013.

Geneseo launched the annual Harding lecture in 2004 in honor of the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Walter Harding, who was the world's leading scholar on 19th-century author Henry David Thoreau and founding secretary and former president of the Thoreau Society, the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the study of any American author.
Harding's wife, Marjorie Brook Harding, created an endowment to make the lecture series possible and significantly enlarged the endowment in 2010, assuring that generations of Geneseo students and faculty will benefit from Walter Harding's tradition of scholarship and learning.

  • Megan Marshall delivers the Walter Harding Lecture, "Biography as Intellectual History: Two Lives of the Mind," at 4 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.