Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection


February 28, 2019June 15, 2019

Location: Mary Duke Biddle Room, Sperling Family Exhibit Cases, Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery and The Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room

Women’s work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women—such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection is now part of Duke’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. This exhibition provides a first glimpse of the diversity and depth of the collection, revealing the lives of women both famous and forgotten and recognizing their accomplishments.

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Exhibit Opening Program: In Conversation with Lisa Unger Baskin
With Naomi L. Nelson, Associate University Librarian and Director, Rubenstein Library and introductory remarks by Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Exhibit preview at 5:00 p.m. 
Reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Commons, Rubenstein Library, Second Floor 
Program at 6:00 p.m. in the Gothic Reading Room, Rubenstein Library, Second Floor
More details and R.S.V.P.

Weekly Exhibition Tours
Fridays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.,  March 8 - June 14, 2019
Mary Duke Biddle Room, Stone Family Gallery & Trent History of Medicine Room
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Symposium on Women Across the Disciplines
Keynote by Dr. Johnnetta Cole
Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Gothic Reading Room, Rubenstein Library 

Panel Presentations
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library

Grolier Club Exhibit and Events (New York, NY)

This exhibit will travel to be on display at the Grolier Club in New York, NY, December 11, 2019 through February 8, 2020.

Exhibit Opening Program
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Symposium on Women in the Book Arts
Keynote by Dr. Nell Irvin Painter
January 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grolier Club, New York, NY