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Letters and Science Distinguished Professor Lecture, Mary Murphy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:00pm
Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater

Mary Murphy, the College of Letters and Science's newest Distinguished Professor and a professor of history in the Department of History and Philosophy, will present the Distinguished Professor Lecture.

Murphy first came to Montana in 1980 to research the history of Butte for her doctoral thesis from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She's taught at MSU since 1990. In that time, she's won several awards for her teaching and scholarship, including the Wiley Award for meritorious research, and the Betty Coffey Award for contributions on behalf of women at MSU. She was the Michael P. Malone Professor of History from 2005-2010.

Murphy is known for her engaging history books focusing on gender in Montana. She has published 10 books and book chapters, including "Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942," which won the Montana Book Award in 2003. Her "Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41," received the 1998 Barbara Sudler Award from the Colorado Historical Society and was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1997.

She has served on the Humanities Montana and Montana Historical Society Boards. Humanities Montana named Murphy a Humanities Hero in 2012. Earlier this year she was honored with a Governor's Humanities Award.

Murphy is currently researching the historic role of food in the American West, as a way of tracing the history of women in the region. She is also collaborating on a Montana cookbook that will combine essays about food and cooking in Montana with recipes drawn from historical cookbooks.

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