Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky, 1939-

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Birth 1939

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Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Smith College, her master's in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and her Ph. D. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. She began her career at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1969 as a Deganaweda Fellow in American Studies. By 1971, she was a faculty member and co-founder of the Women's Studies College, one of the first women's studies programs. Professor Kennedy's professional work reflects her varied interests and accomplishments. Throughout the 1970s to the 1990s she has collaborated on various publication with Ellen DuBois, Gail Paradise Kelly, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Lillian Robinson, and Madeline Davis. She has long been regarded as a women's rights, and gay and lesbian rights activist. She served on many university-wide committees such as the President's Commission on the Recruitment and Promotion of Women and the Caucus on Women's Rights at SUNY. She was instrumental in the development of the "American Pluralism" undergraduate course and was honored for her teaching skills and for the development of many of the courses offered by the Women's Studies College, including Women in Contemporary Society, New Research on Women, Cross-Cultural Study of Women, and the Family as an Institution. In January 1998, she left the University to head the Women's Studies Program at The University of Arizona at Tucson.

From the description of Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy papers, 1961-1993, 1970-1993. (SUNY at Buffalo). WorldCat record id: 65193222


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