Stefani Engelstein, professor and chairperson of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University, will deliver the 25th annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies on Feb. 25.
The lecture, titled “The Opposite Sex: A History,” plans to highlight the unique and dynamic relationship between the two sexes through a historical lens and examine how to think about the relationship in modern society.
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is hosting Engelstein for this year’s lecture. The event was created by UNC classics professor Kenneth J. Reckford to honor his late wife who took graduate courses at the University for five years and had a profound interest in European topics.
The 25th annual Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture will occur February 25th in the University Room at Hyde Hall from 7 to 9 PM.
Sophia Ramos, the communications specialist for the IAH, said each year’s lecture is designed to appeal to the public and was created “to provide pleasure, instruction, an interdisciplinary approach and a sense of shared humanity.” Engelstein said she hopes to help achieve the IAH’s goal of bringing the humanities to a broader and more public stage with her lecture.
Engelstein is an accomplished professor and author, primarily specializing in 18th and 19th century German and British studies. She has done research that intertwines several academic disciplines including literature, science and philosophy.