Carleton Connects: Professor Susannah Ottaway ’89, History

12 November 2013

While it seems most things are going from the physical to the virtual, Carleton’s Humanities Center has been doing just the opposite.  From its virtual inception in 2011 to this year’s establishment of a physical office in the Weitz Center for Creativity, the Humanities Center is on the ground building upon interdisciplinary spaces and institutions within the college to ensure that Carleton makes the best possible use of opportunities to connect between faculty, students, staff, and even the Northfield community.  

Join us as Professor of History and Director of the Humanities Center Susannah Ottaway ’89 presents the Humanity Center’s exciting work, including this fall’s Lucas lecture featuring renown author Salman Rushdie visit and accompanying events.

This program took place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

About the Speaker

Susannah Ottaway is a historian of Early Modern Europe who focuses on the history of aging, poverty, social welfare and the family. She grew up in the Hudson River Valley, and then came to the Midwest to get her BA at Carleton College before returning to the East Coast for her MA and PhD studies at Brown University.  She returned to Carleton as an assistant professor in 1998, and teaches courses on the French Enlightenment and Revolution, Irish history, Early Modern Britain, and the History of Poverty and Social Welfare, as well as survey courses on Early Modern Europe.

Her current research focuses on the history of institutions for the poor, and she is completing a book manuscript that is a narrative history of the workhouse in England in the long eighteenth century (c. 1660-1834).