FSC dean gives keynote
at Napoleonic Society of America
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 22,
2002) - Susan P. Conner, Vice President for Academic Affairs of
Florida Southern College and Professor of History, delivered the
keynote address at the Sept. 27-29 annual meeting of the Napoleonic
Society of America in Philadelphia.
Conner, who is a specialist in women's history and gender studies,
spoke on "Courtesans, Citoyennes, and Cantinières." In the
talk, she highlighted women's roles during the period of the French
Revolution and Napoleonic era from 1789 through 1815.
"What is most interesting about this period in history," Conner
noted, "is that the late eighteenth century revolutionaries opened
the doors to many activities for women-including an expansion of
employment opportunities and property rights, contracts, guardianship
of minor children and even the name citizen as it applied to women.
Unfortunately for them, the period was short-lived as the revolution
came to a close and Napoleon turned away from women's rights." In
the course of the presentation, Conner described women's roles in
the military (as soldiers and in supply), as members of the later
Napoleonic court and as citizens in the new republic.
Members of the Napoleonic Society of America include professional
historians, descendants of Napoleonic families, and persons interested
in the period. The annual meeting included presentations on aspects
of the Napoleonic period, an antique fair, period music, the keynote
address, and awards.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.