The Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence was established in 2009 in honor of Jolyon P. Girard, Ph.D., who taught history and political science at Cabrini for more than 30 years.
The Scholar-in-Residence enables the College to bring to campus historians or other appropriate scholars who have earned recognition for outstanding scholarship, and who share Girard’s passion for teaching. The program was made possible by contributions from more than 120 donors.
Martha Ackmann, Ph.D., an award-winning journalist, author and editor, served as the 2012 Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.
Her Oct. 10 address, “Toni Stone’s Challenge to Baseball and America,” focused on the first woman to play professional baseball on men’s teams.
Ackmann’s works profile women who have changed America, and include the books “Curveball,” recounting the life of Stone, and “The Mercury 13,” the story of 13 women pilots who secretly tested to become America’s first woman in space.
Ackmann has been featured on many television and radio programs, including the “Today” show, CNN, BBC, and Voice of America. Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications across the country.
A faculty member in the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., Ackmann teaches courses about female writers, including poet Emily Dickinson. A longtime scholar of the poet’s work and president of the Emily Dickinson International Society, Ackmann teaches a popular seminar every fall at the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Mass.
Ackmann earned a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood College, a master’s degree from Middlebury College, and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and is the former Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar in Non-Fiction at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
For more information about the Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, contact Jean Jacobson at 610-902-8231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.