Join Rho Kappa for Inaugural Common Hour with Author Catherine Kerrison
Posted 09/05/2018 11:41AM

Rho Kappa, the national Social Studies Honor Society, invites all members of the Merion Mercy community to join us for our inaugural Common Hour on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Merion Mercy's Dining Commons. 

Inspired by the tradition of many smaller liberal arts colleges, the Rho Kappa Common Hour will be an opportunity for all members of the Merion Mercy community to engage in a collective discussion of a contemporary social issue through the lens of academic scholarship. 

For our first event, we are delighted to have Professor Catherine Kerrison, Associate Professor of History and the Director of Gender and Women's Studies at Villanova University, speak on her widely acclaimed book, Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black in a Young America. Dr. Kerrison's talk will explore the different life paths of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters: Martha and Maria, his children by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, as well as Harriet, his child by his slave Sally Hemings. The talk challenges us to think about both the possibilities and the limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American Revolution. The story of their struggles to shape their own destinies prompts us to think about the ongoing movement towards human rights in our own day–and about the personal and political legacy of one of our most fascinating Founding Fathers. (Click here to read The New York Times review.) As valued stakeholders of the Merion Mercy community, we would be honored by your attendance. 

The presentation will begin promptly at 7 p.m. There will be a book signing immediately after the presentation; copies will be available for purchase.     

Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Social Studies Department Chair, Paul Clementi, at

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