Cornell University

To Encircle the World: Flemmie Kittrell and the International Politics of Home Economics

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Mann Library, Room 160, Stern Seminar Room
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

For her distinction of being the first woman of color to earn a Ph.D. in Home Economics, Cornell University alumna Flemmie P. Kittrell is often regarded as an exceptional figure in histories of the discipline and in higher education for minorities.

Dr. Kittrell completed her Ph.D. at Cornell in 1936 and went on to become the dean of women and head of the department of home economics at Hampton Institute. She left Hampton in 1944 to become head of the home economics department at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D. C., where she developed a broader curriculum for home economics that included child development and nutrition.

Please join us for a talk with Allison Horrocks, 2013 Dean's Fellowship recipient in the History of Home Economics in the College of Human Ecology.  In tracing Kittrell’s rise to prominence as an international nutrition expert, Horrocks provides a context for her story, connecting her to a diverse range of activists and academics working within the field. By looking closely at her work "at home" and abroad, she suggests new ways of thinking about the possibilities for women within the field of home economics.

This event is hosted by the College of Human Ecology and Mann Library. Light refreshments will be available.

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College of Human Ecology, Cornell University Library, Mann Library


che, women, history, home economics, Cornell University Library, Mann Library, CUL, human ecology, Kittrell, Horrocks, AWARE



Free and open to all

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Contact Name

Lynn Bertoia

Contact Phone

(607) 255-5406


Allison Horrocks

Speaker Affiliation

College of Human Ecology

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