Dr. Gail Houston, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of English Language and Literature has been selected to give the Inaugural Feminist Research Institute Distinguished Feminist Research Lecture at the FRI’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 6th. She will give the key note address for the event: “Critical Empathy, Recuperating Passionate Foremothers and the Recuperation of Emotion.”

Dr. Houston, who received her Ph.D. from UCLA specializing in Victorian Literature, has been involved with the FRI since its inception. She was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women in 2011, and also was named the Outstanding CASTL Teacher at UNM (one of only two awards given campus wide). Furthermore, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Victorian Studies Student Association at UNM.

Her presentation addresses, among other subjects, Mary Prince, whose autobiography, The History of Mary Prince (1831), was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom. The above image was taken by Houston is of Brackish Pond, Bermuda, Prince’s birthplace.

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Feminist Research Institute will be held in the Bobo Room in Hodgin Hall, where Houston’s lecture will take place from 5:00-6:30 pm. For more information, see the announcement.