Researcher at WMC to discuss sex, religion in early Maryland

October 05, 1997

The fascination with sex goes way back, according to Mary Beth Norton, a researcher who will discuss "Sex, Religion and Society in Early Maryland" at 8 p.m. Tuesdayin McDaniel Lounge.

Western Maryland College's seventh annual Ridington Lecture, free to the public, will focus on a high-profile case from the 1600s in which a man was charged with adultery after divorcing his first wife.

The Catholic Church had not recognized the end of his first marriage and brought serious charges when he remarried.

A renowned educator and historian, Norton is studying gender and society in early America from 1670 to 1750.

The research is a follow-up to her 1996 book, "Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society," which tracks changes from the time of English settlement until 1670.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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