British Professor Laura Harrison will spend the next year teaching and lecturing at Westminster College as a Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor.
She will deliver a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 5, in the Hermann Lounge on the topic “Dangerous Amusements: Leisure, Courtship and the Young Working Class in Britain 1880-1920.
A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture in the Glass Music Room.
While at Westminster, Harrison will teach courses in Modern World History and a course on Sex, Crime, and Defiance in Victorian Britain in the spring semester of 2016.
Harrison completed her Ph.D. from the University of Leeds earlier this year. Her research examined the young working class and their relationship with urban space in the late 19th and early 20th century with a particular focus on their leisure and courtship activities.
During her time at Leeds, she was involved with a variety of public engagement and collaborative activities, including the “Creating our Future Histories” program, funded by Britain’s Arts and Humanities Council; a Manchester youth center called the Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse; and the Leeds Creative Labs “Hepworth Edition,” working collaboratively with academics and creative technologists on a project to “Remix the Gallery.”
Before starting her doctoral program, Harrison spent a year living and teaching in Thailand.
She holds an M.A. in history and politics from the University of York and received her undergraduate education at the University of Glascow. She also spent a summer in Glascow working as a researcher on the Glascow Women’s Library “Find a Solution” Project.
Harrison is currently preparing a monograph based on her doctoral research.
The Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History award is given to a British historian who agrees to teach and conduct research specifically at Westminster College. The professor is assigned to the history department and required to teach one upper level 3-hour course on British history and one 3-hour survey course on British history in both the fall and spring semesters.
The candidate is also expected to establish a collaborative relationship and conduct personal research at the National Churchill Museum and neighboring presidential libraries as well as accepting speaking engagements and participating in academic conferences in the United States and Canada.