Susan Klepp, Ph.D., professor of Colonial American and American Women’s History at Temple University, will deliver the 18th Annual Emanuel Levine History Lecture, presented by the Rider University Department of History, on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Sweigart Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A two-time Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship recipient and a past president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Klepp will focus her talk on Before Margaret Sanger: Women, the Revolution, and Family Planning. The lecture is based on her most recent book, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820.

Klepp began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at Rider in 1975, accepting a full-time position there after the completion of her Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.  She was named a professor of History at Temple University in 2000. The editor of the Journal of the Early American Republic, Klepp’s research  focuses on colonial and Revolutionary America and the Atlantic World from 1680 to 1820, particularly the histories of race, gender, and social rank recovered through autobiographical writings and demographic, social, cultural, and medical history.

The Levine Lecture Series at Rider University began in 1991 in recognition of the late Dr. Emanuel Levine, a member of Rider’s Department of History for nearly 40 years who specialized in ancient history and archaeology. Over the years, the Levine Lecture Series has brought an impressive group of scholars to Rider, including historians who are leaders in their fields and are the recipients of prestigious prizes and awards for their scholarship including multiple Pulitzer Prize winners. The Rider History department is especially thankful to Levine’s wife, Harriet Levine, and his family for making this annual distinguished lecture series possible.