Ross Hall 618 renamed “Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder Seminar Room”

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On May 3, the History Department announced that Ross Hall 618 has been renamed the “Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder Seminar Room.” Schwieder, University Professor Emerita, taught in the History Department at Iowa State University from 1966 to 2000.  She was the first woman to be tenured in the department, and the only member of the department to be named a University Professor. She is a fellow of the Agricultural History Society and a founding member of the Rural Women’s Studies Association. Last fall, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women named her to the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the author of numerous articles and books. Her most recent book is Growing Up With the Town: Family and Community on the Great Plains. She is also known around the state as the “Dean of Iowa History.” She is a prolific author of state history, and as her 1996 nomination for University Professor says, she “singlehandedly rejuvenated serious study of Iowa both in the academic and public arenas.” Last year, DMACC began a series of lectures in Iowa history, named the Dorothy Schwieder Iowa Talks.