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Dr. Carolyn J. Lawes

Carolyn J. Lawes received her B.A. in History from the University of Santa Clara, and her M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of California at Davis. She is the author of Women and Reform in a New England Community, 1815-1860, as well as several articles, and is a specialist in 19th-century U.S. History, with a particular interest in women's history and religious history.

Dr. Lawes is currently an Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she teaches a variety of students, from first-year freshmen to advanced graduate students. She has also been the Director of the American Studies Minor Program and the History Department's Graduate Program. Dr. Lawes has been honored with several teaching awards, including the Robert L. Stern Award from the College of Arts and Letters for Excellence in Teaching and the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before coming to Old Dominion University in 1993, she taught at the University of Paris-VII (Jussieu) and Mount Ida College in Massachusetts.

When not reading, writing, or teaching history, she enjoys traveling, reading bad novels, and not mowing the lawn.

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Joy Hakim

Joy Hakim is serving as the "guest lecturer" for History Connects. The following biography is taken from Integrity Talent, Inc. at

A former teacher, editor, and the first woman editorial writer for Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, Joy Hakim is the author of the Michener Prize-winning ten volume series: A History of US. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the liveliest, most realistic, most well-received American history series ever written for children," A History of US has sold over four million copies nationwide. Responding to the problems of traditional history textbooks, Joy argues, "Kids shouldn't have to read anything that adults wouldn't want to read." She holds a bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and a master's degree from Goucher College. She has worked extensively with teachers and parents and has taught elementary school, high school, and special education. Joy Hakim has shared her contagious enthusiasm for history with a variety of people, from 15 year olds in inner-city schools to adults discovering the pleasures of America's collective past. Believing that history should be fun for people of all ages, Joy takes readers from 9 to 99 on breathtaking journeys and continues to promote the idea that "to find the story in a subject is to discover its essence." When she's not writing and researching at her home in Virginia, she spends her time in Colorado, sharing stories with her grandchildren.

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