Since 1975, the Society of the Cincinnati has sponsored the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, which recognizes the scholarship of leading historians of the American Revolution. Some of the Clark Lecturers-most notably Edmund S. Morgan, whose The Genius of George Washington is a classic of Washington scholarship-have presented lectures that stand alone as important works of scholarship. Others, including David McCullough, have offered a very personal perspective on one of their major published works. Gordon S. Wood and others have distilled a generation of classroom teaching and scholarship into a synthesis illuminating the major significance of the American Revolution. Still others, including David Hackett Fischer, have offered a glimpse of the historian's craft by presenting a lecture based on their ongoing research.
Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, at Baruch College & the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author and editor of several books, including First Generations: Women in Colonial America; A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution; Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence; and, most recently, Civil War Wives: the Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant. Her new book, Wondrous Beauty: The Extraordinary Life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, will be on the bookshelves by March of 2014. Her current book project is a study of how we got the Bill of Rights.
Professor Berkin is a frequent contributor to television documentaries on early American and Revolutionary Era history and a frequent presenter for the Teaching American History Grant programs. She currently serves on the Board of the Academy of New York History, the Board of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Board of the Society of American Historians, and the Board of Biography International.