Bhatia Lecture to Focus on Religion and Women’s Rights

PULLMAN, Wash. — “Religion and the Rise of Women’s Rights: The Case of
Modern France” is the topic of Washington State University’s V.N. Bhatia
Lecture planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Todd Hall, Room 130.

Steven C. Hause, professor of history and fellow in international studies at the
University of Missouri, maintains that religion is one of the most important
factors in understanding the evolution of the women’s rights movement in
France. He will suggest theological, ecclesiastical and historical explanations
for this interpretation.

Hause received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern
University and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from
Washington University, St. Louis. He is the first director of the UM-St. Louis
Pierre Laclede Honors Program and is widely published on the topic of religion
and feminism. He has recently traveled to Australia, Belgium and England to
give invited lectures.

Hause received the Best First Book Prize from Phi Alpha Theta International
Honor Society for “Women’s Suffrage and Social Politics in the French Third
Republic” and the Distinguished Book Prize from the Missouri Conference on
History for “Hubertine Auclert: The French Suffragette.” He is currently
working on a seven-volume work, “Western Civilization: A History of
European Society.”

He is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from
UM-St. Louis and has been recognized as the Pierre Laclede Honors Program
Teacher of the Year.

The annual address was established to recognize V.N. Bhatia, director emeritus
of the University Honors Program. The talk is sponsored by the Thomas S.
Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, WSU’s history and
political science departments, the college of liberal arts and the honors