Author and Penn Professor Kathy Peiss to Preview New Book at HFU

Kathy PeissKathy Peiss, Author and Nichols Professor of American History at University of Pennsylvania, will preview her upcoming book, Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers and Spies Banded Together in World War II. The event, presented by the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series, is free and open to the public and will be held Nov. 14 at 7:00 pm at the Holy Family University ETC Auditorium.

Information Hunters, spurred by Peiss’ discovery of the hidden life of a family member, is a historical study of missions carried on by American librarians, archivists, intelligence agents and military personnel in the World War II era.

“Holy Family University and Glen Foerd have a proud tradition of bringing compelling speakers and topics to light,” said Mary Carroll Johansen, Professor of History, School of Arts & Sciences, Holy Family University. “We look forward to hosting Dr. Peiss and sharing her rich historical perspective with our students, faculty, staff and the greater community,”

Dr. Peiss’s research and teaching interests center on the 20th century United States and the making of modern culture.  Her work includes studies of the history of women, gender, and sexuality; beauty and style; mass consumption, leisure, and everyday life; and popular and print culture.  She is the author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (1986), Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture (1998), and Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style (2011).  Hope in a Jar was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named one of Amazon's 1999 top ten books in Women's Studies.