NEW ROCHELLE, NY, June 27, 2014 – Barbara Wismer McManus, of Rye, NY, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1964, was awarded the Women of Achievement Award at the College's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.
Barbara F. McManus, Professor Emerita of Classics at the College, was recognized for her long-standing and varied accomplishments, not only at CNR but also in numerous organizations dedicated to her scholarly interests in the classical world, gender studies, and the pedagogical uses of the Internet. In 1984, McManus received the Ursula Laurus Citation award from CNR. Her visionary and dedicated leadership has been recognized by a numerous other institutions as well. Other awards include the American Philological Association with its Distinguished Service Award in 2008; the Women's Classical Caucus in 2011 with its named Barbara McManus Award for the Best Published Article in Gender Studies; and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States with its creation in 2011 of the Barbara F. McManus Leadership Award – herself the first recipient. In April 2012, the Classics Department at the University of Maryland hosted an international interdisciplinary conference in her name in honor of her scholarship and teaching, “Greek and Roman Literature: Gendered Perspectives in Reading and Reception.”
In her professional life, McManus was devoted to teaching, service/leadership, and research, generously sharing her talents and creative energy with students and colleagues, in extensive committee and administrative service at CNR and in professional organizations. She has served as Vice President of Professional Matters in the American Philological Association and President of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Her legacy includes published articles, reviews, delivered conference papers, and invited lectures on topics including Latin literature, gender studies, women in antiquity and Renaissance England, history of classical scholarship, and Internet pedagogy. In 2000 Mcmanus retired from a distinguished 33-year teaching career at CNR, during which she introduced innovative courses in classics, comparative literature, and women's studies; directed the SAS Writing Program; and led the integration of the Internet in classroom teaching.
Not only did McManus use the web in her course syllabi and classroom, but she was a founder of the nationally funded project VRoma, which is a virtual city and community for teaching and learning about ancient Rome, which she maintains today as mentor to faculty and students worldwide. In addition, she has designed many websites, among them Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women, and has served as webmaster for several professional organizations, most recently for the Women Writing Women's Lives Biography Seminar.
McManus's monograph Classics and Feminism: Gendering the Classics (Twayne Publishers) was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997. She collaborated with her CNR colleague Katherine Henderson on the 1985 publication of Half Humankind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England, 1540 1640 (University of Illinois Press). Currently, she is researching a book-length biography of turn-of-the century classicist Grace Harriet Macurdy.
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