The Legacy of Nell Irvin Painter
Retirement Conference

In April 2004, Princeton University celebrated Nell Irvin Painter's contributions to history with a two-day conference entitled "Constructing the Past, Creating the Future: The Legacy of Nell Irvin Painter."

See Conference Schedule (as a pdf).

See text of Conference Review, as posted on the Princeton University home page.


Yale Honorary Degree

In addition to her doctorate in history from Harvard University, Nell has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale.

During its 302nd Commencement held on Old Campus
on May 26, Yale University awarded honorary degrees to 11 distinguished persons selected by the Yale Corporation, presented by the Provost and
conferred by the President. The honorees were: Robert Bernstein, Sydney
Brenner, William Cosby, John Hart Ely, Anthony Fauci, Norman Foster, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Hartman, Nell Irvin Painter, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Amartya Sen.

See News Release and photo.


Roelker Mentorship Award

Professor Painter is also widely known as a mentor of younger scholars. She has advised more than twenty dissertations at four major universities. She has also mentored numerous other young historians and scholars in related disciplines, at universities across the United States, advising them in detail on how to improve their book manuscripts and how to manage their careers. In 2000, the American Historical Association awarded her the Roelker Mentorship Award as recognition for this work.


Sixtieth Birthday Tribute

Nell Painter celebrated her 60th birthday on August 2, 2002. As part of the celebration of this milestone, her family organized a tribute on this website. Many of Nell's friends simply extended their greetings; others recalled personal experiences with Nell; others provided appreciations of her scholarly work.

See greetings and tributes, an on-line photo album, and Nell's response and photos.

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