Join us at the History Center on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM.
To date, Manasseh Cutler’s life has been rendered selectively by proud descendants or glancingly by historians using broad strokes. What is missing is a full and frank account of a man who was by turns brilliant, anxious, curious, vain, mischievous, downhearted, and driven sometimes to unfortunate ends by his sense of duty and honor.
Ann Fidler holds a Ph.D. in American and English Legal and Constitutional History and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. At Ohio University, she taught in the Department of History, and served as Dean of the Honors Tutorial College, as the Interim Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, and as Executive Associate Provost and Chief of Staff for two Executive Vice President and Provosts.
Fidler became interested in Manasseh Cutler after encountering a copy of “Life, Journals, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler“ in an office she occupied in Cutler Hall. Initially, she mined the compilation for use in speech writing but eventually became sufficiently intrigued by the personality, family, and accomplishments of Reverend Cutler to embark on a biography.
After leaving the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office, Fidler became a Scholar in Residence in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections at Ohio University doing research in the three major collections that hold Cutler family documents—the Mahn Center, Marietta College Special Collections, and the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections at Northwestern University—the largest holding with over 10,000 items. Completing her research will require additional work in these institutions as well as work in collections with smaller holdings in New England.