For Release: June 10, 1999
Contact: Peter Bailley

Knox Professor Penny Gold Receives Caterpillar Award

Penny Schine Gold, professor of history at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, has received the 1999 Caterpillar Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. The annual award, presented at Knox's commencement ceremony on June 5, recognizes Knox faculty for academic achievements and institutional service.

In presenting Gold with the award, Knox College President Richard S. Millman said, "Professor Gold's accomplishments have reached beyond her department and have benefited Knox in many different areas. . . She has an outstanding record of creativity and excellence in her teaching, scholarship and service to the students and faculty of Knox College." [Full text of citation]

The award is supported by a gift to Knox from the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Illinois.

Gold came to Knox in 1976. She has taught courses in European history, Jewish history, women's history, social history and gender studies. She helped found Knox's Women Studies department and served as its chair from 1986 to 1996. Gold also initiated a series of Jewish Studies courses in the Knox curriculum.

Author of the critically acclaimed book, The Lady and the Virgin: Image, Attitude, and Experience in Twelfth-Century France, Gold is currently completing the book, Making the Bible Modern: Jewish Identity for Children in Twentieth-Century America. She is author of several papers, including, "Lessons from a Small College Campus: Establishing a Gender-equitable Family Leave Policy" and "Bible Stories Retold: Moral Education for Jewish American Children, 1915-1934."

Gold was the first recipient of the Newberry Library-Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women in 1979. She received a Knox College Sears-Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 1988 and a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1997.

Gold graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago in 1969 with a B.A. in history. She received her master's in history from Stanford University in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 1977. She is the daughter of Joseph and Helen Gold of New Haven, Connecticut.

Founded in 1837, Knox is an independent, four-year, liberal arts college, located in Galesburg, Illinois, with 1,100 students from 42 states and 33 nations. Knox's "Old Main," a National Historic Landmark, is the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.


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