MACARTHUR FOUNDATION DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT HAMILTON
_Stimpson grew up in a small town in Washington State in the 1940s and 1950s.She became a radical activist in the '60s, but as the era ended, turned hersights from the streets to schools. Rising up academic and philanthropicladders, she joined the English department of Barnard College, became dean ofgraduate studies at Rutgers and president of the Modern Language Associationbefore being appointed to her current post at the MacArthur Foundation.
_A feminist, Stimpson has said her ultimate goal is for "a multiracial,multicultural, multispecied world." She is the author of numerous articles andessays and the novel Class Notes.