Pop quiz: What famous American writer edited Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendental journal The Dial, became the first professional war correspondent, and was an outspoken advocate for prison reform and the emancipation of slaves? If you’re trying to think of a man, you’re way off-base. The answer is Margaret Fuller, a journalist, author, and activist who laid the groundwork for the women’s-rights movement in the United States with her seminal work Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Fuller died in 1850 at the age of 40 in a tragic shipwreck off Fire Island. Alas, even though her biography was one of the best-selling of the 19th century, Fuller’s legacy has nearly been forgotten. Tonight, you can learn more about this incredible lady at the bicentennial celebration Men, Women and Margaret Fuller, a dramatic presentation of her life and achievements, sponsored in part by CUNY.

Tue., May 11, 6:30 p.m., 2010