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American studies educator

Betty E. M. Ch'maj, American studies educator. Horace H. Rackham fellow University of Michigan, 1959-1960, 60-61.


Ch'maj, Betty E. M. was born on January 23, 1930 in Hancock, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Hugo F. and Lempi S. (Anderson) Hillstrom.


Bachelor, Wayne State University, 1952;Master of Arts, Wayne State University, 1956;Doctor of Philosophy in American Culture, University of Michigan, 1961.


Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1955-1957;assistant professor American Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1966-1972;instructor extension program, U. Maryland., Germany, 1957-1958;Rackham fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1959-1961;distinguished professor, California State University, Sacto., 1972-1978, 80-94. District visiting professor U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1978-1979. Presenter numerous lectures, sermons, and lecturer tours, United States and abroad.


  • Other Work

    • Author, editor: American Women and American Studies, Volume 1 1971, Volume 2 1974, Multicultural America, 1993. Producer, author, narrator: (documentaries) Seeing Women and Seeing Anew, 1990, To Dream a Nation: South Africa after Apartheid, 1996. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


Member American Studies Association (past president California, Michigan, Hawaii chapters, founder and 1st chairman Commision on Women, director numerous conferences, Bode-Pearsonaward 1990), National American Studies Faculty (Board of Governors 1971-1973), National Organization for Women, Educators for Social Responsibility, Sonneck Society for American Music (board directors 1990-1993, board of trustees 1990-1993), Karyatides, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Delta Sigma Rho (Livingston award for outstanding intellectual leadership 1991).


Married J.A. Chmaj (divorced 1973). Children: John Stephan, Maria Kaj.

Hugo F. Hillstrom

Lempi S. (Anderson) Hillstrom

J.A. Chmaj

John Stephan Ch'maj

Maria Kaj Ch'maj