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          REPORT OF THE FIRST PLANNING METING FOR
1974 ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

20 June 1973

Present: Annette Baxter, Louise Bernikow, Hester Eisenstein, Elly Elliott,
Jane Gould, Kathleen Graves, Tatiana Greene, Barbara Hertz, Batya
Hyman, Mirra Komarovsky, Darline Levy, Cynthia Lloyd, Jean Miller,
Robin Rosenthal, Sue Sacks, Beverly Spatt, Domna Stanton, Lynn
Stephens, Catharine Stimpson, Suzaenne Wemple, Mary Wexford

Barbara Hertz, co—chairperson oftheWomen's Center Executive Comittee,
opened the meeting with the announcement of the receipt of a $5,000 grant
from the Helena Rubenstein Foundation. Although this was only a part of
what we asked for, Ms. Hertz pointed out that this was a positive sign for
a foundation that has not given grants in this area before, and will enable
the Center to go ahead with plans for an academic conference in the spring
of 1974.

As background, Annette Baxter and Suzanne Wemple described the aca-
demic proposal in very general terms. The proposal outlines a three-year
program that would examine some of the methodological problems of research
and pedagogy in women's studies. The Women's Center would sponsor semi-
annual conferences and interdisciplinary seminars for scholars and teachers
engaged in women's studies. Questions of definition, control, and recovery
of sources, the uses and abuses of the concept of sexism in scholarship, and
the way in which scholarly data are traditionally organized and used would
be looked at from a number of disciplines and points of view. Discussions
and papers from the conferences and seminars would be taped, edited, and
published by the Center. The program is designed to encourage the appli-
cation of new research methods, to further interdisciplinary scholarship,
and to provide access to the type of sophisticated training normally
acquired through Ph.D. programs“but presently unavailable in women's studies.

with limited funds, the Executive Comittee of theWomen's Center
has decided to start off with a single academic conference which, in addition
to being important in its own right, should put the Center into an even
better position than it is now to attract further outside funding for the
larger three-year program. This meeting was called for interested members
of the Barnard academic community to discuss plans for such a conference.

Since this was the first time the group had met together, discussion
covered a wide range of subjects and, at least initially, resulted in as
wide a range of points of view over the kind of conference that Barnard
should have. There was general enthusiasm about having an academic conference
at Barnard and the major part of the meeting centered on the substantive
content and scope of the conference. It was agreed that the conference
would not deal with course structure, teaching methods, or techniques of