Letter to faculty, 1973
TO: Barnard College Faculty FROM: Sue Sacks, Women's Center Conference Coordinator SUBJECT: Women's Center Academic Conference DATE: 7 December 1973 The Barnard College Women's Center is sponsoring an academic conference entitled The Scholar and the Feminist to be held at Barnard, Saturday, May ll, l974. The aim of the conference is to examine the impact of feminism on scholarship through the presentation and discussion of research. Scholars in several disciplines will describe the underlying assumptions in their own work, their selection of methodology, the impact of feminist ideology on their scholarship, and the impli- cations of their research for greater understanding of women and their academic field. Between 200 and 300 faculty, students, and other interested persons will parti- cipate in the one—day conference, designed to maximize the exchange of ideas and informal discussion. The morning session will consist of three separate panels, meeting simultaneously, in which four scholars will address the question: what has been the impact of feminism on my own scholarship? on my understanding of women? on my understanding of my field? We have already received enthusiastic replies from six of the twelve invited panelists and hope to hear from the others shortly. During the afternoon, between twelve and fifteen small workshops will concentrate on the topic Scholarship and Feminism: Conflict or Compromise. Each workshop will have two moderators who will attend a planning session before the conference at which guideline themes for the discussion will be developed. Every effort will be made to have the workshops include participants of different ages, backgrounds, academic fields, and interests. We anticipate publication of the papers and the proceedings. The conference is supported by a $5,000 grant from the Helena Rubenstein Founda- tion. It is hoped that the conference will serve as an experimental model for a larger three year academic program in women's studies for which the Women's Center is currently seeking outside foundation support. Information about the conference will soon be publicized outside the College. We wanted you to know now so you could circle May 11, 1974, as some of you will surely want to attend. We hope that you will extend an invitation to any students who you think would be especially interested and that you will let us know of any- one who should be invited.