Press release for 1979 The Scholar and The Feminist conference

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Barnard College Columbia University 606 West 120th Street New York, New York 10027

or B/Av?nNiNEws Sallie Y. Slate, Director


NEW YORK, N.Y., Apr. l9--Barnard College's Womenfs Center will hold the sixth Scholar and Feminist Conference on Sat., Apr. 2l, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year's topic, The Future of Difference, an exploration of the way sexual identity and difference is defined, will draw more than 600 people to the campus of Barnard College, ll6th St. and Broadway, for the one—day conference.

Monique wittig, well—known French author, will be one of the morning keynote speakers. Ms. wittig, whose novel 0POPONAX received France's prestigious Prix Medicis literary prize, will talk about the "Straight Mind,” at 9:30 a.m. Other morning speakers will include Nancy Chodorow, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Difference, Relation, and Gender in Psychoanalytic Perspectiveg” Josette Feral, University of Toronto, "Powers of Difference.”

Authors Elizabeth Janeway, Carolyn Heilbrun, and Ruth Messinger, New York City Council member, will lead workshops at 2:45 p.m., on topics to include women and power, androgeny and the psychology of sex differences, and women and politics. Other topics will include black women and feminism, mother—daughter relationships, and the feminist answer to the socio—biological debate.

These l5 afternoon workshops will be held after a noon break for lunch and panel discussion from l:l5 to 2:30, on “Language and


Schoiar and Feminist Conference, Barnard Coiiege Page 2 Apr. 19, 1979

Difference.“ Barnard is the undergraduate coiiege for women affiiiated with Coiumbia University. Located in New York City, it has an

enroiiment of approximately 2,300 students.