Notes from the planning meeting for The Scholar and the Feminist conference, June 3rd, 1992, page 4
and Yeakel to the list. Helene reminded everyone of the importance of a balanced ticket, and Leslie pointed that it is very hard to find a Republican feminist. Ruth Mandel, Director of the CAWP, and Johnetta Cole, President of Spellman College, were also mentioned as possible speakers. Liz Schneider said that if the focus is women as change-makers, Anita Hill would be a great speaken 4. Discussion of Format Leslie opened discussion of "Format" by asking if people preferred large- audience speeches or more participatory workshops. Miriam Friedlander said that we could have a panel of women, with a key speaker. The key note speaker would be brief and lay out certain aspects- everyone else would each get 5 minutes. They could create a "you can make it" atmosphere. Leslie proposed the idea of having politicians and academics on the same panel. Judith Russell thought it was a good idea, but that not all academics could hold their own against a politician or an activist. Valerie Green reminded us that there are also activists who make changes in "non-traditional ways". The format should include scholars, politicians, and activists. Workshops might include panels with one of each. Miriam Friedlander thought that we should restrict our speakers to women in New York, and stay in our political base. She also noted that there are many women in leadership at all levels who deal with the real issues of the day, such as what type of education our children should be getting in universities and schools, as well as censorship, and sex education. Helene Kaplan said that through her experience she knows that it is better to have less time devoted to lecturing and more time devoted to small groups in which individuals can participate. The committee discussed expanding the conference to two days. Many members were concerned about the increase in cost and the disjuncture for the audience 9Many of whom would come for only one day.) Liz Schneider suggested having a couple of prominient speakers, say Richards and Cole, give 15-20 minute speeches addressing certain themes, and then having a discussion between the two. Even the most dynamic of speakers can sound passive without interaction. Jane Cewlyn proposed that we have one keynote speaker in the morning for a "mobilizing talk", then have smaller panels, then break for lunch, and continue with the second keynote speaker. Helene Kaplan thinks that Anna Quindlen is a terrific "drawing card". Leslie said that Quindlen is very willing to participate. Leslie summarized the meeting by saying that the conference should address, broadly, refining an agenda for effective activism and the interaction between women and the state, including activism and the state.