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          SUMMARY REPORT: THE SCHOLAR AND THE FENINIST

On May 11, 1974, 350 scholars and feminists gathered at Barnard College for
an all—day examination of the impact of feminism on scholarship. The aca~
demic conference, sponsored by the Women's Center and supported by a grant
from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, attracted women and a few men, young
and old, from the mid—west and east coast and from distant places: Cali-
fornia, Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Planning for the conference began
during the summer of 1973, and from its earliest conception, the aim of The
Scholar and the Feminist was to organize the day so that those who attended
could be active participants in the discussion of the influence that feminism
has had on research, on academic disciplines and institutions, and on our
understanding of women.

In the morning, three concurrent panels of four women scholars from outside
Barnard presented papers on the impact of feminism on their own work and on
their fields within the framework of their various disciplines. As a group
the papers, some autobiographical and some theoretical, represent a range
and diversity of the feminist thinking of academic women. The attached out4
line indicates each panelist and her topic presentation.

Following the panel presentations, lively discussions were guided by three
Barnard College moderators; Annette Baxter, Catharine Stimpson, and Suzanne
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Scholarship and Feminism: Conflict, Compromise, Creativity was the overall
theme for the thi‘teen small afternoon workshops. Twenty—six faculty women,
many iron Barnard, led the discussions which were focused on specific topics
such as War and Peace; Four Generations of Feminists; What Eefits a Woman?
and Feminism: Catalyst for Creative Energy.” (See enclosed program for com»
plete listing.) The small workshops provided an atmosphere for serious con-
sideration of the underlying issues in feminism and scholarship: the raising
of new questions for research, the reexamination of old data, and rigorous
reinterpretation of existing theoretical assumptions.

Publication possibilities for the morning papers are being explored with
several publishing companies, since an earlier arrangement for publication
with the journal fem€ni§t_§tudies did not materialize.

Feedback to the Women's Center has indicated that the exchange of ideas and
information was highly successful, and the participants have said that the
conference produced new resources, new questions about feminism and areas of
study and teaching, and encouragement to do research and writing. Partici-
pants’ comments and letters have expressed enthusiasm and appreciation to
Barnard and the Women's Center for organizing and supporting this important
even. The conference provided an opportunity for women, especially those
who feel that they worl; _in isolation in :-“{V‘1‘L1]'<1< women‘spstudiesz profgrams
across the country, to meet with other scholars struggling with personal

and academic concerns and willing to share their efforts in refreshing,
meaningiul, and productive cxhanges. Ierrie Nussdorf, a psycholonist, wrote

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