Women's Studies Institute, Columbia University Summer Session 1972, proposal

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The Columbia University Summer Session is proposing to hold a six—week Women's Institute for the summer of 1972. Fifty participants would be invited to attend with their tuition and living stipends paid by the Office of Education. The participants would be selected from college faculty members, administrators in higher education, and graduate students planning to enter college teaching or administration. Recruitment procedures will emphasize "developing colleges" (Title III schools).' The institute plans to offer two graduate lecture courses, two afternoon

seminars, and a series of special lectures.


This institute will be devoted to an analysis of the experience of women in this society. We will seek an understanding of the objective historical position of women — both black and white — and their subjective per— ceptions of and responses to this position.~ We shall evalu— ate the research on women in history, psychology, anthro- pology and sociology in order to replace prevailing ideo- logies of the female with a genuine study of her.

Hopefully greater awareness on the part of partici— pants will lead them to introduce women studies curricula

at their own colleges, work to eliminate discriminatdry

practices there, and in general, to deal more effectively

with the problems faced by women students, faculty and staff.

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION History _§ flgmgn. Women as a social group have largely been omitted from both standard and specialized accounts of history. Therefore the institute will offer a course on the history of women in America dealing with their social, economic, political, and legal status.

This will be a three-point graduate lecture course to team-taught by specialistsin the history of black and of white women. We consider team teaching a necessary ap- proach because it will provide both the black and the

white perspective on the female experience in this country.

Submission and Dominance. This will be an inter—disciplinary course encompassing the fields of psychology, anthropology, and sociology.d We will examine feminine and masculine patterns of behavior in different cultures, as determined and influenced by social structure and economic system. Psychological thories of women will be critically examined; marriage forms, power relationships in the family, male and female socialization patterns, and cultural myths about women will be discussed.

This too will be a three-epoint graduate lecture course

team—taught by an anthropologist or sociologist and a psy-


AFTERNOON SEMINARS, LECTURES AND SPECIAL WORKSHOPS. We visualize the afternoons as being much more infor-

mal than the mornings. This time will be an exciting op-

portunity to invite knowledgeable people for special lectures

on topics of interest to women. Some suggested speakers and topics are:

Shirley Chisolm — Women in Politics

Margaret Mead — Cultural Differences in Sex Roles

Constance Baker Motley — Mothers and Children Before the Law Mirra Komarovsky — The Blue Collar Wife

Anne S. Harris — Discrimination in Higher Education and

{Images of Women in Art

Kate Millett ~ Sexual Politics and Prostitution

Ruth E. Moulton — Psychoanalytic Theories of Women Katharine R. Stimpson — Images of Women in Literature Florence Kennedy ~ Abortion and the Law

Jane Gould — Women in the Professions

Eleanor Holmes Norton - Equal Rights and the Law

Some other subjects of interest are:

Civil rights and women's liberation; developing womenls studies programs, welfare mothers. Readers from community action, drug and poverty programs~ will be invited to speak.

We will have at least one seminar meeting twice weekly

in conjunction with the Submission and Dominance course. We plan to leave a certain amount of un—planned time

so the participants can choose topics and special lectu-

rers according to their own interests.i


Since this institute is specifically designed for women, child care facilities are absolutely essential. By providing child care, we_can insure the broadest possible representation rrom all socio—economic groups; without child care it is inevitable that participation will be biased toward women who are childless or affluent.

We are in the process of discussing with established neighborhood child care centers,the possibility of pro-

viding child care for our participants.


Directors will be chosen from:

Jewel P. Cobb — Dean or Women, Connecticut College

Anne S. Harris — Assistant Professor of Art History, Hunter

College ‘

Katharine R. Stimpson — Assistant Professor of English, Bar- nard. Acting Director_of the Women's Center at Barnard.


Phyllis Chesler — Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coor~

dinator of the.Fema1e Studies Workshop

at Richmond College in the City University of New York.

Muriel Schien - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Leh- man College in the City University of New York.

Ann J. Lane — Assistant Professor of History at Douglass

College, Rutgers University. Inez Reid — Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College.

Gerda Lerner — Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence.

Planning committee for the Institute.

.Barbara Buoncristiano — Administrative Officer, Columbia

University. Senator. Columbia. 7 Member of the Staff Association. Carole Groneman — Ph.D candidate in History at Rochester University.i Member of A.H.A. Sally Nord - Admissions Officer, Columbia. Member of Ameri- can Personnel and Guidance Association.

Eleanor Sinnette - Ph.D candidate in the School of Library


Peter Shamonsey — Assistant to the Dean of the Summer Session.

Columbia University. Katharine Stimpson — Assistant Professor of English, Barnard. Acting Director of the Women's Center . Carol Vance — Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, Columbia.

Member of the American Anthropological Associ-

ation, Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology.

Harriet Zellner — Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Economics, Co- lumbia. Member of American Economics Association, Women's Caucus.


Jewel P. Cobb — Dean ot_Women, Connecticut College.

Anne S. Harris — Assistant Professor of Art History, Hunter.

Gladys Meyer - Associate Professor of Sociology. Barnard.