Working ideas and schedule, 1973

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x"WURKING IDEAS" for Sub-Committee for

5’ Women's Conference/ Meeting 9-12-73

Questions still to be answered:

1. who do we expect to come to this conference? 2. What do we hope that they will "go away" with? 3. In-other-words, what is the goal for the conference?

At issue--How elite? How scholarly? what does scholarly mean anyhow? How much participation from what and whom is desirable? et al

Suggestion re and re and redone. . . .

Morning Session One or two panels of 3 to 5 women scholars who would present their own research findings briefly, but who would primarily address them- selves to the following two questions: what has been the impact of my research on our understanding of women? ' What has been the impact of my research on our understanding of my field, both methodologically and substantively?

(we would select X number of people to invite for the panel members in this type of set-up and I would go to visit them, clarify with them and so on:—a1ways keeping in mind the focus on the two questions, not on their research in isolation)

A really good discussant or moderator would be crucial and could challenge and channel discussion and questions.

LUNCH Somewhere where we could arrange tables for 8 or so participants and have pleasant, informal, hopefully stimulating talks emerging from interests evoked by morning session.

No keynoter. No formal studf.

Afternoon Session

Scholarship and Feminism: Conflict or Compromise would be the general topic for-a series of small workshops (10-15 people). There would be a facilitator for the discussion and we could choose each facilitator to represent course areas, broad discipline, or approaches to feminism or academia. (we'll discuss this.) Anyhow these facilitators would meet for several sessions before the conference to get ”rejuiced" and to pose a guideline for themselves. Issues might be: Conflict for teachers of Women Studies courses? Conflicts for women researchers? A Conservative teachers and radical feminists and visa versa.. we can play around with some ideas and those who wish to be facilitators will meet to push forth some issues to get these small workshops going.

Evening Cocktail part .....


Late afternoon - cocktails from 5:00 to 7:00 ????

Some suggestions we are working with:

1. We would like to charge a small fee ($5) for the conference. This would give

us working money to pay the expenses for panelists, as well as for other expenses.

2. we are considering the taping of the discussions and are exploring various audio possibilities.

3. We are considering the possibilities of publication of the papers and the themes of the discussions.

4. We need suggestions for panelists, especially for the fields of economics and the hard sciences.

These notes are the cullings from several meetings with Annette Baxter and Pat Graham, and with the conference sub—committee: Harriette Mogul, Hester Eisenstein, Sherry

Manasse, Louise Bernikow, Batya Hyman, Electa Arenal, Darline Levy, and Catharine Stimpson.

Susan Riemer Sacks Conference Coordinator