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Keep the Damned Women Out: The Struggle for Coeducation

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Central

Where: Annenberg Hall, room G02, 2120 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Nancy Cunniff   (847) 467-2294

Group: One Book One Northwestern

Category: Lectures & Meetings


In the period 1969-1974, there was a flood of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education. Why did that happen? Why did these very traditional, very conservative, very old institutions come to embrace such significant change? Why then? And what happened? How did coeducation work in its early incarnations? This talk will focus on three Ivy League universities that admitted women, Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth, and on three women’s colleges – Vassar, which admitted men, and Smith and Wellesley, which chose to remain single-sex.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel is professor of history, emeritus, at Princeton University. A scholar in 20th century American history, she joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 1969, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to full professor in 1982. She transferred to emeritus status in 2016.

Please join us for light refreshments after the talk.

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