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Book Talk with Princeton Professor Emeritus Nancy Malkiel
Join us for an intimate discussion with Professor Malkiel of her latest book "Keep the Damned Women Out" about when the Ivies decided to go coed

PCNC and the Princeton Women's Network (PWN) are thrilled to cohost Princeton Professor Emeritus Nancy Weiss Malkiel for a "fireside chat" and informal gathering to discuss her latest book "Keep the Damned Women Out" The Struggle for Coeducation. This will be held instead of the regular monthly meetings of both of the Bay Area PWN Book Clubs - North and South. 

Thursday, October 20th at 7pm     

Home of Nancy J. Marvel '73 in Piedmont - details will be emailed shortly

This is a free event, co-sponsored by PCNC and PWN. 

For more information, or to be added to the PWN Book Club Evite invitation list:

Elizabeth Ashley ’04 ebramwel@alumni.princeton.edu (PWN Book Club North - Marin, SF, East Bay)                     
Teri Dunwoody '93 teriadunwoody@gmail.com (PWN Book Club South - Peninsula, South Bay)                     
Michelle Moon '99 hehgin@gmail.com (PCNC)

FOOD -- There will be a potluck dinner as per usual PWN Book Club events. We will contact everyone who has RSVPed about how to participate.

Limited spots available so please RSVP early.       

We look forward to you joining us!     

As the tumultuous decade of the 1960s ended, a number of very traditional, very conservative, highly prestigious colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom decided to go coed, seemingly all at once, in a remarkably brief span of time. Coeducation met with fierce resistance. As one alumnus put it in a letter to his alma mater, “Keep the damned women out.” Focusing on the complexities of institutional decision making, this book tells the story of this momentous era in higher education—revealing how coeducation was achieved not by organized efforts of women activists, but through strategic decisions made by powerful men. 

In America, Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth began to admit women; in Britain, several of the men’s colleges at Cambridge and Oxford did the same. What prompted such fundamental change? How was coeducation accomplished in the face of such strong opposition? How well was it implemented? Nancy Weiss Malkiel explains that elite institutions embarked on coeducation not as a moral imperative but as a self-interested means of maintaining a first-rate applicant pool. She explores the challenges of planning for the academic and non-academic lives of newly admitted women, and shows how, with the exception of Mary Ingraham Bunting at Radcliffe, every decision maker leading the charge for coeducation was male. 

Drawing on unprecedented archival research, Keep the Damned Women Out is a breathtaking work of scholarship that is certain to be the definitive book on the subject. 

Nancy Weiss Malkiel is professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, where she was the longest-serving dean of the college, overseeing the university's undergraduate academic program for twenty-four years. Her books include Whitney M. Young, Jr., and the Struggle for Civil Rights and Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR (both Princeton).


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Thursday, Oct 20 2016 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm [ iCal ]

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