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Release Date: Feb. 4, 2020
GAMBIER, Ohio — What were some of the consequences of Kenyon College’s decision to first enroll women nearly 50 years ago? Education historian Linda Morice shares her expert insight in a free public talk Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Kenyon’s Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park St.
In 1969, Kenyon ceased to be all-male, but did not adopt coeducation. That year it enrolled nearly 150 female students in a coordinate college, or women’s institution inside a men’s school. Morice will examine this interesting episode in Kenyon’s history in the context of four major social movements of the time: civil rights, student rights, antiwar protests and women’s liberation.
Morice is professor emerita in the department of educational leadership at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A historian of education, she conducts interdisciplinary research in women’s history and environmental history. Her publications include many articles in academic journals and three books: "Flora White: In the Vanguard of Gender Equity," "Coordinate Colleges for American Women: A Convergence of Interests (1947-78)” and a co-edited volume, "Life Stories: Exploring Educational History Through Biography." She earned a doctorate from Saint Louis University.
A book signing will follow Morice’s talk. This event is part of Kenyon’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of women at Kenyon. For more information on the celebration, visit women.kenyon.edu.