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of the first institutions in North America to offer a graduate
degree in womens studies nearly a decade ago, Emory remains
at the forefront of the ever-expanding academic arena devoted
to women and minority groups. The University took a leading
role in hosting the first-ever national Working Conference on
the Ph.D. in Womens Studies: Implications and Articulations,
held last fall at the Emory Conference Center.
eighty-five faculty and graduate students from forty-seven institutions
gathered to ponder the current state and future development
of womens studies, the establishment and structure of
Ph.D. programs, their curricula, and their overall impact on
the fields of feminism and gender studies. Participants came
from the dozen institutions that now offer Ph.D. programs in
womens studies as well as many others whose programs are
in the planning stages. Future collaboration among these colleges
and universities was one of the primary goals of the conference.
pioneers who fought for the scholarly legitimacy, acceptance,
and growth of womens studies programs, the national conference
was a welcome landmark. In an follow-up essay about the conference
experience, Associate Professor of Political Science Beth Reingold
more and more colleges and universities are
advertising for faculty positions in womens studies, and
requesting these applicants have a Ph.D. in womens studies.
There is now a market for womens studies Ph.D.s.
For those of us who helped build the womens studies Ph.D.
program here at Emory, these recent developments are exciting
organizers, including Frances S. Foster, director of Emorys
Institute for Womens Studies, encouraged lively participation.
There was no show and tell, Foster says. Everybody
who came had a role to play and came ready to talk about what
we do, how we do it, why we do it, whats really working,
and where we go from here.
compelling conversations that ensued are continuing through
e-mail conversations among the participants around the country
and beyond. The conference on the womens studies
Ph.D. may have ended on October 14, but the discussions it fostered
are far from complete, Reingold wrote. The conference
was intended to begin an ongoing process of collaboration; the
impact of the conference was meant to be long lasting.P.P.P.
respected civil rights leader who earned his stripes in the
1960s and a two-time African-American Republican presidential
candidate shared the Glenn Auditorium stage and exchanged admiration
for one another during The State of Race, a debate
planned in recognition of Black History Month in February.
Keyes, former ambassador to the United Nations Economic and
Social Council during the Reagan administration, dismissed the
very idea of race as a lie perpetuated by American power structures
to divide and demoralize minorities. He called race a
tool to shackle the minds of people in America.
Julian Bond, now chairman of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, warned that race, while a socio-political
construct, is not just a pigment of our imagination.
Although hard-won gains have been made toward racial equality,
Bond reminded listeners that there is but one generation between
Julian Bond and human bondage.
the end of the evening, an Emory student asked the two prominent
African-American leaders how race relations might be improved
on college campuses. Both responded that students must step
up their efforts to become fully integrated on campus, rather
than having a diverse student body that simply re-segregates
into comfortable, seperate minority groups.
should be required to fully participate in the university community,
Keyes insisted. I dont think thats a challenge
they ought to be able to walk away from.
fellowships strengthen old ties
Emory professors retireoften after many years devoted
to teaching and scholarshipthey may be gone from the classroom,
but a new fellowship program lets them know their work is not
the first time, emeritus professors who continue to actively
conduct research and publish can receive support through the
Heilbrun Fellowships, newly established to foster these scholars
lasting ties to the University. Named for Distinguished Research
Professor of Psychology Emeritus Alfred Heilbrun, who received
one of the first awards, the $10,000 year-long fellowships are
funded through a grant to Emory College from Heilbruns
daughter, Lynn Stahl, and her husband, Jack. Fellows are given
work space in Woodruff Library.
and Herbert Benario, professor of classics emeritus, who also
received one of the initial fellowships, were honored at a November
reception hosted by the Emeritus College.
often when professors retire, they wake up and find they have
no connection whatsoever to the University, says John
Bugge, an English professor who chaired the committee that selected
the fellows. So were trying to reestablish that
connection on several fronts.
plans to use the funds to complete a book on behavior disorders,
his third book since his retirement in 1991. Benario will continue
a survey of scholarly work written on the Roman historian Tacitus.
The Heilbrun fellowship will help him make his annual sojourn
to Europe, where he will mine the wealth of material on Tacitus
housed in Munich.
is a program that can be increased, insofar as it provides a
bridge between working as an active faculty member and retaining
a commitment to research and scholarship as a retired person,
Heilbrun says. Those are often separate stages.
agrees: Not all emeritis disappear.