The Power of Women's Voices
A Conference Celebrating 65 Years of Collecting
Women's History at Smith College
September 28-29, 2007
This conference celebrated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Sophia Smith Collection by highlighting new collections and initiatives, including the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, an oral history and collection development initiative to document traditionally under-documented groups, including women of color, lesbian activists, and low income women. The conference also featured the recently processedYWCA Records, the Living U.S. Women's History (Oral History Project), the Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project, and the newly received Women's Music Archives.
Schedule of events
Day 1: Welcome by Carol Christ, President of Smith College
Voices of Feminism Oral History Project
Overview by Joyce Follet
Narrator's Panel: Loretta Ross, Carmen Vázquez, and Joan E. Biren (JEB)
Day 2: Welcome by Chris Loring, Director of Smith Libraries
"Chapters in the History of the YWCA of the USA."
Introduction by Sherrill Redmon, Director of the Sophia Smith Collection
Panel: Nancy Marie Robertson, Amanda Izzo, Dorothea Browder, Maida Goodwin
Music by Margie Adam. Introduced by Sherrill Redmon
New Collections and Projects:
Introduction by Professor Susan Van Dyne
Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project: Deborah R. McFarlane
Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project: Sherrill Redmon (for Kathryn Kish Sklar)
Other new additions to the SSC: Sherrill Redmon
Excerpts from Voices of Feminism Oral History Project: Introduced by Joyce Follet
Featured Speaker: Gloria Steinem
Introduction by Susan Bourque, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Closing music by Margie Adam
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