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"A three-pronged experimental approach to the problem of undiscovered college potential among the young men and women of New York City"

This memorandum from Chancellor Bowker’s office called for three new forms of CUNY desegregation programs (pp. 1-2). This “three-pronged experiment” would be excused from CUNY’s general obligation to admit only students with the highest [...]

1967 - 1968 Annual Report of the SEEK Program

This is a CUNY-wide report for the SEEK program during the 1967-68 academic year. Included in the document is a cover letter from SEEK director Leslie Berger to CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker, a table of contents, a list of SEEK administrators, and [...]

A New Role for Psychology: Working with Disadvantaged Persons in a College Setting

In this 10-page "position paper," Berger describes and offers a theoretical rationale for the central role of psychological counselors within SEEK. A handwritten note adds an additional source on page 10. Short for "Search for Education, Elevation, [...]

To Help Them Achieve: The Academic Talent Search Project 1966-68, Part II

In the Fall of 1964, (armed with a Rockefeller Foundation grant) Brooklyn College’s School of General Studies launched a 42 student pilot program using Bowker’s model, which it called the “Academic Talent Search Project” or “ATSP.” The [...]

Tucker Pamella Farley's Women and Literature Class

This photograph shows Tucker Pamella Farley (left) teaching her popular Women and Literature course in a discussion circle with her students. Farley taught at Brooklyn College from 1970 to 2005, where she was central to developing the Women’s [...]

Periodic Review Report to Commission on Higher Education

Six years after the Women's Studies Program began offering a joint BA from Brooklyn College's Schools of Social Sciences & Humanities, the program issued this progress report outlining their accomplishments and concerns to the Commission of Higher [...]

Women's Studies Program General Meeting Minutes

The minutes of this meeting of the Women's Studies Program reflect the pedagogical considerations and the feminist methodologies used to build course curriculum within the program. Proposals for new courses from new faculty across disciplines are [...]

Summer Institute Grant Proposal

After establishing both a Women's Studies baccalaureate and a Women's Center at Brooklyn College, faculty organizers turned their attention to broadening the field. With support from the New York Women's Studies Association they prepared to submit a [...]

Letter to Jane Gould, Barnard Women's College

This letter from Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program co-founder Renate Bridenthal to the director of the Women's Center at Barnard College demonstrates the inter-institutional collaboration within academic feminist activism, and the [...]

Letter from Brooklyn College Dean of Social Sciences

This letter from Nathan Schmukler, Dean of Social Sciences at Brooklyn College welcomes the transfer of the interdisciplinary program in Women's Studies to the College of Social Sciences. The Women's Studies steering committee had advocated for the [...]

"Pressure and Popularity Spur Variety In College Women's Studies Courses"

This New York Times article chronicles the advent of the establishment of women's studies programs at universities across the country in the 1970s, featuring the newly established double major at Brooklyn College. Program co-founder and [...]

Response to the Brooklyn College Women's Organization from President Kneller

In this letter addressed "Dear ladies," Brooklyn College President John Kneller's office delivers a dismissive response to complaints of sex discrimination and demands made by the Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO). Kneller's office [...]

BWCO Response to President Kneller on Daycare

Responding to the dismissive tone of a letter from Brooklyn College President John Kneller's office, the Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO) wrote: "The tone and content of the letter...does not convey the cooperative spirit of which you [...]

Brooklyn College Women's Organization Members List

The Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO) was the first organized group of women faculty at Brooklyn College, brought together across departments to address women's issues at the university. BCWO was the birthplace of feminist activity and [...]

Program, Brooklyn College Feminist Festival

These two versions of a program for a feminist festival held in the early years of the Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program showcase the interdisciplinary concerns of the program, as well as their commitment to an active relationship between [...]

"Tough Times Ahead for Women"

Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program co-founder and professor of history, Renate Bridenthal, is featured in this Clarion article, which is the PSC-CUNY faculty union publication. The Clarion covered a speech Bridenthal gave at the CUNY Feminist [...]

Oral History Interview with Renate Bridenthal

This oral history interview with Renate Bridenthal, a founding member of the Brooklyn College Women’s Organization, discusses the political climate at Brooklyn College from the 1960s through the 1980s amidst the historical backdrop of the various [...]

Belle Zeller Memorial Video

Produced in 1998 by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union which represents CUNY faculty and staff, this short memorial video celebrates the professional achievements of Belle Zeller, a “one-of-a-kind figure” in the history of CUNY. [...]

Women's Studies Program Report of Activities

This report outlines the academic and outreach activities conducted by the Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College during first year the BA was offered. This document offers a record of the establishment of program governance, collaborations [...]

Women's Studies Program Catalog

This catalog outlines the feminist perspectives and pedagogies used to establish the Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College. The program was governed by a steering committee of faculty, students, and staff, and included co-coordinators who [...]

First Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program Poster

The first poster for the co-major in Women's Studies at Brooklyn College was created in 1974 by art department faculty member Fredrica Wachsberger, co-coordinator of the program from 1975-1979. Marketing efforts for the new program paid off, and the [...]

"Strategies for Survival" Conference Poster

The first conference put on by the Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program was held in 1975, one year after the co-major was officially approved. The title of the conference was "Strategies for Survival" and the poster was designed by art [...]

Proposal for a Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College

This proposal for a Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College describes a nationwide demand for courses on the subject. The document illuminates the co-founders' preliminary arguments for such a program, as well as their first ideas about how to [...]

Memo to Brooklyn College Vice President John Quinn

This memo from the Women's Studies Steering Committee to Brooklyn College Vice President John Quinn (also the Committee Chairman on Structure) argues for the restructuring of interdisciplinary programs into a Women's Studies department, with the aim [...]

"The Past and Future of Women's Studies" - Conference Talk

Women's Studies Program co-founder historian Renate Bridenthal gave this talk for the Brooklyn College Institute in Women's Studies for Secondary School Faculty conference in 1980. Bridenthal recounts the formation of the Brooklyn College Women's [...]