Trustees Focus Group

Several women from the first coeducational classes at Bowdoin now serve on the Board of Trustees. In a focus group, trustees Michele Cyr ’76, Ellen Shuman ’76, Ann Kenyon ’79, and Debbie Barker ’80 discussed their experiences as students in the early years of coeducation at the College, and as alumnae with strong attachments to […]

Faculty Focus Group

This discussion involved four professors who arrived on Bowdoin’s campus either shortly before or after the College began admitting female students in 1971. If you are interested in hearing how Professors Vail, Cafferty, Cerf, and Potholm recount their experiences of Bowdoin’s transition to coeducation with regard to classroom dynamics, course content, student-professor relations, and faculty/departmental […]

Social Life and Sexuality Focus Group

This discussion brought together three women of the first two classes of coeducation at Bowdoin. These women, Elissa [Liddy] Berry (’75), Barney Geller (’75), and Anne Ireland (’76), describe their social experience during their four years at Bowdoin. These women did experience hostility from some students on campus due to their gender, but the stories […]

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