Scholar in Residence Talk, 2010-2011

"We Want and Need You, Sister!" Writing Women of Color into the Mount Holyoke Record

A Stimson Room Tea and Talk by Karen M. Cardoza, LITS 2010-2011 Scholar in Residence

Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 pm

Dr. Karen Cardozo’s archival research explores how Mount Holyoke evolved from its institutional origins into a culturally and intellectually diverse community.  Her talk will focus particularly on a period in the late 1960s and early 1970s in which recruitment efforts led to an exponential growth in the enrollment of students of color, the rise of multicultural organizations, and revisions of the traditional curriculum.  This eventful decade at the College reveals the emerging construction of group identities and the power of cultural politics to effect change.   Who preserves or tells the story of diversity at Mount Holyoke for inquiring minds of the future?  In drawing upon a diversity of record groups, Cardozo’s interdisciplinary approach suggests that the answer is, or could be:  everyone.

Dr. Cardozo is not new to Mount Holyoke, having taught as a visiting lecturer in English and American Studies and having served as Acting Dean of Students, Dean of the Senior Class, and Assistant Dean of Students.  Integrating the perspectives gained from her administrative, teaching and scholarly engagements, this project, Generic Engineering: Reforming American Studies,  adapts the insights of environmental studies—particularly the importance of biodiversity—for an ecological approach to higher education analysis.   

We hope you will join us.

Event details:

  • Wednesday April 13, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Williston Library Stimson Room: A Stimson Room Tea
  • This event is free and open to the public.