Pangynaskeia Day, or Pangy Day for short, has been a springtime tradition at Mount Holyoke for more than 20 years. It is a celebration of the "world of women," and the Mount Holyoke community comes out in force to celebrate.
The word "pangynaskeia" first came into use when one of the College's earliest trustees, Edward Hitchock, suggested it as a name for the institution. As Patricia Albright in LITS discovered, it was quickly derided in the press and discarded.
In this video, students take a guess at how the word is pronounced before classics professor and dean of studies Geoffrey Sumi interrupts to give us the correct ancient Greek pronunciation.