Coeducation at Berkshire
In the fall of 1969, nine female students were pioneers in what then-Headmaster John Godman called the “Berkshire experiment.” This year, Berkshire celebrates the 50th anniversary of coeducation under the Mountain by honoring the contributions and achievements that young women made, and continue to make, in our commitment to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. While acknowledging the past, we also look to the future to illuminate ways the School will approach and embrace its next 50 years of coeducation.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Berkshire welcomes Gina Barreca, author of "Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-education in the Ivy League," to help kick-off the 2019 All-School Read. Barreca will discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her visit comes as students and faculty read this year's ASR—"We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie.
COEDUCATION KICK-OFF EVENT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
The school community will gather in Allen Theater to hear an informal panel consisting of current students, several of the first nine female students, a couple of their contemporary male classmates, and some of the pioneering first female teachers. The panel will be moderated by former faculty member Nancy Duryee-Aas who taught at Berkshire from 1970-2006.
ANNE ALLEN BUCK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
In honor of Anne Allen Buck's many contributions to Berkshire, and looking forward to the future, the School will host a women’s leadership summit, bringing together alumni, faculty, staff, and students, to take part in speakers, discussion sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities for the students.
Berkshire students enrolled in the inaugural history elective Leadership: Politics and Society which will spend the fall semester examining the revolutionary nature of female leadership across time and cultures. As a culmination of the class, the students will design a signature experience for alumni participating in Reunion Weekend 2020.
ALUMNI ART EXHIBIT
FEATURING MICHELE ROBINS '73
Berkshire alumna Michele Robins '73 will exhibit her work at The Warren Family Gallery, located in the Kennard Fine Arts Center. Please check back for more information about the upcoming reception.