Gender and Women’s Studies Professor Jennifer Scanlon is asking her 200-level seminar students to think of themselves as excavators of history. That’s because much of her course’s source matter has yet to be discovered.
Scanlon is using the 40th anniversary of the matriculation of the first full class of women students at Bowdoin as the subject for an exciting, research-driven course, Forty Years: The History of Women at Bowdoin.
Her students are looking for a few Bowdoin alumni-male and female-for firsthand accounts of what it was like before, during and after women began to matriculate to the College.
“The students are excited to learn about the history of their own institution,” says Scanlon. “They have a lot of questions about who these women were who made the decision to come here. What kind of person would make that choice? What were the responses of men?”