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The Harvard community gathered to discuss the University's evolving relationship with female affiliates throughout the course of its history during the Dean's Lecture, delivered by Helen H. Horowitz. The lecture, one of many events this year to commemorate Harvard's 375th anniversary, included opening remarks from President Faust and Radcliffe Institute Dean Cohen.
Helen Horowitz explores Harvard University’s relationship with women—beginning with the University’s founding, and she contends that the fight for equity remains a work in progress today.
Separated by more than a century, these two voices inhabit the same space: the Radcliffe College Archives at Schlesinger Library. In paper soft with age and still crisp from the printer, in cursive loops and cartridge-ink, they tell their stories. These stories are bookends to the institution in which the library is housed, and that which they document: Radcliffe, first an annex, then a College, and now a center for advanced research. The century between them brought a radical rethinking of not only co-education at Harvard, but of a woman’s traditional place in the world.
This year's Radcliffe Institute Medalist is Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M. '69, the twenty-fourth chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court (now retired). She is senior counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP, as well as a senior research fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School. (She is also an incorporator of Harvard Magazine Inc.) Marshall will give the keynote address during the Radcliffe Day luncheon on May 25 in Radcliffe Yard.