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Aquarter-century of coeducation was commemorated during Alumni Holiday/Reunion in June, marking the graduation of the nine women in the Class of 1976. The celebration was planned by the staff of the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs in collaboration with an advisory committee composed of alumni representing classes from 1973 to 2000.
Special events throughout the weekend highlighted historical and current coeducational experiences of faculty, students, and alumni. More than 25 members of the Amherst community participated in panels discussing the evolution of coeducation in athletics, the integration of female professors into the faculty, the experiences of women of color, an array of male perspectives, the reflections of current students, and the careers of college alumnae.
A welcoming reception on Friday night featured a reflective talk by Ellen Ryerson, deputy dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale, who taught at Amherst in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was a member of the Select Committee on Coeducation. Ryerson was eloquent and honest about her participation in the coeducation discussions, saying they were "exquisitely intelligent— but they went on forever." Looking back, she said, "The controversy gave me the thing itself—seven provocative, challenging years—and made me more ready for a career in college administration." About 70 people attended Ryerson's talk on the lawn of the coeducation headquarters, Appleton Hall. The lobby of Appleton displayed a photo essay on coeducation completed in 1983 by Hara Person '86.
The matriculation of the first coeducational class at Amherst (female graduates in the spring of 1976 were transfer students from other institutions) will be honored by a series of programs in the fall. Notable speakers include political essayist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich and Lani Guinier, the Harvard University law professor whom President Clinton once nominated to be assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights.