The Alumnae Seminar began in 1980 as a joint venture of alumnae of the Seven Sister Colleges who resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York. (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley Colleges are known as the "Seven Sisters.") From the start, the goal of the seminar has been to present outstanding programs that encourage interest in alumnae-related activities and attract a wide audience. Members of the public are welcome to attend the seminars, whch are a means of serving our communities while locally publicizing our colleges.
Each year's program explores a topic of current social, cultural, or political interest and features speakers who address various aspects of the topic. Many of the presenters are professors or alumnae from the Seven Sisters and offer evidence of the quality of teaching and scholarship at these institutions. The format of the seminar has evolved into an extended panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer period in which members of the audience interact with the panelists. After the formal program, attendees visit with each other while enjoying lunch.
The planning committee is comprised of volunteers who represent the Seven Sisters, as well as members of the American Association of University Women who graduated from other colleges. Committee membership changes annually, and many members have served for several years. The committee manages all aspects of each seminar, from determining the program topic and selecting speakers to developing publicity, taking registrations, and choosing the luncheon meal. Our colleges provide important financial and logistical support.
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