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40th Anniversary Student Projects

Hackman Scholars Oral History Project

"How did the arrival of women on campus in the fall of 1969 change life at Franklin & Marshall College?"

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This is one of many questions that Hackman Scholars Alysse Vaccaro '11 and Johanna Schein '11 asked alumni, administrators and faculty.

Under the direction of Professor Dennis Deslippe, the scholars studied the varied experiences of male and female students at Franklin & Marshall College during the transition to coeducation.

The end result of this project, An Institution Re-Founded: Coeducation at Franklin & Marshall College, An Oral History, was published this fall.

This book will be launched during Homecoming Weekend and available for sale in the College bookstore for $10.



Alma Mater's Daughters: A Celebration of Franklin & Marshall Women

Based on 26 interviews with significant Franklin & Marshall women, both past and present, Alma Mater's Daughters is an extraordinary film that celebrates the history of women at Franklin & Marshall.

An entirely student-led project, Alma Mater's Daughters was cast, produced, directed and edited by Ashley Lippolis '09, Heather van der Grinten '09, and Katie Stryker '11, with videography by Dirk Eitzen and Andrea Campbell of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film, and faculty advising by Eitzen and Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Writers House. Funded by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Alma Mater's Daughters shows how the inclusion of women undergraduates over the past 40 years has irrevocably, and positively, changed the culture of the College. 

Read more about the film.

Join us for a launch party celebrating the release of the film on Saturday, October 24 from 2-4 pm—just after the Homecoming Tailgate—in the Atrium of the Barshinger Life Sciences Building.

The DVD will be on sale at the launch party and in the College bookstore during Homecoming weekend.