40th Anniversary of Coeducation: Upcoming Events

CoeducationHear Me Roar! A new, updated production of We Were Pioneers will be staged March 3-5. An original, multimedia readers’ theater production written and produced in 2003 by Amanda Roth ’04 and Kamaka Martin ’04, We Were Pioneers is based on 50 interviews with alumni from the 1960s and ’70s who had witnessed the remarkable period of social change that saw an increased presence of African Americans and women on campus. Roth, Martin, and Vivienne Felix ’03 assisted with the oral history project, which is documented on the “Lafayette: Coed in 1970” web site (sites.lafayette. edu/coeducation) developed by Sarah Shuster ’12 and College archivist Diane Windham Shaw.

Entitled Hear Me Roar!, the new, 90-minute production, adapted by Michael O’Neill, director of theater, and Kelcie Mohr ’11 and directed by Assistant Professor Mary Jo Lodge, will feature filmed interviews with members of the Class of 2014, accounts of the Class of 1974 performed live, popular music of the early ’70s, and dozens of memorable images from College Hill and the world beyond from 1970-74, promising to evoke memories and spark discussion about the way we were 40 years ago, celebrate our accomplishments, and look forward to a future full of promise for women and men alike.

Coeducation eventsFirst Women of Lafayette Reunion. Women in the classes of 1972, 1973, and 1974 will return to campus April 29 for the First Women of Lafayette Reunion. They will reflect on their days at Lafayette, attend classes, share their experiences with students, participate in panels and discussions, celebrate at a dinner with President Daniel H. Weiss, and discover how the College has evolved. They will receive recognition for their pioneering spirit and the beginning of a transformative era for Lafayette.

For more information on the College’s celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Coeducation, visit sites.lafayette.edu/coed40th.