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Last spring, nine Arcadia students ventured to India to learn about “visual culture” in a class taught by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications program. During their nine-day cross-cultural journey, “We visited the proverbially great Taj Mahal, the epic and erotically sculptured temples of Khajuraho, the intensely busy streets of Mumbai, the industrious slums of Dharavi, and the tribal artists of the Warli Village,” says Lauren “Ren” Manley ’09, in the most recent issue of Arcadia magazine.
Now, days after the terrorist attack on Mumbai that left nearly 200 dead, the group photo they took inside the Taj Majal Hotel provides a stark contrast between the city they visited and the burning landmark they saw on the news. While the students did visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the mausoleum often referred to as “the jewel of Muslim art in India,” they found the rest of the country far more interesting. The Taj turned out to be just a building. The real treasure turned out to be the people and culture of India.
Join these students in sharing your thoughts and messages with some of those people they met in India. Comment here or write a note on the paper next to the visual display of their experience in The Chat, outside the game room.
Each year, a new class of students enters Arcadia with unlimited dreams of what they will become. That hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that women were able to dream without limit. Students in the Class of 1968 entered Arcadia amidst a societal evolution and were soon draped with the moniker “The Renaissance Class.” For them, the full range of careers in arts and sciences was open as never before. When they gathered at Reunion 2008 in June to celebrate their 40th anniversary, they talked about their many accomplishments.
The fall issue of Arcadia magazine takes a look at the Class of ‘68 and some of their individual journeys. “One of the unique things about the Class of ’68 was that at the time of our graduation, corporations were seeking qualified women to train and fill positions that had been offered to men up until that time,” notes Anne Pilert ’68. “Miniskirts not withstanding, women’s lib did begin to open many doors for women college graduates. I chose to follow a more traditionally female career path and became an elementary teacher, while several of my friends went to work for large corporations, banks and businesses on the move.”
I entered college 15 years later, along with my classmates feeling unfettered about what we could do. We were the “superwoman” generation. We had been liberated and wanted to do everything, and in some cases ran ourselves ragged doing what became known as the balancing act between career and family. The young women entering college today have 40 years of history to build on, and the research indicates that they will forge unique paths of their own. Finally, they feel free to make individual choices. Some fully intend to move in and out of the workforce to rear families, knowing that they will be able to get back in the game when they choose. Some are still forging new paths in math and the sciences as well as the arts, humanities and education. All of them have a full menu of choices. That is the legacy of the Renaissance Class-and each class since. In fact, across the nation, more women are going to college than men. Share your thoughts with us; leave a comment.