Trinity is commemorating the 50th anniversary of coeducation at the college with a three-semester-long set of programming, special occasions, and content for the entire Trinity College community.

Check back here for updates to upcoming events, programs, and related courses, and please email womenatthesummit@trincoll.edu to share ideas and join in the celebration.

In addition to on-campus events, The Women’s Leadership Council will host off-campus events and lead a corresponding women’s philanthropy initiative.

Signature Events

Spring 2020: Women at the Summit: Tomorrow

February 7, 2020
50 For the Next 50 Celebration – The Society Room, Hartford, CT

Date TBD
Dedication of Women at the Summit Time Capsule – The Trinity College Archives

Related Programming

February 5: Evensong with Dedication of the Icon, “St. Katherine Teaching Philosophers at the Alexandrian Court”

5:15 p.m. Evensong with dedication of the icon in the Chapel
6:00 p.m. Dinner and discussion in the Reese Room, Smith House
RSVP for dinner to emily.dowden@trincoll.edu
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February 6, 2020: 50 Years of Women and Dance at Trinity College
12:15 p.m. Panel in honor of Judy Dworin’71 with Kat Powers and Lesley Farlow, moderated by Rebecca Pappas – Dangremond Family Commons

February 6, 2020: Women & Engineering
12:15 p.m. Common Hour Lunch with Stacey Joslin ’96 – MECC Room 270
4:30 p.m. Afternoon Tea – Engineering Lounge, MECC 3rd Floor

February 26, 2020: Stories from the Summit: An Evening with Dr. Christina Bleyer
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Smith Residence, Windsor, CT

March 8, 2020: The Men Of Color Alliance presents Women’s Appreciation Brunch
The Men Of Color Alliance will be Honoring the Women of Trinity College & The Greater Hartford Community. There will be live music, a few performances, guest speakers, and a brief award ceremony.
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Sunday, March 8, 2020
4:00 p.m. Trinity College Chapel
For most of the history of The Chapel Singers’, a group that is nearly as old as Trinity College itself, membership included undergraduate men only. In fact, any performances requiring soprano voices necessitated a collaboration with children’s or women’s choirs from the region. The Chapel Singers welcomed their first soprano members in 1969, when Trinity opened its doors to women students. In recognition of this significant anniversary, The Chapel Singers offer a concert of music by women composers, including works by Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger, Rosephanye Powell, Kerry Andrew, and Dobrinka Tabakova.
Zachary Schurman ’22, organist
Christopher Houlihan, conductor
Free admission, donations accepted

March 19, 2020: “Will Truth Survive? Social Media, Elections and the Future of Democracy”
A Women’s Leadership Council Roundtable Lunch with Professor Renny Fulco.
Hosted by Daisy Letendre’13 in Washington, DC
Due to the wide ranging and rapidly changing impacts of the COVID-19 situation,
this event has been postponed. We hope to announce a new date later this year.

March 19, 2020: “Taking Charge: Women and the 2020 Election”
A moderated conversation with Professor Renny Fulco, Lisa Banks’90, Kristin Duquette’13 and Brooke LePage’19.
Hosted by Daisy Letendre’13 in Washington DC
Due to the wide ranging and rapidly changing impacts of the COVID-19 situation,
this event has been postponed. We hope to announce a new date later this year.

April 7, 2020: 50 Years of Dance and Coeducation
12:15 p.m. Panel in honor of Judy Dworin’71 with Kat Powers and Lesley Farlow, moderated by Rebecca Pappas – Dangremond Family Commons
This event was originally scheduled for February 6 but was postponed until April 7. It will be recorded for viewing at a later time.

April 28, 2020: The Future of Title IX
Common Hour Panel with Laura Lockwood M’95 , Renny Fulco. Kristin Noone, Wildaliz Bermudez’04, and Trinna Larsen’20. Moderated by Sarah Cody’95. This event will be recorded for viewing at a later time.

Fall 2019: Women at the Summit: Today

October 2: WGRAC Then & Now: 1970s-Present

5:00 p.m. “A Walk through WGRAC’s Herstory” wine and cheese reception in Mather Art Space
6:00 p.m. dinner and panel, Mather Hall, Terrace Rooms

A panel discussion moderated by Shakira Ramos Crespo ’02 with past and present staff and student leaders of the Women & Gender Resource Action Center.

  • Diane Martell, Women’s Center Coordinator, 1990-98
  • Beth Miller IDP’00, M’03
  • Bettina Gonzalez ’16
  • Lucemy Perez ’21
  • Laura Lockwood M’95, Director, WGRAC
  • Randy Lee ’66, Director, Counseling and Wellness Center and Psychology Professor

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October 17:  Women in Leadership
Common Hour (12:15–1:15 p.m.)
Washington Room, Mather Hall
A Conversation with Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity’s first female president, and Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, Trinity’s first female board chair. Moderated by Sarah Cody ’95.
Read more about the event or watch an archived stream.

October 24: Sororities: Then & Now
Common Hour (12:15–1:15 p.m.)
Hamlin Hall, dining hall
A Conversation with Jane Swift ’87 and current president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Cat MacLennan ’20
Read more about this event.

Related Programming

August 29: President’s Convocation

September 28: Introduction to Women at the Summit J-Term course
January in Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Women’s Pilgrimage in Early Christianity
J-Term 2020 Course, led by Chaplain Allison Read, Professor Tamsin Jones and Sidnie White Crawford’81

October 2, 2019: Coeducation: Where Are We Today? A Conversation with Professor Susan Bush.
Hosted by Lisa Koch Rao ’95, Ashvin Rao ’95 and Kierstie Clark ’97 for Westchester alumni/ae.

October 29, 2019: Women and Leadership Alumnae Panel moderated by Amy Katz ’79
Panelists: Jennifer Blum ’88, Regan Hofmann ’89, Daisy Letendre ’13 and Terrie Rouse-Rosario ’74. Hosted by Gary Morgans ’75 for DC area alumni/ae.

November 3, 2019: Coeducation: Where Are We Today? A Conversation with Professor Kevin Huang’12
Hosted by Danae Goldberg McKenzie ’09 for Boston area alumni/ae.

November 22, 2019: Hillel: Then & Now. A Conversation with Molly Zaentz ’09 and Lily Sommer ’12 about the history of Pink Shabbat.

November 23: A Venetian Affair
A performance by Liesl Odenweller ’88, soprano and co-founder of the Venice Music Project Ensemble, and Andrea di Robilant, author and narrator.
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December 8: Lessons & Carols with readings by Trinity women

 

Spring 2019: Women at the Summit: Yesterday

January 11: Launch Parties
On campus and at locations around the world, Trinity kicked off Women at the Summit with a celebratory toast marking the 50th anniversary of the vote by the college to admit women as first-year students. See highlights of how we celebrated.

February 14: Coeducation in Context: 1969-1970
Common Hour (12:15-1:20 p.m.)
Cinestudio
A panel discussion on the transition to coeducation, with Judy Dworin ’70, professor of theater and dance, emerita; Dori Katz, professor of modern languages and literature, emerita; Randy Lee ’66, associate professor of psychology and director of the Counseling and Wellness Center;  and Ron Spencer ’64, former associate academic dean and lecturer in history, emeritus. Watch the video below, created by Hanjatiana Nirina Randrianarisoa ’21, for the Coeducation in Context panel.

March 1: Women’s History Month Keynote: Chris Evert
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Washington Room, Mather Hall
Evert will join Trinity Field Hockey Coach Anne Parmenter for what promises to be a wide-ranging conversation about the evolution of women’s roles in the world of sports and in society overall.
Read more and watch a video from the event.

March 26: The Evolution of the Female Bantam
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Grand Room, Admissions and Career Development Center

Discussion led by Robin Sheppard M’76, former associate director of athletics/head field hockey coach/head women’s lacrosse coach
Read more and watch a video from the event.

April 25: Stories from the Class of 1973: Trinity’s First Four-Year Coeducational Class
Common Hour (12:15-1:20 p.m.)
Joslin Family 1823 Room, Raether Library and Information Technology Center
A conversation with Diane Brown ’73, P’03Karen Fink Kupferberg ’73, P’07, Joyce Krinitsky ’73, and Patti Mantell-Broad ’73, P’06.
Read more and watch a video from the event.

Related Programming

February 8: “If We Stop the World Stops!” What’s Behind the International Strikes?
12:30 p.m. 
Vernon Social
With Lucia Cavallero and Jula Camara, organizers of the women’s strike in Spain.

February 13: Evensong
5:15 p.m. 
The Chapel
Evensong is a centuries-old service of sung prayer that marks the end of day and the arrival of evening through beautiful music, silence, candlelight, and incense. The Chapel Singers offer music from the English choral tradition, perfectly suited to the setting of the Chapel. A brief spoken reflection is read by a member of the community, this semester will featuring writing by women scholars and theologians in honor of Women at the Summit: 50 Years of Coeducation at Trinity College celebration. A meal follows this approximately 45-minute service. All are invited for a moment of restful contemplation at the close of day.

February 28, 2019: Black History Month Closing Dinner Featuring Ilyasah Shabazz
6:30–9:00 p.m.
Washington Room, Mather Hall
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March 27, 2019: The Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Distinguished Lecture in International Studies
4:30 p.m.
McCook Academic Building
A conversation with South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home
Public Reception – Academic Club, Hamlin Hall 5:45 p.m.

April 3: Evensong
5:15 p.m. 
The Chapel
Evensong is a centuries-old service of sung prayer that marks the end of day and the arrival of evening through beautiful music, silence, candlelight, and incense. The Chapel Singers offer music from the English choral tradition, perfectly suited to the setting of the Chapel. A brief spoken reflection is read by a member of the community, this semester will featuring writing by women scholars and theologians in honor of Women at the Summit: 50 Years of Coeducation at Trinity College celebration. A meal follows this approximately 45-minute service. All are invited for a moment of restful contemplation at the close of day.

April 9: ZeRoRo Armenia
12:15–1:15 p.m. 
70 Vernon Street
Mariam Avagyan ’18 will present on her Davis Project for Peace titled, “ZeRoRo Armenia.” Using engineering and education to promote peace, this camp had a profound impact on the lives of the children who participated.

May 1: Evensong
5:15 p.m. 
The Chapel
Evensong is a centuries-old service of sung prayer that marks the end of day and the arrival of evening through beautiful music, silence, candlelight, and incense. The Chapel Singers offer music from the English choral tradition, perfectly suited to the setting of the Chapel. A brief spoken reflection is read by a member of the community, this semester will featuring writing by women scholars and theologians in honor of Women at the Summit: 50 Years of Coeducation at Trinity College celebration. A meal follows this approximately 45-minute service. All are invited for a moment of restful contemplation at the close of day.