December 13, 1972
The college lecture series "The Role of the Sexes in a Changing Society" resumed with four events. Dancer Barbara Ann Teer, founder of the National Black Theater, lectured in the Aula on "Political Consciousness-Raising Through Arts," and poet and activist Nikki Giovanni author of Black Feeling, Black Talk (1967) and My House (1972), read and commented on her poems in the Chapel. The following evening in Skinner Hall British-born art historian Ann Sutherland Harris, assistant professor of art history at Hunter College, lectured on "The Image of Women in Art," and feminist scholar and editor Catherine R. Stimpson from Barnard College lectured on "Women in Modern Literature."
In 1972, Harris, the president of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and Vassar art historian Linda Nochlin ’51 were commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to mount a show of significant women artists. The result—an exhibition, “Women Artists, 1550-1950” (1975) and a book, Women Artists, 1550-1950 (1976)—was called by the online Dictionary of Art Historians “the cornerstone for feminist research in art history.”
Nikki Giovanni visited the campus again in 1981, and Catherine Stimpson, whose Where the Meanings Are: Feminism in Cultural Spaces appeared in 1988, spoke at the college on "Woolf's Room, Our Project: Feminist Criticism Today" in 1986.