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Set of activities to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Douglass

August 19, 2013
3 young women of Douglass college with protest signs.

A historic photo of Douglass College, to be featured in the Douglass 95th Anniversary Exhibition. Photo from Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

As the only residential college for women at a renowned public university in the United States, Douglass Residential College enjoys a rich and varied history. Dating back to its origins as the New Jersey College for Women, Douglass has established a strong reputation as a platform for thoughtful student inquiry and activism on a variety of pressing social issues. Douglass has also helped launch the careers of a number of notable public personalities such as the MacArthur fellow and painter Joan Snyder, author Janet Evanovich, sculptor Alice Aycock, Smith College President Carol Tecla Christ, Vice President and Director of Thirteen/WNET's Educational Resources Center Ruth Ann Burns, New Jersey Supreme Court Justices Jaynee LaVecchia and Virginia Long, and others.

Douglass Residential College will hold a set of events on Wednesday, September 18th to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The Rutgers University Libraries are proud to serve as a cosponsor of this celebration.

"A View from the Bench: Reflections on Trials from Terrorism to Academic Freedom."
Douglass 95th Anniversary Lecture by Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, DC' 66 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Starting at 4:00 p.m.
Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building
81 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ; Douglass campus

Reception for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema
and Opening of the Douglass 95th Anniversary Exhibition

Starting at 5:30 p.m.
Mabel Smith Douglass Room
Mabel Smith Douglass Library
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ; Douglass College

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, a 1966 graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, has served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia since October, 1993. She has presided over several high-profile terrorism cases during her career, including the Zacarias Moussaoui trial in 2006. Judge Brinkema received her Juris Doctor cum laude from Cornell Law School and also holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from Rutgers University Graduate School of Library Science. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including Phi Beta Kappa in 1966; Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowships, both in 1966; membership in the Douglass Society in 1989; the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004; the University of Virginia School of Law William J. Brennan, Jr. Award in 2007; and the Colby College Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award in 2008.

The Douglass 95th Anniversary Exhibition, curated by Kayo Denda, Head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women's and Gender Studies Librarian, in collaboration with Fernanda Perrone and Erika Gorder, archivists, will focus on five themes - the early years of Douglass, co-education debates at the college, student activism, diversity, and leadership. The exhibition will feature photographs, artifacts, yearbooks, and other items that vividly illustrate the history of Douglass from the Special Collections and University Archives and other collections.

For more information on the Douglass 95th Anniversary Lecture and Reception, please contact Douglass Residential College Special Projects Coordinator Sylvia Hove at or 848-932-3181.

For more information on the Douglass 95th Anniversary Exhibition, please contact Kayo Denda at or 848-932-5024.

Note: Parking for these two events will be available in Lots 79A and 74 as well as the Douglass Parking Deck. See Rutgers Maps for directions:
Marryott Music Building is not handicap accessible.