Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Douglass: 1918 - 2013

Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Douglass: 1918 - 2013

Wednesday - 8/21/13

Two distinguished alums, Dr.  Carol Christ ’66 and Judge Leonie Brinkema ’66, are on campus for Douglass’ 95th anniversary on Wed., Sept. 18th, along with two special lectures. (see details after the bios)

Dr. Carol Tecla Christ DC’66 will meet with Douglass students and Douglass and Rutgers administration and faculty during the day on Sept. 18th and will then be giving a keynote address at a private dinner for invited Douglass alums and students, Rutgers faculty and administration, and other friends of Douglass.  Dr. Christ recently completed 11 years at the helm of Smith College, serving as its 10th president from 2002 to July 1, 2013.  Dr. Christ received her doctorate in English from Yale University and graduated with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University.  She came to Smith after an extensive career in teaching and administration at University of California, Berkeley.   At Smith, Dr. Christ led a comprehensive strategic planning process that culminated in 2007 with The Smith Design for Learning: A Plan to Reimagine a Liberal Arts Education.  She also undertook one of Smith’s most ambitious capital projects: Ford Hall, a state-of-the-art, sustainably designed building that is home to the college’s pioneering Picker Engineering Program.  Dr. Christ has written and co-edited several books on Victorian poetry and English and Victorian literature.  Her awards have included election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University Graduate School, an honorary doctoral degree by the American College of Greece and the Smith College Medal. 

Judge Leonie Milhomme Brinkema DC ’66 will be meeting with Douglass students and Douglass and Rutgers administration and faculty during the day, and she will also be delivering a lecture open to the public at 4 p.m. at Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building, Mason Gross Performing Arts Center.  The title of her lecture is “A View from the Bench:  Reflections on Trials from terrorism to academic freedom.” (See more information on the lectures below.)  Judge Brinkema was the first female judge named to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1993.  She has presided over some of the most closely-watched trials of the last decade, including the cases of 9/11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui and al-Qaeda operative, Lyman Faris. Judge Brinkema received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School, her master’s in library science from Rutgers University, and her bachelor’s in philosophy with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers. In addition to authoring major legal pieces, her awards and honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Danforth Foundation graduate fellowships; Douglass Society; Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni; the University of Virginia School of Law William J. Brennan, Jr.  Award, and the Colby College Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award.

We are also very excited to have President Carmen Twillie Ambar, former Dean of Douglass and current President of Cedar Crest College, back on campus for Douglass’ 95th anniversary.  She will be speaking at the first Knowledge & Power Plenary lecture of the semester at 10:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  The title of her talk is “Maximizing Your Douglass Experience!”  See more information about her lecture below.  Ambar came to Cedar Crest College after a highly successful tenure as dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the University’s history. Prior to her time at Rutgers, she served as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. As an attorney, she has also worked in the New York City Law Department as assistant corporation counsel.

The details of the 2 special lectures for the Douglass 95th Anniversary are presented below.

Two Special Lectures - Open to the Public

Knowledge and Power First Plenary Lecture - Wednesday, September 18
10:55am - 12:15pm
Voorhees Chapel
5 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus

Keynote Address:  “Maximizing Your Douglass Experience!” Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College and former Dean of Douglass College
Also speaking:  Jacquelyn Litt, Dean of Douglass Residential College:   "Douglass at 95 - Our Students, Our Success.”

A Campus Picnic and DRC Clubs/Organizations Fair to follow.  FOR STUDENTS ONLY.

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Lecture
4:00 - 5:15pm
Schare Recital Hall
Marryott Music Building
81 George Street, New Brunswick
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus

“A View From the Bench:   Reflections on Trials from Terrorism to Academic Freedom.”
Judge Leonie M. Brinkema DC '66, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Reception for Judge Brinkema and Opening of the Douglass Exhibition immediately following her talk.
5:30 – 6:30pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Room
Mabel Smith Douglass Library
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus

Co-Sponsored by the Margery Somers Foster Center, Rutgers University Libraries.

Judge 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 2006 trial of 9/11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui.  Please see the Washington Post article, "A Firm Grip on the Gavel," for background on the Judge and the Moussaoui trial.  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.

See also the Mabel Smith Douglass Library website for additional background on the Judge Brinkema lecture and reception, as well as the Douglass 95th Anniversary Exhibition of college memorabilia.

Free parking available in Lots 79A and 74 (entrance from George St.), as well as the Douglass Parking Deck behind the Douglass Campus Center (entrance for parking deck on Lipman Drive, directly off of Nichol Ave.)  See Rutgers Maps for directions:  http://rumaps.rutgers.edu.

For more information on the Douglass 95th Anniversary Lecture and Reception, please contact Douglass Residential College Special Projects Coordinator Sylvia Hove at  sh821@echo.rutgers.edu or 848.932.3181.

About Douglass

On September 18, 1918, the New Jersey College for Women opened its doors to 54 female students – the culmination of a determined effort led by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs to expand higher education opportunities for women in New Jersey.  The college, a part of Rutgers, flourished in the ensuing years with the many contributions of outstanding Deans, faculty, students, and alumnae, including the hard work of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.  In 1955, the college was renamed Douglass College in honor of Mabel Smith Douglass, its founding Dean. Douglass College would go on to become one of the leading women’s colleges in the nation.

With Rutgers’ transformation of undergraduate education in 2007, Douglass Residential College became the successor to Douglass College.  Under the leadership of the current Dean, Dr. Jacquelyn Litt, Douglass Residential College has stayed true to Douglass’ core mission of advancing women’s excellence.  Douglass today provides a broad range of innovative educational programs to over 1,900 high-achieving undergraduate women from every academic area of the university, including engineering, arts and sciences, pharmacy, business, and environmental and biological sciences. 

From the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering to programs in global education and advocacy, career development and leadership - along with specialized living-learning residences - Douglass provides an enriching, close-knit intellectual community dedicated to the success of women.   In honor of the 95th Anniversary of Douglass, we salute the many achievements of the college and its alumnae and toast a very bright future for women students at Douglass.