Interview by Alison Fensterstock
Since Tulane University unveiled its Renewal Plan in December, the fate of Newcomb College, the university's 120-year-old undergraduate women's college, has been a contentious and much-debated issue. The university's plan called for the dissolution of the college as a degree-granting institution and the restructuring of its programs under the umbrella of the Newcomb Institute, which will administer some, but not all, of the college's resources, including the 25-year-old Newcomb Center For Research on Women.
Current students and alumnae were denied an injunction in March that would have halted the dissolution of the college. Now, two descendents of Josephine Louise Newcomb, the woman who endowed the college in the late 19th century, are suing the university, claiming the plan effectively breaks Newcomb's will. Anna Nagrath, a representative from the organization The Future of Newcomb College, joined Alison on the air today to discuss her group's efforts. Read more about the issue at: