Past President Phyllis Amboss prepared a document titled Seventy Five Years of Faculty Women’s Club Programs. This document, dated June 8, 2011, is available in paper and on disc. It is organized chronologically by date with corresponding speaker’s name and topic of presentation. The chronological arrangement allows one to search programs by date only and not by TOPIC. If you were interested in topics that were of interest to FWC over time, you would have to sequentially go through the 14-page document. This is what I did in this first cut analysis.
I wanted to answer the question, what is been presented at FWC Programs, 1934 to present? This represents the evolution of general themes, levels of interests and activities of FWC membership.
I pulled the TOPICS in the left column and listed them alphabetically both as general topics and related subtopics; all these appeared in actual programs. In addition, I created another column for specific NOTES. The field Notes has been created by tallying the number of times a given topic, for example music, has been presented as well as other characteristics associated with it.
The purpose of this analysis is to:
- Inform the FWC about programming efforts, 1934-present
- Facilitate our Board Membership in planning future program
- Describe frequency, range and variety of topics, possible gaps, and correlations with historical and current events (e.g., political, foreign relations, economic, social, health, women’s issues)
- Identify possible trends in the presented programs
This is work in progress, voluntary, and seeking your input and feedback.