Saturday, February 11, 2012

Seventy-six Years of UCLA FWC PROGRAMS

Our Past President Phyllis Amboss (2009-2010) compiled Programs with corresponding speaker names. The list is arranged chronologically starting with the 1934-1935 school year. This will be uploaded here.

Zorana Ercegovac, Historian/Archivist 2010-2012 (nominated for President 2012-2013) has organized these Programs by topics. This too will be uploaded in Spring of 2012. The Introduction follows.

Introduction Note

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.

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