50th Reunion, class of 1969

The Pembroke College class of 1969 entered campus in 1965. The students’ experiences were very much dictated by world events including the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Women’s Movement. Sympathy with these causes permeated campus in the forms of protests, rallies, and sit-ins. In the midst of this period, women students lived a bifurcated existence on campus. Antiestablishment ethos permeated campus culture and yet women were governed by parietal rules that dictated curfews and dress codes and that schooled them in the art of “gracious living” in addition to their regular programs. The parietal rules came to an end by their senior year when Brown’s leadership, including University President Ray Heffner and Pembroke College Dean Rosemary Pierrel, loosened the women’s social restrictions.

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