Paving the Way: Reflections on the early years of coeducation at Notre Dame


Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium

Join us for a panel discussion to commemorate the 40th anniversary of coeducation at Notre Dame.

Our panel includes former students, a rector, and an administrator who will speak about their own experiences, as well as a historian who will offer context about this significant milestone in the life of the university.


Panelists include:

Father Thomas Blantz, C.S.C. ’57, ’63 MA, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame and former vice president for student affairs


Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand, '73 JD, attorney for the South Bend City Council and one of the first women’s hall rectors (Badin Hall 1972-’73, Breen-Phillips Hall 1973-‘74) 

Ann Therese Darin Palmer '73 JD, '75 MBA, editor of Thanking Father Ted:  Thirty-Five Years of Notre Dame Coeducation

Susan Poulson, professor of history at the University of Scranton and co-editor of Going Coed: Women’s Experiences in Formerly Men’s Colleges and Universities, 1950-2000


Dan Reagan 76, principal of D.G. Reagan & Associates LLC and former associate vice president for university relations at Notre Dame (2003-’12)


Jeanine Sterling ’76, chair of the ND Women Connect steering committee



This event is free and open to the public.


Cosponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the Department of American Studies, the Gender Studies Program, and Badin Hall.