Jesus is celebrating 40 years since it first admitted women to the College in what was known as the “Jesus experiment”, with three events for current students and alumni having been planned for this weekend. Women from the JCR and MCR hosted a drinks reception to celebrate a donation of portraits of the college’s first female fellows on Thursday, while a bar party is planned for Friday and a panel discussion on Saturday. Although the first women-only colleges, LMH and Somerville, opened in 1879, there were no co-ed colleges until Jesus, Brasenose, Wadham, Hertford and St Catherine’s opened their doors to women in 1974. Organiser Ellie Armstrong told Cherwell, “Celebrating steps towards equality is always important, and this milestone allows us to look back at the advances that have been made through women’s admission and to look forward to see what we still have to do to get diversity and equality in the University. “So many of us are grateful for the opportunity to study at Jesus College, Oxford University and the women of the community wanted to give something back. We also wanted to make sure that Jesus did something to commemorate the opportunity in the college, as Hertford and Keble have also done.” The drinks reception on Thursday celebrated the donation of portraits of some of the first female fellows to the College. Taken by a female undergraduate photographer, Liberty King, in Jesus Fellows’ Library, it is hoped that the portraits will be hung in the Porters’ Lodge. Armstrong explained, “Getting in touch with these fellows has been really inspiring as it’s shown how important their positions in Jesus were to their academic careers.” The fellows had interesting stories to tell. One explained how, after dining at high table with the other fellows, she was initially expected not to join the men when they went for coffee in a separate room, much to her dismay. Meanwhile, Susan Ballard, who joined the college’s GCR in 1977, commented, “It was a shock to the college that we wanted irons and ironing boards and sewing machines!” Friday’s bar party will involve creating a college-collage with memories and photographs about experiences of co-education for current Jesus students. With regard to costume theme, organisers have told students, “Take a great woman as your inspiration and get creative.” The panel discussion, meanwhile, sees Ruth Saunders, a member of the 1974 matriculation class, and Susan Ward, one of the two fellows admitted in 1974, sitting on a panel with current fellow Patricia Daley, post-grad Rohini Giles, and undergrad Kathy Page. Armstrong explained, “We hope to discuss how College has changed over the intervening 40 years, how attitudes and expectations have been influenced by the presence of women at Jesus and how their memories and experiences have been shaped by attending Jesus.” JCR President Leo Gebbie told Cherwell, “It’s fantastic to see Jesus students celebrating the contributions that women have made, both within and beyond our college, over the last 40 years. The events which have been organised are encouraging people to think of those women who have inspired them, and it’s great to see so many JCR members coming together to celebrate the achievements of our alumnae.”
Related Ben Platt’s Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards will be making room for a Pudding Pot on Friday after he receives the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year award.Platt, 26, perhaps best known for his Tony-winning turn in “Dear Evan Hansen,” is the youngest man to receive the Pudding Pot in Hasty Pudding’s 54-year history.“We’re thrilled to honor Ben Platt as our 54th Man of the Year because of the incredible impact he has had on Broadway and in Hollywood at such a young age,” said Hasty co-producer Natalie Needle. “Ben has had a remarkable career as an actor and musician. We are also avid musical theater fans, so we are very excited for him to watch our production,” added co-producer Samantha Meade.The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1967. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robin Williams.Platt is currently filming season two of “The Politician,” a popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy on which Platt is the executive producer. Season one earned Platt a Golden Globe nomination for best lead actor in a comedy. He will soon be starring alongside Beanie Feldstein in the film adaption of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” directed by Richard Linklater.Platt’s 2019 debut album, “Sing to Me Instead,” along with a new single, “Rain,” were performed to a sold-out crowd in Radio City Music Hall. The concert was filmed for a Netflix special being released this spring.On the big screen, Platt is known for his role as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ franchise “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” (This year’s Woman of the Year, Elizabeth Banks, made her directorial film debut with “Pitch Perfect 2.”) Platt also starred in “Ricki and the Flash” alongside Meryl Streep. His newest film, “Broken Diamonds,” has a 2020 release date.Platt made his Broadway debut as Elder Cunningham in the Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon.” But it was his role as the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen” that won him the 2017 Tony award for best leading actor. He also won the Drama League Award for distinguished performance . “Dear Evan Hansen” also won the Tony for best musical, and the cast recording took home the Grammy for best musical theater album.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by Related and Equinox/SoulCycle, will be held Friday. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Platt and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:30 p.m. The troupe will perform “Mean Ghouls,” its second production featuring both men and women in the cast.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 172nd production, “Mean Ghouls,” contact the box office at 617-495-5205, email [email protected], or order online at www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. from Feb. 7-March 8. The company then travels to New York to perform at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13 and 14, followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda. Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year honored with tour, parade through the Square Elizabeth Banks is roasted, toasted
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