Dreaming and Scheming
Fortunate woman that I am, I have been invited to dream about a research university of the future. Inhibited woman that I can be, I will not take us into the domains of speculative fiction where visiting professors can travel from one galaxy to the next, where professors and students might be hybrids who carry the genes of several species, and where information passes swiftly from mind to mind—without benefit of speech or writing or audiovisual aids. I believe that if we scheme patiently and persistendy enough, my dream might be realized within the next few years. For it melds materials that we now have on hand, not materials that we have yet to invent. My dream combines and recombines clements from the modern research university and from women’s studies, that daring bluestocking of many colors—in her sandals or sneakers or boots or pumps or Dr. Martens—who has marched into the university and claimed her rightful place.
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