A Conversation with Joan Countryman: Educator, Author, Social Activist, Leader

On February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Smith College Club of Philadelphia will welcome Joan Countryman as our guest speaker. The meeting will be held at 22 S. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Smith’s long history of graduating women who take leadership positions is particularly timely now as more and more women are speaking out and stepping up to take active roles than ever before. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to and converse with a woman who has been a leader and activist in women’s education, the liberal arts, and civil rights efforts for her extensive professional career.

Joan Countryman was Head of Lincoln School, a Friends School for girls in Providence, Rhode Island from 1993 until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 she served as a consultant and Founding Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She then led the Atlanta Girls’ School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously,  Joan had served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993.

Joan grew up in Philadelphia, entered GFS as a third grader in 1948 and was the school’s first African-American graduate. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s from Yale University, and studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Moore College of Art, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Currently, while Joan maintains an active pursuit of several of her longtime interests, she is a leader in promoting the advantages of city living for older people and in creating communities where residents can age in wise and healthy ways.

Our evening will include hearing some of Joan’s thoughts on her experiences and interests and dialogue with her about topics relevant to the goals of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia. Come ready to listen and share your thoughts and ideas. We’re looking forward to a lively conversation.

Please RSVP to Margie Lord (’73) by Friday, February 16, 2018. Email: lordm144@gmail.com. Landline: 215-923-9059.

Specific directions will be sent  upon receipt of RSVP.

NOTE: Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference from April 13-15, 2018?

The Philadelphia Smith Club is interested in supporting members who want to attend. Contact the Club at phillysmithclub@gmail.com for information.


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