Shirley Kagan ’89 gets a mention in a New York Times article about all male colleges like Hampden-Sydney.

On the other hand, gay Hampden-Sydney graduates participated in a recent seminar on gay issues. And a theater teacher, Shirley Kagan, a Williams College graduate from New York who considers herself a feminist and a liberal, says she finds her students at Hampden-Sydney to be curious, open-minded and responsive.

”They gain something from being in their comfort zone, but, of course, it can cut both ways,” she said. ”When they get out of here they’ll be dealing with women and minorities on a larger basis than they do here. We do our best to prepare them for that.”

If any Eph can hold her own at an all-male, southern, rural college, it would be Shirley.

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