Tea in Philosophy

Part of the reason for our stay in New York is that my husband has research to do here. For the last week or so he has been going to Columbia University and looking at materials in Special Collections. Both he and I have Ph.D’s in history from Columbia so it has been a bit like old home week to go back. When I was in my first year of graduate school, I  often went to Philosophy Hall and had tea and cookies in the afternoon. I remember being served by older women.  This is a pleasant memory and actually relates to my own research for my new book. I am working on a social history of academia and want to focus on faculty wives.  Columbia and other colleges and universities had faculty wives organizations whose activities often included  holding teas. The Columbia Association of University Teas dates back to 1898.

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