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History of the Brace Center

Students on the Steps of Abbot HallThe Brace Center for Gender Studies at Phillips Academy was opened in 1996 with a generous gift from Abbot Academy alumna Donna Brace Ogilvie '30, contributions from others and a start-up grant from the Abbot Academy Association. Its aim is to provide resources to enhance and strengthen Phillips Academy as a coeducational and multicultural institution by examining the complex issues related to gender, including sexuality, race and ethnicity.

Diane Moore, Instructor of Religion and Philosophy served as the Founding Director from 1996-2003 and initiated a variety of programs, including the Student Fellow program, the Faculty Fellow program, the Hearsey Community Fellows program, and the Brace Center Community Forums. Her leadership brought gender studies to the forefront of school academic life.

Distinguished scholars in gender studies have been invited to campus to give the Abbot Lectures on gender and contemporary culture. Past scholars have included Nan Stein, Michael Kimmel, Jean Kilbourne, Judith Jordan and Allan Johnson. Sponsored by the Alumnae Lecture Fund.