“Our Voice at the Table”

Join us on June 6 for the finale to the celebration of 50 years of coeducation at Exeter.

April 27, 2021
Clayton Spencer, Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth, Rebecca Kurth, Eunice Panetta, China Forbes, Zoe Marshall

Featured alumnae speakers and performers (clockwise from top left): Clayton Spencer '73, Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth '99, Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Kurth '79, Zoe Marshall '17, China Forbes '88 and Eunice “Nicie” Panetta '84.

“Our Voice at the Table,” the culminating event in the yearlong commemoration of the impacts of coeducation at Exeter, will feature talks by alumnae and faculty, and arts performances by students and alumnae. 

This virtual event will take place June 6 at 6 p.m. ET.

Program highlights

Hosted by Gloria Riviera ’92, ABC News correspondent, the event will include:

  • Opening remarks from Principal Bill Rawson '71; P'08 and Chloe Gavin '72, chair of the Coeducation Engagement Committee.
  • Yesterday,” a conversation about the early years of coeducation with Clayton Spencer '73, president of Bates College, and Susan Herney '69, '74, '83 (Hon.), emerita faculty and recipient of the 2013 Founders’ Day Award.
  • Today,” a discussion by Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth '99, the first Black mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, who resigned from her position in late 2020 to become national co-chair of Our Black Party, a political party centered on the needs of Black people and communities.
  • Tomorrow,” a mother-and-daughter conversation about the impacts of Exeter on two generations of Exonians with Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Kurth '79, a physician and associate professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Zoe Marshall '17, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Closing remarks by Eunice “Nicie” Panetta '84, first woman president of the Trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy and founder of Bird on the Wing Media, a podcast and digital media production company.
  • Performances by China Forbes '88, singer-songwriter and lead singer with Pink Martini, and current students.


“Our Voice at the Table” caps a year of webinars, assemblies and special events, including “From ‘Studying Her Absence’ to Finding Her Voice: 50 Years of Coeducation at Exeter,” a symposium headlined by Gloria Steinem. To learn more about these events, and to watch recordings, visit our website dedicated to coeducation at Exeter.

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