THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Dr. Nancy Topping Bazin
“It’s important to vote for democracy in the books that we teach, the insights we convey and the teaching methods that we use – our future depends upon it.”
Artist. Author. Educator. Eminent scholar. Created the women’s studies program at Rutgers College and was the first director of the university-wide Women’s Research Institute. Coordinator of women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Developed the first women’s studies program in the commonwealth of Virginia at Old Dominion University. Author of numerous publications.
Interviewed by Michael Bazin, August 2020
Photo 1. Nancy, 1972. Photo 2. Dr. Carolyn H. Rhodes, professor of English (left), and Dr. Nancy T. Bazin, associate professor of English and new director of Women’s Studies, 1978 (Photo: Old Dominion University Libraries). Photo 3. Nancy as Chair of the English Department, Old Dominion University 1985-89. Photo 4. Nancy painting her Whimsical Birds.
More About Nancy:
- Nancy’s website
- Selected Artworks
- The Kiss, This community of birds seems surprised to witness a public kiss between two birds not of the same species. But love and affection know no bounds!
- You Are Bigger Than I Am, But Still…, The bird on the lower left asserts her right to be treated as an equal to the bigger bird–despite their difference in size!
- Birdland, Watercolor and Black Gesso
- Bird Watching, Watercolor and Black Gesso
- Activism of Feminist Nancy Topping Bazin
- Biography of Nancy Topping Bazin
- Bazin, Nancy Topping. Oral History Interview, August 3, 2020, by Kathryn Tracy Rizzi, Rutgers Oral History Archives.
- Nancy Topping Bazin Papers, Old Dominion University
- Women at Rutgers College: Remembering 1970-1977, 2003
- Who’s Who in America, Dr. Nancy Grace Topping Bazin
- Cited in Barbara Love’s book, Feminists Who Changed America, page 32