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Katharina Kroo Grunfeld

Katherina Kroo Grunfeld is an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College, where she edits The Echo: The Journal of the Hunter College Archives. A graduate of New York University (B.A., M.A.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D.), Grunfeld is also a director of English Now, a community service program designed to teach English to adult immigrants and refugees.

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Hunter College

Long known as the “Jewish Girls’ Radcliffe,” Hunter College of the City University of New York was founded in 1870 as the Normal College of the City of New York. It was a public, tuition-free secondary and teacher-training school that admitted students solely on the basis of academic merit, determined by competitive examination, and by residency in the city. Over the years, it became a haven for academically advanced students unable to afford more costly schools or to gain admission to institutions with more restrictive admissions criteria. Women who were considered “socially undesirable”—African Americans, Catholics, and Jews, especially those from Eastern Europe—attended Hunter in disproportionate numbers. Hunter’s student body, therefore, differed significantly from that of other women’s colleges in America. From 1900 to the end of World War II, decades when many institutions of higher education implemented policies of selective admissions specifically designed to deflect minority students, Hunter gladly welcomed these same women. Hunter educated scores of intellectually gifted and professionally talented women whose skills and achievements amply repaid the city’s largesse.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Katharina Kroo Grunfeld." (Viewed on December 10, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/grunfeld-katharina>.

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