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Claiming an Education Adrienne Rich

You cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education, you will do much better to think of yourselves as being here to claim one. One of the dictionary definitions of the verb "to claim" is: to take as the rightful owner; to assert in the face of possible contradiction. "To receive" is to come into possession of, to act as receptacle or container for; to accept as authoritative or true. The difference is that between acting and being acted-upon.

Excerpt from Adrienne Rich's convocation address, "Claiming an Education," Douglass College, 1977. Douglass College was a renowned women's college, in operation from 1918-2007. It is now named Douglass Residential College and is a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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