I have always wondered what it was like when Trinity College went co-educational. I was finally able to hear first-hand from one of the first graduating classes of women just how different the college was. Peggy Herzog ’76 had blazed the trail for women like me to go to Trinity. Herzog relished the chance to learn what had been only offered to men just a few years before she arrived at Trinity.
She recounts her Trinity education with a precision down to the class and subject. She loved her studies with dance (although not yet a major), music history, art history, and English. She remembers lectures and sings melodies from her music 101 and 102 classes. Faculty like Judy Dworin and Hugh Ogden impacted her immensely. Not only were her classes enjoyable, but she found time to audit classes. She shares that she sat in on one of Drew Highland’s classes and her mind was truly blown.
Herzog would often stay in the library until it closed. She remembers going to the cave with friends at 10:30 for late night coffee, and then heading back to study. Ultimately, Herzog majored in Psychology. The interdisciplinary experience that Herzog created was a precursor of the interdisciplinary majors that Trinity now offers students. The Trinity experience was at its finest for Herzog, as she went from the dance studio to her psychology classes.
Post Trinity, Herzog became a clinical psychologist for children, adolescents and adults. She believes that the knowledge that she uses as a psychologist now, is heavily drawn from her Trinity Education. Learning how to analyze a Great Book, teaching dance to inner city children, and learning Developmental Psychology, were essential to her work today as a clinician. Herzog also lectures, and offers workshops to lawyers, mediators and conflict resolution specialists on Nuances of Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication, both, nationally and internationally. She has been invited by the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, The New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and The Women’s Bar of New York State, to teach their members.
Trinity’s education is s relevant today as Herzog prepares current workshops. This June, she is presenting at the annual conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York. As she teaches concepts such as attitude, cue delivery, and cue receptivity she will be drawing non-verbal communication skills first explored in through the non-verbal nuance in Judy Dworin’s dance improvisation classes. Herzog’s Trinity education is still relevant today. Sitting with Herzog at her kitchen table over a cup of tea, I was lost in the nuances of her “interdisciplinary thinking”. I was lost—in her world of thought and passion.