Course Schedule – Spring 2024 / History and Philosophy / WOMEN SPIES

Coordinators: Penelope Pi-Sunyer, Judy Hampson, Donna Ramer, Tamara Weinberg

The stories of hundreds of courageous women spies have been long hidden from reports of battles and war. Before and during World War II, both Allied and Axis powers trained and sent women to the war fronts in occupied territories, to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance.

Initially distrusted by male colleagues, they developed wide and effective networks of spies. Employment of women as spies, of course, reaches back in history. Fascinating books, movies and TV, both fiction and nonfiction, have captivated us with stories about individual women and organizations. Who were these women? How did they operate?

A WEEK / WEDNESDAY / 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Feb 07Donna RamerWhat, Who, Are You a Spy? The tools Overview
Feb 21Judy HampsonThe SOE was set up in 1940 by Churchill to spy and sabotage behind German lines
Mar 06Judy HampsonStories of the incredibly brave women who sacrificed their lives during WW II
Mar 20Tamara WeinbergFictional Female Spies in books, movies and TV, based on real spies
Apr 03Penelope Pi-SunyerFemale Spies Long Ago and Far Away
Apr 17TBDTop Secret: What America Doesn’t Know and Needs to Know
May 08Tamara WeinbergFemale Celebrities Who Led a Double Life; Try Your Hand At Spying


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