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Class of 2016 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows

Fifteen members of the Class of 2016 will be spending a portion of their summer doing independent research as Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows. The Andrew J. Mellon Foundation has given Bryn Mawr College a grant in honor of Bryn Mawr alumna Hanna Holborn Gray, ’50 who served as chair of the foundation’s Board of […]

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Video Excerpts from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

You’ve seen the photos. Read about post-graduation plans. Now, relive a few minutes of Bryn Mawr’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony with the below video excerpts of poet Billy Collins and Bryn Mawr President Kimberly Cassidy. Students and family members interested in a video of the entire ceremony can order a DVD of the event. Congratulations once […]

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Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Launches Centennial Celebrations and Presents 2015 Alumni Awards

The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research recently launched its year-long 100th birthday celebrations at an on-campus reception for alumni, School and College administrators and faculty, students, and visiting public officials including Congressman Chaka Fattah, Katie Morton, who represented State Senator Daylin Leach, and Mike Bettinger, chief of staff to […]

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Set to Make Their Mark on the World, Class of 2015 Receives Degrees on Saturday, May 16

The more than 300 undergraduate members of the Class of 2015 and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Convocation is scheduled for Friday, May 15. Billy Collins, former Poet […]

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Saying Goodbye To Perry House While Looking Ahead to “New Perry”

On Saturday, May 2, a number of Bryn Mawr community members, as well as members of the Perry family, came together to toast the legacy of Perry House one last time. Speakers included President Kim Cassidy, former Associate Chief Information Officer and Equal Opportunity Officer Florence Goff, Nia Turner ’05, and current students Khadijah Seay […]

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Students Honored at 2015 Award Ceremony

At a ceremony on Monday, May 4, President Kim Cassidy announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. Below is the complete list of awards and honorees. Additional awards will be […]

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New Video Showcases The Extreme Keys

Ain’t no party like a Keys’ party! Check out this video capturing the camaraderie of the 2015 Extreme Keys. The group came together in 1981 to sing and have a good time (not necessarily in that order). The Extreme Keys proudly hold the title of the oldest female a cappella group in the Haverford/Bryn Mawr […]

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On the Bookshelf: Celebrating Bryn Mawr’s Faculty Authors

This year has seen a bumper crop of books by Bryn Mawr faculty and staff, with titles from across the disciplines. Here’s the impressive list: Cynthia Bisman (GSSWSR): Recognizing that targeted practice with individuals is the key to successful outcomes, Social Work: Value-Guided Practice for a Global Society (Columbia University Press) equips today’s practitioners with […]

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Professor of Russian Dan Davidson Testifies Before House Subcommittee

Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition and Director of the Russian Language Institute Dan E. Davidson recently testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on the need for support of international exchange, research, and training programs with the regions of the world critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. […]

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Students Flock to Free Trip to MoMA to see Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

Seats went fast for the free April 24 trip into New York City to see the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. Within minutes of posting the all-campus email invitation earlier this month, the  History of Art department was deluged with eager responses. That enthusiasm carried through to the day itself, when a busload […]

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Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Takes on Pseudo Science

UPDATE: Francl is interviewed by Al Jazeera America for a May 5, 2015 segment on this topic. Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl recently appeared on the NPR program “On the Media” to once again debunk some of the claims made by Vani Hari, the activist and author known as “The Food Babe.” During the interview, Francl […]

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May Day Scheduled for May 3

As finals week approaches and Bryn Mawr students bear down on exams and papers, the College’s traditional May Day celebration urges emergence from the library stacks and the lifting of noses from grindstones with a daylong moratorium on academic activity. For several years, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration has been held on the Sunday following […]

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President Cassidy Represents Bryn Mawr at Online Learning Conference

President Kim Cassidy recently joined a number of other education leaders for “Online Learning: Shaping the Future of Higher Education On and Off Campus.” Held on the MIT campus and cohosted by MIT and Harvard University, the summit focused on the opportunities and challenges arising during this exciting time of change to the established models […]

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Isabel Hamilton Benham ’31 Bequeaths $15 Million to Bryn Mawr To Support Science and International Studies

Wall Street pioneer Isabel Hamilton Benham, class of 1931, has bequeathed a gift of $15 million to the school, announced President Kim Cassidy today. “Isabel Benham defied convention and broke barriers throughout her life, and, through her accomplishments and her philanthropy, she continues to be an inspiration to successive generations of students here at Bryn […]

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Honored With 2015 Hepburn Medal

The 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, April 17 at a ceremony in Goodhart Hall. In accepting the award, Justice Sotomayor noted the influence Bryn Mawr had on the life of the women for whom it is named and the enduring power of sisterhood. “During a […]

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Hepburn’s Closet Celebrates The Diverse Fashions of the Tri-Co

For many college students, an extra 30 minutes of sleep or a quick dining hall pit stop on the way to class trumps putting together a fashionable outfit in the morning. But a brisk walk across Bryn Mawr’s campus will show you that Mawrters like to wear their individuality on their sleeve, and Hepburn’s Closet […]

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Larissa de Paula ’18 Attends Session of U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Though only a first-year student, Larissa de Paula ’18 of Brazil is so convinced of the transformative power of women’s colleges she has created the first blog in Portuguese talking specifically about all-women’s colleges in the U.S. And last month Larissa took her pro-women’s college message to the United Nations headquarters in New York as […]

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“Black at Bryn Mawr” Walking Tours and Discussion

For their Praxis III independent study project this year, Emma Kioko ’15 and Grace Pusey ’15 have created a project that brings to light the history and experiences of Black students, staff, and faculty at Bryn Mawr College since its founding. Titled “Black at Bryn Mawr,” the project has several components—a digital historical record in […]

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Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Debuts

In today’s workplace, the ability to team up with others is crucial, as is the ability to communicate ideas in compelling ways using contemporary modes of expression. Bryn Mawr’s new Digital Media and Collaboration Lab enables students to hone these skills as they work individually and together on technology-based projects. Housed in Carpenter Library, the […]

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Alicia Walker Receives Fellowship for Study of Gender Issues in the Art and Material Culture of Byzantium

Call someone an iconoclast today and you’re most likely thinking she’s a rebel, a non-conformist, an individualist. But back in 8th-century Byzantium, you would have meant something quite different. Derived from the Greek word for image-breaker, an iconoclast was someone who believed that religious icons were idolatrous. “From 726 to 843, the veneration of icons […]

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College Receives Funding to Restore Major Japanese Artwork

With its golden pigments and delicately painted detail, the 19th-century Japanese screen in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections illustrates the moment when the “shining prince” Genji first sees his future beloved, Murasaki. Donated by Asian art historian Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1915, the screen is the work of Kanō Seisen’in Osanobu, the last great master […]

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Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

The 12 students enrolled in this year’s Coasts in Transition 360° joined Bryn Mawr faculty members Thomas Mozdzer (Biology), Maja Šešelj (Anthropology), and Don Barber (Geology) on a spring break trip to Belize where they examined tropical environments and conducted marine ecology research. While in Belize, the group was immersed in two distinct tropical ecosystems […]

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Using Everything but the Table to Look at East Asian Literature and Film

What do zines have to do with a cultural-studies analysis of the topic of food in global East Asia? Or, for that matter, how does Googlemaps relate to the food practices of communities of the Chinese diaspora? Students in an advanced topics class taught by Shiamin Kwa, an assistant professor of East Asian Languages and […]

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College to Take Over Management of Book Store

The College will once again manage its own bookstore beginning in May 2015, right after graduation. “An independent store will provide better service to meet the academic program needs of the community and offer merchandise more attractive to all of its customers,” says Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Berenson. The Bryn Mawr College Bookstore has been […]

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Exterior Nearly Complete, New Residence Hall on Schedule for Fall Opening

When we last posted an update on the new residence hall being built on the corner of N. Merion Ave. and Yarrow Street, Haffner Hall had just been taken down and the wood framing for the new structure was just being erected. Now, the new building is completely enclosed, including the roof. The brick siding […]

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Students and Faculty Tour Cuba As Part of 360°

Halfway between the United States and Latin America, Cuba has historically charted its own course. With the recent thawing of relations between Washington and Havana—travel restrictions lifted, a new embassy opening—Bryn Mawr’s timing couldn’t have been better for a 360° course cluster focused on Cuba today. During spring break, the 10 students who enrolled in […]

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Google Doodle Calls Attention to Emmy Noether on 133rd Anniversary of Her Birth

Former Bryn Mawr faculty member Emmy Noether was the subject of the March 23 Google Doodle. Upon her passing in 1935, Albert Einstein wrote to  The New York Times that Emmy Noether was “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” From a March 2012 New York […]

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Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Department Still Rocks

Bryn Mawr’s Geology Department is the subject of a feature in the latest Main Line Today. From “Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Department Still Rocks”: On the first day of Arlo Weil’s basic geology classes at Bryn Mawr College, he shows his students a skyline view of a major city. His point is simple: There’s nothing […]

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Deliver Bryn Mawr College Commencement Address

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will deliver the Commencement address to the Bryn Mawr College Class of 2015 and degree candidates from its two graduate schools at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Collins has been called “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times and has appeared […]

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Campus Comes Together for Community Day of Learning

As many as 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members turned out for the first-ever Community Day of Learning on Wednesday, March 18. Titled “Race and Ethnicity at Bryn Mawr and Beyond,” the day featured performances, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lectures designed to illuminate and consider the benefits and challenges of living and learning in […]

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Two Bryn Mawr Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships

Bryn Mawr Class of 2015 members Camilla Dely and Ekaterina Vlasova are among this year’s recipients of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the […]

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Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Continues to Garner Media Attention with Debut Novel

Fresh on the heels of this glowing review in The New York Times, Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, made the cover of the Times’  Sunday Book Review. On Tuesday, March 17, Torday sat down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross to discuss the book. The Last Flight […]

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Emma Kioko ’15 Combines English and Africana Studies in Charting Her Academic Future

When Emma Kioko ’15 came to Bryn Mawr, if asked she’d tell people she was pre-med. With highly successful parents – both work in Manhattan, her father in risk management and her mother as a lawyer – the prestige and certainty of the phrase “I’m pre-med” just seemed like a natural, she says. But as […]

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Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim Named Bryn Mawr College Provost

Mary Osirim, Professor of Sociology, will serve as the next Provost at Bryn Mawr. Mary has served as the Interim Provost since July 1, 2013

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Creative Writing Director Daniel Torday’s Novel Reviewed in The New York Times

Daniel Torday is the director of Bryn Mawr’s Creative Writing Program. His debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, has garnered significant attention, including this review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times. From the review: “It’s Mr. Torday’s ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas, and […]

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Piper Martz ’16 Goes from Doing Research in Bolivia to Representing the U.S. at the World Expo in Milan, Italy

Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain-like food which just a few years ago was relatively unknown outside of old-school health-food stores and the regions of South America where it’s harvested. But now quinoa can be found everywhere from the fanciest restaurants to family picnics. While many have come to enjoy quinoa’s distinctive nutty taste, chances […]

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President’s Office to Hold Community Day of Learning on March 18

The President’s Office has enlisted the help of faculty, staff, students, and outside facilitators to organize, plan, and promote the inaugural Community Day of Learning. The day will feature performances, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lectures designed to elevate and promote the benefits and challenges of living and learning in a diverse community. Schedule and […]

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By Questioning Conventional Wisdom, Archaeology’s Peter Magee Unearths the Arabian Peninsula’s Past

For nearly a quarter century, Magee has worked to bring understanding and attention to the Arabian Peninsula, a vast area that takes in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. His groundbreaking research on the region’s unique irrigation systems and on the domestication of camels has added to the growing record that Arabia has a rich archaeological history.

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Plans for New Perry House Shaping Up, Committee to Take Last Look at Old Perry

With just about six months left until it opens, plans for the new Perry House are rapidly becoming more concrete. Earlier this week, Perry House Committee member Khadijah Seay ’16 posted the first update to the “Project Perry” blog, detailing information from the on-campus information session that was held last month. Next week, Seay and […]

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Chemistry’s Michelle Francl Takes on “The Food Babe” in Slate Article

“‘I couldn’t believe there was beaver’s ass in my vanilla ice cream, coal tar in my mac and cheese, yoga mat and shoe rubber in my bread,’ says Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe. That’s why she started blogging about food additives, she explains in the introduction to her new book, The Food […]

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President Cassidy Writes to The New York Times About the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

Following up on her recent blog post on the topic, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy sent a letter to The New York Times in response to a recent Charles Blow column on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math. The letter is reprinted below. To the Editor: Charles M. Blow […]

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Partnership with Indiana University Maurer School of Law Creates a Great Opportunity for Bryn Mawr Scholarship Recipients

Bryn Mawr graduates planning on law school now have the opportunity to attend the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on a generous scholarship that will cover approximately half the cost of admission and provide access to a formal mentoring program. Announced earlier this month by the law school, the scholarship and mentoring partnership is […]

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With a Dress, Kyra Neiman ’17 Stitches Together Lessons from Linguistics 101

For most of the students in Brook Lillehaugen’s Introduction to Linguistics class, the final project meant a term paper. But when the professor offered the option of a creative project in lieu of an essay, Kyra Neiman ’17 picked up her needle and thread. As Lillehaugen—an assistant professor teaching in the Tri-Co linguistics program—explains, her […]

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Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Quoted by Media Covering Violence in the Middle East

Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley, whose recent research has focused on the process of radicalization, was recently quoted in a New York Times article about the terrorist group ISIS. McCauley’s expertise was also tapped recently by a reporter with the Middle East news organization Al-Monitor for a piece on a Turkish military unit that […]

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Children’s Book by Wendy Chen ’14 Grows out of Education Class

The Book of Growing, written by Wendy Chen ’14, illustrated by Jocelyn Tsaih, and edited by Rebecca Lee ’16, grew out of a curriculum created by Bryn Mawr students working in partnership with a class at the Phebe Anna Thorne School. As part of Alice Lesnick’s Education, Technology, and Society class, the students developed a […]

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Slate History Blog Highlights Anti-Suffrage Book from Bryn Mawr Archives

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections manages extensive collections of art, artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as the historical records of the College. One of its many interesting items recently caught the eye of the writer of Slate’s “The Vault,” a blog dedicated to “historical treasures, oddities, and delights.” “I first saw this […]

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SAS Culture Show: A Night to Celebrate South Asian Culture

Last weekend Bryn Mawr Colleges’ South Asian Students (SAS) club had their annual culture show. It was a night full of singing, dancing, spoken word, and a fashion show that celebrated the South Asian culture and diaspora. The theme was “Pehchaan,” a word that loosely translates to “identity” in several South Asian languages. There was […]

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In Affirming Mission, Bryn Mawr Board Sets Inclusive Guidelines For Undergraduate Admission

After months of study and consultation, the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College voted at its Feb. 7 meeting to accept the recommendation of its board working group charged with reviewing the College’s mission with regard to transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. Letter from Board Chair Arlene Gibson Letter from President Kim Cassidy […]

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A Letter from President Kim Cassidy

February 9, 2015 Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, Earlier today Chair Arlene Gibson sent a message about the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees’ decision on mission that will shape our undergraduate admissions policy as we move forward. At the heart of the Board’s decision is an affirmation of Bryn Mawr’s mission as a women’s college. […]

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A Letter from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Arlene Gibson

February 9, 2015 To All Members of the Bryn Mawr Community: During its meetings this past weekend, the College’s Board of Trustees discussed and approved a recommendation from a Board working group that was created at the September 2014 Board meeting to examine the mission of the College with respect to transgender, non-binary, and gender […]

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