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Ayesha Mir ’16 Writes Piece for NewsWorks

A Political Science major and English minor, Ayesah Mir ’16 is interning at NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News and its network of journalism partners in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. In her article, Mir highlights an interactive performance dealing with issues of race that took place in a house that served as a […]

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Multi-Media Project Brings 15th-Century Processional to Life

Last summer, a small manuscript volume of liturgical music and prayers found a new home in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections. Copied in the 15th century for a nun in the royal abbey of St.-Louis at Poissy, the processional contains the plainchant music for daily Dominican observance and includes prayers and music for special events like […]

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Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

Bryn Mawr Students Shengjia Zhu ’16 and Alexandra Nagelski ’17 recently attended the 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Ithaca, New York, where they presented a poster presentation titled: “Molybdenum Pyranopterin Dithiolene Complexes: Modeling the Molybdenum Cofactor.” The students conduct their research in the lab of Chemistry Professor Sharon J. Nieter […]

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Bryn Mawr President Among Speakers at STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Though jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are on the rise nationwide, women, Latinos, and African-Americans remain underrepresented in the STEM labor pool. To help examine this issue, U.S. News & World Report will bring together leaders in education, industry and policy for the fourth annual STEM Solutions conference, taking place Monday, […]

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Touring Wales and the Original Bryn Mawr

Associate Professor of English Kate Thomas, who teaches and writes about Nineteenth Century British Literature and Culture, recently led a group of alumnae on a tour of Wales. Thomas and the alums were joined on the tour by Associate Professor of English Bethany Schneider. While there, the group visited the place from which the town […]

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Bryn Mawr Project to Add Computational Skills to STEM Courses Highlighted

An article in the latest issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights Bryn Mawr’s “Enhancing Computation and Information Science Learning Opportunities for Women Leaders in STEM” project. The project is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) initiative. With generous funding from the Leona M. […]

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Best-Selling Author Cheryl Strayed Will be 2015-16 Emily Balch Speaker

Bryn Mawr’s Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students is once again bringing a highly celebrated author to campus. The 2015-16 speaker is Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir Wild was a #1 New York Times best-seller and made into a major motion picture. Wild was also chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s […]

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Empowering Learners

They reach for the sky, bend to the floor, and balance on one foot. While the poses change, one constant remains, the look of joy on the faces of the children taking part in yoga exercises as part of Puentes Hacia El Futuro, the after-school tutoring and mentorship program run by the organization Puentes De […]

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New Book by Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt Looks at Medieval Robots

A thousand years before Isaac Asimov set down his Three Laws of Robotics, real and imagined automata appeared in European courts, liturgies, and literary texts. Medieval robots took such forms as talking statues, mechanical animals, and silent metal guardians; some served to entertain or instruct while others performed disciplinary or surveillance functions. Variously ascribed to […]

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Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows

Bryn Mawr’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program has announced the Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows: Paola Bernal of Houston, Texas. Paola is a Sociology major. Sofi Chavez of Seattle, Wash. Sofi is an English major. Crystal Des-Ogugua of Lewisburg, Pa. Crystal is a sociology major with a concentration in African-American studies. Kiran Pizarro […]

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Traveling the World as Watson Fellow to Study the Lives of Women Artists

Growing up in South Africa, Camilla Dely ’15 never thought much about theater as a field within which she might one day build an academic, personal, or professional life. “In South Africa the arts are poorly supported by both the public and the government, and it was only when I came to the United States […]

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Rebekah Adams ’15 Returns to Africa on Boren Scholarship

As a 16-year-old living with her family in Kampala, Uganda, Rebekah Adams’15  saw firsthand how ethnic affiliations can be manipulated to maintain and stoke social divisions. The family lived near the Kasubi Tombs, the burial ground of the four kings of Buganda and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was engulfed in flames one night […]

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A Love of Russian Literature Leads Mikayla Holland ’15 to a National Security Fellowship

Mikayla Holland ’15 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language at the Flagship Language Program at Al-Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “While my primary area of interest is Russia, I value the opportunity to study in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the coming year,” says Mikayla. “Central Asia is a fascinating […]

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Katia Vlasova ’15 Studies Mind & Body Relationship With Watson Fellowship

From an early age, Ekaterina (Katia) Vlasova ’15 found comfort in silence. “From childhood, my fondest memories were of spending summers in the countryside of St. Petersburg, immersed in a serene Russian forest in the summertime,” says Katia. “Tagging alongside my mother, I would venture into the seemingly endless space of silence and stillness, amidst […]

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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 W. 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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