Around the Bi-Co this weekend: Tenure, the movie; Choosing sides: GLBT people of color; Jumping Off Bridges screening and discussion; Berlioz Requiem; Creative Writing faculty reads

Posted April 10th, 2008 at 2:17 pm.

Tenure, the movie: Throughout the next week, Bryn Mawr will be playing the role of Grey College in Tenure, a film scripted and directed by Mike Million. Joining the Bryn Mawr campus on the cast are Luke Wilson, David Koechner, Gretchen Mol, Sasha Alexander, and nearby Rosemont College. A number of Bryn Mawr students are serving as extras in the film.

“The movie demands a beautiful college campus,” producer Paul Schiff told The Philadelphia Inquirer last week. “We considered Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and we just really fell for the environment that Rosemont and Bryn Mawr have.” After three days of filming at Rosemont, the crew began a week of shooting at Bryn Mawr on Thursday, April 10, just as the week’s earlier overcast lifted and the cherry trees on the path out of Rockefeller Arch reached a glorious peak.

Diversity Conversation: Choosing Sides. On Friday, April 11, the Office of Intercultural Affairs’ biweekly Diversity Conversation in the Multicultural Center will focus on ways LGBT people of color approach sometimes-competing alliances to their ethnic and sexual identities. “Defining oneself and choosing sides: LGBT people of color” will take place at noon; lunch is provided.

Jumping Off Bridges: Film Screening and Discussion. This Friday, April 11, Active Minds, the Bryn Mawr Counseling Service and the Main Line chapter of the National Alliance on mental illness will host a screening of the acclaimed independent film Jumping Off Bridges, which explores the lives of a group of teenagers as one comes to grips with the suicide of a family member. The screening, to be accompanied by a pizza dinner, will take place in Dalton 300 at 6 p.m. After the screening, Ilene Rosenstein of the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services will lead a discussion. Rosenstein is a member of the national board of directors of Active Minds, Inc.

Bi-Co Chorale Sings the Berlioz Requiem: On Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., the 150-voice Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will perform Hector Berlioz’s Requiem. Student soloists include two Bryn Mawr students: Collette Young ’11 and Elizabeth Bielinski ’10. The performance will be held in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium on the Haverford College campus and is free and open to the public. For more call information (610) 896-1011 or e-mail nmerriam@haverford.edu.

Creative Writing Faculty Reads. This Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m., four members of Bryn Mawr’s creative-writing faculty will share their work with the College community and prospective students who will visit Bryn Mawr during Open Campus Days this weekend. The reading will take place in Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. On the program:

  • Karl Kirchwey, Associate Professor of the Arts and Director of the Creative Writing Program, is the author of five books of poems, the most recent of which is The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose (Putnam’s, 2007). He is also the author of a verse drama based on the Alcestis of Euripides entitled Airdales & Cipher, and recently completed a translation of Paul Verlaine’s first book of poems, Poems Under Saturn.
  • J.C. Todd, Lecturer in Creative Writing. Todd’s volume of poems What Space This Body, published in 2008 by Wind Publications, gathered work that had appeared in The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Drunken Boat, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is also the author of the chapbooks Nightshade (1995, 2000) and Entering Pisces (1985). She has published translations from the Spanish, Lithuanian and Latvian.
  • Daniel Torday, Lecturer in Creative Writing. Torday’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire Magazine, The Kenyon Review and The New York Times. A former editor at Esquire, he received his MFA from Syracuse University, where he was the winner of the Peter Neagoe Prize for the short story. Torday is currently completing his first novel.
  • Rachel Wetzsteon, Jane Flanders Fund Poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing, is the author of three books of poems, Sakura Park (Persea, 2006), Home and Away (Penguin, 1998), and The Other Stars (Penguin, 1994), as well as a critical study, Influential Ghosts: a Study of Auden’s Sources (Routledge, 2007). She is at work on a fourth collection of poems, Silver Roses. Around Campus photo

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