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Professor of Russian Dan Davidson Testifies Before House Subcommittee

Posted April 30, 2015
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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. […]

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

Posted April 30, 2015
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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 […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Takes on Pseudo Science

Posted April 28, 2015

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 […]

May Day Scheduled for May 3

Posted April 27, 2015
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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 […]

President Cassidy Represents Bryn Mawr at Online Learning Conference

Posted April 23, 2015

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 […]

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

Posted April 23, 2015
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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 […]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Honored With 2015 Hepburn Medal

Posted April 23, 2015
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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 […]

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

Posted April 23, 2015
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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 […]

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

Posted April 21, 2015
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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 […]

“Black at Bryn Mawr” Walking Tours and Discussion

Posted April 16, 2015

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 […]

Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Debuts

Posted April 16, 2015
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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 […]

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

Posted April 16, 2015
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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 […]

College Receives Funding to Restore Major Japanese Artwork

Posted April 13, 2015
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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 […]

Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

Posted April 9, 2015
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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 […]

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

Posted April 9, 2015
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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 […]

College to Take Over Management of Book Store

Posted April 3, 2015

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 […]

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

Posted April 3, 2015
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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 […]

Students and Faculty Tour Cuba As Part of 360°

Posted April 3, 2015
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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 […]