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Ayesha Mir ’16 Writes Piece for NewsWorks

Posted July 6, 2015

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 […]

Touring Wales and the Original Bryn Mawr

Posted June 18, 2015
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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 […]

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

Posted March 19, 2015
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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 […]

English Professor Katherine Rowe Connects Shakespeare and House of Cards on Podcast

Posted April 24, 2014
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Professor of English and Director of Digital Research and Teaching Katherine Rowe discussed the connections between Shakespeare and Netflix drama House of Cards on a podcast for The Week. In the podcast, Rowe addresses the interactions between Claire and Frank Underwood, points our Shakespeare inspired inside jokes, and discusses Frank’s use of directly address the audience with privileged knowledge.

Folger Shakespeare Library Picks BMC English Professor’s App for Its Digital Editions

Posted June 17, 2013
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Luminary Digital Media, the mobile software company co-founded by Bryn Mawr English Professor Katherine Rowe, has been chosen by the Folger Shakespeare Library to create apps for each one of Shakespeare’s plays. The selection is based on the success of Luminary’s first app, “The Tempest for iPad.” The Folger Shakespeare Library provides the leading Shakespeare […]

English Professor Bethany Schneider Appears on NBC’s Today Show

Posted May 30, 2013

The Today show enlisted the help of Bryn Mawr Associate Professor of English Bethany Schneider for a hidden-camera piece on term paper ghost writers. When asked at the end of the piece what professors can do to combat this problem, Schneider replies, “Well, I can teach my butt off and make my students want nothing […]

English Professor Bethany Schneider (aka Bee Ridgway) Continues to Garner Press in Connection with Book

Posted May 2, 2013

Bryn Mawr English Professor Bethany Schneider continues to garner press coverage in connection with her book The River of No Return. A review of the book appeared in the Philadelphia City Paper. Schneider (under her Bee Ridgway pseudonym) wrote about the writing process in The Huffington Post and in a blog post for Psychology Tomorrow […]

Bryn Mawr Students and Faculty Get Their Geek On with Author Ethan Gilsdorf

Posted April 25, 2013
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Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, felt right at home visiting Bryn Mawr’s campus last week.

“This place IS Hogwarts,” Gilsdorf told a packed room of Tri-Co students, faculty, and staff who had gathered in Thomas Hall to hear him talk about his book.

English Professor Bethany Schneider Talks About Bryn Mawr Students in Promotion of Debut Novel

Posted February 28, 2013
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“Stubborn, amazing, brilliant, exciting, fun, stubborn.” Those are the words Bryn Mawr Professor of English Bethany Schneider (aka Bee Ridgway) uses to describe Bryn Mawr students in a video produced to promote her debut novel, which is coming out in the U.S. and U.K. and which is being translated into five other languages. The River […]

English Professor Katherine Rowe’s Shakespeare App for iPad Featured in The Atlantic

Posted October 2, 2012

The Sept. 28 article “Why a 17th-Century Text is the Perfect Starting Point for Reinventing the Book” in The Atlantic looks at an iPad app co-developed by Bryn Mawr English Professor Katherine Rowe that brings Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” into the digital era. From the article: “The features of their Tempest app go far, far beyond […]

Sherella Williams ’12 Receives Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Austria

Posted May 10, 2012
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Sherella Williams ’12 has accepted a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach in Linz, Austria. Williams, who is an English major with a minor in German, began studying German in middle school—but it wasn’t until Bryn Mawr that she truly fell in love with the language and Germanic literature. “I didn’t come to Bryn Mawr expecting […]

Philadelphia Inquirer Looks at Shakespeare iPad App Developed by BMC’s Katherine Rowe

Posted May 3, 2012

In this article, The Philadelphia Inquirer takes note of an iPad app that Bryn Mawr Professor of English Katherine Rowe helped develop. This interactive edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest offers expert annotations, readings by actors, and the ability to share your own notes—or just the text, if you prefer. From the article: “This app is, […]

“To be or not to be?” There’s an App for That…

Posted April 19, 2012

A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible, thanks to a new iPad app developed by Bryn Mawr College Professor Katherine Rowe and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi. Designed to bring a worldwide audience together around Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest for iPad is more than a digital book. […]

Andrea Tang ’12 to Study Korean Language, Culture, and Politics As Fulbright Teaching Assistant in South Korean

Posted April 5, 2012
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As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, Andrea Tang ’12 will not only be able to pursue her interest in the Korean language and the culture and politics of the area, she’ll also have an opportunity to get closer to some of the family she’ll leave behind here in the United States. “Within […]

New 360° Course Cluster Examines “Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision”

Posted March 15, 2012

Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision, one of three 360° course clusters being offered for Fall 2012, examines the constraints and agency of individual actors in social spaces, with a particular focus on the institutional settings of colleges and prisons and the “critical spaces” that can open up within them. Related Links “Women in […]

Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship Inspires Bryn Mawr’s Intellectual Community

Posted December 8, 2011
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For many at Bryn Mawr, Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship was a prime example of the excitement of belonging to a community focused on intellectual enterprise. The eminent philosopher and critical theorist drew overflow crowds to her public lectures, engaged in discussion with more than 80 scholars from around the region, and spent time with scores of Tri-College students, both in and out of the classroom … Read more»

Delegation of Higher-Education Administrators and Faculty from India Visit Bryn Mawr

Posted October 27, 2011
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A 12-person delegation of administrators and faculty members from several of India’s top institutions of higher education visited Bryn Mawr’s campus on Friday, Oct. 21, as part of a two-week tour of colleges and universities in the Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City metropolitan areas. At Bryn Mawr, the delegation focused on learning more […]

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellows Present Research on Thursday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 22

Posted September 14, 2011
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Each summer, the college offers up to 15 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowships, which give rising juniors and seniors $3,600 grants to pursue specialized research projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The work can be the beginning of a senior thesis or a project that stands alone. The summer 2011 Hanna Holborn Gray […]

English Professor Katherine Rowe Awarded NEH Grant for “Mobile Shakespeare Scripts”

Posted August 5, 2011
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English Professor Katherine Rowe and collaborator Bruce Smith of the University of Southern California have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to develop “Mobile Shakespeare Scripts.” As explained in this New York Times “Arts Beat” blog post, Rowe and Smith will use the $50,000 grant to “develop a portable electronic application: ‘Mobile […]

Bryn Mawr English Professor and Creative Writing Lecturer Quoted in Article on Influential Poet

Posted June 9, 2011

This Allentown Morning Call article marking the 100th anniversary of poet Hilda Doolittle’s journey to London quotes Bryn Mawr English Professor Jane Hedley, Creative Writing Lecturer J.C. Todd and Research Associate for the Center for Visual Culture Emily Wallace. A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Doolittle briefly attended Bryn Mawr before traveling to London to meet […]

BMC Professors and Students Featured in New York Times Article on Digital Humanities

Posted March 22, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professors of English Katherine Rowe and Jane Hedley, as well as students Jennifer Cook ’11 and Jen Rajchel ’11, are quoted in the article “Giving Literature Virtual Life,” which appeared on the front page of the arts section of today’s New York Times. The article leads with details of Rowe’s introductory Shakespeare class, […]

Bryn Mawr Junior Katherine Lewis Wins Sylvia Plath Poetry Contest

Posted February 24, 2011
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Katherine Lewis ’12, a philosophy major and English minor from Dallas, Texas, recently won first prize for her poem “October” in the Lydia Pinkham Memorial Foundation’s Sylvia Plath poetry contest (read the poem or listen to Lewis reading it below). The contest, now in its sixth year, is open to students at Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, […]

CARE CEO Helene Gayle Accepts 2011 Hepburn Medal: Video

Posted February 17, 2011
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More than 200 guests filled the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building on Saturday, Feb. 12, as Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center presented the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian organization CARE, in honor of her efforts to fight […]

“Lives of the Mawrters” Offers Students’ Perspective on the Bryn Mawr Experience

Posted December 2, 2010
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Dormitory bathrooms, taking courses at Haverford and Swarthmore, rising at dawn to row on the Schuylkill, rounding up volunteers to teach art at a local community center, a South American’s perspective on life in the United States, a trip to D.C. for the Jon Stewart rally, musing on how digital media might change the role […]

National Undergrad Symposium on Digital Humanities Features Established Leaders, Emerging Scholars

Posted November 4, 2010
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Digital communications technologies have begun to affect the work of scholars in the humanities in ways that are more than skin deep, says Jen Rajchel ’11. For example, one of her professors, Katherine Rowe, recently appeared in a New York Times story after guest-editing a special online edition of the venerable Shakespeare Quarterly that experimented […]

A Remarkable, Architectural Cake, in Pictures and Video

Posted September 23, 2010
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Hungry celebrants crowded Merion Green at just after noon on Thursday, Sept. 23, to see the presentation of Bryn Mawr College’s birthday cake. The confection was a replica of Bryn Mawr’s iconic Thomas Hall … Read more »

English Chair Katherine Rowe Quoted on Front Page of The New York Times

Posted August 24, 2010
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English Chair Katherine Rowe is extensively quoted in this front-page New York Times article about a growing movement toward a more open peer review process that uses online “crowd-sourcing.” Rowe has guest-edited a special edition of Shakespeare Quarterly, scheduled for publication this fall, that will feature several articles first posted at mediacommonspress. Rowe invited about […]

English Chair Edits ‘Open Review’ Edition of Shakespeare Journal, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted July 29, 2010
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English Chair Katherine Rowe has guest-edited a special edition of Shakespeare Quarterly that used the Internet to “tap the public wisdom of a crowd,” reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Katherine Rowe, chair of the English department at Bryn Mawr College, guest-edited the special issue. She and the editorial board decided that the issue’s new-media […]

Playwright Jessica Rizzo ’11 Wins Coveted Beinecke Scholarship

Posted April 29, 2010
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Jessica Rizzo ’11, a double major in theater and English, is one of just 20 students nationwide to have been selected for the $34,000 Beinecke scholarship. The coveted awards are given to college juniors who “have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise” during their undergraduate careers; they fund graduate study […]

Offerings to Athena Explores Students’ Perspective on Bryn Mawr History

Posted March 18, 2010
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What was life like for students at Bryn Mawr 10, 25, 50, or even 125 years ago? Aided by a small cadre of contemporary students, Postdoctoral Fellow Anne Bruder is sifting through back-smoker diaries, newspaper clippings, journals, students’ letters, and other archival materials—some newly discovered—in search of the myriad answers to that question. A young […]

Medieval-Studies Conference to Explore Translation

Posted February 8, 2010
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On Saturday, Feb. 20, Bryn Mawr will join the Delaware Valley Medieval Association (DMVA) in hosting a medieval-studies symposium. “Translatio and Translation in Medieval Europe,” to take place in Wyndham Alumnae House from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will examine an important aspect of medieval thought in a variety of contexts. “The concept of translation […]

Sarah Khasawinah ’09 wins NSF Graduate Fellowship

Posted May 20, 2009
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Sarah Khasawinah ’09, a double major in mathematics and English who spearheaded a $10,000 fundraising campaign to memorialize the victims of the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship, which includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 in addition to a $10,500 annual tuition […]

Junior Nicole Gervasio wins Beinecke Scholarship to fund graduate study

Posted May 13, 2009
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Nicole Gervasio ’10, a native of Trenton, N.J., who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in literary studies after completing her bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr, is one of 21 students nationwide who have been awarded the 2009 Beinecke Scholarship. The scholarship, which is given to “young men and women of exceptional promise” to encourage and […]

Musician Gillian Grassie ’09 wins Watson Fellowship

Posted March 27, 2009
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Ask your average record-company executive about the market for a pop musician who plays the harp, and a blank stare is probably as much enthusiasm as you can expect. Luckily for singer-songwriter Gillian Grassie ’09, musicians are no longer dependent on record-company executives to introduce them to their audiences. During her years at Bryn Mawr, […]

Q&A: Film Studies Director Michael Tratner on Cinema During Times of Economic Crisis

Posted March 10, 2009
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Film Studies Director Michael Tratner, author of Deficits and Desires: Economics and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Literature, talks about economic crisis and the movies, from The Great Gatsby to Slumdog Millionaire. Read more&raquo

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The New York Times

Posted December 9, 2008

Constance Rosenblum ’65, editor of The New York Times’ City Section, will take questions from readers through Dec. 12 as part of the Times’ “Talk to the Newsroom” series. Rosenblum, who holds an A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. in English from New York University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: CNN.com

Posted December 4, 2008

In “Getting Inside Obama’s ‘Brain’,” CNN’s Ashley Fantz interviews Karen Kornbluh ’84, who is President-elect Barack Obama’s chief policy adviser and the principal architect of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform. She talks about Obama’s decision-making process and policy reforms designed to meet the needs of working families.

New faculty: Poet-scholar Warren Liu explores the boundaries of ethnicity and literary form

Posted May 13, 2008
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Despite the periodic warnings of cultural doomsayers, poetry is alive and kicking in the United States, says Assistant Professor of English Warren Liu, who is just finishing his first year on the Bryn Mawr faculty. “People have been talking about the decline or demise of poetry for decades,” Liu says. “But I recently read a […]

BMC students, faculty present their work to science educators and legislators in D.C.

Posted April 17, 2008
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An interdisciplinary contingent of three faculty members and three students who all have personal experience with new approaches to science education at Bryn Mawr visited Washington, D.C., early this week to compare notes with other innovative educators and present their work to legislators on Capitol Hill. Professors of Biology Paul Grobstein and Peter Brodfuehrer, Senior […]