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Coombe Suite Offers Space for Viewing, Study of Art and Historical Collections

Posted November 2, 2010
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the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite provides new spaces for the exhibition and study of the College’s collections of art and historical collections … Read more »

Spring 360˚ Brings Students and Faculty Together to focus on 1900 Vienna and the End of an Empire

Posted October 28, 2010
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History of Art Professor Christiane Hertel and Professor of German Imke Meyer are teaming up this spring to offer the College’s second 360˚, “The Last Days of Habsburg: Vienna 1900 and the End of an Empire.” Previously called “Kaleidoscope,” 360˚ is a cluster of courses that connect a group of students and faculty in a […]

Bryn Mawr Archaeology Professor Testifies at State Department Hearing on Artifact Theft and Trafficking

Posted October 14, 2010
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Professor James Wright, who chairs the College’s department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, delivered oral and written testimony at the U.S. Department of State on Monday before a hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Wright, long a champion of the preservation of cultural heritage, testified in support of a Memorandum of Understanding between […]

Bryn Mawr to House Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women and Higher Education

Posted September 30, 2010
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Bryn Mawr College will soon be home to the The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women and Higher Education, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe at the “Heritage and Hope” Conference last Friday.

Symposium and Reception to Honor Retiring Art Historian, Former GSAS Dean Dale Kinney

Posted September 30, 2010
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On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor in the Humanities Dale Kinney will be honored by current and former students from around the country—including Alicia Walker ’94, who will take Kinney’s place on the history of art faculty next year—at a daylong symposium in Wyndham’s Ely Room. As the seminar draws to a close, […]

Bryn Mawr Film Institute Series Celebrates College’s 125th Anniversary

Posted September 16, 2010
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The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, founded by Bryn Mawr alumna and former trustee Juliet Goodfriend ’63, will celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary with a film series highlighting the accomplishments of Bryn Mawr alumnae. Three of the screenings will be introduced by the Bryn Mawr alumnae who played roles in producing, writing, and/or directing the film […]

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 […]

Legendary Professor of Greek Mabel Lang Dies at 92

Posted July 23, 2010
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Professor Emeritus of Greek Mabel Lang, a celebrated classical scholar and a Bryn Mawr icon for generations of students, died at home in Bryn Mawr on Wednesday, July 21. Lang served on the Bryn Mawr faculty for 45 years, publishing 12 books and more than 50 articles; she taught introductory Greek to almost 1,000 students … Read more »

Bryn Mawr Historian Wins NSF Grant for Study of Medieval Automata

Posted July 12, 2010
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Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt  recently received a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation to fund a year’s time doing research for and writing her new book, tentatively titled Magical Mechanisms: Automata in the Medieval West. “Automata—artificial objects that are, or appear to be, self-moving—were culturally significant in medieval Europe,” says Truitt in […]

Boren Scholarship to Fund Year in Russia for Sophomore Chantal Taylor

Posted May 13, 2010
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Chantal Taylor ’12 of Weaverville, N.C., who majors in Russian and minors in computer science, has been selected for a highly competitive Boren Scholarship for International Study. Just 138 undergraduates were selected from more than 900 applicants for these awards. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas […]

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 […]

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Posted April 29, 2010

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 22, President Jane McAuliffe 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. The complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS BEINEKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Jessica […]

Special Course Offerings Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s 125th Anniversary

Posted April 2, 2010
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As part of Bryn Mawr’s 125th-anniversary celebration, the College will be offering a collection of courses in education, English, biology and history, as well as a course offered by the Growth and Structure of Cities program on community mural projects. The umbrella theme of the courses in the group is “Changing Education” …Read more»

New Faculty Hires to Begin Teaching at BMC Next Fall

Posted April 2, 2010

As of April 1, three of four open tenure-track faculty positions at Bryn Mawr have been filled, and the College will welcome two new assistant professors of economics and an assistant professor of Greek to campus next fall.  News about the fourth position, in history of art, is expected soon. The newcomers: Economics: Jonathan Lanning’s […]

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 […]

Red Grooms Exhibition: Iconic Pieces and Previously Unseen Works

Posted March 4, 2010
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Bryn Mawr College’s 2010 spring exhibition, Old Masters and Modern Muses: Red Grooms’s Portraits of Artists, 1957-2009, showcases more than 30 works of art by prominent American artist Red Grooms … Read more»

History Professor Sharon Ullman’s Review in Boston Globe

Posted March 1, 2010
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History Professor Sharon Ullman reviewed Elaine Beal’s “Another Life Altogether” for the Boston Globe. “In ‘Another Life Altogether,’ Beale reminds us that writing, always potentially dangerous, also confers grace, and that with the power of the word, we all have the potential to become the heroines of our own lives,” writes Ullman.

GSAS Alum John Humphrey Becomes Seventh BMC Archaeology Grad to Win AIA’s Highest Honor

Posted February 24, 2010
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Bryn Mawr’s famed Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology added an entry to its long list of laurels last month when alumnus John Humphrey, Ph.D. ’75, became the seventh graduate of the department to win the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. Two other winners of the award were […]

Filmmakers Sarah Schenck ’87 and Margaret Sclafani ’08 Visit Campus for Hepburn Center Events

Posted February 18, 2010
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Hepburn Center Fellow Sarah Schenck ’87 returns to Bryn Mawr next week with fellow filmmaker Margaret Sclafani ’08 for a variety of special events, including a lecture in the  Center for Visual Culture‘s Wednesday colloquium series and a screening of Schenck’s film Slippery Slope at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. In addition, Schenck will meet […]

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 […]

Two Bryn Mawr Classicists Win Top Honors

Posted January 19, 2010
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Two Bryn Mawr classicists recently earned top honors from the American Philological Association (APA), the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations. Read more »

Associate Professor of Archeology Peter Magee Peers into the Arabian Iron Age

Posted January 11, 2010

“The site has yielded one of the most substantial finds in the region’s history, with more than 3,500 objects and 100,000 animal bones recovered,” writes The National in this article dedicated to Associate Professor of Archeology Peter Magee’s 17-year excavation of a site in the United Arab Emirates.

Q&A with 2009 Flexner Lecturer Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Posted November 5, 2009
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2009 Mary Flexner Lecturer Sanjay Subrahmanyam is a prolific, well-regarded scholar, and an accomplished teacher. He taught economic history and comparative economic development at the Delhi School of Economics from 1983 to 1995, when he moved to Paris as directeur d’études in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. In 2002, Subrahmanyam moved to […]

Flexner Lectureship Brings Scholar to Discuss Early Encounters Among Muslim, Hindu, and Christian Elites

Posted October 20, 2009
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UCLA Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam, a noted scholar of the history of South Asia, the Indian Ocean, and European expansion, will hold the 2009 Mary Flexner Lectureship at Bryn Mawr, which has been the proving ground for some of the most influential texts published in the humanities since its inception in 1928. Read more&raquo

Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to Perform From her Work in Goodhart

Posted October 13, 2009
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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will perform her work at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Theater as part of the 2009-10 Creative Writing Program Reading Series. The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series is free and open to the public. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next […]

Tri-Co Faculty Members, Main Line School Night Offer Series of Lectures on Africa

Posted September 21, 2009
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Main Line School Night, a local adult-education program, will continue its successful partnership with Bryn Mawr’s faculty as it offers a series of six lectures on the Bryn Mawr campus this fall. “Scholarly Perspectives on Africa” features talks by four Bryn Mawr professors, as well as one Haverford and one Swarthmore scholar, on topics ranging […]

Bestselling Author Lorrie Moore Opens Stellar Reading Series

Posted September 10, 2009
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A reading by best-selling author Lorrie Moore from her new novel A Gate at the Stairs opens Bryn Mawr College’s yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series. This year’s series also features Dominican-American poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer Julia Alvarez; playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama; The Paris […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: USA Today

Posted September 8, 2009
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As reported in this USA Today article, Jenny Sawyer  ’02, a freelance book reviewer for The Christian Science Monitor, is the face of the new Web site 60secondrecap.com. The site provides one-minute video primers focused on the the most commonly assigned works of literature.

Childhood Questions Prompt a Cities Major’s Summer Research in Ghana

Posted August 27, 2009
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When she was growing up in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Akua Nyame-Mensah ’10 often traveled to neighboring Ghana to visit her relatives. Although she loved seeing her family, Nyame-Mensah says, “I complained about the underdeveloped infrastructure.” Why, she wondered, did Côte d’Ivoire have more and better roads than Ghana did? Why did access to running water […]

National Humanities Center Fellowship to support environmental historian Ellen Stroud’s work “Dead as Dirt”

Posted July 16, 2009
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Environmental historian Ellen Stroud plans to complete “Dead as Dirt,” an environmental history of human remains in the 20th-century United States, as a fellow at the National Humanities Center next year. Read more»

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 […]

Filmic find from the archives to be shown Monday

Posted April 7, 2009
May Day 1972. Photo by Katrina Thomas, courtesy of Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections.

Next Monday, April 13, the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library will sponsor the world premiere of a film that was completed 37 years ago but never released. Eight of the film’s subjects— Bryn Mawr professors who were interviewed on campus in the spring of 1972—will attend the screening and an informal conversation to follow, in Wyndham House’s Ely Room from 7 to 9 p.m. … Read more»

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, […]

New faculty: historian Elly Truitt examines the wonders of the world through a medieval lens

Posted March 4, 2009
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It wasn’t until Elly Truitt had finished a master’s degree program in medieval history at England’s Cambridge University that she discovered her true research interest: medieval technology and the occult sciences. This realization has led to a career specialty in the history of science and medicine in the Middle Ages. Truitt is currently at work on a book about automata, or self-operating machines such as robots, in the medieval West. Read more »

Amy Hempel, master of short fiction, to read Nov. 13

Posted November 10, 2008

Award-winning short-story writer Amy Hempel will give a reading at Bryn Mawr on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room at Wyndham Alumnae House. Hempel’s The Collected Stories, which gathers her four previous short-story collections in a single volume, won the Ambassador Book Award for fiction and was one of The New […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The National

Posted August 2, 2008

Associate Professor of Archaeology Peter Magee is quoted in a story about renewed interest in the archaeology of the Arabian peninsula. Magee’s work is also discussed in “Archaeological teams continue work in Sharjah,” a story in Gulf News.

NYU art historian to lecture on medieval manuscript

Posted April 3, 2008

New York University art historian Kathryn Smith, an expert on late Medieval manuscripts, will visit Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, April 8, to deliver a lecture titled “The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Royal Female Self in Late Medieval England.” The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will take place at […]

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