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

Posted June 15, 2015
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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 […]

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 […]

SAS Culture Show: A Night to Celebrate South Asian Culture

Posted February 12, 2015
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Last weekend Bryn Mawr Colleges’ South Asian Students (SAS) club had their annual culture show. It was a night full of singing, dancing, spoken word, and a fashion show that celebrated the South Asian culture and diaspora. The theme was “Pehchaan,” a word that loosely translates to “identity” in several South Asian languages. There was […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12, 2015
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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The Civic Engagement Office is providing transportation for students to help with local service projects, holding a  toiletry drive for an emergency center, and reimbursing travel expense for students who want to take part in a Philadelphia march for “Justice, Jobs, and Education.” Once […]

Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Campus as Part of The Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted November 13, 2014
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Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, visited campus on Monday, Nov. 10 for a special talk and book signing especially for members of the Class of 2018. Kolbert came to campus as part of the The Emily Balch Speaker Series. Linked to the Emily Balch Seminars, past speakers have included Alison […]

Faculty Panel Examines Structural Violence as Part of “Dissent Violence Justice”

Posted November 5, 2014
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The fall semester portion of programing for Dissent Violence Justice at Bryn Mawr College comes to a close at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, with a faculty panel on “Structural Violence: Global and Local.” Moderated by Psychology Chair Marc Shulz, the panel will be made up of Kalala J. Ngalamulume, associate professor of Africana […]

New Residence Hall Begins to Take Shape

Posted October 16, 2014
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After a summer of demolition that left only the former French tower and dining hall sections of the old Haffner Hall standing, Bryn Mawr’s  new dormitory  is beginning to rise up on the corner of Merion and Yarrow. Slated to open for the fall 2015 semester, the new residence hall will be an entirely three-story […]

2014-15 Academic Year Begins with Convocation

Posted September 4, 2014

The 2014-15 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony. Interim Provost Mary Osirim opened up the ceremony and was followed by Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Dean Darlyne Bailey. Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman addressed the gathered students on behalf of the faculty […]

Bryn Mawr College to Award 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Posted September 2, 2014
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The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College will present the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, announced College President Kim Cassidy today at a ceremony marking the start of the academic year.

Bryn Mawr Continues Commitment to Sustainability with Renewable Energy Investment

Posted April 3, 2014
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February 28, 2014 quietly marked a milestone for sustainability at Bryn Mawr. The date was the College’s first day as an institution operating on 100 percent wind power, thanks to the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs are sold by renewable energy generators who use the proceeds to fund industry operations and projects. A […]

Dining Services’ “Milkshake Mania” Makes the Wall Street Journal

Posted March 18, 2014

In a humorous Wall Street Journal piece about taking high school juniors to tour colleges, Rob Lazebnik writes: “Colleges generally save their most powerful ammunition for last—food. The stalag-like cafeteria of your generation has been replaced with food courts that offer gigantic buffets catering to every gluten-free and vegan need. Plus they offer special themed […]

It’s Prime Time at Bryn Mawr College as ABC Films Pilot on Campus

Posted March 11, 2014
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It may be spring break, but there’s been a flurry of activity on campus this week as television crews transformed parts of Bryn Mawr into the fictional  Middletown University for the pilot episode of a new ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder. Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis and executive produced by […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae Give Advice at Event Co-Sponsored by Public Speaking Initiative and LILAC

Posted February 26, 2014

At an event held earlier this month, Bryn Mawr trustee Susan MacLaurin ’84, vice president of Toronto-based GWL Realty Advisors, and Amanda Joseph ’86, who has two decades of experience in social-change nonprofits, shared a wealth of advice about public speaking gleaned from their years of professional experience – and “connect” summed it up in […]

French and Francophone Studies Hosts Lecture on “Media Feminism in the Belle Epoque”

Posted February 20, 2014
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On Monday, Feb. 24, Rachel Mesch, associate professor of French at Yeshiva University, will talk about “Media Feminism in the Belle Epoque: French Women’s Magazines and the Invention of the Celebrity Woman Writer.” This talk (in English) explores the complex ways in which the Belle Epoque women’s magazines Femina and La vie heureuse exploited new […]

Film Studies Program Brings Video Artist Richard Fung to Campus on Monday, Feb. 10

Posted January 30, 2014
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The Film Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College provides students with opportunities to study the history, theory, and criticism of moving images, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of cinema as a key form in modern visual culture. On Monday, Feb. 10, the program, along with the 1902 Lecture Fund, Gender & Sexuality […]

Physics Department Welcomes Diverse Group of Alumnae Back to Campus for Panel

Posted January 30, 2014
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Throughout the year, Bryn Mawr’s academic departments and various student groups invite alumnae back to campus to give current students a sense of the diverse paths their degree might take them. The Bryn Mawr chapter of the Society of Physics Students recently welcomed back to campus Padmini A. Menu ’98, Emily Gallagher ’85, Mary Kutteruf […]

Bryn Mawr College Now on Instagram

Posted November 14, 2013
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Instagram is a social networking service driven by user-provided content in the form of digitally-filtered photos and videos. With 150 million monthly active users, Instagram is an exciting tool for engaging with the College community and beyond. The account is accessible via smartphone app and online. Photos posted to Instagram will also be shared through the College Twitter account.

Photos of Lantern Night 2013

Posted October 31, 2013

Since 1906, first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister every fall for Lantern Night. This hallowed tradition signifies the passing of the light of knowledge from one class to another. For photos from this year’s Lantern Night, see the below slideshow or view the online gallery. For student reflections on Lantern […]

Bryn Mawr Celebrates the Life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh

Posted October 3, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 28, members of the Bryn Mawr College community gathered to celebrate the life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh, who died at age 63 in her Haverford home on March 2, 2013. Born May 19, 1949, Dean Tidmarsh devoted more than half of her life to Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated in […]

2013-14 Academic Year Begins With Convocation

Posted September 5, 2013

The 2013-14 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony, where speakers included Professor of Social Work Cynthia Bisman, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, GSSWSR student Shawn Maxam, and Bryn Mawr Interim President Kim Cassidy. In addition to welcoming new and returning students to campus, Cassidy used the occasion […]

Board Subcommittee Recommends Against Dropping Energy Stocks from College Portfolio: Calls for Renewed Emphasis on Environmentally Responsible Investing

Posted August 29, 2013

In the Spring of 2013, members of the Board of Trustees Investment Policy Subcommittee met with students advocating for a number of changes to the College investment strategy and portfolio aimed primarily at divesting its holdings of publicly traded companies that hold the majority of the world’s proven coal, oil, and gas reserves. In a […]

Acclaimed Author Zadie Smith Coming to Campus as part of Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted June 27, 2013
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Bryn Mawr’s Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students is once again bringing a highly celebrated young author to campus. The 2013-14 speaker is Zadie Smith, whose latest book, NW, made the “best of 2012” lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time. NW was also nominated for a number of […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at Bryn Mawr on July 9 as Part of Women in Public Service Project Institute

Posted June 24, 2013
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries as part of the two-week Women in Public Service Project Institute being held at and organized by Bryn Mawr College from July 7-19. Clinton, who launched the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) as Secretary of State in 2011, is […]

Reunion 2013

Posted June 24, 2013

The Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association welcomed back a record-breaking 1,100 alumnae/i and guests to Reunion 2013. Alumnae of the ’80s joined graduating classes of years ending in three and eight. See the slideshow above or this online album for a pictorial tour of the weekend. Reunion 2013 offered a variety of activities for personal, professional, […]

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2013

Posted May 22, 2013

Undeterred by the threat of rain, hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 18, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013. To see photos from the above slide show, visit this online gallery. Prior to receiving their degrees, the Class of 2013 heard from Commencement Speaker Meenakshi Gopinath, president […]

A Snapshot of the Class of 2013 as They Ready to Receive Their Degrees

Posted May 16, 2013
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Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013 is set to make its mark on the world. The 326 undergraduate members of the class 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 18. Meenakshi […]

Owls Care Blog Chronicles Community Service

Posted May 9, 2013

Owls Care, the community service initiative of the Bryn Mawr College Athletics Department, recently launched a blog to chronicle the efforts of each team to support local charitable organizations and causes. The blog is edited by field hockey player Maddy Beckmann ’15 and field hockey and basketball player Holly Constants ’15 with the cooperation of […]

May Day 2013 in Pictures

Posted May 9, 2013
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Sunny skies and seasonal temperatures set the stage for a perfect 2013 May Day. From the strawberries and cream in the morning to the evening screening of A Philadelphia Story, May Day 2013 was a huge success. To see select photos from the day, visit this online gallery. Those interested in reliving the day in […]

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.

Meet Your New SGA President: Natalie Kato ’14

Posted March 11, 2013
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When students united to form the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association (SGA) in 1892, the College became the first institution of higher education in the United States to give students responsibility not only for enforcing rules of behavior upon themselves, but also for deciding what those rules should be. It was considered a radical experiment […]

Bryn Mawr Holds Digital Humanities Workshop in Connection With Project on Cold War-Era Mind Control

Posted March 8, 2013
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Bryn Mawr College is holding a digital humanities workshop on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, in the Benham Gateway Conference Room. All are invited to attend. The workshop, titled “Traces of Mind Control From Cold War America: Exploring the Challenges of International Digital Humanities Initiatives,” covers the challenges of completing small scale cooperative […]

Students Thank Donors During “Give a Hoot Week”

Posted February 28, 2013

During this year’s Give a Hoot Celebration, students signed a record 5,000 thank you cards to send to donors. In addition to the cards, some students expressed their gratitude via video. Bryn Mawr Give a Hoot symbolically marks the point halfway through the school year when revenue from students’ tuition ceases to support the operational […]

Dick Gregory Interviewed by Huffington Post Blogger in Advance of Talk at Bryn Mawr College

Posted February 28, 2013
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Huffington Post blogger Lonna Saunders interviewed legendary comedian and social activist Dick Gregory in advance of his keynote address today at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall in celebration of Black History Month. Gregory’s sure-to-be fascinating talk (sponsored by Sisterhood and the Pensby Center) is free and open to the public. From the interview: Q. […]

Patti Smith Accepts Hepburn Medal Feb. 7

Posted February 7, 2013
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Patti Smith will accept the 2013 Hepburn Medal at a ceremony in Goodhart Hall this evening. To follow along with events occurring throughout the day search the hashtag #BMCHepburn on Twitter. We plan to post some photos on Facebook tomorrow and to have a complete wrap-up next week. Smith will be performing at 4 p.m. […]

Patti Smith to Accept Hepburn Medal and Perform for Students

Posted January 31, 2013
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The “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith will be at Bryn Mawr this Thursday, Feb. 7, to accept the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal and to perform for students. For more on Smith’s selection as the 2013 recipient of the Katharine Hepburn Medal, see this article. The student performance is at 4 p.m. in McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart […]

The Year in Review: 2012

Posted January 17, 2013

Click to view the 2012 Year in Review slideshow. As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back at the year that was. Faculty News Fellowships. Prestigious fellowships included a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a Guggenheim to History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman, and two […]

Hundreds Gather at Goodhart to Discuss “Next Wave” of Women’s Advancement

Posted December 6, 2012

A diverse audience of students, academics, and individuals from the private and nonprofit sectors filled Goodhart Hall Tuesday for a one-day colloquium titled, “The Next Wave: Disruption, Transition, and a New Global Era For Women’s Advancement.” Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe opened the colloquium with an examination of the event’s title, which refers broadly to […]

Bi-Co Director of Public Safety Tom King Talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about Surviving Sandy

Posted November 1, 2012

Bi-Co Director of Public Safety Tom King was quoted in this Philadelphia Inquirer article on how area colleges dealt with the  effects of Hurricane Sandy. King, who had by chance attended a Federal Emergency Management Agency seminar in New Jersey early last week, stressed the importance of communications during a time of crisis. “Communicate early […]

Rescheduled by Sandy, This Year’s Pumpkin Carving Held in the Campus Center

Posted November 1, 2012

Once again Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe hosted a Halloween pumpkin carving for students. This year’s event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, but had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy. Previously held at the president’s house, this year’s event also had to be moved to the Campus Center. In spite of all […]

Photos from Lantern Night 2012

Posted November 1, 2012

Last year it was a freak snow storm, this year it was a once-in-a-lifetime hurricane, but apparently nothing can stop Lantern Night. Since 1906 first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister for this time-honored tradition in which the light of knowledge is passed from one class to another. See photos from […]

Staff and Students Shine as Bryn Mawr Weathers Hurricane Sandy

Posted November 1, 2012
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Yellow caution tape, generators, and downed branches and tree limbs were still visible on campus and talk of how everyone weathered Hurricane Sandy filled the air Wednesday as Bryn Mawr resumed classes and continued to clean up from the “storm of the century.” Hurricane Sandy cancelled classes, temporarily closed dining halls, and knocked out power […]

Students Present Findings in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference

Posted October 18, 2012
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Fourteen students presented research in the humanities and social sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference held in the Ely Room on Friday, Sept. 28. This is the first year that the Hanna Holborn Gray Program held a formal conference for its fellows to present their findings. The idea came from graduate student mentors Jessica […]

Author Alison Bechdel Visits Campus as Part of the Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted October 4, 2012

Click here To view these photos on Flickr. Bryn Mawr’s first-year students got to spend an evening with acclaimed author Alison Bechdel last Thursday as part of the Emily Balch Speaker Series. Best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel’s latest […]

Patti Smith to be Awarded Bryn Mawr’s Katharine Hepburn Medal on Feb. 7

Posted September 27, 2012
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The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College will present the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal to acclaimed musician, writer, performer, and visual artist Patti Smith, announced Hepburn Center Director Katherine Rowe. The College will award the medal to Smith at a gala event in Goodhart Hall on Feb. 7, 2013.

Students Present Research Findings in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science, and More at Poster Session

Posted September 20, 2012

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last week, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session. […]

Office of Intercultural Affairs Now the Pensby Center

Posted September 13, 2012
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Bryn Mawr’s Office of Intercultural Affairs is now officially the Pensby Center. Why Pensby? “We’re more committed than ever to providing programs and services that address issues of diversity, power and privilege,” says Vanessa Christman, Pensby director. “But we worried that the office’s old name didn’t reflect the full breadth of what we do in […]

Extraordinary Gift by Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Reinvigorates Bryn Mawr’s Art Collection

Posted September 6, 2012
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This summer, Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and her husband, Howard Levine, have reinvigorated Bryn Mawr’s extensive collection of works on paper thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift of nearly 500 pieces. “Over the course of 20 years, Jacqueline and Howard have assembled an unparalleled collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists,” says Brian […]

Reunion 2012 in Pictures

Posted June 5, 2012

The Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association welcomed nearly 1,000 guests to campus on May 25-27 for Reunion 2012. Alumnae of the ’70s joined graduating classes of years ending in two and seven. See the slideshow above or on Flickr for a pictorial tour of the weekend. Reunion 2012 offered a variety of activities for personal, professional, […]

Collaborative Effort to Measure Food Waste Moves BMC One Step Closer to Composting

Posted May 17, 2012
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Letting nature take its course sometimes requires a surprising level of effort. Bryn Mawr College produces a substantial quantity of food waste, and composting it—allowing natural processes to transform it into nourishment for growing plants—has long been an appealing prospect to environmentally conscious members of the college community. Last year, a group of students investigated […]

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