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Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume on Ebola Myths

Posted October 23, 2014

The Milwaukee Courier spoke with Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume for an article on myths associated with the Ebola virus. Ngalamulume specializes in the history of health and disease in West Africa.  His upcoming book, entitled Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920 (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.), explores how […]

History’s Elly Truitt Contributes to Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy

Posted June 25, 2014
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Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt, whose research interests include medieval technology, the occult sciences, courtly culture, imaginary lands and faraway places, and all aspects of the strange and weird of the medieval world, is among the contributors for the new book Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy. Truitt’s chapter is […]

Professor Madhavi Kale Co-Chairs International Women’s History Conference With Multiple Bryn Mawr Connections

Posted May 12, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professor of History Madhavi Kale is co-chair of the Program Committee for the 15th Triennial Berkshire Conference on the History of Women and Gender, to be held June 9-12 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with nearly 200 sessions and over 1,100 participants from around the world. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of […]

BMC Historian Sharon Ullman to Collaborate on Digital Archive as Part of Mercator Professorship in Germany

Posted December 9, 2010
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Germany’s coveted Mercator Professorship has been awarded to Bryn Mawr Professor of History Sharon Ullman to support a multifaceted scholarly collaboration titled “Traces of Mind Control in American Cold War Culture” next spring and summer. A digital archive collecting and documenting cultural artifacts of the Cold War will be among the outcomes of the project, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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

Filmic find from the archives to be shown Monday

Posted April 7, 2009
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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»

Author of historical novel on women’s suffrage movement to speak at Bryn Mawr

Posted March 20, 2009
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Historical researcher and fiction writer Virginia Ann Harris, whose coffeebreakreaders.com service is exploring new models of communication between author and reader, will speak on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ely Room of Bryn Mawr’s Wyndham Alumnae House. Harris will discuss her book The Privilege of Voting, a novel about dramatic events in […]

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 »

Bryn Mawr Farmerettes in the Woman’s Land Army

Posted January 23, 2009

Journalist Elaine F. Weiss will discuss a little-known facet of the College’s history on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a lecture in Wyndham’s Ely Room. Titled “Bryn Mawr Farmerettes in the Woman’s Land Army,” the lecture will discuss a movement that recruited thousands of women from cities and college campuses to replace male […]

History Department’s Sharon Ullman Chairs Equality Forum’s GLBT History Month

Posted October 23, 2008

Professor of History Sharon Ullman recently appeared on 98.5 Ben FM’s “Woman of the Week” show to talk about GLBT History Month (streaming audio is available on Ben FM’s Web site; Ullman is the second person interviewed in this clip). Ullman had been asked by Equality Forum, an international nonprofit that works toward gay, lesbian, […]

Bryn Mawr Teams With Main Line School Night

Posted March 6, 2008

The recent announcement of Cuban president Fidel Castro’s retirement has sparked a wave of interest in the island nation and speculation about its future. Bryn Mawr and the surrounding community will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of the United States’ largest Caribbean neighbor from five Bryn Mawr scholars in a […]