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Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer to be Performed in New York and Philadelphia

Posted August 27, 2015

Bonhoeffer — a choral-theater composition from Thomas Lloyd, Haverford professor of music and director of the Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges will be performed by the professional chamber choir The Crossing, under the direction of Donald Nally on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Union Theological Seminary in New York and […]

Traveling the World as Watson Fellow to Study the Lives of Women Artists

Posted May 28, 2015
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Growing up in South Africa, Camilla Dely ’15 never thought much about theater as a field within which she might one day build an academic, personal, or professional life. “In South Africa the arts are poorly supported by both the public and the government, and it was only when I came to the United States […]

Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Continues to Garner Media Attention with Debut Novel

Posted March 19, 2015
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Fresh on the heels of this glowing review in The New York Times, Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, made the cover of the Times’  Sunday Book Review. On Tuesday, March 17, Torday sat down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross to discuss the book. The Last Flight […]

Creative Writing Director Daniel Torday’s Novel Reviewed in The New York Times

Posted March 12, 2015
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Daniel Torday is the director of Bryn Mawr’s Creative Writing Program. His debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, has garnered significant attention, including this review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times. From the review: “It’s Mr. Torday’s ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas, and […]

Rhianna Shaheen ’14 Is Headed to the Oscars

Posted January 29, 2015

Rhianna Shaheen ’14 is headed to the Academy Awards as part of “Team Oscar.” Shaheen is one of six young filmmakers who will hand the Oscars to celebrity presenters during the broadcast. Team Oscar winners were selected based on a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.” For Shaheen […]

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

Posted November 13, 2014

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 […]

Documentary on Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, Airs on PBS

Posted August 18, 2014

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary focused on political activist Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, premiered on PBS’s POV on June 30. A feature highlighting the life and work of Boggs in her adopted hometown of Detroit can be found in the May 2014 Alumnae Bulletin.

Creative Writing’s J.C. Todd Awarded Pew Foundation Fellowship

Posted June 24, 2014

Bryn Mawr Creative Writing Program faculty member J.C. Todd is one of 12 Philadelphia artists granted a 2014 Pew Fellowship. In awarding Todd the fellowship, the Pew Foundation noted: “J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and […]

The Theater Program Presents Spring Production: The Serpent Woman

Posted April 3, 2014

The theater program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges will present Carlo Gozzi’s play, The Serpent Woman, opening Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodhart Hall. In this funny, fast-paced play, fairy Cherestani and mortal king Farruscad fall in love, and when they wed, Cherestani makes Farruscad swear that he will never look into the […]

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 […]

Dance Magazine Highlights Bryn Mawr’s Role in the Philly Dance Scene

Posted December 12, 2013

A recent feature in the December 2013 issue of Dance Magazine (and available on its website) highlights the Headlong Dance Theater and the Headlong Performance Institute’s semester away program, which is accredited through Bryn Mawr College. The article, an overview of the expanding Philadelphia dance scene, describes the city and its surrounding area as “an […]

Shakespeare Performance Troupe to Present Henry IV on Dec. 6 and 7

Posted November 21, 2013
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The Shakespeare Performance Troupe will present the Bard’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, in Thomas Great Hall on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. This is the group’s second production of the semester following Julius Caesar in early November. Henry IV is directed by Rebecca Cook ’15. The Shakespeare Performance […]

Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Contributes to The Book of Men: Eighty Writers on How to be Man

Posted November 21, 2013

Creative Writing Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Torday was among the writers asked to contribute to The Book of Men: Eighty Writers on How to be a Man. From the publisher: To help launch the literary nonprofit Narrative 4, Esquire asked 80 of the world’s greatest writers to chip in with a story, all with the […]

Zadie Smith Visit Enhances Academic Tradition of Emily Balch Speaker

Posted October 11, 2013
Author Zadie Smith at Bryn Mawr College on Oct. 9, 2013. Credit: Photography by Peter Tobia

On Wednesday night, Zadie Smith, critically acclaimed novelist and essayist, spent the evening with Bryn Mawr’s first-year students as the Emily Balch Speaker. Smith’s novel, White Teeth, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and also was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels published since 1923. She has twice been included on Granta’s list […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Class Gains Curator Experience as Hosts to Area High Schoolers

Posted April 18, 2013
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In his description for the course “The Curator in the Museum,” Brian Wallace, the College’s curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, writes that students will examine “the challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents.” Those challenges and opportunities were made real earlier this month when the class, an […]

Student-Created String Sculpture Displayed in Erdman Hall

Posted April 18, 2013
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For the final project in her “Sculpture: Materials and Technique” class, Cities major Andrea Parra ’13 transformed a section of Erdman Hall last week into the setting for a string sculpture meant to “reignite the space by playing with Khan’s linear forms and geometric shapes.” (Louis Khan designed Erdman Hall.) In addition to her sculpture […]

Student Artists Featured in Spring Art Exhibition

Posted April 11, 2013

Bryn Mawr’s Art Club hosted a Spring Art Exhibition Opening on April 9. Featuring a variety of student-created artwork, the exhibition includes photography, digital art, drawings, and paintings from: Meredith Davis ’13 Amelia Light ’13 Duong Nguyen ’13 Amelia Lee Zhi Yi ’13 Elizabeth Reilly ’14 Emelie Curl ’14 Prianna Pathak ’14 Sara Gladwin ’14 […]

Art and Immigration Events Planned for April 10 & 12

Posted April 4, 2013
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Meet Your New SGA President: Natalie Kato ’14

Posted March 11, 2013

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 […]

Daniel Torday Wins National Jewish Book Award

Posted January 24, 2013

Bryn Mawr Director of Creative Writing Daniel Torday received the 2012 Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction for his novella, The Sensualist. The Goldberg Prize is one of several awards given as part of the National Jewish Book Awards. In addition to Torday, this year’s NJBA winners include Nobel Laureate Eric […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr/Haverford Theater Program Named “Best Kept Secret” by Philadelphia Citypaper

Posted January 16, 2013

Philadelphia Citypaper named the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Theater Program as the “Best-Kept Secret” theater in the Philadelphia area. From the article: “Director Mark Lord’s small bi-college program at Bryn Mawr College never fails to astound — if you can find out what they’re doing, and when. Anyone who enjoys Fringe-y fare like Pig Iron and New […]

Creative Writing Program’s Daniel Torday Interviewed on NPR’s WYPR

Posted December 6, 2012

Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday interviewed with WYPR’s “Maryland Morning,” an NPR affiliate, about his new novella, The Sensualist. During the interview, Torday discusses his connection to Baltimore, the setting of the novella. The entire interview, as well as several outtakes, can be found on the WYPR website. For more information about Torday’s The […]

Creative Writing’s Elizabeth Mosier ’84 Writes About College Application Essays in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted October 16, 2012

In the Oct. 14 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Oh, those onerous college essays,” Elizabeth Mosier ’84 gives advice to parents and students anguishing over the college application essay. From the article: “Most of our worry is aimed at the application essay because, as admissions reps cheerfully reassure us at every info session, it offers the best […]

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 […]

Photo by Ivy Gray-Klein ’14 Featured on New York Times Website

Posted September 20, 2012
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This photo, taken by Ivy Gray-Klein ’14, was featured in the education section of the New York Times. The collection of photos explains that the “first few weeks on campus make for vivid memories, the kind reflected on for a lifetime. We invited students to share a photograph that illustrates the point.”

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 […]

Creative Writing’s Elizabeth Mosier ’84 Writes About Caring for Aging Parents in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted August 14, 2012

In the August 13 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Rethinking Life’s Priorities,” Elizabeth Mosier ’84 writes about the unexpected aspects of her role as “a fulcrum between developing kids and declining parents.” From the article: “Maybe because my grandparents died when my parents (and I) were young, I didn’t know how a longer life curve could change […]

Creative Writing Program Director Dan Torday Pens Piece for The New York Times

Posted August 1, 2012

In The Song Remains the Same, Creative Writing Program Director Dan Torday writes about how words of wisdom given to him as a struggling young bluegrass musician by “Tattooed Guitarist” came back to help him years later as he tried to soothe his infant daughter to sleep. From the article: “Suddenly I was just playing, […]

Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s Novella The Sensualist Published to Glowing Praise: Reading and Book Signing on Wednesday, April 25

Posted April 19, 2012

Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s novella The Sensualist was published earlier this month to great praise. On the website, novelist Andrew Ervin writes about The Sensualist : “One passage in particular has lodged itself in my brain and I’d like to quote it here at length; it’s, I think, the most profound and […]

Bryn Mawr, Haverford Dancers Take the Stage for Spring Concert Featuring Reconstruction of José Limón Work

Posted April 18, 2012

Over 40 Bryn Mawr and Haverford dancers will take to the stage in Goodhart Theater on April 20 and 21 to perform dance works by Bryn Mawr dance faculty and noted Philadelphia dance artists. This year’s concert will also feature a reconstruction of Psalm, a 1967 work by master choreographer José Limón. Students worked with Ryoko […]

Students Shine In Shakespeare Performance Troupe: Othello and Pygmalion Staged This Week and Next

Posted April 12, 2012

The Shakespeare Performance Troupe will present a double feature this weekend as they perform Shakespeare’s Othello and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Othello will be performed in matinees for two weekends at 1 p.m. in Taft Garden on April 14, 15, 20, and 21. The performances of Pygmalion will  be at 7:30 p.m. in Rhoads Hall […]

Tim Miller Residency to Include Two Public Performances

Posted April 12, 2012

Celebrated performance artist Tim Miller, whose creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man, will begin a weeklong residency at Bryn Mawr on Monday, April 16, to lead a performance workshop. Two public events—a public lecture and performance by Miller himself as […]

Mary Robinson, First Woman to Serve as President of Ireland, to Give Bryn Mawr College’s 2012 Commencement Address

Posted March 22, 2012

Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will give the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. on Merion Green. Robinson, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2009, has spent most […]

Bryn Mawr Student Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 Pens Article About Autism for India Abroad

Posted February 16, 2012

In the latest issue of India Abroad, Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 writes about how Bollywood and the Indian IT industry can change the face of autism in India. Somasundaram has written for the magazine’s “Teenspeak” section since age 12. Her latest article is based on a final paper from her “Autism Spectrum Disorders” class last semester […]

College Names Brian Wallace Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifact Collections

Posted January 26, 2012

Brian Wallace was appointed the Bryn Mawr College Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifacts in December. Wallace is charged with developing the use and interpretation of the College’s Art and Artifact Collections. Prior to arriving at Bryn Mawr, Wallace was curator at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz from 2006 to 2011, […]

2011: The Year in Review

Posted January 19, 2012
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As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back on the year that was. 2011 offered a high-profile Flexner Lectureship with Judith Butler, the awarding of the Katharine Hepburn and M. Carey Thomas medals, the launch of the Women in Public Service Project, a wealth of laurels, and plenty of fun. Read more»

Photo Slideshow: Drama Among the Stacks in Bi-Co Theater’s Production of Gertrude Stein Play

Posted December 1, 2011

If you think of Bryn Mawrters as a bookish lot, these photos of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program’s November  production of Gertrude Stein’s experimental play Listen to Me are unlikely to challenge your stereotype. Directed by Theater Program Director Mark Lord, fifteen student actors cavorted, orated and philosophized through Maiko Matsushima’s ingeniously designed set, which […]

Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Presents Gertrude Stein’s “Listen to Me”

Posted November 10, 2011

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges will present Gertrude Stein’s “Listen to Me” as directed by Mark Lord and designed by Maiko Matsushime Nov. 11-13 and 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are urged to wear comfortable shoes, expect the unexpected and to make reservations in advance by emailing or calling (610) […]

Creative Writing Program Reading Series Hosts Panel of Short Story Authors

Posted October 28, 2011

POST UPDATED NOV 3 Five of the most important short-fiction writers working today—Frank O’Connor Award finalist Robin Black and four of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” honorees, Chris Adrian, David Bezmozgis, Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell—discussed the place of the short story in America, as well as their work and influences, at Bryn Mawr […]

Swamplandia! Author Karen Russell Opens Emily Balch Speaker Series, Joins Students at Swamp-Themed Dessert

Posted October 20, 2011
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Celebrated author Karen Russell inaugurated the Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with a lively presentation about her work, noting how valuable her undergraduate liberal-arts education has been to her career as a writer.

Community Forums on Planning for Bryn Mawr’s Future to be Held on Oct. 24, Nov. 4, and Nov. 15

Posted October 6, 2011

As was mentioned in President Jane McAuliffe’s welcome letter to the community in August, a number of groups, committees and task forces have been engaged in various efforts to identify potential themes and objectives for the future direction of the College and our forthcoming capital campaign. Now that many of those groups (including the Committee […]

Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday Among Writers Marking Sept. 11 in Kenyon Review

Posted September 15, 2011

In his introductory blog post to a special web feature from the Kenyon Review marking the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Director of the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Daniel Torday writes: “The morning the planes flew into the towers, the US president was reading ‘The Pet Goat’ to a group of second-graders […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae Working in Finance Network at Reception in New York This Summer

Posted September 1, 2011
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It was one of the summer’s hottest days, the temperature topping 100 degrees. But on the rooftop bar at Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel in New York City, the atmosphere was cool and hip. On July 21, more than 60 Bryn Mawr alumnae/i working in finance gathered together for a reception/networking event hosted by members […]

Creative Writing Program Director and Professor of the Arts Karl Kirchwey Featured in Wall Street Journal

Posted July 15, 2011

Creative Writing Program Director and Professor of the Arts Karl Kirchwey, who is currently serving as the American Academy in Rome’s Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, is featured in this Wall Street Journal article about the difficulty of translating works of poetry. The article focuses on Kirchwey’s recent translation of Paul Verlaine’s Poems Under Saturn. From […]

Golden Baobab Prize Founder Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 Wins Echoing Green Fellowship

Posted June 9, 2011
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The Echoing Green Foundation, which supports emerging visionaries of social change from around the world, has awarded a 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship to Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 of Accra, Ghana. Ahenkorah’s Golden Baobab Prize, an award for children’s literature by and about Africans, is one of fifteen projects Echoing Green has selected for the fellowship in 2011. Ahenkorah began […]

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 […]

Class of 2011 To Receive Degrees and Celebrate Commencement Weekend

Posted May 12, 2011

Bryn Mawr’s class of 2011—325 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be granting nine doctorates and 24 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will […]

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