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Senior Mandy Shen’s Nonprofit Brings Liberal-Arts Values to Rural High Schools in China

Posted March 22, 2010
Photo of Mandy Shen in Library

When Mandy (Menghan) Shen ’10 looked for a community-service opportunity a few years ago, she was interested in tackling the problem of educational inequality between China’s rural and urban populations. But volunteer programs that addressed the issue seemed to be few and far between—and barricaded with bureaucratic red tape. So Shen gathered a few friends […]

Bryn Mawr-Haverford Chamber Singers Travel to Turkey

Posted March 9, 2010
The Chamber Singers visit Ankara Castle

Philadelphia public radio station WHYY recently reported on the Chamber Singers of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges’ Spring Break trip to Turkey. Read more»

Bryn Mawr President Attends White House’s International Women’s Day Reception

Posted March 8, 2010

Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe was invited to the White House’s International Women’s Day Reception on March 8. Watch as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama address the group.

Alice Rivlin ’52 Named by President Barack Obama to Deficit-Cutting Commission

Posted March 1, 2010

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Business Week are among the many media outlets to report on the naming of Alice Rivlin ’52, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington and visiting professor at Georgetown University, to serve on a commission on […]

Bryn Mawr Community Stunned by Loss of Health Researcher Kevin Robinson

Posted February 12, 2010
photo of Kevin Robinson

The Bryn Mawr College community is struggling to come to terms with the loss of Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Research Kevin J. Robinson, who died unexpectedly last weekend at the age of 40. The community was notified with an e-mail from President Jane McAuliffe, who described Robinson as a “treasured colleague” whose […]

Task Forces for Haitian Earthquake Relief Created

Posted January 21, 2010

Bryn Mawr students have created four task forces to direct campus responses to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, says Civic Engagment Office (CEO) Co-director Ellie Esmond. Members of the faculty and staff are joining the task forces as well.
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Reaching Out to Help the People of Haiti and Those Affected by the Tragedy

Posted January 14, 2010

Bryn Mawr College joins the worldwide community to extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Haiti and to express our solidarity with our students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and community members of Haitian descent during this tragedy. Community members interested in working on relief efforts or who are involved in efforts that could use assistance […]

Main Line Martin Luther King Association Holds Annual Celebration

Posted January 14, 2010

The Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s annual Sunday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bryn Mawr College will take place in Goodhart Theater on Sunday, Jan. 17, beginning at 3 p.m. Former Pennsylvania State Senator Connie Williams and the nonprofit organization ElderNet of Lower Merion-Narberth will be honored. The event is free […]

Bryn Mawr’s Year in Review and a Peek at What’s Ahead in 2010

Posted January 12, 2010

There are still a few more days before the hustle and bustle of the spring semester has everyone so busy that they can’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year. So we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2009 so special and to take […]

Internship Fair, Information Session Present Opportunities to Students

Posted November 30, 2009

Preparing briefings for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, sequencing and analyzing DNA, and digging into a transportation archive for evidence of a community’s response to the loss of a light rail line are among the many tasks Bryn Mawr students undertook during internships last summer. Students can learn more about how to find […]

Hepburn Center Welcomes Filmmaker, Health Advocate as New Fellows; Previous Fellows to Return

Posted September 3, 2009

Filmmaker Sarah Schenck ’87 and Philadelphia public-health advocate Carol Rogers have been selected as Hepburn Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year, Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center Director Leslie Rescorla has announced. In addition, 2008-09 Fellow Maya Ajmera ’89 will be returning to campus on Oct. 22 to lead a workshop on social entrepeneurship, and 2008-09 Fellow […]

President Obama nominates Karen Kornbluh ’84 to key post

Posted June 26, 2009

President Barack Obama has asked Karen Kornbluh ’84 to serve as the United States’ permanent representative to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the White House announced yesterday. The OECD’s mission is to bring together governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy to “compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, […]

Serve America Act Creates New Opportunities for Students

Posted April 22, 2009

Bryn Mawr students and graduating seniors interested in working for nonprofits dedicated to community service got some great news from the federal government yesterday with the passage of the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The most sweeping expansion of the nation’s service programs since the early 1960s, the act will expand the ranks […]

Bryn Mawr students join event with British Prime Minister, Madeline Albright, Obama advisor Paul Volker

Posted April 3, 2009
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown/Photo Courtesy Caroline Troein

Twelve Bryn Mawr students joined President Jane McAuliffe last week for a special invitation-only panel discussion at New York University featuring British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and two-time Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker, who currently chairs President Barrack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board … Read more »

Bryn Mawr Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Posted February 17, 2009

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Bryn Mawr recently with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and contributions to America’s communities. Bryn Mawr is one of only three Pennsylvania schools (the University of Pennsylvania and Waynesburg University are the others) and 83 schools nationwide […]

Hepburn Fellow Ana María López ’82 to discuss prevention and treatment of women’s cancers

Posted February 13, 2009
López at Bryn Mawr during the launch of the Hepburn Center in 2006

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center will present a talk by 2008-09 Hepburn Fellow Ana María López ’82 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham House. López’ talk, titled “Prevention and Treatment of Women’s Cancers: The Science and Practice of Medicine,” is free and open to the public.

Mural Arts Director Jane Golden Awarded Hepburn Medal

Posted February 11, 2009
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Jane Golden and Jane McAuliffe

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe, and a host of other luminaries gathered at the National Constitution Center Saturday to honor Jane Golden, executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, with the 2009 Katherine Hepburn Medal in recognition of her tireless efforts to build community through public art, engage at-risk youth, beautify the city and work toward social justice.

Congressman Joe Sestak Visits Bryn Mawr

Posted February 4, 2009
Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe, Rep. Joseph Sestak and Assoc. Professor David Ross

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania spoke to Bryn Mawr faculty and students in Dalton Hall Monday about the economy and other key policy issues confronting the United States. Sestak’s visit was hosted by Associate Professor of Economics David Ross as part of his “Policy Analysis and Economic Advocacy” seminar. Read more »

Civil-rights icon and prisoners’-rights advocate Angela Davis to speak at Bryn Mawr Feb. 4

Posted January 28, 2009

Scholar, political activist, and philosopher Angela Davis will give the keynote address for Black History Month at Bryn Mawr. Her presentation, titled “Democracy, Social Change, and Civil Engagement,” will take place in Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The event is free and open to the public. For more […]

President’s Office sponsors inauguration festivities

Posted January 16, 2009

Apparently, one inauguration celebration per academic year isn’t enough for the Bryn Mawr College community. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, recently inaugurated Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe will sponsor an all-day party in Thomas Great Hall to mark what she modestly characterizes as “the really big inauguration”—that is, the one that will install Barack Obama as […]

Civic Engagement Office, Intercultural Affairs offer MLK Day programming

Posted January 16, 2009

After the Main Line Martin Luther King Society’s musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Thomas Great Hall on Sunday, the College’s Civic Engagement Office (CEO) will provide several opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in Monday’s national day of service  to honor the slain civil-rights leader’s memory. At day’s end, […]

Main Line MLK Association Offers Tribute in Music and Dance at BMC this Sunday

Posted January 13, 2009

The Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s annual Sunday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bryn Mawr College will take place in Thomas Great Hall on Sunday, Jan. 18, beginning at 3 p.m. Retired Villanova University Director of Multicultural Affairs Edward Collymore and the Tuskegee Airmen of Greater Philadelphia will be honored. Bryn […]

Katharine Hepburn Medal to be awarded to Jane Golden

Posted January 9, 2009

Jane Golden, the director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP), will receive the 2009 Katharine Hepburn Medal, Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center Director Leslie Rescorla has announced. The medal recognizes women whose lives, work, and contributions embody the intelligence, drive, and independence of the four-time-Oscar-winning actress. The Hepburn Center memorializes Hepburn and her mother, an […]

Maya Ajmera ’89 to speak on her journey from Bryn Mawr to global social entrepreneurship

Posted November 24, 2008

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Katherine Houghton Hepburn Center will present a talk by Hepburn Fellow Maya Ajmera ’89, the founder and president of the Global Fund for Children, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. The Global Fund for Children (GFC) makes small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with […]

Antiracist pioneer Peggy McIntosh to speak, lead workshops

Posted November 14, 2008

Feminist and antiracist activist Peggy McIntosh will offer three workshops at Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, Nov. 18. McIntosh is best known for her essay “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies,” an exploration of the role that group privilege—as opposed to the bigotry of individuals—in perpetuating social inequality. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The New York Times blog

Posted November 11, 2008

Trustee Lucy N. Friedman ’65, the founder and president of The After-School Corporation, is taking readers’ questions about New York City after-school programs.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted November 6, 2008

Molly Parzen ’10 tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that the election of Barack Obama is “a massive historic moment.”

BMC student, alumna establish Baobab Prize to encourage African literature for young readers

Posted November 3, 2008
photo of Deborah Ahenkorah in Bryn Mawr Campus Center

This summer, Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 and Ramatoulaye Diallo Shagaya ’98 collaborated to establish the Baobab Prize, an annual award “designed to encourage the writing of African literature for young readers.” Read more »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: MSNBC

Posted October 6, 2008

NBC’s Luke Russert visited Bryn Mawr last Thursday to gauge students’ reactions to Sarah Palin and Joe Biden in the vice-presidential debate.

Bryn Mawr seniors win $10,000 Davis Grant to fund arts project involving homeless men

Posted May 1, 2008
Edwards photo

Bryn Mawr seniors Lucy Edwards and Adaobi Kanu believe in the power of art to transform the lives of those who practice it. This summer, a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace foundation will enable them to put that faith to work in West Philadelphia, where they will collaborate with homeless men on […]

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

Posted April 17, 2008
Washington photo

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 […]

A step toward the sweat-free sweatshirt: BMC endorses labor-practices proposal

Posted April 10, 2008
Tung photo

At the urging of student activists, Bryn Mawr has joined the ranks of colleges and universities endorsing the Designated Suppliers Program, an ambitious new framework for collective action against sweatshop labor practices, President Nancy J. Vickers and the BMC Sweatshop-Free Coalition have announced. For nearly a decade, the College has required the companies that produce […]

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