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May Day 2012: In Photos and Behind the Scenes

Posted May 3, 2012

Because it is such a valued tradition, expectations of May Day are high, and it takes a well-oiled crew of people to keep May Day running smoothly. “The May Poles don’t go up by themselves, trash cans don’t just appear, sound doesn’t just happen,” says Mary Beth Horvath, director of student activities. “That’s why an event like this is a team effort … Read more»

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 […]

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 […]

Extern Program Gives Bryn Mawr Students a Chance to Experience the Work World During Spring Break

Posted March 29, 2012

Fifty-one Bryn Mawr students got a taste of the work world this spring break as part of the Extern Program, one of the many opportunities offered through the Bi-College Career Development Office. The Extern Program provides an opportunity for current Bryn Mawr and Haverford students to shadow alumnae/i from either school at their places of […]

Class of 2016 Receives Acceptance Letters

Posted March 29, 2012
Admissions 2012

The wait is finally over for the more than 2,600 students who applied to be members of Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2016. Decision letters were sent late last week and students could go online as of 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, to find out whether they had been accepted. “I screamed once I realized […]

Bryn Mawr’s Gender and Sexuality and Theater Programs Host Performance Workshops by Tim Miller

Posted February 24, 2012
Information and Workshop Application

The Gender and Sexuality and Theater programs will host performance artist Tim Miller for a weeklong workshop from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, in the Hepburn Teaching Theater at Goodhart Hall. Information and Workshop Application “We are genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to host Tim Miller as he conducts this workshop on […]

Spring Pen Y Groes Seminars Launch with Visit by Former NSF Director Rita Colwell

Posted February 16, 2012

The spring 2012 Pen Y Groes Seminars got off to a great start on Monday as students met with former director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell. Colwell served as the NSF’s 11th director from 1998  to 2004. In her capacity as NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of […]

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 […]

President McAuliffe Leads Seminars in which Participants Will Link Up with Peers Around the Globe

Posted February 9, 2012

The message below was sent out in an email from the President’s Office on Feb. 9 This year’s President’s Seminar is a series of four IT-facilitated, internationally linked conversations that explore higher education for women as an engine for social change and progressive leadership. President McAuliffe and a small group of Bryn Mawr College students […]

On “Give a Hoot Day,” Students Will Thank Donors Whose Gifts Make a Bryn Mawr Education Possible

Posted February 9, 2012

On Friday, Feb. 10, more than 250 brightly colored signs will appear along Bryn Mawr’s pathways, pop up on dining hall tables, and decorate doorways. Faculty and staff will don owl pins. It’s all part of Bryn Mawr’s fourth annual “Give a Hoot Day.” Give a Hoot Day marks the time in the school year […]

2011: The Year in Review

Posted January 19, 2012
photo of a group of students

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»

Move Into Guild by Deans and Other Student-Support Offices Tops List of Winter-Break Changes

Posted January 12, 2012

Several changes have occurred on Bryn Mawr’s campus over the break, but none will be as profound as the consolidation of many of the offices that serve students into the revamped Eugenia Chase Guild Hall.

Photo Slideshow: Cider With the President at Bryn Mawr

Posted December 15, 2011

Stress was successfully busted on Tuesday when Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe welcomed students to Pen y Groes, the presidential residence, for an exam-week study break featuring cookies, cider, and holiday cheer. About 40 students stopped by between 5:30 and 7 p.m., the President’s Office reports; most popped in for 20 or 30 minutes […]

“[the college news is] great”: An Intimate Sojourn with Judith Butler

Posted December 8, 2011
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By Maddy Court ’12 and Mary Zaborskis ’12 Originally published in the college news “I swim every day, I drink good Italian wines, I have a network of friends, many of whom are not in the academy. I like old movies—melodramas and film noir—and I travel,” says one Judith Butler, nonchalantly sipping her coffee. The late […]

Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship Inspires Bryn Mawr’s Intellectual Community

Posted December 8, 2011
Butler with students at coffee hour

For many at Bryn Mawr, Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship was a prime example of the excitement of belonging to a community focused on intellectual enterprise. The eminent philosopher and critical theorist drew overflow crowds to her public lectures, engaged in discussion with more than 80 scholars from around the region, and spent time with scores of Tri-College students, both in and out of the classroom … Read more»

TEDxBrynMawrCollegeWomen Event to be Held in Goodhart on Thursday, Dec. 1

Posted November 17, 2011

Bryn Mawr College will be hosting a live stream of TEDxWomen on Thursday, Dec. 1. The all-day event will take place in Goodhart Hall’s  McPherson Auditorium. Registration information can be found on the TEDxBrynMawrCollegeWomen website. TEDxBrynMawrCollegeWomen is being organized by Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, the Self-Government Association, and the College Communications Office. Announced […]

Photo Slideshow: Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship

Posted November 17, 2011

During her three-week residency on campus as the 2011 Mary Flexner Lecturer, eminent philosopher and social critic Judith Butler has been thoroughly integrated into Bryn Mawr’s campus life. Butler has made appearances not only at her three public lectures, but in faculty seminars following the lectures, several classes associated with the lectureship, a Center for Visual […]

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) […]

Class of 2012 Kicks Off Senior Gift Campaign With Record Numbers

Posted November 10, 2011

On Thursday, Oct. 27, more than 100 members of the Class of 2012 donated to the Senior Gift at its kick-off event.  This record-breaking effort amounted to over 30 percent participation from the class, which aims to best the Class of 2011’s 84 percent participation by Convocation on May 17, 2012. Seniors flooded the senior […]

Photos From a Snowy Lantern Night

Posted November 10, 2011

Amelia Lee Zhi Yi ’13 captured some amazing photos of Lantern Night that she’s allowed us to share. As has been the tradition since 1906, the class of 2015 received its lanterns in the Thomas Hall Cloister. Lantern Night marked the first time the Cloister was open to the public since renovation work on Thomas […]

Grad Group to Host Eighth Biennial Symposium, Titled “Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor”

Posted November 3, 2011

Darra Goldstein, a pioneer in the field of food studies, will deliver the keynote address at “Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor,” the eighth biennial graduate-student symposium organized and hosted by graduate students in Bryn Mawr College’s interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. Scheduled for next Friday, Nov. 11, […]

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 […]

Opportunity May Knock at Summer-Funding Fair

Posted October 27, 2011

Last summer, some Bryn Mawr students traveled to Wyoming to collect data that may help determine how mountain ranges came to be distributed across western North America. Another spent time in Paris and Chicago, comparing the effects hosting World’s Fairs in the late 19th century had on the two cities’ development. Others worked to improve […]

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

Posted October 20, 2011
Karen Russell signs a book for a student

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 […]

Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectures: One Hot Ticket

Posted September 29, 2011
photo of Judith Butler

Preeminent gender theorist Judith Butler will give three public lectures as part of the 2011 Mary Flexner Lectureship at Bryn Mawr College. The lectures draw on Butler’s new work, tentatively titled Gender Politics, Alliance, and the Right to Appear. All seats in Goodhart Hall for the Judith Butler Flexner Lectures have been reserved. To register […]

Lecture Series Offer Insight Into Scholarly Process, Opportunity to Enter Intellectual Dialogue

Posted September 15, 2011

This year, the Mary Flexner Lectureship, which has brought  some of the world’s best-known humanists to Bryn Mawr and resulted in a number of highly influential books, will bring prominent gender theorist Judith Butler to campus. But the three Flexner Lectures hardly present the only opportunity to hear scholars speak publicly about their work at […]

Bryn Mawr Banter: Join Conversations About Life at BMC

Posted September 15, 2011
screenshot of "Bryn Mawr Banter" page

What is it like to live in a Bryn Mawr dorm? What do you do on the weekends? Is it hard to participate in athletics?  Can you work out even if you’re not an athlete? Where do you find a faith community? Are there opportunities for activism, public service, and career exploration? What was the biggest challenge […]

Bryn Mawr Grounds Manager on How Bryn Mawr’s Trees Weather the Storms

Posted September 15, 2011
photo of a large, old tree

Record rainfalls and hurricane-strength winds have wreaked havoc in many areas surrounding Bryn Mawr’s campus in recent weeks as downed trees have led to damaged homes, power outages and commuting headaches. While downed power lines did lead to the closure of New Gulph Road, English House, and Russian House for more than a day following […]

Bryn Mawr Students Now Have ‘One Stop’ for Taking Care of Business Online

Posted September 8, 2011

Being a college student can be complicated. Completing time sheets, managing bills, registering for classes, requesting a transcript or an enrollment verification —these are just a few of the tasks students are asked to complete every semester. Sometimes it is difficult to know which office does what. Launched in August and accessible through the Current Students […]

At Convocation, President Notes What’s New on Campus: Athletic Field, Dining Hall Makeover, Student Lounge, More

Posted September 1, 2011
bagpipers lead the procession at convocation

At Fall Convocation on Monday, Aug. 29, President Jane McAuliffe welcomed the campus community back to Bryn Mawr with a brief overview of some of the changes that took place over the summer (see photos from Convocation and the community picnic that followed in the slideshow above. If your device doesn’t support Flash, see the […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Class of 2015

Posted August 25, 2011

With laundry baskets, laptops, pillows, books, clothes, and everything else needed to transform a dorm room into a home, the 364 members of the Class of 2015, many with families in tow, have arrived at Bryn Mawr for Customs Week. The Class of 2015 hails from 35 states and the District of Columbia, and from […]

Cities Professor Uses NEH Grant to Focus Modern-Architecture Course on Cultural Exchange, Citing International Students as Inspiration and Asset

Posted August 25, 2011
photo of carola hein

As the number of students who come to Bryn Mawr from outside the United States has increased over the past few years, Carola Hein, a professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department, has become ever more acutely aware of a particular shortcoming in textbooks on modern architecture and urban form. “Buildings outside of […]

Bryn Mawr Launches Summer-Reading Program, Aspiring Beyond Summer

Posted July 21, 2011
Class Matters book cover

In early July, a copy of Class Matters, a collected series of New York Times stories that focus on aspects of socioeconomic class in the United States, was shipped to each student who will enroll at Bryn Mawr for the first time this fall. The shipment of these books, a gift from the College’s Alumnae […]

At Bryn Mawr, Liberal-Arts Colleges Explore Online Learning as a Tool for Closer Connections

Posted July 8, 2011

Liberal-arts colleges pride themselves on students’ personal relationships with professors and intellectual exchange with fellow students. Is there a role for online learning in this model? At a recent conference on Bryn Mawr’s campus, Candace Thille, the director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative, made the case that integrating the OLI’s sophisticated online courses […]

NASA Astrophysicist Alice K. Harding ’73 to Open Summer Series of Lectures by Prominent Women in Science

Posted June 23, 2011

Astrophysicist Alice K. Harding ’73 of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will open the 2011 Ann Lutes Johnson Lecture Series on Thursday, June 30, at 4 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. Harding’s talk, titled “Uncovering the Secrets of Pulsars,” will explore new discoveries made possible by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space […]

Reunion 2011: Photos of a Record-Breaking Weekend

Posted June 9, 2011

The Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association welcomed a record 1,128 guests to campus May 27-29. Graduating classes of years ending in the digits 1 and 6 – the oldest from the Class of 1941 and the youngest from the Class of 2006 — were joined by 223 GOLD (graduates of the last decade) alumnae to […]

2011 Staff Awards Presented at Picnic

Posted June 9, 2011
The 2011 Staff Award Recepients and President McAuliffe. George Williams, President McAuliffe, Ann Ogle, Karen Sulpizio, and Chuck Heyduk (from left to right)

President Jane McAuliffe and Human Resources Director Joe Bucci presented the 2011 McPherson Awards for Excellence and Service to three members of the College’s staff at the staff-appreciation picnic earlier this month. A fourth staff member was recognized for environmental stewardship with the Newberry Award. The McPherson Awards: Charles “Chuck” Heyduk, associate dean, Undergraduate College, […]

Bryn Mawr’s 2011 Commencement and Convocation in Photos and Video

Posted May 17, 2011

Commencement Speaker Judith Jamison got the ceremony off to a rousing start with an address in which she told the graduating class to “Sing your song, dance your dance, graduate, and party for a minute!”

2011 Fulbright Tally: Seven Grants to Bryn Mawr Students

Posted May 16, 2011
Photo of Gretchen Knoth

Update: In June, the Turkish Fulbright Committee, the last to make its awards, announced that Didem Uca ’11 had been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. In  August, we learned that Sarah Watson ’11 had also raising been awarded a Fulbright ETA, raising Bryn Mawr’s 2011 total from five to seven. By year’s end, five […]

International Development Ethics Association Holds Its Bi-Annual Conference for the First Time in the United States at Bryn Mawr on June 9-11

Posted May 12, 2011

The Ninth International Conference of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), titled  “Gender Justice and Development: Local and Global,” is being held June 9-11 at Bryn Mawr College. The conference is organized by IDEA with Bryn Mawr’s Center for International Studies and the Centre on Values and Ethics (COVE) at Carleton University. Other major sponsors […]

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 […]

Diversity Leadership Group Selects Six “Class Dismissed” Projects for Funding

Posted May 12, 2011

As part of a yearlong initiative titled “Class Dismissed? Furthering the Dialogue About Class,” the Diversity Leadership Group and Diversity Council in early March invited members of the Bryn Mawr campus community to submit proposals for collaborative projects designed to spark dialogue on the topic of class. The group expected to select three proposals to […]

May Day Celebration in Pictures

Posted May 5, 2011
photo of students with flower petals

A mix of old and new, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration is among the College’s most treasured traditions. Below are a few select images from the day. Links to student photos of the day and a thread about how alumnae across the globe celebrated can be found on the College’s Facebook page.

Growth and Structure of Cities Department Concludes 40th-Anniversary Celebration With Exhibition

Posted April 28, 2011

Bryn Mawr’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department concludes celebrations of its 40th anniversary with a show of student and alumnae/i work and a reception for faculty, students, and graduates on Friday, April 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Goodhart atrium and Hepburn Teaching Theater. All interested faculty, students, and staff from the […]

May Day 2011 Scheduled for May 1

Posted April 22, 2011
Photo of maypole dancers seen from above

One day a year, Bryn Mawrters are urged to cease working hard and begin hardly working: at the College’s annual May Day celebration students eschew books and papers, even in the face of approaching finals week, to frolic on the grass. For several years, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration has been held on the Sunday […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates Earth Day

Posted April 21, 2011

The student group BMC Greens and the College have planned several events to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22. Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Representatives from the President’s Sustainability Steering Committee will give a presentation about the College’s Climate Action Plan. They’ll talk about what parts of the plan have already been put into place […]

History of Art Celebrates a Banner Year

Posted April 21, 2011
photo of Lori Felton

In the groves of academe, the vernal equinox heralds not only spring, but fellowship season. This year, the Bryn Mawr Department of History of Art is enjoying an especially fruitful one. Two of the department’s current graduate students have been awarded Fulbright research fellowships for research abroad, and a third has scored a coveted curatorial […]

Bi-Co Student Theater Festival

Posted April 6, 2011

The “sometimes-annual” Student Bi-Co Theater Festival will take place April 7, 8, 9 and April 14, 15, 16. This season’s festival features a scintillating array of plays, readings, film screenings, workshops, stand-up comedy and more. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office for the Arts at (610) […]

Dance Icon Judith Jamison to Receive M. Carey Thomas Award and Give 2011 Commencement Address

Posted March 31, 2011

Dance icon Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will give the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. on Merion Green. As a dancer with the Alvin Ailey troupe, from 1965 to 1980, Jamison joined the ranks of the most […]

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