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Former President Jane McAuliffe Named Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress

Posted July 10, 2015
Jane McAuliffe

Former Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe was recently named the Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, where she has served as the director of the John W. Kluge Center since October 2014. The new service unit will include the Kluge Center and the Office of Scholarly Programs as well as […]

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 […]

Prominent Speakers Confirmed for Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College

Posted April 11, 2013
Women in Public Service Logo

Several prominent speakers have been confirmed for The Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College happening this summer. Confirmed speakers include Alice Rivlin ’52, founding director, Congressional Budget Office; Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO, Women’s World Banking, and Angela Kane ’70, high representative for disarmament affairs, United Nations. The Institute is a […]

New Events With Alumnae Participating Via Skype Highlight Careers Outside the U.S.

Posted April 4, 2013
Bryn Mawr at Work- Danny 2

In recent weeks, the College has hosted several webinars and on-campus events intended to connect students with international alumnae. As part of a new international initiative called the Bryn Mawr at Work Series: Global Alumnae Career Networking, students have the opportunity to interact with alumnae around the world via Skype webinars and at in-person events […]

Meenakshi Gopinath, President of India’s Lady Shri Ram College, to Give Commencement Address on May 18

Posted March 28, 2013
Meenakshi Gopinath

Meenakshi Gopinath, president of India’s Lady Shri Ram College and an advocate for women’s education and empowerment and peace in the region, will give Bryn Mawr’s Commencement address on Saturday, May 18. A political scientist with expertise in Gandhian thought, security, gender, peacebuilding, and Indian politics, Gopinath was the first woman to serve on the […]

Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees Announces President Jane McAuliffe Will Step Down After Term Concludes in June 2013

Posted March 19, 2013

The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College today announced that Dr. Jane McAuliffe will step down as President of the College upon the completion of her current term on June 30, 2013. The Board of Trustees will appoint an Interim President for the 2013-2014 academic year, and will conduct a national search for the […]

President Jane McAuliffe Mentioned in Huffington Post Article About “Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets”

Posted March 14, 2013

This Feb. 27 Huffington Post (U.K.) article on the “Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets” mentions Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe as one of the attendees.

Patti Smith Receives 2013 Hepburn Medal and Performs for Students

Posted February 14, 2013

Whether she was meeting with students in the afternoon or accepting the 2013 Hepburn Medal in the evening, Patti Smith showed the warmth, humility, and plain-spoken authenticity when she came to campus last week that makes her memoir Just Kids such an irresistible read. And though at times when she spoke you could hear the […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Joins Select Leaders For International Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets

Posted January 31, 2013

Bryn Mawr president Jane McAuliffe was among a select group of governmental, corporate, non-profit, and academic leaders to attend this year’s Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) at the University of Oxford Green Templeton College earlier this month. Participants are invited in light of their stature, diverse knowledge and experience, and capacity to influence policies and practices […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Joins Other Colleges and Universities in Offering Scholarships to Students Affected by Violence in Syria

Posted November 15, 2012

Bryn Mawr College is one of 33 colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations in the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and France, taking part in an initiative to provide scholarships for Syrian students affected by the violence in that country and to serve as host campuses for professors and senior scholars displaced […]

Educators, Activists, and Corporate and Political Leaders to Gather at Bryn Mawr on Dec. 4 to Discuss the “Next Wave” of Women’s Advancement

Posted November 15, 2012

The 21st century has brought major shifts in economic and political power, social structures, and information flows around the world. While these disruptions have threatened the well-being of many, they have at the same time created openings for positive social and political change. Nowhere is this twinned reality of threat and opportunity more apparent than […]

Bryn Mawr’s President Asks “How Should We Respond to Malala?” in Chronicle of Higher Education Commentary

Posted November 1, 2012

In an Oct. 29 Chronicle of Higher Education commentary centered around the shooting in Pakistan of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe writes about the need to “dedicate ourselves anew to the goal of women’s empowerment and the critical role that education must play in that process” From How Should We Respond to […]

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 […]

Staff and Students Shine as Bryn Mawr Weathers Hurricane Sandy

Posted November 1, 2012

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 […]

Philadelphia Inquirer Tells Inspiring Story of Bryn Mawr Student Undaunted by Tragedy of Her Early Life

Posted October 2, 2012

The Oct. 2 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Zimbabwe teen leaves anguish behind, starts future at Bryn Mawr” tells the story of Gertrude Makurumidze ’16, who in the span of just a few months at the age of eight lost her mother, a newborn sister, and her father, all, she eventually learned, from AIDS. Makurumidze, who hopes […]

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

Posted September 27, 2012

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.

Bryn Mawr Mourns the Passing of Esteemed Professor of Anthropology Philip Kilbride

Posted September 19, 2012

Esteemed Professor of Anthropology Philip Kilbride passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15. On Monday, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe sent a brief note to the Bryn Mawr community with the sad news. Today, McAuliffe sent the below message, which includes details about a life celebration that’s being held Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7 -9 p.m. […]

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

Posted September 6, 2012
Howard Levine & Brian Wallace, curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, in the Levines’ home gallery before the collection’s move

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 […]

Academic Year Officially Gets Underway with Fall Convocation

Posted September 6, 2012

Last Wednesday, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and other College officials addressed a crowded Goodhart Hall as they welcomed the Class of 2016. This week, it was the members of the Class of 2013 taking center stage as their final year at Bryn Mawr officially began with the fall Convocation on Tuesday. Convocation is a […]

2012 Welcome Letter From President Jane McAuliffe

Posted August 30, 2012

The following email was sent on behalf of President Jane McAuliffe by the President’s Chief of Staff Emily Espenshade on Thursday, August 30: Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, Welcome to Bryn Mawr’s one hundred and twenty-seventh academic year.  I hope you enjoyed a pleasant summer and are looking forward to the year ahead.  As has become our tradition, […]

Move-In Day for Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2016

Posted August 30, 2012

The Class of 2016 officially arrived on campus Wednesday on a picture perfect day. With the help of customspeople, parents, family, and friends, members of the Class of 2016 unloaded from their vehicles boxes and bags stuffed with everything from cleaning supplies to high-tech electronics; carted everything up flights of stairs or along winding paths; […]

Bryn Mawr Takes Top Spot In Washington Monthly’s Annual Ranking

Posted August 27, 2012

Bryn Mawr has been ranked number one among liberal arts colleges in the Washington Monthly’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that contribute most to society. To compile the list, the Monthly‘s editors gathered reams of publicly available data and settled on three criteria: social mobility, research, and service. America’s best colleges, the editors […]

Bryn Mawr President Leads Seminars That Help Prepare Newly-Appointed College and University Leaders

Posted July 26, 2012
Jane McAuliffe

Four years ago Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe attended the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents just after taking the reins at Bryn Mawr.

This month she returned to the seminar to lead a session on how presidents cope with the vast diversity of their internal and external responsibilities.

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Joins Select Higher-Ed Leaders for Transatlantic Dialogue

Posted July 26, 2012

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe was among the select few college and university leaders asked to participate in the 13th Transatlantic Dialogue, which was held in Salzburg, Austria, July 4-7. Related News: Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and Fellow Higher-Education Leaders Call for Increased Global Collaboration Bryn Mawr President and Fellow Senior Scholars Recommend the […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Explores Collaborative Opportunities in Asia

Posted July 17, 2012
President McAuliffe with Ewha President Sun-Uk Kim

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe recently traveled to Asia to meet with officials at a number of colleges and universities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and to take part in the 2012 Women’s Education Worldwide Conference at Nanjing University’s Ginling College in China. At Ewha Woman’s University in Korea, McAuliffe and Ewha President Sun-Uk Kim […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Meets with Alumnae in London and Cairo During Recent Travels

Posted June 14, 2012
Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Speaks at

After the second meeting of Bryn Mawr’s new International Council, held in London, President Jane McAuliffe continued on to Cairo. There she visited the new campus of the American University in Cairo, met with AUC President Lisa Anderson, and enjoyed lunch with a group of Bryn Mawr alumnae. The lunch was organized by Professor of […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae, Faculty, and Staff Take Part in Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute

Posted June 7, 2012

UPDATED JUNE 8: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to give opening remarks at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, June 11. Watch streaming video of the speech here. The inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute begins next week at Wellesley College. Bryn Mawr College is a founding partner of the WPSP […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Quoted in Times Higher Education

Posted June 1, 2012

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe is quoted in this Times Higher Education article about how rising costs at U.K. colleges and universities are driving more students to look at alternatives in the United States.

Commencement 2012 in Pictures

Posted May 17, 2012

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2012. Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, gave the Commencement address. Related Commencement 2012 in Social Media 2012 Graduates: a Snapshot […]

Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York Shigeyuki Hiroki Visits Bryn Mawr

Posted April 19, 2012

Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York Shigeyuki Hiroki visited Bryn Mawr’s campus this week. Hiroki was in the Philadelphia area to take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. Hiroki took the opportunity of this official visit to the city to learn more about Bryn Mawr College. He stayed at Wyndham […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Among Speakers at Conference on the Future of Liberal-Arts Colleges

Posted April 12, 2012

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe was among the speakers at “The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and its Leadership Role in Education around the World.” Held this week at Lafayette College, the conference brought together leaders of many of the nation’s top liberal-arts colleges to look at the challenges and opportunities facing […]

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 […]

Project Spotlight Event Closes Year-Long “Class Dismissed?” Initiative

Posted March 22, 2012
Class Dismissed

The main lounge of the Campus Center was filled on Monday night with a mix of students, staff, and faculty, all of whom came out to take part in the culminating event of the year-long “Class Dismissed? Furthering the Dialogue About Class” initiative. The event showcased projects produced by Bryn Mawr community members and funded […]

McAuliffe Joins Panel Discussion on Globalization and Higher Education at Council on Foreign Relations

Posted February 16, 2012

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe joined several other college and university presidents and foreign-relations experts at a “Working Group on Global Issues” meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations. The semiannual meeting is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and held at the Council 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 […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr College and Posse Foundation Create First Posse Exclusively for Women Pursuing STEM Majors

Posted February 7, 2012

Bryn Mawr College will host the very first women’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Posse in the fall of 2013, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and Posse Foundation President  and founder Deborah Bial today. Bryn Mawr’s latest partnership with the Posse Foundation is one of the initiatives the White House highlighted today in […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae and Parents of Students Meet in Singapore to Found International Advisory Council

Posted January 26, 2012

In early January a group made up of Bryn Mawr alumnae and parents of Bryn Mawr students met in Singapore as founding members of the College’s International Advisory Council. The 11 council members in Singapore were joined by three additional council members via video conference. The council is being asked to help increase Bryn Mawr’s  […]

Women in Public Service Project Launches With D.C. Colloquium Featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Posted December 20, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and students attending the Women in Public Service Project Colloquium. Clinton is flanked by Bryn Mawr students Meheret Shumet (left) and Jomaira Salas and Isel Otero-Vera (right)

Many of the world’s most influential leaders—including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Legarde—gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for a colloquium that marked the official launch of The Women in Public Service Project, a joint initiative founded by the State Department and the Sister Schools (Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley). Read more »

Women in Public Service Project Posts Conference Video

Posted December 16, 2011
screenshot of Ntshadi Mofokeng

A videocast of the speakers at the Women in Public Service Project has been posted on the U.S. State Department’s streaming server. Don’t miss the introduction of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by Bryn Mawr senior Ntshadi Mofokeng!

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 […]

BMC President McAuliffe Pens Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Entry on Women in Public Service Project

Posted December 15, 2011

As the U.S. State Department and the Seven Sisters Colleges host the inaugural colloquium of the Women in Public Service Project, a post by Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains why an initiative that aims to prepare women for leadership roles in government and public service around the world […]

Event Celebrates 10-Year Partnership Between Bryn Mawr and the Posse Foundation

Posted December 8, 2011

More than 150 alumnae/i and friends of Bryn Mawr joined a number of former and current Bryn Mawr Posse Scholars, Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick, college officials including President Jane McAuliffe and former President Nancy Vickers, and Posse Foundation representatives at Boston’s Hampshire House on Nov. 29 for a celebration of […]

Dec. 15 Women in Public Service Colloquium to be Streamed Online and Simulcast at Campus Center

Posted December 8, 2011

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Bryn Mawr College will join other top U.S. women’s colleges and leaders from throughout the world for the inaugural colloquium of The Women in Public Service Project (TWPSP).  The colloquium will highlight the urgent need for women in public service and the resources they need to attain positions of leadership. TWPSP […]

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»

Bryn Mawr President Travels to Jordan As Part of Interfaith Forum

Posted December 1, 2011
President Jane McAuliffe at the entrance to the king

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe joined Muslim and Catholic scholars, intellectuals, and clerics from 18 Islamic and non-Islamic countries in a three-day interfaith forum focused on the theme “Reason, Faith and the Human Person.” Read more »

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 […]

New Study Finds Graduates of Liberal-Arts Colleges To Be Most Satisfied With Their College Experience

Posted November 17, 2011

When it comes to getting a first job out of college, gaining admission to graduate school, or generally preparing to meet life’s challenges, graduates of residential liberal-arts colleges like Bryn Mawr give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities, according to a new national study. The study, which was […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and Fellow Higher-Education Leaders Call for Increased Global Collaboration

Posted November 10, 2011

A panel of higher-education experts including Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe has issued a report calling for increased and more fully engaged collaboration between U.S. colleges and universities and institutions abroad. Titled Strength through Global Leadership and Engagement: U.S. Higher Education in the 21st Century, the report was commissioned by the board of the American Council on Education. […]

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