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Grand May Day Scheduled for May 2

Posted April 23, 2010
Photo of jubilant crowd tossing flower petals into the air

This year’s May Day celebration will occur on Sunday, May 2. All of the day’s events are free, and most are open to the general public … Read more»

Founder of Kenyan Scholarship Fund Headlines Project Educate in Africa Fundraiser

Posted April 22, 2010
photo of Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, the founder of the Akili Dada scholarship fund for Kenyan girls, will speak at a fundraising gala sponsored by Project Educate in Africa this Friday, April 22, in Thomas Great Hall. The event will also feature party music, catering by a local African restaurant, and a silent auction of unique hand-made craft items […]

Bryn Mawr to Offer Half-Credit Courses for Fall 2010

Posted April 2, 2010

Beginning in the Fall 2010 semester, Bryn Mawr students will have yet another option as they explore their academic opportunities and attempt to fit their many interests and the College’s varied offerings into a four course semester. For the first time, Bryn Mawr will be offering a slate of half-credit, seven-week, courses in addition to […]

Special Course Offerings Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s 125th Anniversary

Posted April 2, 2010
About the Kaleidoscope Program

As part of Bryn Mawr’s 125th-anniversary celebration, the College will be offering a collection of courses in education, English, biology and history, as well as a course offered by the Growth and Structure of Cities program on community mural projects. The umbrella theme of the courses in the group is “Changing Education” …Read more»

New Faculty Hires to Begin Teaching at BMC Next Fall

Posted April 2, 2010

As of April 1, three of four open tenure-track faculty positions at Bryn Mawr have been filled, and the College will welcome two new assistant professors of economics and an assistant professor of Greek to campus next fall.  News about the fourth position, in history of art, is expected soon. The newcomers: Economics: Jonathan Lanning’s […]

2010 Watson Fellow Simone Biow Will Follow the Path of ‘Creative Destruction’

Posted March 25, 2010
Photo of Simone Biow

If you want to find Simone Biow ’10 next year, try looking wherever in the developing world the weather is worst. Natural disasters, Biow says, can spark floods of entrepreneurial creativity in communities affected by them—creativity that is too often overlooked by formal disaster-relief efforts. Biow, a political-science major with a knack for languages, is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Q & A: Political Economist Michael Allen on Controversies Over Earthquake Relief in Haiti

Posted February 22, 2010
photo of Michael Allen

Responses to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 have sparked considerable controversy. Politicians, aid workers, and pundits have argued about where relief efforts should be directed and who should be in charge. Questions about how best to rebuild an infrastructure that was inadequate even before the quake struck have led to debates […]

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 […]

Urban Bush Women, Acogny Celebrate Reopening of Goodhart

Posted February 1, 2010

Celebrate the reopening of Goodhart Hall with an evening of powerful, compelling dance as renowned dance troupe Urban Bush Women performs with Senegalese dance legend Germaine Acogny and Pape Ibrahima Ndiaya on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. Read more»

A Pair of Concerts Feature Bi-College Voices

Posted December 3, 2009
Chamber Choir Lyric Fest 1a-1

In the coming week, two concerts at Haverford College will offer performances by Bryn Mawr and Haverford singers and musicians. On Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., the Bi-College Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will perform a program titled “Grand Opera Choruses.On Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m., the Bi-College Chamber Singers’ annual holiday concert will feature the Philadelphia-area premier of David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion” along with their traditional sing-along carols.

Slate Article Cites Psychology Professor Clark McCauley’s Research on Commuter Behavior

Posted November 30, 2009

The research of Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley is cited in the Slate article “Underground Psychology,” about what researchers have learned about human behavior by studying the habits of mass-transit riders.

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Celebrates International Education Week

Posted November 12, 2009

Bryn Mawr College will celebrate the extraordinary experiences of its students who study abroad and the innumerable contributions of its international students, faculty, and staff next week with a series of events marking International Education Week, Nov. 16-20 … Read more»

To Inaugurate a Reconceived Goodhart, Bi-College Theater Production Probes Language, Space

Posted November 11, 2009

As Mark Lord planned the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program’s 2009 fall production, he took into account a factor he hadn’t needed to consider in previous years: a beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art theater facility. Goodhart Theater, dedicated in 1928, has always been a stunningly beautiful building, said Lord. Now it is also a great working theater, capable of transforming space in myriad ways. But Lord has chosen to inaugurate Goodhart’s new teaching theater with a text that resolutely resists the illusion of transformation. Read more»

After a Summer in the Chinese Media Spotlight, Inventor Ying Pan ’13 Settles Into Life at Bryn Mawr

Posted October 7, 2009

Inventor Ying Pan ’13 of Guangzhou, China, won a major prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last May and found herself in the heat of the media spotlight as she prepared to leave home for her first semester at Bryn Mawr. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: BMC Anthropologist Contributes to Major Study of Early Hominid Skeleton

Posted October 2, 2009

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Denise F. Su co-authored one of a suite of papers about Ardipithecus ramidus, the earliest known hominid skeleton, that were published today in Science. The study was featured in The New York Times, National Geographic News, the BBC News, and numerous other media outlets. Su’s work focused on reconstructing the early […]

Cities Professor’s Innovative Book Honored

Posted September 22, 2009
photo of carola hein

The Society for Human Ecology has bestowed its Gerald Young International Book Award on Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital, a book co-edited by Associate Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities Carola Hein and Beligan architect/planner Pierre Laconte. The award letter cites a nominator’s commendation of the book for effectively bringing together “a group […]

Tri-Co Faculty Members, Main Line School Night Offer Series of Lectures on Africa

Posted September 21, 2009
map of Africa

Main Line School Night, a local adult-education program, will continue its successful partnership with Bryn Mawr’s faculty as it offers a series of six lectures on the Bryn Mawr campus this fall. “Scholarly Perspectives on Africa” features talks by four Bryn Mawr professors, as well as one Haverford and one Swarthmore scholar, on topics ranging […]

MacArthur Grantee Sherry Ortner ’62 to Lecture at BMC

Posted September 15, 2009

Sherry Ortner ’62, who is widely regarded as a “founding mother” of feminist anthropology, will return to Bryn Mawr next week to deliver a public lecture and meet with undergraduates in two Bryn Mawr courses. Her lecture, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. in Dalton 300, relates to her current ethnographic study of […]

Childhood Questions Prompt a Cities Major’s Summer Research in Ghana

Posted August 27, 2009

When she was growing up in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Akua Nyame-Mensah ’10 often traveled to neighboring Ghana to visit her relatives. Although she loved seeing her family, Nyame-Mensah says, “I complained about the underdeveloped infrastructure.” Why, she wondered, did Côte d’Ivoire have more and better roads than Ghana did? Why did access to running water […]

Information for the Bryn Mawr Community about H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Posted August 19, 2009

Update: Sept. 16, 2009 Information about Seasonal flu vaccines Information about seasonal flu vaccines for the Bryn Mawr College community is available on this Web page. The Student Health Center has registered with the Pennsylvania State Health Department to be a provider of the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. The Health Center will e-mail […]

Students Return to a Rejuvenated Taylor Hall and Other Improvements as ‘Opportunity Meets Preparedness’

Posted August 18, 2009

This summer, while many colleges and universities had seriously curtailed repair and restoration efforts, College officials took advantage of the weak economy to reap major savings on construction by accelerating the pace of planned repairs. Read more

National Humanities Center Fellowship to support environmental historian Ellen Stroud’s work “Dead as Dirt”

Posted July 16, 2009

Environmental historian Ellen Stroud plans to complete “Dead as Dirt,” an environmental history of human remains in the 20th-century United States, as a fellow at the National Humanities Center next year. Read more»

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, […]

GSSWSR Researchers Look at Race and Welfare Reform

Posted June 9, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sanford Schram, GSSWSR doctoral student Linda Houser and colleagues from the University of Minnesota and University of Kentucky have co-authored the feature article for the June issue of American Sociological Review. Read more»

National Public Radio

Posted April 23, 2009

While he’s got plenty of charisma, South Africa’s presumptive next president is going to need “an institutional management culture” to make sure the details of government are taken care of, Political Science Professor Michael H. Allen tells National Public Radio.

Activist, Journalist, and Author Helen Zia to lecture on an America where “minorities” are the majority

Posted April 20, 2009

Asian-American activist, author, and journalist Helen Zia will be speaking at Bryn Mawr’s Dalton Hall, room 300, on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm. Her subject for the evening will be “Transcending ‘Evil’ in the Age of Obama: Notes of an Asian American Feminist.” “As this nation rapidly moves toward a ‘minority majority’ and emergent […]

This Boy’s Life author Tobias Wolff to read April 15

Posted April 14, 2009

Author Tobias Wolff, whose memoir This Boy’s Life was turned into the 1993 film of the same name, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall. Free and open to the public, Wolff’s appearance is part of the College’s yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading […]

The Chicago Tribune

Posted April 13, 2009

The Chicago Tribune is one of several media outlets reporting the nomination of A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. ’76, as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Speakers to focus on reproductive rights at home, abroad

Posted April 10, 2009

On Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center and the Department of Anthropology will sponsor “Working for Reproductive Rights in the Obama Era: At Home and Abroad.”  The program, to take place in the Ely Room at Wyndham Alumnae House, features Dayle Steinberg, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood-Southeastern Pennsylvania, […]

Filmic find from the archives to be shown Monday

Posted April 7, 2009
May Day 1972. Photo by Katrina Thomas, courtesy of Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections.

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»

Berkeley dean to deliver lecture on the business lobby, citizen power, and the Internet

Posted March 25, 2009

In the wake of Barack Obama’s unprecedented use of information technology as a political organizing tool in the 2008 election, some observers have found reason to hope for a new age of digitally enhanced public participation in the political process. But can the hoped-for democratizing influence of the Internet compete with a powerful business lobby? […]

Conference at Bryn Mawr: “Cultural Relativism vs. Human Rights: Women’s Global Issues”

Posted March 24, 2009

When does advocating the rights of women abroad become cultural imperialism? When does respect for another culture’s practices cross the line into condoning human-rights abuses? On Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, academics, activists, and development professionals from around the world will gather at Bryn Mawr’s Wyndham Alumnae House to address these issues at […]

Modigliani String Quartet to play at Bryn Mawr

Posted March 16, 2009

the Modigliani String Quartet, praised by France’s Le Progrès for its  “stunning technical expertise, outstanding ensemble, and a particularly accomplished musical identity,” will be performing works by Franz Josef Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Maurice Ravel at Thomas Great Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20. The event is part of the College’s yearlong Performing […]

Bryn Mawr Professor Marc Ross wins book award from International Studies Association

Posted March 5, 2009

At the 2009 International Studies Association’s annual convention this February, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science Marc Ross received the Best Book Award from the Association’s Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section. The award-winning book, Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict, is part of a series titled Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics published by Cambridge […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: USA Today

Posted March 3, 2009

President Obama may plan to pull most troops from Iraq by August 2010, but for those remaining, stress levels will continue to be high, GSSWSR Associate Professor James Martin tells USA Today.

McCauley to speak on terrorism and the war of ideas

Posted February 27, 2009

On Tuesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Thomas 110, Professor of Psychology Clark R. McCauley will offer a talk titled “Political Radicalization: Are We Winning the War of Ideas against Jihadi Terrorism?”  The lecture, sponsored by the President’s Office, is free and open to the public. McCauley is co-director of the Solomon Asch Center […]

Ballet X, Miro Dance offer double bill in two spaces

Posted February 9, 2009

As part of its season of site-specific and ‘alternative space’ performances during the renovation of historic Goodhart Hall, the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series offers an unusual split bill on Friday, Feb. 13: two companies with ties to Pennsylvania Ballet that push the bounds of classical dance. Dance troupes Ballet X and Miro Dance Theatre will perform simultaneously in Thomas Great Hall, a soaring former library space, and Erdman Hall, a modernist landmark by renowned architect Louis Kahn. Read more »

Q&A: Social Work’s Sanford Schram on Welfare and the Economic Crisis

Posted February 6, 2009

The New York Times recently reported that “despite soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis in decades, 18 states cut their welfare rolls last year, and nationally the number of people receiving cash assistance remained at or near the lowest in more than 40 years.” We asked the Graduate School of Social Work’s Sanford Schram, […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Morning Edition

Posted February 5, 2009

Nina Jablonski ’75, author of Skin: A Natural History, talks about her latest research, which indicates that skin has changed color in human lineages much more quickly than scientists had previously supposed.

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 »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Wall Street Journal

Posted January 27, 2009

In responding to “Why We Keep Falling for Financial Scams,” Psychology Professor Clark McCauley says the author fails to recognize the “two emotions that every con artist plays on: envy of those getting ahead and fear of falling further behind.”

Bryn Mawr in the Media:

Posted January 21, 2009
Visiting Assistant Professor Jill Rhodes

In Neanderthal Weaponry Lacked Projectile Advantage, reports on new research by Visiting Assistant Anthropology Professor Jill Rhodes and Steven E. Churchill of Duke University that addresses the question of when human hunters added long-range projectile weapons (those thrown overhead) to their arsenal and whether this was a hunting method also employed by Neandertals of […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media:

Posted January 16, 2009

In Baby’s First Words, Bryn Mawr Professor Leslie Rescorla, director of the Child Study Institute, gives advice to parents about what to look for if they’re worried a child may have a speech delay.

Reading Bones to Unlock Mysteries of the Evolution of Hunting and Warfare

Posted December 19, 2008
Visiting Assistant Professor Jill Rhodes

Read any good bones lately? Visiting biological anthropologist Jill Rhodes has, and they may provide some of the earliest evidence of when modern humans started doing something that would have been a pivotal development in the evolution of hunting and warfare—something we all take for granted: the overhead throw Read more »

Cities Program’s Carola Hein awarded Humboldt Fellowship

Posted December 15, 2008

The German port city of Hamburg has a history of reinventing itself, says Associate Professor Carola Hein of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program. A major redevelopment project focused on the city’s historic warehouse district continues that tradition, but it also shares characteristics with waterfront-redevelopment projects in Baltimore, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney, among others. […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media:

Posted December 4, 2008

In “Getting Inside Obama’s ‘Brain’,” CNN’s Ashley Fantz interviews Karen Kornbluh ’84, who is President-elect Barack Obama’s chief policy adviser and the principal architect of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform. She talks about Obama’s decision-making process and policy reforms designed to meet the needs of working families.

Conference on port cities and global networking to draw scholars from around the world

Posted November 11, 2008

Scholars from all over Europe and North America will convene at Bryn Mawr this Sunday, Nov. 16, for a conference focused on port cities and how the international exchange of ideas has affected their development and form. The conference, which will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m., will take place on the […]

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