Alumnae Bulletin August 2009

From the Editor

We are delighted to welcome Washington Post columnist Abigail Trafford ’62 as the chair of the new Alumnae Bulletin editorial advisory board, to be formed of alumnae publications professionals who counsel the editor on matters of policy and priority. Trafford has served on the Bulletin’s former editorial committee and more recently, on a task force for its redesign in 2005. She was the health editor for the Post and is the author of several books, including the just-published As Time Goes By: Boomerang Marriages, Serial Spouses, Throwback Couples and Other Romantic Adventures in an Age of Longevity.

Executive Director of the Alumnae Association Wendy M. Greenfield will serve as executive editor, working with the advisory board, the editor and managing editor to continue to strengthen the Bulletin’s presence, engage the campus community and reach out to alumnae/i around the world in person and online.

As the College prepares for its 125th anniversary, we look at the ways in which Bryn Mawr is a national treasure and what shape this will take in the future. Our primary legacy is for the education of women: our treasures include cultural objects from buildings to illuminated manuscripts; people; and grounds. Even the collection of trees on our campus is distinctive, and many of them figure in our individual and collective experiences as students.

Thanks to record low construction prices that are saving the College millions of dollars, a number of buildings are being rehabilitated or renovated this summer. The renovation of Goodhart is nearly complete. Taylor Hall, Pembroke West and Arch are covered with scaffolding for masonry repairs.

In this issue of the Bulletin, we also cover a conference held at the College this spring about the conflict between cultural relativism and the rights of women.

Our On Course department features a Bryn Mawr seminar, Screening Shakespeare, in which students do original research in an emerging arena of scholarship. During a reception this spring for alumnae in Summit, New Jersey, one of many held around the country to introduce President of the College Jane McAuliffe, Professor of English Katherine Rowe and two of her students made audio-visual presentations to explain how literary and textual studies are catching up with Renaissance ideas about adaptation.