As the record snowfalls during the
beginning of the spring semester melted,
what seems to be a record number of
speakers visited campus.
In the month of March alone: Black
History Month keynote speaker Melissa
Harris-Lacewell talked about her
research on the political lives of African
American women (see Archways).
Lilly Ledbetter, who gave her name
to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which
helps ensure that workers who suffer
discrimination on the basis of gender
have a fair chance to sue their employers,
talked to students about the case.
President Emeritus Nancy J. Vickers
unveiled her portrait, which will hang in
Thomas Great Hall (see Lenses).
Film, television, and stage actress
Maggie Siff '96 met with students and
discussed her work, her training, and
Elaine Ciullia Kamarck '72 spoke at the inaugural Pen y Groes seminar, begun by President Jane McAuliffe to bring women and men of accomplishment to campus for lunch with small groups of students. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand and artist Red Grooms, who collaborated on the 1986 children's book Rembrandt Takes a Walk, were on campus at the same time, Strand to give a reading and Grooms to attend the opening of the exhibit of his work. Filmmaker John Waters performed his one-man show for a sold-out house in the newly renovated Goodhart auditorium and talked informally with students.
In this issue we introduce a regular column by President McAuliffe (see page 17) as well as "Speaking Out," an op-ed page for which we invite informed opinion pieces (see op-ed page). We also launch our series on career transitions with a feature on first jobs out of Bryn Mawr. Our research included reading initial Class Notes columns for every class back through the 1920s. In spite of some changes in opportunities open to women, the columns are remarkably consistent in their tales of a variety of pursuits and adventures, from the impressive to the mundane, reported with great zest. Student efforts to support recovery in Haiti continue (see Archways). Among alumnae, Mary Constantino '95 and husband Billy, who started the Mangrove Fund in 2007 to support sustainable projects in Haiti, raised $71,000.
Artist Red Grooms, left, and wife Lysiane, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand at the Canaday reception for Grooms' exhibit.