from the editor
In the 10th year of Nancy J. Vickers’ presidency, Bryn Mawr College is transforming into the institution it has been—and the one of which we dream, seeking its core values and its potential.
The community presses forward with the hard work of fostering cross-cultural understanding on a diverse campus. There are now more computers at the College than people (and Bryn Mawr has the most advanced undergraduate robotics laboratory in the U.S.), but
it is the people who study, work and
visit here that create a vibrant and supportive environment.
Grace Lee Boggs, who embarked upon a life of political activism after earning a Ph.D. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr in 1940, returned for the first time in 67 years during Black History Month to meet with students and staff. A first-generation Chinese American, Boggs crossed race and class barriers to
become a central figure in the Black liberation struggle and the labor, women’s, Asian American and environmental justice movements.
“The most profound thing I learned from Martin Luther King was that change does not come automatically,” Boggs said. “ ‘Things’ do not change. People who are committed to change, who are change-makers, have to decide what kind of change they want to commit to.”
Anthropologist Nina Jablonski ’75 and U.S. Ambassador Teresita Currie Schaffer ’66 each gave lectures—about the evolution of skin color and U.S.-India relations, respectively—in Dalton’s magnificent new third-floor conference room. Both Jablonski and Schaffer (and Schaffer’s mother, Teresita Sparre Currie ’43), lived in Denbigh rooms facing Dalton Hall, where they recalled enjoying their courses and library work. “But in my day, Dalton was really a pit,” said Jablonski. “It’s wonderful to come back to such a beautifully remodeled place and historic social sciences complex.”
One of the most striking changes on campus has been the renovation
of a number of historic buildings, which have new interiors, additions
and purposes.For more about the accomplishments of the last decade at Bryn Mawr, please see our main feature story.
Computer science students and faculty watch Julia Ferraioli ’07, at left, interact with “Kate” (K-8), a Sony Aibo robot used for research in developmental robotics. The group was gathered for the April 17 opening of the College’s Institute for Personal Robotics (IPRE), a joint effort between Georgia Tech and Bryn Mawr, sponsored by Microsoft Research.
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