Gloria Steinem to speak

Feminist, political activist, writer, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, founder of Ms. Foundation for Women, and president of Voters for Choice, Gloria Steinem will speak in Goodhart on September 14 at 8 p.m. A book signing will follow her talk. For more information, call Beth Rose at 610-526-7459.

Commencement honors

Conferred at Commencement on May 14, 2000 were 142 graduate and 311 undergraduate degrees, including nineKatharine E. McBride Scholars, students beyond traditional college age. Graduate degrees included 21 doctorates, of which 11 were conferred last December; 22 masters of arts; 89 masters of social work, and 13 in law and social policy.

The Gertrude Slaughter Fellowship was awarded to Edina Sarajlic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who graduated summa cum laude with a major in physics and will pursue graduate study in physics at Stanford University.

The European Traveling Fellowship was awarded to Daria V. Babushok of Russia, who graduated summa cum laude with majors in biology and chemistry and will enter the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Retiring faculty who graduated to emeritus status were Associate Professor of English Susan Dean, Professor of Greek Gregory Dickerson, andProfessor of French Mario Maurin.

The Doris Sill Carland Prizes for excellence in teaching assistance by graduate students in laboratory or section teaching were awarded to Keeta Martin of the Russian department.

The Lindback Award for Distin-guished Teaching was presented to Professor of English Joseph Kramer. The Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Awards were presented to Senior Laboratory Lecturers in Chemistry, Krynn DeArman Lukacs and Maryellen Nerz-Stormes. The McPherson Award for Excellence among faculty was presented to Raymond Alpert, Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Research and Director of the Law and Social Policy Program.

Professor ofMathematics Paul Melvin was named Rachel C. Hale Professor in the Sciences and Mathematics. The Eunice Morgan Schenck 1907 professorship was awarded to Professor of French Grace Armstrong.

The Roslyn R. Schwartz Lectureship was awarded to Assistant Professor of Psychology Kimberly Cassidy.

The Helen Taft Manning Award, given jointly by the College and the Alumnae Association, was awarded to Barbara Janney Trimble '60, retiring chairman of the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees. She was also recognized at the 40th Reunion of her class in May. "The woman whom we honor with this award has a distinguished record of service on behalf of Bryn Mawr," said President of the College, Nancy J. Vickers. "She has been an ever-willing volunteer and an active participant in the Alumnae Association and the Alumnae Regional Scholars program. She has served on the Board of the Friends of the Library since 1972, including a five-year term as Chairman. She has played a vital role in stewarding the College's special Collections. She has guided the course of Bryn Mawr's last two campaigns as a member of their steering committees. She was elected to the College's Board of Trustees in 1978, 22 years ago, and rose to become its Secretary and for the past three years its Chairman. When asking her colleagues what they liked and admired most about her. they replied, 'She guides the Board with tact and diplomacy, always keeping things on track and making sure everyone feels heard.' 'She epitomizes serenity.' 'She is the voice with a smile.' " The new chairman of the Board of Trustees is Sally Hoover Zechauser '64, vice president for administration at Harvard University.

In considering a fin de siecle commencement as an opportunity "to look back on the 100 years just past and forward to the 100 years to come," Vickers recounted how in October 1899, then president M. Carey Thomas "publicly challenged Harvard President Charles Eliot on his claim (at a Wellesley presidential inauguration) that men's and women's higher education would require different approaches and curricula to accommodate their very different 'intellectual capacities.' " At commencement in 1900, Thomas assessed the progress made in women's education since 1800 and repeated her insistence that the course of study for young women provide the same subjects and rigor as that for young men. Although a century later there is the occasional claim that women are not drawn to or excel in the sciences, Vickers pointed out that "At Bryn Mawr, about a third of the class of 2000 majored in the sciences and mathematics. Indeed, our Slaughter and European fellows are a physics major and a biology and chemistry double major, respectively. Women's choice of these fields would seem to parallel their choices of the humanities and the social sciences; they both like and excel in all of them. And as we turn to the curriculum for this new century, we look to assuring the abiding freedom of such choices. We will encourage the pursuit of careers in science and technology; we will prepare our students for service and leadership in diverse and global communities; and we will foster self-expression, creativity and analysis through engagement in the world of arts and letters. It is our hope that you, our graduates, emerge at the dawn of a new millennium from an ever-new Bryn Mawr, like Dante's pilgrim, 'remade even as new trees renewed with new foliage, pure and ready to rise to the stars.' "

'The fifth child'

The 2000 Convocation speaker was Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). Under her leadership, the Washington-based CDF has become a strong national voice for children and families.

Edelman, who received Bryn Mawr's highest honor, the M. Carey Thomas Award, in 1991, asked the audience to "imagine a very wealthy family with five children." Four of the children are well fed, have medical checkups and immediate health care, are sent to stimulating schools beginning at the nursery level, are read to every night and look forward to learning. The fifth child may sleep on the street or in a shelter; goes to school hungry; is plagued by chronic infections; is left in unsafe daycare, with neighbors or even alone; is unread to, unsung to and unspoken to, plopped instead in front of a television screen "which feeds him violence and sex-charged messages, ads for material things and intellectual pablum."

"This is our American family today, for one in five of our children lives in poverty, " Edelman said. Contrary to popular stereotypes, the fifth child is more likely to be white, to live in a rural or suburban area, and in a working family, she said, calling for help to make work pay for these parents, and for good child care and health care.

Edelman then described the millions of children in America who are afflicted by 'affluenza,' "lost and out-of-control," who have every material luxury they desire but lack guidance from parents and communities. "I would submit, folks, that we do not have a child and youth problem in America, we have an adult problem in America, because our children are doing what we do," she said.Edelman concluded with a call for sensible gun control regulation and a prayer for each person, listing what they might think to be their lack of ability but adding, "I care and I am willing to serve. Use me as thou will ... to transform America."

BMC legacy for ancient painting

In classical antiquity, paintings were greatly admired. They were prominently displayed in prestigious buildings; in the Greek and Roman world, they might fetch astronomic prices; and great painters were lionized by society. Few have survived, but what is known about those that have is largely a legacy of Bryn Mawr scholars.

"Our present understanding of ancient painting depends fundamentally on the achievements of Bryn Mawr faculty and students," said Professor of Classical Archaeology Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., of the University of California at Berkeley, in providing a historical overview at the opening of the Mary Hamilton Swindler Ancient Painting Symposium. Speakers at the symposium, held March 25-26 at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College, were archaeologists on the cutting edge of discoveries and scholarship in ancient painting of the Mediterranean and Anatolian areas.

The symposium celebrated the memory of Mary Hamilton Swindler, Ph.D. '12, for her monumental and magisterial contribution of 1929, Ancient Painting from the Earliest Times to the Period of Christian Art. It simultaneously honored the notable achievements of Swindler's successor, Machteld J. Mellink, Professor Emerita of Classics and Near Eastern Archaeology and Leslie Clark Professor Emerita of Classics, for her discovery, cleaning, restoration and maintenance of two extraordinary painted tombs in southwest Turkey, near modern Elmali, at places locally called Kizilbel and Karaburun.

"Mary Swindler started a Bryn Mawr tradition," said Greenewalt, "which, in addition to Machteld, includes: Mabel Lang, Ph.D. '43, Paul Shorey Professor Emeritus of Greek, with her study and publication of Mycenean frescoes from Pylos; Sarah Immerwahr, Ph.D. '43, and her lifetime studies distilled in her book of a decade ago, Aegean Painting of the Bronze Age; Emily Townsend Vermeule '50, Ph.D. '56, whose course at Harvard on 'Ancient Painting and Drawing' is legendary; Jes Vorhees Canby '50, Ph.D. '59, who painstakingly recovered scattered fragments of Greek-style paintings at Gordion, in Central Turkey; Mary Koutroubaki Shaw, Ph.D. '67, with her work on late Bronze Age Aegean mural painting and painted relief; Ilknur Özgen, Ph.D. '82, with her studies of Anatolian costume, substantially based on painting and her publication of Archaic Anatolia painting in western Turkey; and Stella Miller-Collett, Ph.D. '71, Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and her work on Hellenistic painting in Macedonia. To them add numberless associated Bryn Mawr faculty and students for their influential questions, ideas, comments and suggestions and the Bryn Mawr administration for encouragement and support, all of which fundamentally contributed to ancient painting studies in the extraordinary 'Crucible of Learning, Exchange and Creativity' that is Bryn Mawr College."

In his overview, Greenewalt reminded listeners that "the great privilege of discovery carries not only the task of recovery, often highly laborious and tedious... but also the essential obligation of maintenance, which inevitably involves continuous struggle, difficulties, frustration." Swindler and those who followed her set high standards in their efforts to ensure the continuing survival of the paintings.

Greenewalt pointed out that Swindler's study remains extremely valuable in spite of the "large quantity of illuminating material" that has been recovered subsequently. This new material "has the stimulating effect of forcing the re-thinking of traditional interpretations, another Bryn Mawr specialty, famously promoted in the teaching of Rhys Carpenter and Brunilde Ridgway," he said.

The symposium was sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Archaeological Institution of America in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Classical and Near Eastern Archeology Department of Bryn Mawr College, the Art History Department of Temple University, and the Center for Ancient Studies of the University of Pennsylvania.

Alumnae in the news

Fern Hunt '69 was one of 12 federal employees who received Arthur S. Flemming awards for achievement in public service. Winners are up-and-coming innovators, visionaries, leaders and entrepreneurs from across the spectrum of government.

Government Executive Magazine describes Hunt as "a gale force in the field of mathematics, affecting everything from the complex models used in weather forecasting to the type of kitchen sinks we buy." She has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for almost a decade, doing extensive mathematical research on subjects ranging from probability to computational geometry.

Hunt has led efforts to develop probability methods that have helped scientists and engineers working on a variety of information storage devices, including disk drives and ATM cards. Working with engineers, she developed a statistical model measuring the durability of organic coatings that are critical in marketing everyday consumer products such as cars, kitchen sinks and computer screens. Along with a team of physicists and engineers, Hunt pioneered a system for rendering computer images that could have a major impact on the movie-making industry.

In the field of genetics, she has created software that measures and characterizes genetic sequence complexity. She is actively involved in the mathematical and scientific communities and has served as a mentor for summer students in the science magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.

Sarah Jones '95 has written a new one woman show, "Women Can't Wait," in which she portrays eight women from around the world who each speak about the injustices done them. The show was commissioned by Equality Now to be performed at the United Nations for official delegates and nongovernmental representatives at an international conference being held five years after the world's largest gathering of women took place in Beijing in 1995. Equality Now is a New York-based organization that works with immigrants in the United States and women in poor countries to fight laws which limit women's rights and freedoms. Jones researched the ideas of real people, but created the characters of Praveen from India, Emeraude from France, Tomoko from Japan, Hala from Jordan, Alma from Uruguay, Bonita from the United States, Shira from Israel, and Anna from Kenya.

McBrides salute Susan Dean

At a party celebrating the retirement of Professor Susan Dean, McBride Scholars presented her with a portrait of Walt Whitman, subject of Dean's work-in-progress.

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