Alumnae Bulletin November 2008

From the Editor

In this issue, we celebrate the inauguration of Jane Dammen McAuliffe as the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College. In her inaugural address McAuliffe called on the extended College community to continue to "lift the lantern high" with a vision equal to the needs and circumstances of the 21st century. McAuliffe said that we must prepare students to become genuine citizens of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called "the great world house," where "black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu" must live together.

Another article in this issue, "Backstage Pass to Life", features alumnae film documentarians who have devoted their lives to shedding light on people and problems overlooked by mainstream media, and in so doing, to change the world.

Many other alumnae are involved in film. Sponsored by the Hepburn Center and the department of sociology, Saskia Subramanian '88 presented and discussed her documentary Beyond Breast Cancer: Stories of Survivors at the College on October 27. Also screened at the 2008 Baltimore Women's Film Festival, Beyond Breast Cancer chronicles the experiences of nine courageous breast cancer survivors who find that their health struggles continue even after their cancer treatment ends. Subramanian, who received her A.B. and M.A. in sociology from Bryn Mawr, is an assistant research sociologist in the UCLA Center of Culture and Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the co-author of After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors. The film was made as part of a larger, interdisciplinary UCLA study funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Susan Cinoman '83 recently won the best Connecticut Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Short, Love and Class in Connecticut, at the New England Film and Video Festival. Kay Rothman '85's six-episode series Robocars for the Discovery Science Channel and a two hour special about the brain for the History Channel were aired worldwide this summer.

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