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March 6 , 2008

Bryn Mawr Teams With Main Line School Night
To Offer Series of Five Lectures on Cuba
Cuban flag The recent announcement of Cuban president Fidel Castro's retirement has sparked a wave of interest in the island nation and speculation about its future. Bryn Mawr and the surrounding community will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of the United States' largest Caribbean neighbor from five Bryn Mawr scholars in a series of lectures offered as a course by Main Line School Night, the area's largest adult-education program, in March and April.

"Social Justice in Math and Science Education"
Symposium Features Keynote Speaker Hrabowski
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In today’s increasingly technological world, math and science literacy is a prerequisite for success in many careers. How can educators help all students succeed in math and science and hence have equal access to the opportunities of our society?

Mathematicians, scientists, students, and educators from around the region will gather at Bryn Mawr to offer their answers to that question on Wednesday, March 19, at a symposium in Thomas Great Hall.

PEN/Faulkner Award Winner James Salter to Read
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Author James Salter, whose collection Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award, will be reading his work at Bryn Mawr College’s Thomas Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. The reading is free and open to the public.

A New York Times headline once referred to Salter as “The Fighter Pilot Who Aimed for Fiction but Lived on Film.” And while it’s true that Salter spent 12 years in the military (iincluding combat in the Korean War as a fighter pilot) and wrote several screenplays—the most successful being the Robert Redford vehicle Downhill Racer— it is his passion for the written word for which he clearly hopes to be remembered.

Saudi Arabia Expert Mai Yamani '79 to Speak
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Mai Yamani '79, a leading expert on Saudi Arabia, will return to the College this month to give a talk titled "Initiative and Inertia: Saudi Politics at Home and Abroad." The lecture will take place Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House and is free and open to the public.

Yamani, who was the first Saudi woman to earn a doctorate from Oxford, is currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. A social anthropologist who has done extensive field research in Saudi Arabia, she is the author of Changed Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia and Cradle of Islam: The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity, the co-author of The Rule of Law in the Middle East and the Islamic World: Human Rights and the Judicial Process, and the editor of Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives.  

Penn Professor to Lecture on War and Democracy
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Does the spread of democracy really lead to international peace? On Thursday, March 20, Edward Mansfield, the University of Pennsylvania's Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science, will address the question in a talk titled "Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War." The lecture, hosted by Bryn Mawr's Center for the Social Sciences and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, will be presented at 4:15 p.m. in Thomas 224; it is free and open to the public.

Bryn Mawr in the News
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Google Doodle Calls Attention to Emmy Noether on 133rd Anniversary of Her Birth

Former Bryn Mawr faculty member Emmy Noether was the subject of the March 23 Google Doodle. Upon her passing in 1935, Albert Einstein wrote to  Th...

Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Department Still Rocks

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Bryn Mawr’s Geology Department is the subject of a feature in the latest Main Line Today. From “Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Depar...

Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Continues to Garner Media Attention with Debut Novel

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Fresh on the heels of this glowing review in The New York Times, Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s debut novel, The Last Flig...

President Cassidy Writes to The New York Times About the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorit...

Following up on her recent blog post on the topic, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy sent a letter to The New York Times in response to a recent Char...

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Quoted by Media Covering Violence in the Middle East


Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley, whose recent research has focused on the process of radicalization, was recently quoted in a New Yor...

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