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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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Bryn Mawr’s April Fools’ Day Announcement Makes Headlines

The April 1 news that Bryn Mawr was dropping the vowels in its name to be more “Twitter-friendly” was picked up by several media outlet...

Mellon Fellow in Humanities Roya Rastegar to Curate at LA Film Festival

Roya Rastegar, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the humanities, will be curating a new Los-Angeles-centric section in the Los Angeles F...

Seven Sisters Style Previewed by Vanity Fair

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Vanity Fair recently ran a pictorial preview of the book Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look, a new fashion photography book by Rebec...

Dining Services’ “Milkshake Mania” Makes the Wall Street Journal

In a humorous Wall Street Journal piece about taking high school juniors to tour colleges, Rob Lazebnik writes: “Colleges generally save thei...

Marcia Cantarella ’68 Discusses College Costs on NPR’s “Tell Me More”

Marcia Cantarella ’68, the author I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide, was interviewed along with Stanford ...

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