In recent years, the Balch Speaker Series has featured award-winning novelist and essayist Zadie Smith; novelist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Karen Russell; and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel.
Emily Balch Speaker Series
Each year, the Emily Balch Speaker Series invites a critically acclaimed author to spend an evening with Bryn Mawr's first-year students.
Conceived as a complement to the Balch seminar curriculum, the speaker series brings together the entire freshman class for a conversation with an author whose work they may just have encountered in class. The format — a formal lecture followed by an informal conversation and an even more informal dessert reception — provides the perfect combination of intellectual engagement, excitement, and fun.