Fourth Annual Community Day of Learning
Being Bryn Mawr: Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Opening Session (10:00-10:30 a.m.) | Great Hall
Time Block 1: The Past (10:45-11:45 a.m.)
Community Lunch (Noon-1:00 p.m.) | Erdman, New Dorm, and Wyndham
Time Block 2: The Present (1:00-2:00 p.m.)
Time Block 3: The Future (2:15-3:15 p.m.)
Visions for What’s Next (3:30-3:45 p.m.) | Great Hall
Note: Locations listed on the website represent the most updated information; some locations have been changed from those listed on the printed program.
30 Years of McBrides: A History
Experience | Shawna Clarke '18, Noa Eagles '14, M.S.S. '15, Christa Gorman '17, Brigid Harron '13, Taj Meyer '16, Myra Reichel '95, Jennifer Thoman '15 | Old Library 116
At this interactive display and discussion, McBride alumnx and current students will present an archive of McBride ephemera from throughout the thirty-year history of the program. Participants will have the opportunity to critically examine the exhibit (originally built for Reunion 2015, by Miranda Smith '16), and discuss the past, present, and future of non-traditional students at Bryn Mawr.
Adult women workers at BMC? Expected! Adult women worker students at BMC? Surprising!
Film/Discussion | David Karen (Sociology), Arleen Zimmerle (LITS) | Old Library 110
See a 40-minute abridged version of the 1985 documentary film by Suzanne Bauman and Rita Rubinstein Heller. It documents an historic moment when feminists, unionists and educators came together to pursue a common social idea. From 1921 to 1938, seventeen hundred blue collar women participated in a controversial and inspired educational experiment known as the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers. Discussion with Arleen Zimmerle and David Karen.
Black at Bryn Mawr tour
Tour | Khari Bowman '21, Sophia Bokhari '20, Jada Ceasar '20, Billie Mwangi '20 | Pembroke Arch (rain/snow or shine)
Black at Bryn Mawr explores the experiences of Black students, faculty, and staff at the College from its founding in 1885 to the present day, building institutional memory of the College’s engagement with race and racism.
Global From the Beginning: The International Dimensions of Bryn Mawr
Panel | Shizhe Huang ’84 (Chinese and Linguistics-Haverford), Anna Kamstra ’80 (Alumni Relations & Development), Rose Makofske ’78, MA ’81, Juliana Reyes ’11, Betty Vermey ’58 | Dalton 119
From its beginnings, an international orientation has informed Bryn Mawr’s faculty, curriculum, and student body. From Ume Tsuda, a Japanese student of the 1890s who founded the first women’s college in Japan, to opening our doors to refugee faculty from Europe in the 1930s, to the increase in international recruiting that began in the early 1970s, to the development of International Studies as an interdisciplinary major, Bryn Mawr has been shaped by a global perspective and has engaged with a wider world. Join Emeritus Director of Admissions Betty Vermey ‘58 and several alumnae to learn more about our international legacies and the continuous evolution of BMC as a globally engaged institution.
Latinas at Bryn Mawr: Institutional Records and Community Memory
Research | Azalia Sprecher '18 | Old Library 224
Participants will get the chance to learn about Azalia's senior project for the History Department. Her research focuses on the history of Latina students at the College, and includes a study of the College archives and student/alum experiences.
Let’s Groove: The Bi-Co in the 1980s
Panel | Guissou Dabiri '85, Marissa Golden '83 (Political Science), Jane Hedley (Emeritus Professor of English), Paola Nogueras, Nina Schwartz Rosenthal '84, Madge Rothenberg '81 | Campus Center 200
A panel of Bryn Mawr — and Haverford — alumnae/i will discuss what academic, social, and residential life was like in the Bi-Co in the 1980s.
Perspectives on Student-Faculty-Staff Relationships over Five Decades
Panel/Discussion | Sara Forrest '92 (Registrar's Office), Chuck Heyduk PhD '82 (Dean's Office), Carrise Mangano (Student Accounts), and long-serving faculty members | Goodhart Music Room
Longtime members of the campus community will share their understanding of changes in the day to day interaction of students, faculty, and staff over the last five decades. Factors contributing to the quality of present day community life will be the focus of discussion among all present.
Queer As More Than Aesthetic
Facilitated Panel | Hannah McMillan '19, Kamara Simms '19 | Dalton 212A
This session will highlight the "forgotten" history and stories of queer community at Bryn Mawr College, as well as the history of Spectra and other LGBTQIA+ student-led initiatives. In doing so, we will open space for dialogue about the presence of queerness on campus (past and present) and highlight the importance of seeing queerness on Bryn Mawr's campus as less of an aesthetic and more as ingrained reality in our campus community. This CDL talk is organised by Spectra.
Reflecting on Bryn Mawr's Relationship with Mental Health and Disability on Campus
Research | Saarika Kumar '19, Lisa Li '20, Julia Nessman '20 | Dalton 1
This session will focus on Bryn Mawr's history of dealing with mental health and disability on campus . It will also encourage its participants to consider how the College addresses these topics today and what we can learn from this in order to work towards a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.
Refugee Scholars from Nazi Germany to the Tri-Co
Research | David Cast (History of Art), Qinna Shen (German), Stephanie Strevey '21 | Old Library 104
When hundreds of German scientists and academics were deprived of their university positions in Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933, Bryn Mawr College and many other American institutions answered the call from the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars and invited some of them to work at Bryn Mawr, including the prominent mathematician Emmy Noether. This session examines the history of the Tri-Co’s involvement in the work of the Emergency Committee, which constitutes an important part of our institutional history. And Bryn Mawr can proudly look back on what it did for the purged scholars.
Social Work at Bryn Mawr
Discussion | Sara Barber M.S.S. '18, Bonner M.S.S. '18, Tom Nailor M.S.S. '18 | Goodhart Common Room
Members of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will present a full scope image of the school's origins, social work and its biggest current endeavors, and for the future, the role political climate will always play in the overall functioning of social work in this country and abroad. We hope the broader BMC community will understand exactly the value of the profession in general and the enormous resource of the school specifically.
Student Lives, Ambitions, and Dreams From a Century Ago: As Seen Through the Collegewomen.org Project
Research | Sean Keenan '20, Taylor McClain '20, Eric Pumroy (LITS), Emma Rutenberg '19, Anne Schreck '18 | Dalton 2
This spring will see the launch of the Collegewomen.org project, an effort to digitize and publish online the letters, diaries and scrapbooks of students at the 7 Sisters colleges in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a project that has been led by Bryn Mawr. The session will introduce the project and its potential for teaching and research in women’s and educational history. In addition, four students who have been working on letters and diaries for the project will discuss what they have learned about student life at Bryn Mawr a century ago.
The College’s Built Identities: A Mobile Conversation through Time
Tour | Jeff Cohen (Cities) | Cloisters (rain site - Old Library 111)
In many ways our campus buildings represent what organizers and administrators of the College wanted it to be as an institution at different points in our history since the 1880s. They invite us into a conversation embodied in architectural forms and spaces that projects an institutional identity in a highly coded language, one that draws its cues from other buildings and spaces, some deeply historical and others contemporary at the time of their design. They offer some strong insights into the positions the College was meant to project in its built form, citing architectural referents and embodying virtues that may no longer resonate as fully, and have likely morphed as these places have come to present their architectural character to successive generations.
In this session, we’ll walk around the campus in a mobile conversation, starting with our oldest buildings, sharing reactions to them and bringing along some images that help us understand their design and the built dialogues from which they drew.
What does it mean to be an historically Quaker college?
Discussion and Dialogue | David Ross (Economics) | Dalton 25
Bryn Mawr has come a long way from the sheltered institution for Quaker daughters founder Joseph Taylor had envisioned and makes its Quaker origins less a part of its current identity than some other historically Quaker colleges near (Haverford and Swarthmore) and far (e.g., Guilford, Earlham, George Fox University). What do we see of the spirit of our Quaker founders in Bryn Mawr’s traditions and mission today?
What Was She Thinking? The Intellectual and Political Context of M. Carey Thomas' World
Lecture/Discussion | Matt Ruben (English) | Dalton 300
Revelations about M. Carey Thomas' racist, anti-Semitic views rightly have prompted a reassessment of her legacy. As members of the College community, we benefit ethically and strategically by understanding this legacy as fully as possible. This session combines lecture with discussion to explore the social-justice, scientific-racist, and other intellectual and political currents that combined in the Progressive Era, and which shaped Thomas' thought.
Who was M. Carey Thomas? Why does she matter?
Experience | Jennifer Walters (Dean's Office) and others | Guild 203
In this interactive session, participants will learn about the life and legacy of M. Carey Thomas at Bryn Mawr and in the broader world. We will review biographical information and primary sources (including Thomas' speeches and letters) as we consider how to contextualize her ideas and her accomplishments.
Tour | Julia Shreiber '18 | Benham Gateway (rain site - Gateway Conference Room)
What is the current state of physical accessibility of Bryn Mawr? Join us as we take the accessibility tour of campus, and experience Bryn Mawr from a new perspective.
Body Positivity in College
Workshop/Discussion | Siena Burnett '20, Grace Morris '20, Mayisha Rahman '21, Samantha Shaw '21 | Dalton 212E
We are peer leaders for the Body Project holding a workshop and discussion on body positivity. We want people to come away feeling more confident in their body, the way it is, and comfortable promoting a positive mindset throughout the Bryn Mawr community and beyond. This session will help our goal of supporting people struggling beneath the surface every day to improve their self-confidence and how they perceive others around them!
Confronting the Confidence Gap: Women and Tech Skills
Workshop | Beth Seltzer (LITS), Jennifer Spohrer (LITS) | Old Library 116
Research suggests that women frequently understate their technical skills compared to male peers. What can we, as a women's college in 2018, do to address this so that our graduates can accurately articulate their technical ability?
In this workshop, we'll discuss the research and reasons around this phenomenon, and participants will reflect on and practice articulating technical abilities using Bryn Mawr's Digital Competencies, a framework of digital skills and critical perspectives on technology.
Participants of all levels will leave with a compelling story about their technical competency which can be adapted to various audiences, including potential employers.
Culture of Grades at BMC
Discussion and Dialogue | Rachel Heiser (Dean's Office), Lily Meyer '19, Jennifer Walters (Dean's Office) | Goodhart Common Room
Why don't we talk about grades at BMC? What are the positive aspects of our culture? What are the consequences? Do you feel like this culture works for you? Come and join an interactive discussion with a Peer Mentor, the Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist, and the Undergraduate Dean of the College.
Defining the Bryn Mawr Engineering and Technology Experience
Discussion and Dialogue | May Cheng (Physics), Andy Clark (GSAS-Physics), Leslie Goloh '19, Hyunjung Kim '19, Linghan Mei '19, Grace Newman-Lapinski '19, Justine Stiftel '20, Richard Willard (Science Support Services) | English House Lecture Room
An open discussion on the experience of Bryn Mawr students in engineering and technology. Learn about the opportunities Bryn Mawr provides for students interested in engineering and technology including combined degree programs, STEM Intensives, and Tech Talks. And the challenges Bryn Mawr students have faced pursuing Engineering and Technology at Bryn Mawr and into their futures. Discuss what Bryn Mawr can do to better support students and create more engineering and technology opportunities, including the creation of the upcoming Maker Space.
Discussions on Immigration in Higher Education
Discussion and Dialogue | Daniela Lopez '19, Maria Minaya '18, Miriam Myers '18, Leticia Robledo '20, Rebeca Salas '19 | Dalton 212A
The recent threats to DACA and TPS have sparked conversations in college classrooms on the topic of immigration. However, these discussions often disregard the direct impact that anti-immigrant policies have on students in those spaces. During the session, we hope to focus on undocumented experiences in higher education, specifically at Bryn Mawr. In addition, what is Bryn Mawr doing to support undocumented students on campus, and what can it do differently? Lastly, how should we approach the discussion on immigration differently?
Drag Saved My Life
Experience/Play | Michael Byrne M.S.S. ‘18 | Goodhart Music Room
A gay teen discovers drag & saves his life — 45 minute, autobiographical dramedy, question/answer session to follow.
First Generation Students: Today — and Tomorrow
Discussion and Dialogue | Alex Berndt '19, Abbygail Brewster '18, Yeidaly Mejia '19 | Campus Center 200
What is it like to be a first generation student at Bryn Mawr, in terms of barriers and hardships? What is being done to help support students? What do we hope for future first generation students at BMC?
Inclusion is Urgent: Reflection on Gender Inclusion at Bryn Mawr
Panel | Sofien Mills '20, Makayla Selden '20, Koko Zhang '19 | Dalton 2
In 2017, the Princeton Review named Bryn Mawr College as the most LGBTQ friendly college in the United States. This title overlooks the struggles of current transgender and non-binary students. In this session we will review the successes and failures of Bryn Mawr's efforts to be more inclusive. Possible discussion topics of interest include the Health Center, Admissions, and interactions with faculty. The panel consists of current transgender and non-binary students who will discuss their experiences at the College and ideas about improving Bryn Mawr's gender inclusion.
Institutional Responsibility and Collective Action: Where do we belong in this narrative of change?
Discussion and Dialogue | Mercedes Aponte '18 | Dalton 1
This dialogue aims to enhance the self awareness of each community member in Bryn Mawr’s narrative of change. What responsibility do we have in changing this institution, for each other and the future students of Bryn Mawr? What is keeping us from working together? Students are often expected to mobilize, but with a 4 year expiration date, many student efforts are exhausted and recycled, left to be picked up by another generation of students. Who is Bryn Mawr if there is a constant flow of students?
Meditation for Present Moment Awareness
Experience | Courtney Morris (Athletics & Physical Education) | Quita Woodward Room, Old Library
In order to cultivate our compassion for others, a meditation focusing on present-moment awareness can calm the body and mind, help develop mindfulness, and open the opportunity to listen. In particular, a Loving Kindness Meditation can enhance our emotional intelligence, and can open our hearts to others in our community. This meditation session will begin with simple breathwork to focus in on the present, and then will practice sending goodwill, warmth, and tranquility to others through the Loving Kindness mantras.
Narrative Therapy: How the Stories We Tell Impact Our Present
Discussion and Dialogue | Thomas Nailor M.S.S. ‘18 | Old Library 224
We all have stories about ourselves, about others, about the communities we are part of. Based in Narrative Therapy, this session will explore the impacts of how we tell stories, as well as the impact of the stories we are told, whether those are family histories or societal narratives. We will explore the impact on individuals and communities that experience marginalization and oppression, and how the narratives of the "powerful" impacts these stories. The session will include lecture, discussion, and practical skills drawing from the Narrative Therapy tradition for both individuals and communities, in particular Bryn Mawr.
Nature and Community: Herbalism and Story-telling as Self-Care
Workshop | Christiana Dobrzynski (LITS), Ankitha Kannad '19, Carrie Robbins (LITS), Shira Steinberg '19 | Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
Student Garden Coordinators Ankitha Kannad and Shira Steinberg will co-lead this workshop with college archivist Christiana Dobrzynski and curator of art and artifacts Carrie Robbins. The students will describe their experiences growing herbs on campus, while Christiana leads participants in making essences from mint, sage, or lavender. The activity will connect the community with present-day efforts of campus growth and healing through personal sharing and meditation with essences. Situated in the Rare Book Room of Canaday Library, the workshop will also engage cultural efforts to use or control nature as explored in the photography exhibition, "Nature so-called…."
Students' Experiences of Anxiety and OCD
Panel | Emma Applebaum '19, Julian Ledger '19, Megan Pemberton '20, Kinbrae Sperstad '19 | Old Library 104
The panel members will discuss living with OCD and anxiety as Bryn Mawr students. Our goal is for participants to leave with a better understanding of the experience of students, what they need, and how to support them.
The Power of Personal Narrative to Create Community
Experience | StoryCORE student facilitators | Guild 203
Who we are as a community evolves? What are the narratives individuals bring to this space, and how can the sharing of and reflecting on these narratives create community?
Being a Change Agent
Workshop | Ellie Esmond (LILAC/Civic Engagement) | Guild 203
There are many ways to create change. Which is right for you? How does context impact activism? What training resources are available on campus and in the local community, and how can participants get involved in existing campaigns?
Bursting Media Bubbles and Reaching Across the Aisle
Discussion & Dialogue | Annafi Wahed '12 | Dalton 1
Increasingly people get information from and talk with those who have similar political viewpoints. What might be the benefits to our community of being able to hold opposing thoughts and talk across different world views? Join Annafi Wahed ‘12, founder of The Flip Side (a daily digest of op-eds and analyses from liberal and conservative media), for a conversation around engaging in contrarian thinking. Annafi will give a brief overview of methods for critically reading varied news sources, and discuss how she manages a politically diverse team of remote volunteers. We will then break into a facilitated discussion exploring how we conduct ourselves in political conversation and the behaviors that manifest. Come prepared to reflect and grow!
Candid Conversations: Unpacking the History and Experiences of Communities of Color with Law Enforcement
Discussion & Dialogue | Lillian Burroughs (Campus Safety), Alexis De La Rosa '15, Lauren Footman '14, Mike Hill (Campus Safety Swarthmore), Reggie Jones (Health Center), Katie Krimmel (LILAC), Precious Robinson '19, Tawana Sabbath GSSWSR '86 | Ely Room, Wyndham
Given ongoing national incidents, and events and conversations at Bryn Mawr, LILAC and SCOPE are providing a space for dialogue around the historical and contemporary relationships communities of color have with law enforcement agencies. This session will allow community members to have small group discussions about ways the College community can work together to strengthen these relationships, between but not limited to Campus Safety, Lower Merion Police and other Bryn Mawr community members.
Claiming A Domain of One’s Own at Bryn Mawr
Workshop | Alicia Peaker (LITS) | Dalton 20
In 1929, Virginia Woolf famously wrote that for a woman to write, she must have “a room of her own.” Nearly a century into the future, much of what we create and write is still produced in (digital) places that belong to someone else—to Facebook, to YouTube, to Tumblr. In this workshop, you will claim a Bryn Mawr domain of your own in which to create, protest, and experiment. We’ll discuss the empowerment that comes with developing your digital competencies as you think toward your future and the future of Bryn Mawr.
Creating and Practicing Principles for Open Inquiry
Discussion and Dialogue | Anita Kurimay (History), Heejung Park (Psychology), Nate Wright (Sociology) | Dalton 2
Is it important to have principles that guide our conversations in the academic community? How do we create and practice academic principles in and outside of the classroom? This session will focus on the discussion of principles for open inquiry that could help cultivate a purposeful learning community.
Creating Inclusive and Accessible Spaces for Learning and Being at Bryn Mawr: A Conversation with Students and Faculty
Discussion and Dialogue | Carrie Filion '18, Chanelle Wilson-Poe (Education) | Dalton 25
Join us in a discussion of possible paths to a more inclusive and accessible Bryn Mawr. Our conversation will flow around universal design and inclusive pedagogy, with a focus on action, driven by hope. All are welcome to bring their passion and expertise to the table to rethink what we think we know about teaching and learning. We aim to bring together voices of students and faculty to unpack the need for holistic learning spaces — the future will be created by all of us.
Creating and Sharing Our Vision for the Future
Workshop | StoryCORE student facilitators | Dorothy Vernon Room, New Dorm
Who we are as a community evolves? How do you think Bryn Mawr will change? How do you want to make it change? Come share your vision.
Designing Our Future
Discussion and Dialogue | Cheryl Horsey PhD '99 (Enrollment), Rachel Massey ’18, Gina Siesing (LITS) | Old Library 224
How do you imagine the Bryn Mawr of the future? Join us for a design thinking process!
Histories for Our Future
Discussion and Dialogue | Jada Caesar '20, Ignacio Gallup-Diaz (History), Ruth Lindeborg '80 (President's Office), Stephanie Nixon (Pensby Center) | Goodhart Common Room
This session invites community members to think about histories of Bryn Mawr—both those we have told and those we have not yet told (or even discovered)— and to imagine ways in which we might share those histories within and beyond the community.
Increasing the Diversity of Staff Supervisors
Discussion and Dialogue | Dave Chase (Dining Services), Shana Fountain (Dining Services), Steve Green (Transportation), Martin Mastascusa (Human Resources), Michael Tratner (English), Rob Williams (Housekeeping) | Dalton 300
The U.S. and Bryn Mawr College are both going to become much more diverse in the future. This brings exciting possibilities for the leadership of the College in general and for the staff leadership in particular. So this session will discuss the value of developing a more diverse staff leadership, as well as well as issues that might come up and processes that might facilitate the transition.
Managing Difficult Conversations: How to talk so people will listen and listen so they will talk
Discussion and Dialogue | Donna Harris (GSSWSR) | Goodhart Music Room
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a specific skill set to improve their communication skills in general and especially when interacting with others from diverse backgrounds or who see the world through a different lens. Participants will have an opportunity to practice mindful communication skills and ways of engaging in healthier dialogues.
Religious Life: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
Discussion and Dialogue | Caitlin Hasket '20, Katya Shipyatsky '18, Justine Stiftel '20 | English House Lecture Room
Join us for a multi-faith discussion about religious life on campus. We'll begin with a brief history lesson about what religious life has looked like in the past, then turn to current issues facing various groups, and end with brainstorming ways to move forward and advocate for our needs.
Slow Flow Yoga and Gratitude Practice
Experience | Terrence Foster (UnCommon Grounds) | Pembroke Dance Studio
Slow Flow & Gratitude Yoga is designed to provide complete mind, body and spirit inspired experience. Creating an environment for mindfulness and compassion towards oneself during the practice. *Participants are greatly encouraged to bring a yoga mat if they own one*
Students Against Sexual Harm Workshop: How do we create sex cultures on campus that we want?
Workshop | Students Against Sexual Harm collective members | Dalton 212E
What do we want to see in relation to sex culture on campus? How can we subvert the presence of rape culture in our community? How do we create positive sex cultures that are empowering and center self-determination?