Summer 2018 Global Newsletter Stories
- Taiji Physical Education Classes Offered at Bryn Mawr
- Nanyang Technological University-Bryn Mawr Partnership
- Bryn Mawr Students in Arabic to Participate in Language and Culture Program in Jordan
- New Development with Wahaha Schools in China
- Seven Bryn Mawr Undergraduates Start Sci-Fi Reading Group
- Spotlight: Bihter Esener, Visiting Graduate Student from Koç University
- Bryn Mawr Launches Curricular Practical Training
- Shani Mahama Visits Campus
- Big Sisters Mentoring Program at the Willard School in Philadelphia
- International Curricular Initiatives Committee Grants
- Overseas Study and Engagement Grants
- Recognition of Committee Members
Taiji Physical Education Classes Offered at Bryn Mawr
In 2017-18, the Athletics and Physical Education Department offered a PE class in Taiji in which over 40 students participated during two semesters. In this continuing program, students gain an introduction to the Chen style of Taiji, which is the oldest form of the martial art and focuses on the development of strength without tension, rootedness, and the capacity to direct energy intentionally.
At the start of the Spring 2018 semester, Global Bryn Mawr hosted a welcome lunch for the three visiting and exchange students from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The lunch was held in Wyndham and was attended by faculty, staff, administrators, and a Bryn Mawr student who studied abroad at NTU during the fall semester. It was a wonderful welcome to the community for the new students as they kicked off their semester at Bryn Mawr.
In July 2018, eight Bryn Mawr students will participate in the summer program at NTU, where they will have the opportunity to take courses with Bryn Mawr faculty members Nate Wright, Michael Allen, and Sharon Ulman, and to engage in a thriving international environment.
Bryn Mawr Students in Arabic to Participate in Language and Culture Program in Jordan
This summer a group of first-, second-, and third-year students in the Arabic language classes are traveling to Jordan to participate in the Sijal Institute Language and Culture Summer Program. This new initiative was developed by Professor Manar Darwish to provide a bridge for students studying Arabic in the spring and fall semesters. The students will spend three weeks based in Amman developing their Arabic language skills both within and outside of the classroom. The program also includes a number of cultural trips to historic sites in the regions including a weekend at the archaeological site of Petra.
New Development with Wahaha Schools in China
In Spring 2018, the Education Program's Professor Heather Curl and BMC alum Maggie Powers, a curriculum designer at Agnes Irwin School, successfully implemented Phase II of the Teacher Institute with Wahaha Schools. Phase I, which took place over two weeks in the summer of 2017 at Bryn Mawr College, introduced a group of 21 teachers from Wahaha to the concepts of design thinking, practitioner inquiry, and interactive integration of educational technology.
Phase II provided these teachers an opportunity to deepen this introduction by including structured workshops in their classrooms on some of the following topics: developing quality teacher research questions and exploring what data looks like in the classroom.
A new group of teachers will come from Wahaha to Bryn Mawr College in July 2018 to complete Phase I of the program, and there are plans to develop Phase III, a teacher research conference in Hangzhou in collaboration with Zhejiang University.
Over the course of the spring 2018 semester, Betty Litsinger, Director of Multilingual Writing, worked with seven students (Zijia Zhuang ‘21, Isabel Gellert ’19, Peyton Moriarty ‘21, Lyncy Nyandoche ‘21, Hien Nguyen ‘21, Susannah Duncan ‘20, and Jia Wei ‘21) to create a science-fiction reading group.
The group worked through the short stories in Touchable Unreality, a bilingual anthology of modern Chinese science fiction. The book had not yet been published in the U.S., so copies were obtained from China and from science fiction writer Neil Clarke, publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine and editor of the anthology.
The reading group provided the opportunity for international and American students to get to know each other in an informal setting. It brought together students with a shared interest in science fiction and/or Chinese language and literature, and allowed them to experience these works in both the original and in translation. The group was a huge success, and by the end of the semester discussions eclipsed science-fiction literature as the group dove into the world of film.
Bihter Esener, a PhD candidate in Art History at Koç University specializing in Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture, came to Bryn Mawr for the 2017-18 academic year. Her research interests include Islamic metalwork, talismanic objects, material culture of medieval Anatolia and cross-cultural interactions between Seljuks and Byzantines.
Bihter came across the exchange program with Bryn Mawr during her undergraduate studies and became interested when she learned that many scholars in Turkey in the fields of archaeology, classics, and history of art hold PhDs from the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr. Bihter used this opportunity to study with Alicia Walker, who is one of the members of her dissertation committee.
During her year, Bihter was excited to participate symposiums and lectures which allowed her to experience the intellectual community at Bryn Mawr. She also enjoyed the Bryn Mawr traditions very much and being a part of the community, making a number of good friends along the way.
International Student and Scholar Services and Advising and LILAC are proud to announce the official start of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for Bryn Mawr College international students.
In the summer of 2018, international students have the opportunity to obtain CPT authorization to engage in temporary employment to gain practical experience directly related to their field of study in the U.S. Students have to meet the eligibility requirements for CPT to be authorized, including enrollment in a Metacognition and Personal Development course.
More than 25 students were authorized for CPT this summer. Their internships are incredibly impressive and include students from various disciplines of study. Students with LILAC summer funding, Summer of Service projects, and those who obtained independent internships have been authorized.
Shani Mahama Visits Campus
In April, the five Bi-Co students participating in this summer’s Lagim Tehi Tuma/Thinking Together program in Northern Ghana — together with several past summer fellows and campus stakeholders — had the opportunity to work with with Shani Mahama, a leader and educator from Dalun, the community where the summer action research fellowship takes place. Shani Mahama visited the BiCo as a guest of Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship in a symposium with CPGC’s partners organizations.
Representatives from domestic and international organizations contributed to the orientation of all of this summer’s interns, including 10 Bryn Mawr students, and shared in discussions of partnership evolution.
This year, Julien Suaudeau and Inés Arribas, faculty members in the French and Spanish departments, respectively, co-founded the Big Sisters Mentoring Program in collaboration with Teresa Bronte, the guidance counselor at the Frances E. Willard Elementary School in Philadelphia.
Through this program, Bryn Mawr students were matched with third and fourth grade girls for a weekly meeting at the school that includes reading, mentoring and games. The program includes a spring campus visit by the school children to see classes, do a scavenger hunt, and enjoy lunch in the dining hall with their mentors.
The International Curricular Initiatives Committee awarded four grants for faculty and staff members to begin conducting research over the summer of 2018.
David Byers: West Bank: Community-Based Clinics
The study investigates the aims, challenges and strategies of Palestinian social workers who supervise students in community-based clinics in cities throughout the West Bank. Professor Byers will join with both social work supervisors and students at Al-Quds University to analyze data.
Rachel Heiser: Global Pedagogical Practices Influencing Students Self-Efficacy in International Classrooms
At the University of Helsinki, Rachel Heiser will collaborate on qualitative research that informs and enhances understanding of approaches that promote a resilient culture within the classroom. She will explore Finish approach to pedagogy related to the promotion of student self-efficacy and conduct student interviews.
Marianne Weldon: Latin American Dyeing and Weaving
Marianne Weldon will participate in a workshop to learn the Zapotec tradition of weaving and dyeing which is taught in courses in the Departments of History of Art, Anthropology, Chemistry and Latin America, Iberian and Latina/o Studies. She will gain practical understanding of Latin American textile traditions and a more global understanding of the use of natural resources for such work.
Shiamin Kwa: Americans in China
Professor Kwa will conduct archival research in Shanghai and Beijing that builds on research for her manuscript project. She hopes that this work will grow into an annual research trip that will help introduce students to the experience of working in archive in China and in developing skills in various digital competencies related to the study of humanities today.
This year the Overseas Study and Engagement Committee established the Global Bryn Mawr Student Fellowship. Bryn Mawr students can apply for funding of up to $1,500 to support overseas-related travel in the form of study abroad, internships, or organization-led projects.
This semester the committee awarded a total of $14,000 to fund various student projects. Some of the projects funded include: an internship in Paraguay with Amnesty International, an internship to excavate and examine ancient artifacts and remains in Romania, an internship to analyze artifacts found in a castle in Ireland, and a study abroad through Bryn Mawr College’s Institut d’Avignon.
Global Bryn Mawr would like to extend recognition and special thanks to the members of the community who served in the committee structure:
International Coordinating Council: Alice Lesnick (chair), Carol Hager, Penny Armstrong, Michael Allen, Linda-Susan Beard, Millie Bond, Kate Morro, Theresa Cann, Vanessa Christman, Ethel Desmarais, Jesse Gale, Reggie Jones, David Karen, Katie Krimmel, Ruth Lindeborg, Betty Litsinger, Bill Malachowski, Jennifer Walters, Cheryl Horsey, Agnès Peysson-Zeiss, Billie Jo Ember, Nate Wright
Overseas Study and Engagement: Billie Jo Ember (co-chair), Nate Wright (co-chair), Alice Lesnick, Rudy Le Menthour, Theresa Cann, Sarah Theobald, Jennifer Prudencio, Tijana Stefanovic, Ellie Stanford, Kari Fazio
International Students: Vanessa Christman (chair), Nate Wright, Richard Clow, Reggie Jones, Betty Litsinger, Patricia Lausch, Darlene Perry, Alice Lesnick, Sally Heimann, Filomena Micola, Angie Sheets, Kate Morro, Jennifer Russell, Katie Krimmel, Kalala Ngalamu, Brittney Chan, Patty Greenfield
International Curricular Initiatives: Agnès Peysson-Zeis, Cindy Sousa, Bill Malachowski, Gail Hemmeter, Timothy Harte, Xuemi Cheng, Alice Lesnick, Veronica Montes, Nell Anderson, Michelle Mancini