SOLD OUT: Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Faculty Lecture Series: Professor William Dunham on Bertrand Russell and Bryn Mawr, Sunday, March 3, 4:30-6:00 PM

This event is sold out!

A renowned Renaissance Weekend speaker, and presently a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Professor Dunham’s fascinating and humorous talk on Bertrand Russell and his connections with Bryn Mawr will be of interest to alums of all decades. We are grateful to Ellen Keiser Farren ’71 for hosting this event in her lovely apartment on 79th and West End Avenue.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a mathematician, philosopher, social activist, anti-war protestor, devout atheist, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. For most of the 20th century, he was recognized as the world’s foremost public intellectual. More to the point, he had a long and deep connection to Bryn Mawr College. In this talk, Professor Dunham describes that connection, focusing especially on Russell’s controversial 1896 visit to campus, when he managed to shock the staid Quakers who had founded the College a little over a decade before. His story provides a glimpse of the Bryn Mawr College of long ago.

NOTE: This talk is entirely math-free!

William Dunham is a math historian presently a visiting professor at Harvard University. Professor Dunham has recently taught a class on this subject at Bryn Mawr. Over the years, Dunham has written four books on the history of mathematics and is featured in the Teaching Company’s DVD course, “Great Thinkers, Great Theorems.” After retiring from a 22-year career at Muhlenberg College, Dunham has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. In retirement, he has enjoyed being a Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College.



WHAT:          Professor William Dunham’s talk on Bertrand Russell and Bryn Mawr College

WHEN:          Sunday. March 3, 2019, 4:30-6:00 PM

WHERE:        The home of Ellen Keiser Farren ’71 at West End Avenue and 79th Street. Complete address will be provided upon registration.

HOW MUCH:     $20 fee

Guests welcomed

No children under 18 permitted


Light refreshments will be served.

For questions, contact:   Helen Thurston ‘74 at