Theater Performance: POTUS, hosted by Laura Gellert ’93 and Sabrina Seider ’85 (Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 PM)

The Bryn Mawr College Club of New York has reserved a block of tickets to see Broadway’s uproarious new comedy about the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world. With an All-Female cast, directed by Tony award winner Susan Stroman and a snappy script by Morning Show’s Selina Fillinger, it’s a rollicking good time!

Gather for dinner before the show at a place to be determined. Please note, the dinner cost will not be included in the price of the ticket. (Details will follow in an email to those who sign up to attend the theatrical performance.)

Recent Review in New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/theater/potus-review-broadway.amp.html

For more information, visit: https://potusbway.com/

Please note, there are vaccination, mask, and ID requirements for this June 2022 performance. See both theater requirements and future Club messages for Club requirements.

WHAT: Theater Performance: POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

WHEN:  Thursday, June 14th, at 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Shubert Theatre located on 225 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

HOW MUCH: $75 per ticket.

RSVP: RSVP HERE. Tickets are limited. First come, first served. If tickets are sold out, please contact Laura Gellert ’93 below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Gellert ’93 at lmgellert@gmail.com

Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Evelyn Barish ’56 Poetry Contest Winning Recipient

Each of our contestants helped make our first contest a huge success! We received a high volume of wonderful submissions, and it truly was difficult for our team to choose from among such creativity. After much consideration, the judges of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Evelyn Barish ’56 haiku contest are proud to announce the following recipient and haiku as the winner for its cadence, language, and imagery.

Goodhart

Time breathes from the stone.
Mold, must, leaves. Music. Paper.
Fall has come to sing.

By Barbara Clark ’79

 

Annual Meeting of Bryn Mawr Club of New York City (Saturday May 14th at 2:00 PM. Rain Date Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 PM)

Please plan to join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City for its 2022 Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the First Avenue side of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York City between First and Second Avenues on 47th Street.

The 7 minutes of business to be conducted consists of a short report on the Club’s activities by the President of the Club, the Treasurer’s Report, and the election of Club Officers and Board Members.

The Annual Meeting will be followed by a presentation of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Evelyn Barish ’56 Poetry Prize.

Nominations for 2022 Annual Meeting

The officers and members in bold are nominated for the following positions:

President Helen Thurston ’74
Vice President Helen Freeman ’02
Secretary Rebecca Hahn ’07
Treasurer Laura Gellert ’93
Young Alumnae Coordinator to be filled
50s and 60s Membership Rep to be filled
70s Membership Rep Lucille Blair ’76
80s Membership Rep Sabrina Seidner ’85
90s Membership Rep Trilby V. John ’98
00s Membership Rep Leila Ghaznavi ’01
10s Members Rep Amani Chowdhury ’14
Career Development Rep Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13
Webmistress Maya Amis ’79/’87
Communications Chair Friya Bankwalla ’16
Events Reps Mina Bansal ’17
Members-At-Large Jane Engelhardt ‘84

Ruchi Shah ’08

Laura Silvius ’05

Help support the Club by contributing to Annual Membership DUES by clicking on the RSVP link. Dues help support lively programming to connect and celebrate Bryn Mawr alums.

If you are not able to attend but want the proxy voting form, click HERE.

WHAT: Bryn Mawr Club of NYC 2022 Annual Meeting

WHEN: Afternoon, Saturday, May 14, 2022 (Rain date Sunday May 15, 2022 same time)

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE.

HOW MUCH: Dues and Club donations would be greatly appreciated, HERE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: brynmawrclubnyc@gmail.com

IN-PERSON 2022 May Day Celebration at the Katharine Hepburn Garden Party (Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 PM)

We are so excited to gather as a community of Bryn Mawr alums at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to celebrate May Day and Katharine Hepburn’s Birthday! This garden party will feature:

  • Speeches and festivities beginning promptly at 1:00 PM
  • Live music–songs of Katharine Hepburn’s era
  • Tours of the Katharine Hepburn Garden
  • Refreshments

This event is presented by the Friends of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, the Turtle Bay Association, and the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City. Gather at the performance colonnade.

Kimberly Hawkey and the Era Gone Jazz Band will perform. “A delightfully fresh-voiced treat,” says BroadwayWorld.com. “Irrepressibly cheery update on 30s and 40s sounds,” writes New York Music Daily.

The Club will provide traditional strawberries and cream and the Friends of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza will provide Katharine Hepburn birthday cake.  The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City will have tables at the Pink Moose Café just off 47th and First Avenue and additional refreshments may be purchased at the Pink Moose Café.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

WHAT: Katharine Hepburn Garden Party & Bryn Mawr Club of NYC May Day Celebration

WHEN: Festivities and presentations begin at 1:00 promptly Saturday, May 14 (Rain Date 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 15)

WHERE: Das Hammarskjöld Plaza, East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues. Our table will be set up by the Pink Moose café, in the First Avenue section of the park.

HOW MUCH: $5 per registration. Friends and family welcomed to register too.

RSVP: Please RSVP HERE — We encourage you to renew your Club membership with your annual dues.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brynmawrclubnyc@gmail.com

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, May 9th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, May 9th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

IN-PERSON African/American: Making the Nation’s Table Exhibition, curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 (Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM)

Foodies! African American history lovers! Join us for African/American: Making the Nation’s Table exhibition visit with optional lunch-box to go! This fascinating exhibition, curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68, reveals the stories of innovators, cooks, mixologists, and entrepreneurs as they emphasize that African American food is American food.

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) presents African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, displayed within the newly-constructed home of partner The Africa Center, this first-of-its-kind exhibition celebrates the countless contributions of Black chefs, farmers, and food and drink producers who have laid the foundation for American food culture—recognition that is long overdue. Understanding the rich and expansive stories underlying any good meal, African/American seeks, in its immersive and historic scope, to offer a portrait of the immense breadth of African American traditions and innovations in cooking.

Please note that participants are expected to purchase their own ticket directly from the museum. This is not a large exhibit and space is limited so to be sure of a reservation, please purchase tickets in advance as soon as possible.

For more information about the exhibit and MOFAD: Click Here

Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 is widely considered the world’s preeminent expert on the foods of the African Diaspora. Dr. Harris is the author of 12 critically acclaimed books and was recently inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture engaged Dr. Harris to conceptualize and curate the museum’s cafeteria.

Following a 50-year teaching career at CUNY Queens College, and building on over four decades of work as an acclaimed journalist, African/American is a natural extension of Dr. Harris’s life’s work. As Dr. Scott Barton writes, “Dr. Jessica B. Harris has championed the heretofore invisible African American/African culinarians, rendering them visible and in plain sight.”  The Netflix series High on the Hog is based on Dr. Harris’ book of the same name.

WHAT: Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Meet up at the African/American: Making the Nation’s Table Exhibition, curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 with optional lunch afterwards

WHEN: Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM

WHERE: The Africa Center, Aliko Dangote Hall

(1280 5th Avenue, New York between 109th and 110th Streets)

RSVP:  Purchase your ticket directly at MOFAD ticket site, with or without Shoe Box lunch: https://www.mofad.org/ticketing

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Hahn ’07 at brynmawrclubnyc@gmail.com

Poetry Contest – Deadline is March 1st, 2022 at 4:00 PM

A generous New York alum, Evelyn Barish ’56, has provided for a poetry prize to be awarded by the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City to a Bryn Mawr alum. In solidarity against and defiance of anti-Asian violence, this year’s poetry contest is focused on a well-known Japanese poetry format, the haiku.  The topic, naturally, is Bryn Mawr College. We are grateful to Evelyn Barish for her vision, generosity, and award.

Evelyn Barish ’56 a native of New York, graduated from Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude) and studied at Oxford as a Fulbright scholar, writing her dissertation for New York University. She began her teaching career at Cornell University, later becoming professor of English at the City University of New York, its Graduate Center, and the College of Staten Island. Using archival sources, her books have been based on extensive research, and her biography, Emerson: The Roots of Prophecy, won the Gauss Prize awarded by Phi Beta Kappa in 1989 as “the year’s best work of criticism and scholarship.” She is also the author of Arthur Hugh Clough: Growth of a Poet’s MindEmerson In Italy, and The Double Life of Paul De Man for which the Bryn Mawr Club of NY hosted a book party event in 2014. Evelyn is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Fulbright Commission.

This haiku poetry contest, focused on Bryn Mawr College, is open to all Mawrters and requires no entry fee from participants.

WHAT: The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Evelyn Barish ’56 Poetry Contest

WHEN:  All Poetry Contest Deadlines are (emailed or postmarked) by 4 p.m. EST March 1, 2022

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTbrynmawrclubnyc@gmail.com.

The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Evelyn Barish ’56 Poetry Contest
Contest Rules
Contest Judges

A Look into Zoroastrianism, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Dr. Rubina K. Salikuddin, BMC Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies (Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 PM)

Did you know…?

Mozart’s The Magic Flute was inspired by Zoroastrianism?

Zoroastrianism is considered to be the oldest religion?

Zoroastrianism was considered the first monotheistic religion?

Many concepts from Zoroastrianism are found in other religions?  

Freddie Mercury (the lead singer of QUEEN) was a Zoroastrian?

Please join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City on Thursday, March 24th for an enriching and informative evening on Zoroastrianism. Together, Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Dr. Rubina Salikuddin, BMC Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies, will delve deeper into the rich historical development of Zoroastrianism, review the religion’s impact on society in art and objects, explore myths and facts about the religion, and explore one of its most significant holidays, Navroze, and coming-of-age traditions, the Navjote.

Friya Bankwalla ’16 graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s in English and Psychology, a rekindled interest in tennis and horseback riding, an insatiable passion for storytelling, and a desire to champion Zoroastrianism. Her creative background ranges from working at Penguin Random House, to promoting picture book to young adult New York Times Bestsellers, to screening and adapting intellectual properties for television at an independent film and television company, to much more. When she’s not reading, this Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Board Member can be found welcoming newcomers to the city, hunting for her next favorite restaurant, and searching for new narratives.

Dr. Rubina Salikuddin is a BMC Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies. She is a scholar of the social and cultural history of medieval Iran and Central Asia. Her current research focuses on ideas of memory and community in the 15th C. Timurid domains. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor’s from Ohio State University. Currently, she is completing her Postdoctoral fellowship at Bryn Mawr College and in the fall will teach as the Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern Studies at the college. In her spare time, she loves cooking, spending time with her two children, and learning how to garden. For more information about Dr. Rubina Salikuddin, click here.

WHAT: A Look into Zoroastrianism, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Dr. Rubina K. Salikuddin, BMC Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies

WHEN:  Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTFriya Bankwalla at fabanks@gmail.com

Women, Money and Conflict, a talk by Suzan Habachy ’54 and Marlies Bull ’93 (Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM)

A conversation with two alums who graduated 40 years apart and who have pursued careers in International Humanitarian Affairs. Learn how microloans started and how present-day work at the UN and with a foreign not-for-profit supports those in need internationally.

Suzan Salwa Saba Habachy ’54 was the initial Executive Director at The Trickle Up Program from 1994 to 2001. She has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economic sustainability. Delving into her field due to her desire to help poor and underdeveloped countries, Ms. Habachy pursued an education at the American University in Cairo from 1951 to 1952. After immigrating to the United States in 1952, she attended Bryn Mawr College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. Subsequently, she attended Harvard University, earning a Master of Arts in 1956.

From 1994 to 2001, Ms. Habachy was the executive director for The Trickle Up Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding women in poverty to advance their economic and social welfare. Prior to this role, she worked for the United Nations as a program officer, section chief, and staff member in the office of personnel at the Focal Point for Women beginning in 1969. Previously, she was a reporter and editor for McGraw Hill News Bureau, a reporter and editor for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, an economist for Exxon Mobil Corporation, and a teaching fellow at Ohio University. In her spare time, she enjoys attending the theatre, traveling, and reading. With her sister, Nimet Habachy ’67 the famous WQXR and Metropolitan Opera Guild star, Ms. Habachy organizes a Crafts Fair attended by Bryn Mawr alums who support education for women and girls among the impoverished Egyptian “Garbage Community” of Mokkattam.

Marlies Bull ’93 is a Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Bull has more than fifteen years’ experience working across the United Nations in the humanitarian, development and peacekeeping spheres. She has worked in Kosovo, Sudan, Nepal and other complex emergency settings and is currently based at UN Headquarters in New York. Her career has focused on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. She has worked on both policy and advocacy at the headquarters level, and management and operations in the field. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.) and Bryn Mawr College (B.A.). She also has a keen interest in interior design.

WHAT: Women, Money and Conflict, a talk by Suzan Habachy ’54 and Marlies Bull ’93

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 23 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event

HOW MUCH: $20. (Free to students)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Helen Thurston at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, February 14th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, February 14th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, December 13th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, December 13th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Artist Meet-Up, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, December 13th at 6:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. The Zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Artist Meet-Up.

WHEN: Monday, December 13th at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided at registration AND also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com

Jewelry as Activism in Central Asia: A Guided Tour of The Jewelry Library’s Latest Exhibit with Wine Reception, hosted by Karen Davidov ’79 (Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 PM)

Where governments suppress dissent, every act of creation takes on new meaning. News from Central Asia, an exhibit at The Jewelry Library (founded in 2018 by Karen Davidov ’79), presents works by Central Asian artists, designers, and makers who use their chosen media—jewelry, photography, art, and more—to capture, reflect, and propagate political protests, climate change, historical events, collective memory, and adaptation to a modernizing world.

Bryn Mawr Club of New York City invites members to take a personalized tour through the exhibit hosted by Karen Davidov’79 and led by curator Aida Sulova. This curatorial exploration, will provide unique insights into how the creation of tactile and visual art can serve as historiographical and political commentary in places where open protest is harshly punished.

More on the exhibition: “Wearable art can be a powerful tool able to mobilize, call for action, evoke emotions, reflect on past, present, and future.”

Davidov founded The Jewelry Library (TJL) in 2018, while working on ideas around the future of libraries with her husband, Henry Myerberg (architect of BMC’s Rhys Carpenter Library). TJL has two research and gallery spaces that offer a wide range of exhibitions, talks and events all across the jewelry-spectrum, collaborating with both contemporary and vintage gallerists, artists and collectors, as well as storytellers, historians, makers and wearers.

Also, on view that night in The Jewelry Library’s 8th floor space: Sisterhood: Bodies in Proximity, an intimate and contemplative exhibition that explores the creative life and secret world of sisters—by Luci Jockel, a jewelry artist and Emily Jockel, an architect and ceramicist.

WHAT: Jewelry as Activism in Central Asia: A Guided Tour of The Jewelry Library’s Latest Exhibit with Wine Reception, hosted by Karen Davidov ’79.

WHEN: Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 PM. Vaccinations and masks required.

WHERE: The Jewelry Library (1239 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY). Please RSVP HERE.

HOW MUCH: 20 spots only at $20.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Davidov’79 at karen.davidov@gmail.com.

 

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, November 8th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, November 8th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

 

Women in Non-Profit Leadership with Joanna Underwood ’62, Susan Sherwood ’74, Martha Cummings ’80, and Dr. Faith Wallace-Gadsden ’05 (Thursday, November 4th at 8:30 AM)

Join Joanna Underwood ’62 (The environmental movement and founder of INFORM and Energy Vision), Susan Sherwood ’74 (Director of the Center for Technology & Innovation in Binghamton, NY), Martha Cummings ’80 (founder and Executive Director of Universal Promise) and Dr. Faith Wallace-Gadsden ’05 (An expert on clean water and sanitation).

WHAT: SAVE THE DATE: Women in Non-Profit Leadership with Joanna Underwood ’62, Susan Sherwood ’74, Martha Cummings ’80, and Dr. Faith Wallace-Gadsden ’05

WHEN: Thursday, November 4th at 8:30 AM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Aspects of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology in Jordan with esteemed archaeologist, Dr. Barbara A. Porter ’75 (Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 PM)

Join us for a riveting evening with Dr. Barbara A. Porter ’75 as she delves into the cultural heritage and her archaeological experiences in Jordan.

Dr. Barbara A. Porter ’75 received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 1975, lived in Haffner’s German House (first year) and Rhodes (third and fourth years,) and spent her second year studying in Vienna, Austria. Her M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. are from Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology with a dissertation on cylinder seals from Syria in the Middle Bronze Age.

From 1978 to 1986 she was on the curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Egyptian Art and Ancient Near Eastern Art) in New York and afterwards lectured frequently in the museum’s galleries. In the 1990s she taught in the Art History Department of New York University. She grew up in Lebanon in the 1960s and due to her service on the board of the American Community School at Beirut from 1996 to 2019 returned to Lebanon often in that period. In the 1980s, she participated in two seasons of excavations in northeastern Syria at the site of Tell Leilan.

She has led numerous archaeological tours from Algeria to Iran in the decade before becoming the Director of the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman in 2006, a position she held until March 2020. She presided over ACOR’s 50th anniversary year in 2018 and her public lecture about ACOR is available on the website (www.acorjordan.org). In her 14 years in Jordan, she came to know the country well and was involved in cultural heritage initiatives in many places, including Petra. Now the first ACOR Ambassador, a position unanimously voted into existence by the ACOR board of directors in honor of her accomplishments and leadership, Dr. Potter currently lives in Washington, D.C. and looks forward to once again leading archaeological tours. Shortly after our talk, she will be heading to Saudi Arabia.

For More Information, visit:  

ACOR Website:

LINK HERE

WHAT: Aspects of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology in Jordan with Dr. Barbara A. Porter ’75

WHEN: Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, October 11th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, October 11th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Artist Meet-Up, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, October 11th at 6:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. The Zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Artist Meet-Up.

WHEN: Monday, October 11th at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided at registration AND also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

That’s So Gay: A Glance at LGBTQ History with the Chief of Reference at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cornelia King ’75 (Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 PM)

Attend an eye-opening evening full of rich discourse with Cornelia King ’75, Chief of Reference at the Library Company of Philadelphia, as she delves into her work recovering LGBTQ History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Cornelia King ’75 majored in archaeology at Bryn Mawr. She then became a librarian (Drexel University M.S. in Library and Information Science) with a concentration in rare books. The training in archaeology was good preparation for examining books as physical objects. Her first job in the field was the compilation of two book-length bibliographies listing pre-1861 works related to American education and American philanthropy. After getting a second masters degree in American history (Temple University M.A. in history), she increasingly has focused on American social history. Her position at the Library Company has presented her with opportunities to curate public exhibitions on the topics of LGBTQ history and women’s activism in 19th-century America.

As Curator of Women’s History (in addition to being Chief of Reference), Connie promotes the study of women’s history at the Library Company of Philadelphia, an independent research library which was founded as a subscription library in 1731. Because of its diverse collections, historical research on almost any topic can be done on in the Library Company’s reading rooms. In the 21st century, the curators seek to explore topics of current relevance, especially African American history, women’s history, disability studies, and environmental studies.

In 2014, the Library Company’s exhibition “That’s So Gay”: Outing Early America featured 100 items that documented LGBT history, as part of the ongoing work recovering aspects of history relating to LGBTQ history. In this talk, Connie will discuss her work as curator of that exhibition, as well as what the Library Company is continuing to do to promote the study of LGBTQ history.

WHAT: That’s So Gay: My Work Recovering LGBTQ History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, a presentation by Chief of Reference at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cornelia King ’75

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons For Modern Resilience, Book Talk with Georgetown University Professor, Nancy Sherman ’73 (Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM)

Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons For Modern Resilience, Book Talk with Georgetown University Professor, Nancy Sherman ’73 (Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM)

“Nancy Sherman goes far beyond the kind of ‘pen-and-ink philosophy’ that the Stoics had so little time for. In this book, she applies Stoicism where it is most needed—for our warriors and working people alike—and helps them become better and more resilient.”—Ryan Holiday, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Daily Stoic and Stillness is the Key

Please join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City for a fascinating evening with best-selling author, Nancy Sherman, as she presents her newest book, In Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience. Sherman draws on the philosophy of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and others to bring ancient ideas to bear on 21st century concerns—from workers facing stress and burnout to first responders in a pandemic, from soldiers on the battlefield to citizens fighting for racial justice.

Today, Stoicism has made a big comeback—from Silicon Valley and the business world, to the military, in self-help circles, in the field of psychotherapy, and even with the alt-right. A renowned expert in ancient and modern ethics, Sherman provides a corrective to the misconceptions, and in some cases toxic distortions, that have come along with Stoicism’s revival. In the process, she reveals a profound and surprising insight about the Stoics: They never believed, as Stoic popularizers often hold, that rugged self-reliance or indifference to the world around us is at the heart of living well. Instead she presents a compelling, modern Stoicism that teaches grit, resilience, and the importance of close relationships in addressing life’s biggest and smallest challenges—at a time when we’re all facing many of both.

In nine lessons that that guide readers in the Stoic way of finding calm, living with emotions, grit and resilience, and healing through self-compassion, among others, STOIC WISDOM offers an essential field manual for the art of living well.

Nancy Sherman ’73 is a University Professor at Georgetown University and Guggenheim Fellow (2013-2014). She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in ancient philosophy. An ethicist with research training in psychoanalysis, she lectures worldwide on ethics, the emotions, moral injury, and resilience.

Sherman is the author of Afterwar (OUP, 2015), The Untold War (2010 and New York Times editors’ pick), Stoic Warriors (OUP, 2005), and several other books on ancient and modern ethics, she served as the Inaugural Distinguished Chair of Ethics at the United States Naval Academy. She has written for the New York Times and contributes frequently to many other media outlets.

For More Information, visit:

Nancy Sherman’s Website:
https://www.nancysherman.com

Order Stoic Wisdom HERE:
Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

New York Times Article:

If You’re Reading Stoicism for Life Hacks, You’re Missing the Point

Book Review:

Read reviews here

WHAT: Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons For Modern Resilience, a talk by Georgetown University Professor, Nancy Sherman

WHEN: Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19: We Are back in the Classroom – Now What?, hosted by CUNY Associate Professor of Math Education, Laura M. Gellert ’93 and Bronx Community College Adjunct Lecturer, Trilby V John ’98 (Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00 PM)

As Educators start another year of teaching in the time of Covid, we would like to continue to come together to “Show and Share” about technology tools being used, new strategies and about where we go from here. If you would like to “Show and Share” please contact Laura by September 14th at lmgellert@gmail.com.

We will open up a part of this session to general questions about teaching during this time for the perspective teacher, the new teacher and the experienced teachers. All Teachers and Education professionals are invited to attend– new teachers and even perspective teachers are strongly encouraged to join us. When you register please indicate grade band and subject for which you teach.

Laura Gellert ’93 is an Associate Professor of Math and Childhood Education at the City College of New York. She has been coaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers for many years.

Trilby V John ’98 is a First Year Seminar adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College. After decades as a NYCDOE English teacher, she’s always excited to offer advice in all things major and minor to teachers at all levels.

WHAT: Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19: We Are Back in the Classroom – Now What?

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21st from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Voluntary $10 to support the technology of the session. Guests welcome.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTlmgellert@gmail.com.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, September 13th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, September 13th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Silence isn’t Golden – Speaking up and Finding Resources for College Success, a discussion with Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68 and Jackney Prioly Joseph ’06 (Tuesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM)

Silence isn’t Golden – Speaking up and Finding Resources for College Success, a discussion with Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68 and Jackney Prioly Joseph ’06 (Tuesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM)

When entering college, students can sometimes think they are the only one experiencing challenges – or they simply don’t know where to look to find help. Whether it’s course selection, financial assistance or career planning, there are numerous resources available to assist students. Asking questions and seeking advice can help students access the right resources to get them back on track. In this timely conversation between Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella and Jackney Prioly Joseph, Dr. Cantarella will explore these themes and more through her book, I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide.

Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68 graduated with Honors from Bryn Mawr College and earned Masters and Doctoral degrees from New York University in American Studies with a focus on American Business. She has held positions as an Associate Dean at Hunter College, Dean at Princeton University, Vice-President of Student Affairs at Metropolitan College of NY, a member of Dean’s staff at New York University’s College of Arts and Science, and Director in Public Affairs and Marketing at Avon Products. She is currently the Co-Director of the Hunter College Black Male Initiative, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Degrees NYC and serves on multiple non-profit and advisory boards, including the Boards of the READ Alliance, Saint Elizabeth University, Create Change Transform Foundation, the Boy Scout Council of Manhattan, and more.

Dr. Cantarella is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide (www.icanfinishcollege.net) which educators, parents and students say is a goldmine of information and strategies especially for first generation, low-income and students of color who struggle to complete college degrees.

She is the daughter of the 1968 Bryn Mawr commencement speaker, the great Civil Rights Leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr., who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for African-Americans in U.S. industry and government service during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League (1961–71), the world’s largest social-civil rights organization. His advocacy of a “Domestic Marshall Plan”—massive funds to help solve America’s racial problems—was felt to have strongly influenced federal poverty programs sponsored by Democratic Party administrations in Washington (1963–69).

Jackney Prioly Joseph ’06 is the Director of External Affairs with the Boston Debate League, a nonprofit organization integrating argumentation and competitive debate into public schools in greater Boston, serving students of color and other students who have been denied these educational opportunities. Previously, Jackney served as Director of Career Readiness at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, leading a statewide policy initiative to increase career readiness among students and prepare them for success in college, work and life. Jackney also worked in government, serving as Policy Director for then At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Special Assistant in the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. In these roles she developed a deep understanding of educational inequities and a commitment to creating opportunities for underrepresented students to prepare them for college and beyond.

Jackney has been an active alumna of the Posse Foundation, currently serving as a career mentor and as an alumna volunteer at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College where she received her BA in Philosophy. Jackney received her MA in Public Administration from Northeastern University. She resides in Roslindale, MA with her husband and daughter.

For More Information, visit:

Dr. Cantarella’s Website:
www.icanfinishcollege.net

Order her book, I CAN Finish College:
ORDER HERE

WHAT: Silence isn’t Golden – Speaking up and Finding Resources for College Success, a discussion with Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella’68 and Jackney Prioly Joseph’06

WHEN: Tuesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

NEW DATE: “Kharga Oasis: An Edge of Empire,” presented by Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Dr. Salima Ikram ’86 (Wednesday, August 4th at 6:30 PM)

POSTPONED: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Salima Ikram is rescheduling this talk. It will take place on Wednesday, August 4th at 6:30 PM.

“Kharga Oasis: An Edge of Empire,” presented by Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Dr. Salima Ikram ’86 (Thursday, July 22nd at 6:30 PM)

Until 2000, Kharga Oasis, the largest oasis in Egypt’s south western desert, had been relatively unexplored. After the initiation of the North Kharga Oasis Survey, followed by the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey, researchers began to discover and document sites in the main body of the oasis and its hinterland.

Please join Salima Ikram ’86, distinguished University Professor of Egyptology, the American University in Cairo, for a fascinating talk: “Kharga Oasis: An Edge of Empire.” She will provide an overview of her archaeological discoveries and surveys of this important oasis over the past two decades. Ikram’s studies have revealed the changing environment in the oasis and the resulting evolution of human exploitation of the area, from prehistoric camps, shelters with rock art, pharaonic installations, to trade in the ancient world and Roman forts.

Dr. Salima Ikram ’86 was born in Lahore, Pakistan, double majored in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, and received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University in ’87 and ’93 respectively. Now the Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, she has excavated extensively in Egypt as well as having worked in Turkey and Sudan. She directed the Animal Mummy Project, the Amenmesses Project, the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Project, and headed the archaeozoology team at Kinet Hoyuk in Turkey.

Ikram has published extensively both for scholarly and non-specialist audiences, including children, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians. She is a member of the MAHES (Momies Animales et Humaines Egyptiennes) project. She has a variety of research interests, especially the interaction between humans and animals, ancient Egyptian foodways, rock art, death, archaeozoology, mummies of both humans and animals, and the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage. A regular on TV, Ikram was recently portrayed as the delightful Egyptologist, aptly named “Salima” in the feature film LUXOR and has served as an advisor on Universal Pictures hit movie “The Mummy.” She has been featured in over 30 documentaries, series, and specials on Egypt, Pyramids, Mummies, and Animal Mummies, and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For More Information visit:

Her Bio on the American University in Cairo
https://www.aucegypt.edu/fac/salimaikram

Her Website:
https://www.salimaikram.com

WHAT: “Kharga Oasis: An Edge of Empire,” presented by Dr. Salima Ikram ’86

WHEN:  RESCHEDULED TO Wednesday, August 4th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Artist Meet-Up, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Tuesday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. The Zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needlepoint, crochet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Artist Meet-Up.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM (First Tuesday Night of each month).

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided at registration AND also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com

 

The Past and Future City, a presentation by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98 and Nupur Chandhury ’05, with introduction by Professor Gary McDonogh (Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 PM)

Attend an exciting evening full of rich discourse on the future of cities as the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City marks the 50th Anniversary of the inception of Bryn Mawr’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department founded by Professor Barbara Miller Lane.

Join transformative urbanists Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98 and Nupur Chaudhury ’05 with a warm introduction by Professor Gary McDonogh for a riveting evening. They will discuss examples from their individual trajectories in housing and building healthy and equitable communities and what it means to create just cities for all.

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98 is an urbanist, curator, author, artist, and the founder of Buscada, an organization which creates vital spaces for dialogue to foster more just cities by fusing art, design, and research. Gabrielle is author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (University of Iowa Press, 2019)—special honoree and finalist for the Municipal Art Society’s Brendan Gill Prize. Gabrielle teaches Growth and Structure of Cities at Bryn Mawr College & urban studies at the New School, and regularly consults with arts and culture organizations on community and art engagements and strategic visioning. Her creative practice has been shown at institutions including MIT, Tate Britain, Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Architecture, Artists Alliance, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and featured on WNYC, WBAI, CNN’s Next List, Next City, and Gothamist. Her writing on cities and photography has been published in Visual StudiesUrban OmnibusSpace and CultureSociety & Space, and Buildings & Landscapes, as well as other international publications. She holds a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY and a BA in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

Nupur Chaudhury ’05 is a Public Health Urbanist, organizer, storyteller, and artist who looks at cities, communities and connections through a grassroots lens. For over two decades, she has developed and implemented strategies to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods to challenge power structures and build just, strong, and equitable cities.

Nupur was actively involved in shaping two organizations that have redefined what it means to center communities and health in their work. In 2013, she worked to conceptualize and build Made in Brownsville (now Youth Design Center) and was the Founding Board Chair of the organization for eight years. In 2017, she was the founding Director of Neighborhood Health at the Center for Health Equity, housed at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There, she developed the concept of the Neighborhood Health Action Centers, secured mayoral funding, and oversaw the integration of new staff with the existing Health Department structure in key neighborhoods throughout New York City. After working in Philanthropy and funding both long term place-based investing and rapid grantmaking in the epicenter of the COVID epidemic, Nupur launched her own firm, NupurSpectives. As the Founder and Principal, she advises key organizations on how to infuse equitable practices in their work. She lectures, teaches and facilitates action focused on health equity and building healthy communities. She is also the host of A League of Extraordinary Urbanists video series, documenting the stories of city builders and network weavers across the world.

Her work has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, CityLab, National Public Radio, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is a Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellow, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, and a board member of the Center for the Living City. She holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College (BA in Growth and Structure of Cities), Columbia University (Masters in Public Health), and New York University (Masters in Urban Planning).

Professor Gary McDonogh is an urban anthropologist (Ph.D The Johns Hopkins University) who has chaired Cities off and on since 1992. Trained as an Iberianist, he has published monographs on Barcelona and Iberian worlds, the American South and Hong Kong; his current research focuses on Global Chinatowns. He teaches classes on urban culture and society, mass media, urban enclaves and public and private space.

Some Background on The Growth and Structure of Cities Program and Professor Barbara Miller Lane.  Professor Lane joined Bryn Mawr College as a history professor in 1962 and helped found the Growth and Structure of Cities Program.  She served as its director from 1971-1989 (and 1996-97), and introduced courses in the history of urban form and history of modern architecture. Her works include Architecture and Politics in Germany, 1918-1945 (Harvard University Press, 1968, revised edition 1985, Italian edition 1973, German edition 1986); a compilation on Nazi Ideology Before 1933 (ed., with Leila Rupp, University of Texas Press, 1978), National Romanticism and Modern Architecture in Germany and the Scandinavian Countries(Cambridge University Press, 2000), the anthology Housing and Dwelling: Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture(Routledge, 2006), and Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs 1945-1965 (Princeton University Press, 2015). She was listed as a noteworthy humanities educator by Marquis Who’s Who.

For More Information, visit:

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani’s Website:
www.buscada.com

For more on Contested City, and to get the book, use code BEN40 at:
https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609386108/contested-city

Nupur Chaudhury’s Website:
https://www.nupurchaudhury.com

Nupur Chaudhury’s Blog/video series:
https://www.nupurspectives.org

WHAT: The Past and Future City, a presentation by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98 and Nupur Chaudhury ’05, with introduction by Professor Gary McDonogh.

WHEN: Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Get Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani at:

University of Iowa Press (use code BEN40 for discount):
https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609386108/contested-city

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Contested-City-History-Mediation-Humanities/dp/1609386108/

More on Contested City:
https://buscada.com/projects/contested-city/

Support the League of Extraordinary Urbanists Series at
https://www.patreon.com/NupurSpectives

Watch the League of Extraordinary Urbanists Series at:
https://www.nupurspectives.org

 

Book Talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative Washington Post journalist, Carol Leonnig ’87 (Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM)

Please join us for a fascinating evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, Carol Leonnig ’87, as she shares her insights and delves deeper into the discourse of the fall of the Secret Service in her new book, Zero Fail.

Zero Fail is the first definitive account of the rise and fall of the Secret Service, including extensive new reporting, from the Kennedy assassination to the alarming scandals, secrets, and mismanagement during the Obama and Trump years — by the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of A Very Stable Genius.

Carol Leonnig has been covering the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the gaffes and scandals that plague the agency today — from a toxic work culture to outdated equipment and training to the deep resentment among the ranks with the agency’s leadership. But the Secret Service wasn’t always so troubled.

The Secret Service was born in 1865, in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by their failure to protect the president on that fateful day, this once-sleepy agency was rapidly transformed into a proud, elite unit that would finally redeem themselves in 1981 by valiantly thwarting an assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan. But this reputation for courage and efficiency would not last forever. By Barack Obama’s presidency, the Secret Service was becoming notorious for not averting break-ins at the White House, an armed gunman firing at the building while agents stood by, a massive prostitution scandal in Cartagena, and many other dangerous lapses.

To expose these shortcomings, Leonnig interviewed countless current and former agents and whistleblowers who risked their careers to speak to her about an agency that’s broken and in desperate need of a reform.

Carol Leonnig ’87 is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Very Stable Genius, Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. At Bryn Mawr College, she was an anthropology major and the editor in chief of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Bi-college News, and her favorite dorm was Rhoads.

For More Information, visit:

Carol Leonnig ’87 Bio:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/carol-d-leonnig/

Twitter:
Her Account

Pre-order her book, Zero Fail, HERE:
ORDER HERE

WHAT: Book Talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative Washington Post journalist, Carol Leonnig ’87.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

 

Artist Meet-Up, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. The Zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Artist Meet-Up.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00 PM (First Tuesday Night of each month).

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided at registration AND also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com

The Annual Meeting of The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City and a Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows with President Emeritus Mary Patterson McPherson Ph.D. ’69 Rachel Jean-Baptiste ’94, Associate Professor of History, UC Davis Jomaira Salas Pujols ’13, doctoral candidate, Rutgers University Danielle Carr Ramdath, Sr. Assoc. Dean, Academic Engagement, Williams College and former Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr (Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 PM)

 

This spring welcomes the 30th Cohort of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows at Bryn Mawr College.  To celebrate this three-decade milestone, President Emeritus Mary Patterson McPherson Ph. D. ’69, and Danielle Carr Ramdath, who were involved in working with the program at Bryn Mawr, will be joined by Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Rachel Jean-Baptiste ’94 and Jomaira Salas Pujols ’13. This program will be proceeded by brief Annual Meeting of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program supports increased diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. This goal is achieved by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction. Bryn Mawr is proud to have been a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship institution since the beginning.

“A vibrant and dynamic democracy requires an educated, engaged, and informed citizenry. …. intentional programs designed to promote diversity are needed to maximize the development of talent, encourage full participation, and secure the benefits of democracy. We remain committed to both diversity and democracy. — Earl Lewis, former president, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Mary Patterson McPherson ’69 is President Emeritus of Bryn Mawr College (President 1978 – 1997), former Vice President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1997 – 2007); and Executive Officer Emeritus of the American Philosophical Society (2007 – 2012). She received her AB and LLD from Smith College, an MA from the University of Delaware and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College. McPherson holds numerous honorary degrees. Before joining Bryn Mawr College as an assistant and fellow in the department of philosophy in 1961, she was an instructor in philosophy at the University of Delaware (1959-1961). At Bryn Mawr she served as assistant dean of the college (1964-1968), associate dean and lecturer in philosophy (1969-1970), dean of the undergraduate college, deputy to the president and associate professor of philosophy (1970-1978).

She currently serves on the board of directors of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, at Villanova University. She has also served previously on the boards of numerous other institutions, organizations, and companies, including Amherst College, Smith College Central European University; The Agnes Irwin School; Shipley School; The Brearley School; and Exeter Academy; the Spencer Foundation; the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation; JSTOR; The Brookings Institution; The National Humanities Center; The Carnegie Corporation and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; The Teagle Foundation; The Philadelphia Contributionship; Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; and the Dayton Hudson Corporation. She is a member of The American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the trustee emerita of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Rachel Jean-Baptiste ’94 is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Director of the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advancement at University of California Davis. Her research focuses on the history of race, citizenship, gender, sexuality, and colonialism in Francophone Africa. She is the author of Conjugal Rights: Marriage, Sexuality, and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon and articles that have appeared in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Women’s HistoryJournal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of African History. She has also worked with K-12 schools in the USA and France and non-profit organizations in achieving diversity, equity, and global literacy goals. Jean-Baptiste is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Cohort 4.

Jomaira Salas Pujols ’13 is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at Rutgers University where she studies race, place, education, and Black girlhood. At the intersection of youth work and research, her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Pujols, a Posse scholar, majored in sociology and minored in education. She also served as a Young Alumna Trustee from 2016-2019 and co-chaired the board’s working group on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She will join the faculty at Bard College as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in fall 2022.  Pujols is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Cohort 22.

Danielle Carr Ramdath is a native of Washington, D.C. Ramdath earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College and her doctorate in mathematics from Duke University. As a National Science post-doctoral fellow, Danielle studied at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. She then began her teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. From 1999 to 2007, Ramdath served as a Program Officer in Higher Education at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her duties included program development in the Liberal Arts College program area as well as directing the Historically Black Colleges and Appalachian Colleges program areas. From 2007 to 2020, Ramdath served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Dean of the College at Smith College. On October 15, 2020, Danielle assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Engagement at Williams College. Danielle has one daughter (a softball player) in high school and loves to walk her dog.

Mary Patterson McPherson ’69 is President Emeritus of Bryn Mawr College (President 1978 – 1997), former Vice President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1997 – 2007); and Executive Officer Emeritus of the American Philosophical Society (2007 – 2012). She received her AB and LLD from Smith College, an MA from the University of Delaware and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College. McPherson holds numerous honorary degrees. Before joining Bryn Mawr College as an assistant and fellow in the department of philosophy in 1961, she was an instructor in philosophy at the University of Delaware (1959-1961). At Bryn Mawr she served as assistant dean of the college (1964-1968), associate dean and lecturer in philosophy (1969-1970), dean of the undergraduate college, deputy to the president and associate professor of philosophy (1970-1978).

She currently serves on the board of directors of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, at Villanova University. She has also served previously on the boards of numerous other institutions, organizations, and companies, including Amherst College, Smith College Central European University; The Agnes Irwin School; Shipley School; The Brearley School; and Exeter Academy; the Spencer Foundation; the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation; JSTOR; The Brookings Institution; The National Humanities Center; The Carnegie Corporation and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; The Teagle Foundation; The Philadelphia Contributionship; Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; and the Dayton Hudson Corporation. She is a member of The American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the trustee emerita of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Rachel Jean-Baptiste ’94 is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Director of the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advancement at University of California Davis. Her research focuses on the history of race, citizenship, gender, sexuality, and colonialism in Francophone Africa. She is the author of Conjugal Rights: Marriage, Sexuality, and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon and articles that have appeared in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Women’s History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of African History. She has also worked with K-12 schools in the USA and France and non-profit organizations in achieving diversity, equity, and global literacy goals. Jean-Baptiste is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Cohort 4.

Jomaira Salas Pujols ’13 is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at Rutgers University where she studies race, place, education, and Black girlhood. At the intersection of youth work and research, her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Pujols, a Posse scholar, majored in sociology and minored in education. She also served as a Young Alumna Trustee from 2016-2019 and co-chaired the board’s working group on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She will join the faculty at Bard College as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in fall 2022.  Pujols is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Cohort 22.

Danielle Carr Ramdath is a native of Washington, D.C. Ramdath earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College and her doctorate in mathematics from Duke University. As a National Science post-doctoral fellow, Danielle studied at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. She then began her teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. From 1999 to 2007, Ramdath served as a Program Officer in Higher Education at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her duties included program development in the Liberal Arts College program area as well as directing the Historically Black Colleges and Appalachian Colleges program areas. From 2007 to 2020, Ramdath served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Dean of the College at Smith College. On October 15, 2020, Danielle assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Engagement at Williams College. Danielle has one daughter (a softball player) in high school and loves to walk her dog.

Annual Meeting of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City (Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 PM)

Please join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City for its 2021 Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, May 25th, at 7:00 PM, via Zoom teleconference. The few minutes of business to be conducted consists of a short report on the Club’s activities by the President of the Club, the Treasurer’s Report, recognition of service of Nancy Kirk ’59/’60 and Nicole Huynh ‘06, and the election of Club Officers and Board Members.

The Annual Meeting will be followed by a presentation on the 30th anniversary of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships, by President Emeritus Mary Patterson McPherson Ph.D. ’69; Rachel Jean-Baptiste ’94, Associate Professor of History, UC Davis; Jomaira Salas Pujols ’13, doctoral candidate Rutgers University; and Danielle Carr Ramdath, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Engagement, Williams College and former Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr.

Nominations for 2021 Annual Meeting

The officers and members in bold are nominated for the following positions:

President Helen Thurston ’74 (third term)
Vice President Helen Freeman ’02
Secretary Rebecca Hahn ’07
Treasurer Laura Gellert ’93 (second term)
Communications Chair Friya Bankwalla ’16
Young Alumnae Coordinator to be filled
50s and 60s Membership Rep to be filled
70s Membership Rep Anonymous Alum (first term)
80s Membership Rep Jane Engelhardt ’84
90s Membership Rep Trilby V John ’98 (first term)
00s Membership Rep Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (second term)
10s Members Rep Amani Chowdhury ’14
Career Development Rep Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13
Webmistress Maya Amis ’79/’87 (fourth term)
Events Reps Lucille Blair ’76 (first term)

Mina Bansal ’17

Members-At-Large Pamela Feuer ’83
Ruchi Shah ’08
Jennifer Suh Whitfield ’98 (first term)

Support the Club with your Annual Membership DUES by clicking on the RSVP link. Dues help support lively programming to connect and celebrate Bryn Mawr alums. If you are not able to attend by Zoom but want the Annual Meeting proxy voting form, click HERE.

WHAT: Bryn Mawr Club of NYC 2021 Annual Meeting via Zoom.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration and closer to the date.

HOW MUCH: While the Annual Meeting is free, we encourage you to renew your membership at this time. Tickets for the program and for membership are greatly appreciated and support programing for alums.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACTbrynmawrclubnyc@gmail.com

Virtual 2021 May Day Celebration: Meet Mawrters and BMC Trivia, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Trilby V John ’98 (Sunday, May 16th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Dust off your lanterns, recollect your Bryn Mawr trivia, and get ready to join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City in a wonderful afternoon of Mawrter traditions, trivia, and spirit this May Day!

The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City will honor and celebrate our traditions in multiple virtual May Day activities, all while continuing to practice safe social distancing.

In this exciting afternoon of festivities, alums will have the chance to

Connect and celebrate with other alums,

Share favorite Bryn Mawr memories,

Test your BMC trivia,

And more!

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Friya Bankwalla ’16 graduated Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors in English and Psychology, a rekindled interest in tennis and horseback riding, and the epiphany that she loved storytelling. Her strong work ethic, passionate enthusiasm, and imaginative creativity have helped her identify interesting book-to-movie adaptations to pursue for Jane Startz Productions, build unique digital campaigns for Penguin Random House’s New York Times Bestsellers, and discover new stories waiting to be found. When she’s not reading, this Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Board Member can be found eating new food, exploring new stories, and meeting new people.

Trilby V John ’98 is a First Year Seminar Adjunct Lecturer at Bronx Community College. After decades as a NYCDOE English teacher, she’s always excited to offer advice in all things major and minor to teachers at all levels.

WHAT: Virtual 2021 May Day Celebration: Meet Mawrters and BMC Trivia, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Trilby V John ’98.

WHEN: Sunday, May 16th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration and also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: This event is Free; however, membership dues and club donations would be greatly appreciated, HERE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Friya Bankwalla ’16 at Fabanks92@gmail.com.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, May 10th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, May 10th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, April 5th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19: Falling Behind or Moving Ahead, hosted by Associate Professor of Math Education, Laura M. Gellert ’93 and Adjunct Lecturer, Trilby V John ’98 (Thursday, March 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM)

This session will be rescheduled.

As educators are moving into another semester of teaching in the time of COVID-19, we would like to continue to come together to “Show and Share” about technology tools being used.

If you would like to “Show and Share”, please contact Laura Gellert by March 10th at lmgellert@gmail.com.

Additionally, we would like to discuss the ideas presented in this article “Kids are Behind in Math Because of COVID-19”, published by EducationWeek on December 2nd, 2020. Although this article is written about math, it applies to other learning as well.

We will open up a part of this session to general questions about teaching during this time, from the perspective of the prospective teacher, the new teacher and the experienced teacher.

All teachers and other education professionals are invited to attend – new teachers and even prospective teachers are strongly encouraged to join us.

When you register, please indicate grade band and subject for which you teach.

Laura Gellert ’93 is an Associate Professor of Math and Childhood Education at the City College of New York. She has been coaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers for many years.

Trilby V John ’98 is a First Year Seminar adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College. After decades as a NYCDOE English teacher, she’s always excited to offer advice in all things major and minor to teachers at all levels.

WHAT: Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19: Falling Behind or Moving Ahead

WHEN:  TO BE RESCHEDULED    Thursday, March 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

WHERE: TO BE RESCHEDULED  A Zoom link will be provided upon registration and also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $10 to support the technology of the session. Guests welcome.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTlmgellert@gmail.com

Can I Get A Witness? On Being Seen and Heard in the Time of COVID-19, a talk by Bryn Mawr College Trustee, Cynthia Chalker MSS/MLSP ’98 (Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM)

The cries have been loud and silent: devastation and stillness. Most of us who are professional therapists have not seen our patients in person for close to a year.  The ways of being connected to our patients and ourselves have shifted. Whom do we “see” in our electronic devices? And, tables turned, what do patients “see” when they encounter their therapist in sessions? What could we not “see” in each other when we sat in the same room? Cynthia will share her insight and invite conversation on the topic.

Cynthia Chalker, MSS/MLSP ’98 (Master of Social Service/Master of Law and Social Policy) is a licensed social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.  Her clinical and research interests center around the intersection of race, culture, identity and psychoanalysis.  She is on the faculty at the Harlem Family Institute and a guest lecturer at various psychoanalytic institutes in New York City, including the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and The William Alanson White Institute. She presents her work at psychoanalytic conferences in the United States and abroad. Her work is also published in a variety of journals including Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies for Gender and Sexuality.

Prior to entering analytic training, Cynthia worked for 20 years as an Equity and Diversity educator and administrator in colleges and K-12 schools.  Her Bryn Mawr affiliations are as follows:  College Trustee, 2019-2023; Alumnae Association Executive Board Member, 2011-2016; Associate/Acting Director, Office for Institutional Diversity, 1999-2000. In addition, Cynthia was the on-campus mentor for Bryn Mawr’s first Posse.

For more information visit:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/01/the-new-theatrics-of-remote-therapy

WHAT: Can I Get A Witness? On Being Seen and Heard in the Time of COVID-19, a talk by Bryn Mawr College Trustee, Cynthia Chalker MSS/MLSP ’98

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. Zoom details provided upon RSVP confirmation as well as on the day before and day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTHelen Thurston’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Wellness Workshop: Finding Balance Through Ayurveda, hosted by Ruchi Shah ’08 (Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM)

The BMC Club of NYC is hosting a wellness workshop! Come for an evening immersion of Ayurveda led by trained specialist, Ruchi Shah ’08.  If you have ever been curious to learn about Ayurveda, this presentation by a highly credentialed Mawrter will provide an introduction to a medical system that has been practiced for 5,000 years.

Ayurveda translates into “Science of Life” with “Ayus” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge or science. The oldest dated medical system in the world and a sister practice to yoga, Ayurveda means living “the truth of you.” Ruchi will share her knowledge on how to promote healing and balance for the mind, body and spirit.

Ayurveda is a tool that allows us to live in tune with nature despite modern life throwing us off balance. Ruchi believes in promoting wellness instead of treating illness, finding the root cause of an ailment rather than merely treating the symptoms so that the body is holistically and systemically healed from within. In this workshop, you will learn how to recognize mind and body imbalances in your daily life and how to balance them for optimal well-being.

It is envisioned that this introductory lecture will be the first of a series that will further explore the concepts and results of Ayurvedic practice.

For more information visit:  Infinite Being Ayurveda: Infinite Being Ayurveda

Ruchi Shah ’08 is an independent Ayurvedic health consultant and wellness coach based in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors in Economics and Growth & Structure of Cities. Subsequently, Ruchi earned her Certified Health Counselor qualifications from the esteemed Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda with a focused 650-hour training. Currently, Ruchi provides consultations and lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.

WHAT: Wellness Workshop: Finding Balance Through Ayurveda, hosted by Ruchi Shah ’08.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ruchi Shah ’08 at ruchi@ibveda.com

Culinary Historian, Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 interviewed by Dorcas Davis ’03, MA CUNY, with introduction by Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68 (Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM)

Join culinary historian and James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winning Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 as she is interviewed by Dorcas Davis ’03, MA CUNY. They will discuss Jessica Harris’ newest publication Vintage Postcards from the African World, In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play. With introductions by Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68, this event will bring the worlds of African and Caribbean people, throughout the diaspora, to life.

 

About the Book:

Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play brings together more than 150 images, providing a visual document of more than a century of work in agricultural and culinary pursuits and joy in entertainments, parades, and celebrations. Organized by geography—Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States—as well as by the types of scenes depicted—the farm, the garden, and the sea; the marketplace; the vendors and the cooks; leisure, entertainments, and festivities—the images capture the dignity of the labors of everyday life and the pride of festive occasions. Superb and rare images demonstrate everything from how Africans and their descendants dressed to what tools they used to how their entertainments provided relief from toil. Three essays accompany the postcards, one of which details Harris’s collection and the collecting process. A second presents suggestions on how to interpret the cards. A final essay gives brief information on the history of postcards and postcard dating and its increasing use and value to scholars.

 

WHAT: Culinary Historian, Dr. Jessica B. Harris ’68 interviewed by Dorcas Davis ’03 MA CUNY, with introduction by Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella ’68.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM.

 

WHERE: Please RSVP HEREA Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

 

HOW MUCH: $20.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, March 8th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi, Class of ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crochet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, March 8th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Career Pivots: Tech, hosted by Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 and Winnie Hien ’12 (Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM)

This event is intended to help alums interested in tech as a potential career, working in tech, or looking to make a career pivot into tech. All panelists included have made career shifts into the technology industry from seemingly “non-traditional” backgrounds, i.e. not a developer. The goal is to demystify the industry, enlighten attendees on the opportunities available to them, particularly those that are in non-technical fields, and to encourage more women to consider careers in tech.

Panelists:
Grace Kung ’10 (Mathematics, Economics) – Finance to Tech transition
Sarah Capasso-Kosan ’11 (Anthropology) – Legal to Venture Capital
Mina Bansal ’17 (Economics) – Fashion to Data Analytics
Emily Tong-Sanchez ’13 (English, Education) – Non-profit to Enterprise Tech

Moderators:
Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 (History) – Account Executive, Amazon Web Services
Winnie Hien ’12 (Mathematics) – Technical Consultant, HubSpot

WHAT: Career Pivots: Tech, hosted by Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 and Winnie Hien ’12

WHEN: Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM EST.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event. (We have a pre-event survey built for attendees upon RSVP as well.)

HOW MUCH: $20.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 at isidora.armentrout@gmail.com

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, February 8th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

 

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi, Class of ’01.

 

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

 

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

 

WHEN: Monday, February 11th at 7:00 PM.

 

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

 

HOW MUCH: Free.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Artist Meet-Up, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. The Zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Artist Meet-Up.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM (First Tuesday Night of each month).

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided at registration AND also on the day of the event.

 HOW MUCH: Free.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com

Teaching and Learning in the Time of Covid-19: Tools that help and/or hinder learning, hosted by Associate Professor of Math Education, Laura Gellert ’93, and adjunct lecturer, Trilby V John ’98 (Wednesday, January 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM)

As educators begin to move into another semester of teaching in the time of COVID-19, we would like to come together to “Show and Share” the different technological tools available to us. There are so many resources out there for people to comb through, as can be seen from this UNESCO link, which lists a range of “Distance learning solutions”.

https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse/solutions

If you would like to “Show and Share”, please contact Laura Gellert (lmgellert@gmail.com) by January 13th. We will open up a part of this session to general questions about teaching during this time for the prospective teacher, the new teacher, and the experienced teachers.

All Teachers and Education professionals are invited to attend– new teachers and even prospective teachers are strongly encouraged to join us.

When you register, please indicate grade band and subject for which you teach.

Laura Gellert ’93 is an Associate Professor of Math and Childhood Education at the City College of New York. She has been coaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers for many years.

Trilby V John ’98 is a First Year Seminar adjunct lecturer at Bronx Community College. After decades as a NYCDOE English teacher, she’s always excited to offer advice in all things major and minor to teachers at all levels.

WHAT: Teaching and Learning in the Time of Covid-19: Tools that help and/or hinder learning

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration and also on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free Entry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: lmgellert@gmail.com

The Great Holiday Decorate-Off: Gingerbread House Decorating Party, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 and Mina Bansal ’17 (Friday, December 11th at 7:00 PM)

Run, run as fast as you can to join us for this Gingerbread House Decorating Extravaganza!

Join us for a festive evening full of holiday fun, creative minds, and sweet treats as we virtually build and decorate Gingerbread Houses together. You can make your own gingerbread house from scratch, order a kit from HERE, or buy a kit from your local grocery store to participate! We’ll spend the evening in holiday cheer as we compete for titles such as Leaning Tower of Gingerbread and How Many Gumdrops is too many? (I’ll give you a hint – as many as possible!) while drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine (whatever takes your fancy).

Friya Bankwalla ’16 graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors in English and Psychology, a rekindled interest in tennis and horseback riding, and the epiphany that she loved storytelling. Her strong work ethic, passionate enthusiasm, and imaginative creativity have helped her identify interesting book-to-movie adaptations to pursue for Jane Startz Productions, build unique digital campaigns for Penguin Random House’s New York Times Best Sellers, and discover new stories waiting to be found. When she’s not reading, this Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Board Member can be found eating new food, exploring new stories, and meeting new people.

Mina Bansal ’17 graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors in Economics, focused on industrial organization. After a short stint as a legal assistant at a law firm and a stylist at MM.LaFleur, she discovered her passion for making sense of data and numbers, and taught herself how to code. She now works as a data analyst for The New York Times. When this Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Board Member isn’t writing short stories or attempting to paint watercolor flowers, she can be found working on a graphic novel based loosely on her teenage years.

WHAT: The Great Holiday Decorate-Off: Gingerbread House Decorating Party

WHEN: Friday, December 11th at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mina Bansal at minabansal@gmail.com.

 

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night, hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, December 14th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all to The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City Mawrter Monthly Craft Night! A Craft Night will be held the second Monday of each month.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi, Class of ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, December 14th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi ’01 at Leilag@gmail.com.

Election Review with Founder and President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton ’99 (Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM).

“I do not share your view that the scientist should observe silence in political matters” – Albert Einstein, 1933.

The criteria for 314 Action support are a STEM background, agreement with the scientific consensus on climate change, and the desire to do something about it.

Please join us for an evening with Founder and President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton ’99 as she analyzes the results to date of the recent election and highlights the value of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers serving as elected officials at all levels of government.

Shaughnessy Naughton ’99, Founder and President of 314 Action, has a degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, and a passion for understanding the role of science in our everyday lives. Her background in research and drug discovery and her concern for the future of science in the United States led her to politics. Today, as many candidates attempt to politicize science, to mock basic research, to roll back water and other environmental protections, and to deny climate change, Naughton is frequently called upon by media outlets and other interest groups to speak about the urgent need to elect more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals at every level of the government. As trained problem-solvers, STEM professionals are ready, willing, and able to find solutions for the significant challenges facing America in the 21st century.

In a fascinating 1-hour presentation, Naughton will analyze the results to date of the recent elections. She will also discuss the experience of running for office as a STEM professional and the unique challenges facing members of the scientific community who are candidates in national, state and local electoral jurisdictions.

Trained as a chemist and after running a business for over a decade, in 2014, Naughton ran for congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District in the northeastern region of the state. While she didn’t succeed, she did receive a tremendous amount of support from the scientific community. Recognizing the value of elected officials with scientific backgrounds who are trained problem solvers, Naughton founded 314 Action, (Yes, think 314, as in Pi!) a nonprofit advocacy organization. committed to recruiting, training, and electing scientists and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders to public office.

For more information about 314 Action, visit:
https://314action.org

For more information about Shaughnessy Naughton, visit:
Her Twitter

WHAT: Election Review with political expert and President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton ’99

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. Zoom link provided upon registration & on the day of the event.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

HOW MUCH: $10.

Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All, a talk by psychiatrist, urban activist, and author Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove ’71 (Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 PM)

“Mindy Fullilove takes us on a geographical and historical journey to Main Streets around the world. . . . This is as much a guide for the perplexed (or depressed) as it is an astonishing study for the built environment and its effects on our health, communities, politics —- and our future.” – Mara Spiegel (Co-Director, The Division of Narrative Medicine, Columbia University)

Join us for an informative evening with renowned social psychiatrist and urban activist, Mindy Thompson Fullilove ’71, as she unveils her forthcoming book Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All. Made relevant by the present ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and by the past and present history of social inequality and racism that eviscerate city neighborhoods, Fullilove’s book will address the integral role that main streets play in the health and vibrancy of cities and the interactions of their inhabitants across racial and socioeconomic divides. Amongst other topics it discusses how architects and planners can and must play a role in creating functional main streets. This is a timely and pertinent talk for us all.

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove ’71 is an American social psychiatrist, who focuses on the ways social and environmental factors affect the mental health of communities, and a professor of Urban Policy at The New School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her MS and MD degrees from Columbia University.

Fullilove has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities and has studied the links among the environmental, individual, and community mental health.

Besides her forthcoming Main Street (New Village Press, September 2020), Dr. Fullilove has authored numerous articles and seven other books, including From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence (John Hopkins University Press, January 2020) which she coauthored with Hannah L. F. Cooper, ScD, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It (New Village, 2nd Edition 2016), and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities (New Village, 2013)She has received many awards, including inclusion in many “Best Doctors” and two honorary doctorates (Chatham College, 1999, and Bank Street College of Education, 2002).

Professional Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association

American Public Health Association

Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects

Honorary Member, NYC Chapter, American Institute of Architects

For more information about Mindy Fullilove’s new book, visit:
https://nyupress.org/9781613321263/main-street/

WHAT: Book Talk by Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove on Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

Spooktacular Scarefest: Six Nights of Halloween movies, hosted by Friya Bankwalla ’16 (Monday, October 26th – Saturday, October 31st at 7:00 PM)

 

Fasten your sheetbelts, hold onto your broomsticks, and grab some wickedly good treats for this Spooky Ride!

Welcome to the Spooktacular Scarefest, a week-long festivity full of horror movies, your homemade popcorn, and Bryn Mawr alums. Join host, Friya Bankwalla ’16, each night at 7:00 PM (from 10/26 – 10/31) as she unveils a deviously good Halloween movie for some fang-tastic fun! Thanks to technology, you will be able to watch, chat, and critique synchronistically with other alums – or watch all by yourself!

The Movies

To learn more about the movies, click on the hyperlinked movie names. Please RSVP below.

 

 

Monday Monsters 
(10/26)


Pan’s Labyrinth

Tuesday Thriller
(10/27)

The Silence of the Lambs

Wednesday Woes
(10/28)
 


The Addams Family

 

 

Thursday Troubles
(10/29)
 

Rebecca

Friday Frights
(10/30) 

Sleepy Hollow

Saturday Screams
(10/31)

Little Evil

 

The Process

1. Beware and enter only if you dare!

2. Download the free Netflix Party Google Chrome Extension. Please note, you will not be able to participate without Google Chrome, a Netflix Account, or this extension as it connects you to our group chat. Once the Netflix Party Google Chrome Extension has been downloaded, practice your ghoulish laughter with glee.

3. Don’t get tangled in a web: make sure to RSVP to the movie you would like to attend.

4. (Optional but encouraged): Prepare your eerie-sistible snacks, do the monster mash, and howl at the moon.

5. The Netflix Party Movie Link will be available only on the day. Scour your reminder email (which you will receive 30 minutes before the event) for the link and select it. Then click on the (already downloaded) Netflix Party Icon (it should be in the top right corner of your Google Chrome screen), and you will be redirected to the movie and our group chat!

6. The movie will begin when the clock strikes 7:00 PM EDT.

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Friya Bankwalla ’16 graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors in English and Psychology, a rekindled interest in tennis and horseback riding, and the epiphany that she loved storytelling. Her strong work ethic, passionate enthusiasm, and imaginative creativity have helped her identify interesting book-to-movie adaptations to pursue for Jane Startz Productions, build unique digital campaigns for Penguin Random House’s New York Times Bestsellers, and discover new stories waiting to be found. When she’s not reading, this Bryn Mawr Club of NYC Board Member can be found eating new food, exploring new stories, and meeting new people.

WHAT: Spooktacular Scarefest: Six Nights of Halloween Movies

WHEN: 7:00 PM Every Night Monday, October 26th – Halloween, Saturday, October 31st

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Netflix Party Link will be provided the day of the event, a half hour before the movie.

HOW MUCH: $2 per movie ($8 as a movie bundle)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Friya Bankwalla ’16 at Fabanks92@gmail.com.

Election Review with Founder and President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton ’99 (Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM)

“I do not share your view that the scientist should observe silence in political matters” – Albert Einstein, 1933.

The criteria for 314 Action support is a STEM background, agreement with the scientific consensus on climate change, and the desire to do something about it.

Please join us for an evening with Founder and President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton ’99 as she analyzes the results to date of the recent election and highlights the value of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers serving as elected officials at all levels of government.

Shaughnessy Naughton ’99, Founder and President of 314 Action, has a degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, and a passion for understanding the role of science in our everyday lives. Her background in research and drug discovery and her concern for the future of science in the United States led her to politics. Today, as many candidates attempt to politicize science, to mock basic research, to roll back water and other environmental protections, and to deny climate change, Naughton is frequently called upon by media outlets and other interest groups to speak about the urgent need to elect more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals at every level of the government. As trained problem-solvers, STEM professionals are ready, willing, and able to find solutions for the significant challenges facing America in the 21st century.

In a fascinating 1-hour presentation, Naughton will analyze the results to date of the recent elections. She will also discuss the experience of running for office as a STEM professional and the unique challenges facing members of the scientific community who are candidates in national, state and local electoral jurisdictions.

Trained as a chemist and after running a business for over a decade, in 2014, Naughton ran for congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District in the northeastern region of the state. While she didn’t succeed, she did receive a tremendous amount of support from the scientific community. Recognizing the value of elected officials with scientific backgrounds who are trained problem solvers, Naughton founded 314 Action, (Yes, think 314, as in Pi!) a nonprofit advocacy organization. committed to recruiting, training, and electing scientists and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders to public office.

For more information about 314 Action, visit:
https://314action.org

For more information about Shaughnessy Naughton, visit:
Her Twitter

WHAT: Election Review with political expert and President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton ’99

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. Zoom link provided upon registration & on the day of the event.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

HOW MUCH: $10.

Artist Meet-up: Hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM)

Artists from all disciplines are invited to this bi-monthly meetup to network, socialize, and mutually support and celebrate each other’s work. This bi-monthly zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime.

She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making– transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrtyr Bi-monthly Meet-Up

WHEN: Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM (First and Third Tuesday Night of each month)

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi at Leilag@gmail.com.

Mawrter Monthly Craft Night hosted by Leila Ghaznavi ’01 (Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM)

Come one, come all! The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City is proud to launch its first Monthly Craft Night (scheduled for the first Monday night of each month).

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needle point, spinning or whatever craft you adore for a night of chatting and creative fun! This monthly zoom meeting is hosted by alum Leila Ghaznavi, Class of ’01.

Leila Ghaznavi ’01 majored in music composition and now works in fundraising and development for Carnegie Hall. A member of the board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC, Leila is also a puppeteer and founder of Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theatre production company that combines puppetry and physical theatre for unrestrained storytelling that defies gravity. In her free time, she collects more yarn than is possible to knit in one lifetime. She has also dabbled in needle point, crotchet, and mask making — transforming her sewing machine from her nemesis into an ally.

WHAT: Mawrter Monthly Craft Night!

WHEN: Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM (AND the first Monday night of each month thereafter)

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Leila Ghaznavi at Leilag@gmail.com.

The Electoral Scene and Picking the Vice President: How Picking the Vice President Has Changed – and Why it Matters, a talk by Brookings Institute political expert Elaine C. Kamarck ’72, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 PM)

Join us for another informative evening with political commentator extraordinaire, Elaine C. Kamarck ’72, Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley. An expert on American electoral politics and government innovation and reform in the United States, OECD nations, and developing countries, Kamarck is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program as well as the Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. Kamarck will speak about the electoral scene and her most recent book, published July 7, 2020, Picking the Vice President: How Picking the Vice President Has Changed—and Why It Matters.

Kamarck focuses her research on the presidential nomination system and American politics including the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland security defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. She served in the White House (from 1993 – 1997) where she created and managed the Clinton Administration’s National Performance Review, also known as the ‘reinventing government initiative”.

Kamarck is the author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates and Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again. She is the author of How Change Happens – or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy and The End of Government As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work. In addition, she regularly appears on ABC, CBS, NBC, the BBC, CNN, Fox News Now New England Cable News, and National Public Radio.

For more information, visit:

Brookings:
Elaine Kamarck
https://www.brookings.edu/experts/elaine-kamarck/

Elaine’s Twitter:
https://twitter.com/EKamarck?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

About the Book and Order Books Here:
https://www.brookings.edu/book/picking-the-vice-president/

WHAT: Discussion of Electoral Scene and Book Talk by Elaine C. Kamarck ’72 on Picking the Vice President: How Picking the Vice President Has Changed – and Why It Matters.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: $10.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston ’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net.

SAVE THE DATE: Virtual Summer Send-Off Party (Saturday, July 25th at 2 PM)

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE VIRTUAL SUMMER SEND-OFF PARTY!

Alumnae/i: Please join returning students and their families to welcome the class of 2024 and other new students to Bryn Mawr College at a virtual event for your region. Registration coming soon.

WHAT: SAVE THE DATE Virtual Summer Send-Off Party.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 PM.

WHERE: Registration coming soon.  

HOW MUCH: Free Entry.

Tips and Support for Work in the Time of COVID-19 with Becky Ross, Senior Associate Director for Alumnae/i Career Services at Bryn Mawr College, and hosted by Isidora Armentrout ’13, Career Development Representative (Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM)

COVID-19 has changed the way that we live and work, and we are navigating realities that are unknown and confusing. This event is intended to provide a forum to discuss the ways you have been impacted in your work, whether you have been furloughed or laid off, are seeking new employment and interviewing virtually, or are currently working from home. This discussion is intended to provide a space to discuss ways to navigate these new realities, and equip you with resources and connections to support you at this time.

The discussion will be facilitated by Becky Ross, Senior Associate Director for Alumnae/i Career Services at Bryn Mawr College and hosted by Isidora Armentrout ’13, the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City’s Career Development Representative.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how to access Mawrter Connect – An online alumnae/i networking experience for Bryn Mawr College. Within the platform you will be able to network with students, alumnae/I, faculty and staff, and other friends of the college. It also provides a space for sharing and referring opportunities and resources.
  • Have access to the 30-minute presentation – ‘You’ve been Laid Off – Now What?’ led by the vault.com (Please watch before meeting)
  • Discuss best practices for virtual interviewing
  • Discuss best practices for working from home while maintaining your personal and mental space/health
  • Walk away with a resource guide listing what’s available to you for coaching/development/networking/career development

Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 was a history major at BMC. Currently she serves as the Career Development Representative on the Board of the Bryn Mawr Club of NYC. Isidora has been working as a sales executive in the Technology industry since graduating and has worked in both San Francisco and NYC.

Becky Ross is the Senior Associate Director for Alumnae/i Career Services at Bryn Mawr College. She has more than two decades of experience in higher education career services, a commitment to student and alumni success, and has trained as a career counselor in the Counseling & Student Personal Psychology program at the University of Minnesota. She has built her career around helping individuals identify, explore and pursue their career goals.

WHAT: Tips and Support for Work in the Time of COVID-19 with Becky Ross, Senior Associate Director for Alumnae/i Career Services at Bryn Mawr College and hosted by Isidora Armentrout ’13, Career Development Representative.

WHEN: Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM.

RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free Entry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION/QUESTIONS CONTACT: Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 at isidora.armentrout@gmail.com

 

RESCHEDULED The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father, a talk by Janny Scott, granddaughter of Janet Pauling ’17 and of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the Main Line socialite said to have been the inspiration for Katharine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story (Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 PM)

“A poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.” – The New Yorker

Attend an informative virtual Book Talk with author and former New York Times reporter, Janny Scott, as she discusses the creation and eventual disintegration of the 800-acre estate that inspired the play and celebrated American film, The Philadelphia Story. Her grandmother, Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, said to have been the inspiration for the character of Tracy Lord, the role that resuscitated Katharine Hepburn’s career after a period as “box-office poison.”

RSVP HERE.

Please join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City for an evening with best-selling author and journalist Janny Scott as she discusses The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father — part family history, part detective story, part tale of a vanishing class. Set on the eight-hundred-acre, Gilded Age estate that inspired The Philadelphia Story, the book is a vivid exploration of the degree to which an inheritance – financial, cultural, genetic – conspired in one person’s self-destruction.

Scott’s father, Robert Montgomery Scott, was the longtime president and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a charming eminence grise on the city’s cultural scene. Her grandmother, Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, was reputed to have been a model for the character of Tracy Lord, the role that resuscitated Katharine Hepburn’s career after a period as “box-office poison.” The Beneficiary was one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 and one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019.

The New Yorker called The Beneficiary, now out in paperback, “a poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.” The audiobook, narrated by the author, is available through Audible.

Janny Scott, who is also the author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, was a reporter for The New York Times for fourteen years, writing about race, class, demographic change, and ideas. She was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the series “How Race Is Lived in America.” In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, she and Christine Kay, a Times editor, conceived Portraits of Grief, a series of thumbnail profiles of several thousand victims, which appeared in the Times every day for months. She was previously a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey.

Her first book was the runner up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and one of Time magazine’s top ten nonfiction books of 2011. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, Today, MSNBC, C-Span, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Leonard Lopate Show and other television and radio programs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in New York City.

For more information, visit:

Janny Scott’s website

https://jannyscott.com

The Beneficiary: Details and Order Books Here

https://jannyscott.com/books/the-beneficiary/

Reviews and News

https://jannyscott.com/news/

WHAT: Book Talk by Janny Scott on The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of my Father.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Please RSVP HERE for the new date. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Meet a Mawrter Series: Support for K-12 Teacher Mawrters in a Virtual World, hosted by Associate Professor of Math Education, Laura Gellert ’93 (Thursday, June 18th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM)

Welcome to the Meet a Mawrter Series where professionals can virtually communicate, network, and problem solve with each other.

Laura Gellert ’93 will be hosting this Zoom event. She is an Associate Professor of Math Education at the City College of New York. She has been coaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers for many years. Please join us for an engaging and exciting evening where K-12 NYS teachers will have the chance to reconnect and speak with other academic professionals.

It has been a tough time for teachers as we have had to transition to on-line teaching with little to no formal education in this type of instruction. From pre-k to 12th grade, teachers have been trying to continue to educate their students in math, science, social studies, English, ELA, and other languages. Come together via Zoom to share some of your great ideas, some of your challenges, and some of your successes.

Laura Gellert ’93 is an Associate Professor of Math Education at the City College of New York. She has been coaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers for many years.

WHAT: Meet a Mawrter Series: Teacher Mawrters, hosted by Laura Gellert ’93.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 18th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

WHERE: RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided the day of the event.

HOW MUCH: Free entry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Gellert ’93 at lmgellert@gmail.com

POSTPONED: The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father, a talk by Janny Scott, granddaughter of Janet Pauling ’17 and of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the Main Line socialite said to have been the inspiration for Katharine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story (Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM)

In deference to this moment of immense tragedy in our country, and in solidarity with individuals and communities fighting for justice, tonight’s virtual book talk with Janny Scott for her book “The Beneficiary” Is postponed. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have a make-up date.

The Bryn Mawr Club of New York City joins other responsible and major organizations such as The Municipal Arts Society and Columbia Graduate School of Business in recognizing that this is not the time for business as usual. #BlackoutTuesday #TheShowMustBePaused

Instead, we refer you to the message the Bryn Mawr College leadership released on June 1, and note that the New York Club leadership will be reflecting on actions that we can take to strengthen our commitment to racial justice and equity.

 

“A poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.” – The New Yorker

 Attend an informative virtual Book Talk with author and former New York Times reporter, Janny Scott, as she discusses the creation and eventual disintegration of the 800-acre estate that inspired the play and celebrated American film, The Philadelphia Story. Her grandmother, Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, said to have been a model for  Tracy Lord, the role that resuscitated Katharine Hepburn’s career after a period as “box-office poison.”

RSVP HERE.

Please join the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City for an evening with best-selling author and journalist Janny Scott as she discusses The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father — part family history, part detective story, part tale of a vanishing class. Set on the eight-hundred-acre, Gilded Age estate that inspired The Philadelphia Story, the book is a vivid exploration of the degree to which an inheritance – financial, cultural, genetic – conspired in one person’s self-destruction.

Scott’s father, Robert Montgomery Scott, was the longtime president and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a charming eminence grise on the city’s cultural scene. Her grandmother, Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, was reputed to have been a model for the character of Tracy Lord, the role that resuscitated Katharine Hepburn’s career after a period as “box-office poison.” The Beneficiary was one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 and one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019.

The New Yorker called The Beneficiary, now out in paperback, “a poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.” The audiobook, narrated by the author, is available through Audible.

Janny Scott, who is also the author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, was a reporter for The New York Times for fourteen years, writing about race, class, demographic change, and ideas. She was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the series “How Race Is Lived in America.” In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, she and Christine Kay, a Times editor, conceived Portraits of Grief, a series of thumbnail profiles of several thousand victims, which appeared in the Times every day for months. She was previously a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey.

Her first book was the runner up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and one of Time magazine’s top ten nonfiction books of 2011. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, Today, MSNBC, C-Span, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Leonard Lopate Show and other television and radio programs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in New York City.

For more information, visit:

Janny Scott’s website
https://jannyscott.com

The Beneficiary: Details and Order Books Here
https://jannyscott.com/books/the-beneficiary/

Reviews and News
https://jannyscott.com/news/

WHAT: Book Talk by Janny Scott on The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of my Father.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston’74 at hthurston77@earthlink.net

Digital Exhibition: A Lens on FDR’s New Deal: Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, 1935-1945: co-curated by Deborah Gardner ’70 and Dr. Annie Rothstein Segan

Bryn Mawr Club of New York City’s previously sold-out event is now digital! Arthur Rothstein’s photographic glimpse into FDR’s New Deal showcases work commissioned during another time of trial for our country, when federal leadership stepped up to support the arts and encourage employment.

Deborah Gardner ’70 (an established historian at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, who oversees the exhibits tours, and house history) and Dr. Annie Rothstein Segan (a New-York based oral historian, writer, multi-media artists, editor, and daughter of Arthur Rothstein) warmly invite viewers to walk through history, learn about leadership in a time of great tragedy, and celebrate Arthur Rothstein’s work. To learn more about the Roosevelt House where Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, and his mother lived in co-joined buildings (at 47-49 East 65th Street, New York, NY, 10065) click HERE.

Deborah Gardner writes: “We were so disappointed when we had to cancel the Bryn Mawr visit to Roosevelt House because of the health shutdown. Like many organizations we have shifted to online programming which includes videos of book talks and discussions and now our new exhibit: “A Lens on FDR’s New Deal: Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, 1935-1945”. This is the exhibit that you would have seen and includes the entire text and selected photos. We hope that when we reopen you will be able to visit and see all 150 beautiful photos which document a time when government stepped up to help its citizens and improve their lives”.

Dorothy Samuels ’73 is on the Advisory Board of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute of Hunter College.

After his inauguration in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought out to repair the Great Depression’s devastation on the economy and the nation’s spirit, and launched several key initiatives, under the banner of a New Deal for the American people. To document and widely publicize FDR’s efforts, Roy Stryker, the head of the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration), hired several photographers, among which was the talented and ambitious Arthur Rothstein. From 1935 through 1940, Rothstein and the other photographers worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) Photo Unit and shot some of the most significant photographs ever taken of rural and small-town America.

A Lens on FDR’s New Deal: Photographs by Arthur Rothstein brings an unpublished, recently rediscovered book project to light as a photographic exhibition. Although the 150 picture stories in this exhibition were created in the 1930s and 1940s, they are still pertinent today. Topics include land and water conservation, housing, race relations, internal/external migration, treatment of refugee populations and what it means to be American. Perhaps most importantly, Arthur’s picture stories visually describe the good government can accomplish when government works.

For more information, visit:

Roosevelt House
http://www.roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/exhibits/lens-fdrs-new-deal-photographs-arthur-rothstein-1935-1945/

The Arthur Rothstein Legacy Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/arthurrothsteinlegacyproject/

Arthur Rothstein is known as one of American’s premier photojournalists of the twentieth century. He was born in New York on July 17, 1915 and received a BA from Columbia College where he founded the University Camera Club. During his fascinating 50-year career, he created an indelible visual record of life in the United States, and opened windows to the world for the American people during the golden era of magazine photography.

Deborah Gardner ’70 is a historian at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College for 10 years, where she oversees the exhibits, tours, and house history.

 Dr. Annie Rothstein Segan, Ph.D is a New-York based oral historian, writer, multi-media artist, and editor. In addition to all of her accomplishments, she is the curator of the work of her late father, Arthur Rothstein, who was a renowned documentary photographer known for the most important influential photojournalists in American history.

 The Roosevelt House, an integral part of Hunter College since 1943, reopened in 2010 as a public policy institute honoring the distinguished legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Its mission is three-fold: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue.

WHAT: Digital Exhibition on Arthur Rothstein’s Photographic Glimpse into FDR’s New Deal.

WHERE: Digital Exhibition available on Roosevelt House Website. Click HERE to view now.

HOW MUCH: Free entry.

 

CANCELLED: Manhattan Theater Club Production, The Perplexed, with post-show discussion, directed by Lynne Meadow ’68 (Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM)

This event has been cancelled due to precautions surrounding COVID-19. If you have purchased a ticket you should receive an email shortly with more information.  

Weddings Bring
Families Together.

 For Better OR
For Worse.

 The Perplexed, a bitingly witty new play, reunites Tony winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) with MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow ’68 (The Assembled Parties) for a night of hilarity, hijinks, and frankly, a bit of perplexity. Join us at the Manhattan Theater Club on Tuesday, March 24th for the production of The Perplexed with a post-show discussion led by award-winning Artistic Director and Bryn Mawr alum, Lynne Meadow ’68.

Two families, whose lives have been tumultuously intertwined for decades, gather in the massive library of a Fifth Avenue apartment to celebrate the nuptials of their children. Nothing goes smoothly, and as the big moment approaches, the burning question is: can everyone put aside long-smoldering jealousies and deep-seated grudges and just get through the ceremony?

Lynne Meadow ’68 has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) since 1972, where she has been responsible for directing and/or producing over 500 New York and world premieres. Lynne has created one of the nation’s most acclaimed not-for-profit theatres and brought MTC to the forefront of the American stage. She has accepted every major theatre award on behalf of the company; under her leadership, MTC’s productions have been awarded 23 Tony Awards, 39 Drama Desk Awards and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Lynne is a ’68 graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She attended the Yale School of Drama and was named a Herbert Brodkin Fellow. She has taught at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Stony Brook University, Yale University, Fordham University and New York University.

For more information:

CANCELLED RSVP: Register online here. Spaces are limited; first come, first served.

WHAT: The Perplexed. Following the performance, the play’s director Lynne Meadow ’68 will host a discussion with Bryn Mawr alums.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM (Please note: The running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with 1 intermission).

WHERE: Manhattan Theater Club, 134 West 55th Street (located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), New York, NY, 10019.

HOW MUCH: $72.50 per ticket. Guests are welcome.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Laura Gellert ’93 at lmgellert@gmail.com

POSTPONED: Poetry reading by Susan de Sola ’84, hosted by Nancy Kirk ’59 (Monday, April 6th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM)

This event has been postponed until October due to precautions surrounding COVID-19. If you have purchased a ticket you should receive an email shortly with more information.  

Susan de Sola ’84 – who won the 2018 Frost Farm Prize for her poem, Buddy, which is partly set at Bryn Mawr College – will read from her collection, Frozen Charlotte: Poems, published in 2019 to critical acclaim. She lives near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will be visiting the United States to lead a workshop at the West Chester Poetry Conference in Pennsylvania and to be a featured poet at the Newburyport Literary Festival in Massachusetts. She will bring copies of Frozen Charlotte: Poems for sale.

For more information, visit:

www.susandesola.com

 https://www.inquirer.com/philly/entertainment/arts/bryn-mawr-alum-wins-prestigious-frost-farm-poetry-prize-west-chester-conference-robert-frost-20180608.html

https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2020/winter/frozen-charlotte-poems-susan-de-sola

 https://www.wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/poetry/poetryConference.aspx

 http://www.literarymatters.org/12-2-everything-is-light-frozen-charlotte-by-susan-de-sola/

POSTPONED RSVP: Register online here. Spaces are limited; first come, first served.

WHAT: Poetry reading by Susan de Sola ’84.

WHEN: Monday, April 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

WHERE: At the lovely home of Nancy Kirk ’59. Address provided upon registration.

HOW MUCH: $10.00. Light Refreshments will be served.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Helen Thurston’74 at Hthurston77@earthlink.net

POSTPONED: Wellness Workshop: Ayurveda and Vibrational Energy Healing with Ruchi Shah ’08 and Glendy Yeung, Smith College ’97 (Tuesday, May 12th from 6:45 – 9:00 PM)

This event has been postponed due to precautions surrounding COVID-19.The BMC Club of NYC is hosting its very first wellness workshop! Come for an evening immersion of Ayurveda led by Ruchi Shah ’08, followed by a healing vibrational energy session from Smith’s Glendy Yeung ’97.

Ayurveda translates into “Science of Life” with “Ayus” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge or science. It is the oldest dated medical science in the world and a sister science to yoga, and it means living “the truth of you”. Ruchi will share her knowledge on how to promote healing and balance for the mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda is a tool that allows us to live in tune with nature despite modern life throwing us off balance. She believes in promoting wellness instead of treating illness, finding the root cause of an ailment rather than merely treating the symptoms so that the body is holistically and systemically healed from within. In this workshop, you will learn how to recognize mind and body imbalances in your daily life and how to balance them for optimal well-being.

This sound session functions as tune-up for the body, where soundscape created by healing instruments will be used by Glendy to attune your being. She will be using crystals alchemy bowls, tuning forks, Shruti and other instruments. These co-creative meditative experiences provide reset of your mental-emotional state, bring clarity to the mind, nourishment to the emotions and rejuvenation to the physical body. Additional energy healing principles will be applied to further anchor in energy that encourages access to higher state of consciousness. Sound, as vibration, has the property to be used as medicine to help our bodies shift our vibration and thus perception and reality to provide relief. Vibrational “muscle” can be built up with recurring immersion in sound, which helps developmental and emotional resilience and lower the threshold to stress.

Please bring BOTH your own yoga mat and blanket. We will have some on hand, but it is recommended that you bring your own.

For more information visit:

Infinite Being Ayurveda: www.ibveda.com

Vibrational Wellness https://www.glendyyeung.com/

Ruchi Shah ’08 is an independent Ayurvedic health consultant and wellness coach based in Greenwich, CT. She received her degree from Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda with a focused 650-hour training. She currently provides consultations and lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.

Glendy Yeung graduated from Smith College in ’97 and practices Vibrational Wellness in New York City to bring people from the state of stress to clarity, focus and resilience. She alchemizes energy healing principles and tools from many disciplines, and teaches ways to improve the way we experience ourselves and the world around us, be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

 POSTPONED RSVPRegister online here. Spaces are limited; first come, first served.

WHAT: Wellness Workshop: Ayurveda and Vibrational Energy Healing!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12th from 6:45 – 9:00 PM. (Please arrive by 6:45 for registration. The program promptly begins at 7:00 PM).

WHERE: The Westport, located at 500 W 56th Street, New York, NY, 10019 (ENTRANCE on 10th Avenue between West 55th and West 56th Streets). Please check in with concierge for directions to the workshop location.

HOW MUCH: $25.00.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ruchi Shah at ruchi@ibveda.com