August 2011 Archways


Obama Appoints Patty Gerstenblith ’71 as Chair of Cultural Property Committee

Patty Gerstenblith ’71

President Barack Obama has appointed Patty Gerstenblith ’71 to chair the Department of State’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC), which advises the administration on its responsibilities under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Gerstenblith served a previous term on the committee from 2000 to 2003.

Gerstenblith is a research professor and director of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. The founding president of the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Gerstenblith is widely recognized as an expert in the field of cultural-heritage law.

Eileen P. Kavanagh ’75 Is New President of the Alumnae Association

Eileen P. Kavanagh ‘75

Trial attorney Eileen P. Kavanagh ’75 has been elected to the Alumnae Association presidency. Kavanagh defends civil cases involving personal injury or property damage. “I’m able to back up an opinion with a solid grounding in the facts and clear thinking,” she says. “That’s the result of the training and the encouragement I received from countless professors and other role models at Bryn Mawr.”

The Alumnae Association thanks outgoing President Caroline Willis ’66 for her years of service.

Novel Shines National Spotlight on Author Rachel Simon ’81

Rachel Simon '81

On May 29, The Story of Beautiful Girl debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List. The novel is about Lynnie, a young White woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, a young, deaf, African-American man, who together escape involuntary confinement at the Pennsylvania School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. USA Today mentioned the novel as one of “10 books not to miss in May.”

Karen Kerr ’89 to Advise NIST

Karen Kerr ’89, the U.S. director of business development at Intellectual Ventures, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, the agency’s primary private-sector policy advisory group. Kerr is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees.