August 2011 Articles


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Exploring Class

The College’s Diversity Leadership Group and Alumnae Association are co-sponsoring a common reading assignment, Class Matters. Written by reporters of the New York Times, this collection of articles and essays addresses the ways in which socioeconomic class affects the lives of people living and working in the United States. The Alumnae Association purchased a copy of the book for each entering student.

The Judith Butler Reader

Join an online book club on gender theorist Judith Butler—this year’s Mary Flexner Lecturer. The Communications department recruited a faculty member, two students, a staff member, and an alumna to serve as regular bloggers about The Judith Butler Reader. Read along with the regular bloggers and engage in thoughtful discussions. A round of posts will be devoted to each essay in the collection every other Friday. Comments will remain open throughout the fall semester. Go to for more information.

Old Yearbooks Online

Want to browse through old College yearbooks or reread the literary magazines—but don’t have the time to come to the College archives? Now, a selection of yearbooks (from 1920–49), literary magazines, annual reports and College calendars is available online at Special Collections recently digitized these materials with the assistance of the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative—a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program. The work also is being supported by a grant from The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, as part of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women and Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College. For more information, contact Cheryl Klimaszewski, digital collections specialist, at or 610.526.5093.

Books by Alumnae


, Wendy Watson ’64, Clarion Books 2010. In this illustrated children’s book, five bunnies prepare for bedtime. Booklist writes, “Autumnal colors provide a cozy background for the bunny family, who are drawn in a simple style that complements the unadorned text. Short, sweet, and smart.” Watson has written and illustrated 21 children’s books as well as illustrated more than sixty for other authors.


, Linda A. Hill ’77, Harvard Business Review Press 2011. Subtitled “The Three Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader,” Hill’s book offers three key points—manage yourself, manage your team, and manage your network—and asks probing questions about team “culture.” Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.


, Kathrine LaFleur ’98 (author), Storymine Press 2010. This illustrated children’s book tells the story of Kalla, a girl raised in the rain forest by a family of elephants. Hoping to prove she belongs among her adopted elephant family, Kalla searches for the sacred Oracle Stone and then finds herself among a human tribe. LaFleur teaches kindergarten in California.


, Josephine Donovan ’62, Continuum 2010. Subtitled “National Tales, Dorf­geschichten, Romans Champêtres”, this book analyzes nineteenth-century “local-color” writing in Ireland, Scotland, France, and several German-speaking countries. Donovan is professor emerita at the University of Maine and the author or editor of 12 books, including Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism; Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405–1726.


, Teresita C. Schaffer ’66, coauthor, U.S. Institute of Peace 2011. This book examines the forces that have shaped Pakistani-U.S. negotia­tions over the years. Strobe Talbott of the Brookings Institution calls it “an insight­ful work of history.” Schaffer specialized in South Asia and international economics during her 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka, among other leadership roles.


, Miriam Kahn, M.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’80, University of Washington Press 2011. Subtitled “Power, Place, and Everyday Life,” this book details the health and environmental problems that the people of Tahiti suffer from due to nearly three decades of nuclear testing by France on the island. Kahn is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and author of Always Hungry, Never Greedy: Food and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society.

Books by Faculty

Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us

, Clark McCauley, co-author, Oxford University Press 2011.

Lost in Translation

, Homay King, Duke University Press 2010.

The Mandate of Heaven and the Great Ming Code

, Jiang Yonglin, University of Washington Press 2011.

The “Orphic” Gold Tablets and Greek Religion

, Radcliffe G. Edmonds II (ed.), Cambridge Univer­sity Press 2011.

Paul Verlaine [Poems under Saturn]

, Karl Kirchwey, trans., Princeton University Press 2011.