December 2015 Briefs

Anassa Kata

In August, Courtney Wilburn ’02 attended the LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit at the White House. The event gathered more than 150 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying technologists to hear from U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Presidential Innovation Fellows, and federal civic hackers 18F. Wilburn was nominated by her peers at O3 World and was the only attendee from Philadelphia. Her Summit team is working on developing an open police API, using data to establish police accountability.

Dorothy Samuels ’73, former editorial board member of The New York Times, has joined the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law as a senior fellow. During her 30 years at The Times, Samuels wrote on a wide array of legal and public policy issues, with a particular focus on the justice system, civil rights, and civil liberties. Prior to her tenure at The Times, she served as executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, worked as a corporate attorney, and worked for the Ford Foundation. She is the author of a comic novel, Filthy Rich. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, where she is currently teaching a First Amendment course.

The Simmons School of Social Work has named Cheryl A. Parks, Ph.D. ’97, as its new dean. A social work clinical care intervention expert who specializes in sexual minority identity development, Parks worked as a practicing social work clinician, administrator, and private practitioner before earning her Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr. Over the course of her career, she has assumed national leadership roles on identity issues as a founding board member of BerksTALKLINE, a hotline for Pennsylvania youth; as three-time president of the Connecticut family service agency True Colors, Inc.; and as a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education.

Before stepping down from his desk on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart invited Rosabeth Moss Kanter ’64 on for a discussion of her recent book, Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead. Leading into a discussion about the implications of the country’s declining infrastructure, Stewart called Kanter’s work “wildly important.” In her book, which was also a New York Times’ book review Editor’s Choice, she champions public-private partnerships and gives high marks to local officials who manage to cut through the politics to get things done. Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and serves as chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative.

No Place for Kids, a recent TEDx presentation by Bryn Mawr College Trustee Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, takes on the topic of youth prisons. McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, told the audience, “I can still remember the sound of the security gate clanging shut the first time I walked into a youth prison. What I saw and heard that day in many ways leads me to talk to you about what some might consider a radical idea: I believe it is time to close every youth prison in America permanently—every single one of them—and replace them with things that work.” Prior to joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, McCarthy served as senior program officer at the Center for Assessment and Policy Development and as director of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services in the State of Delaware.

The wife-and-husband team of Sheena Joyce ’98 and Don Argott, known for documentaries like The Art of the Steal and The Atomic States of America, have switched genres with their latest film-making adventure: the romantic comedy Slow Learners. In a thumbs-up review, The New York Times called the film “unexpectedly smart and consistently amusing” with “sharp dialogue [delivered] in weapons-grade deadpan.”

In May 2015, Radhika Emens ’86 served as a distinguished speaker at Women in Technology International’s (WITI) annual summit, participating in a panel discussion regarding what it really takes to launch, lead, and grow a successful startup. Emens is CEO of Tanjah Partners, a global management advisory company. She is also entrepreneur-in-residence at Plug and Play Technology Center, where she mentors international startups; visiting faculty at NestGSV, where she lectures on international business expansion and doing business globally; and a WITI Advisory Board Member.

Barbara G. Fraser ’65 and husband David (HC ’65) served as consulting curators for Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh, which opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in November and features highlights of the Frasers’ collection. Of Tibetan-Burmese origins, the Zo create textiles that vary from simple indigo-dyed cloth to complex weaves that resemble embroidery. The couple have been studying and collecting Zo textiles for 15 years. They co-authored Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh (River Books Press 2006), which won the Millia Davenport Publication Award of the Costume Society of America and the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award of the Textile Society of America.