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We look forward to “seeing” you at Virtual Alumnae Weekend 2021! Virtual programs will allow alumnae from all over the world to easily participate in the robust offering of virtual programs, as well as our most beloved Alumnae Weekend traditions. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1 and plan to attend these engaging live and pre-recorded events online with your classmates.

View the schedule and event descriptions below and register for free today! 

Schedule of Live Events

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  • Thursday, April 29, 2021

    6:00-7:30 p.m. - Woman of Consequence Award Celebration

    This year’s Alumnae Weekend programming will kick off on Thursday, April 29, with a new event—the inaugural Howard P. Colhoun Family Woman of Consequence Award presentation. Named in honor of a loyal Bryn Mawr volunteer leader, this new annual event inspires the next generation of changemakers by celebrating and supporting women who have used their voices and actions to make positive contributions to the building of a more equitable and just world. The presentation is one of the culminating events in Bryn Mawr’s Leadership in Action programming series for students and alumnae over the academic year.  Register Here
  • Friday, April 30, 2021

    8 a.m. -12:00 p.m. - Classroom Visits 

    Come back to class! Zoom in to classes from all three divisions: Lower, Middle and Upper School. Stay for a few minutes or the full period.

    Middle School Class Options: 

    6th Grade French - The modern language program in the Middle School is designed to provide a hands-on and engaging learning experience for all students. An authentic, communication-based curriculum prepares students for meaningful expression in the target language through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Through world language study, students develop sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic heritage of others and prepare to participate in a society characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity. Students may extend their Lower School studies in French or Spanish, or choose a different three-year journey in sixth grade in French, Spanish or Latin.  Middle School Modern Language curricula include traditional level I and II vocabulary and grammar in the context of cultural proficiencies.

    7th and 8th Grade Science Classes - In Middle School science, students are engaged in hands-on activities and laboratory experiences intended to make science relevant and engaging. Students participate in discovery activities as they develop their scientific and critical thinking skills and endeavor to build a strong fundamental scientific knowledge base. Throughout Middle School, students will study topics in Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Additionally, there is a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills, which is interwoven into the classroom setting.

    Upper School Class Options: 

    English 10 - The tenth grade year builds on the work students did looking at empathy in the ninth grade to explore the place of the individual self in the larger, global world. The course goal is to listen to a diversity of literary voices as they respond to larger historical and cultural changes and to attend to the complexities and surprises of language. Students practice discussing and writing about these discoveries. In the course of reading, discussing, and writing, students will encounter many essential questions. A few that will be considered are: What is education? Who does education serve? How does it form the individual and how can individuals understand and use their education for their own purposes? How is individual identity shaped? How do individuals achieve self-definition and self-expression? What is a self? What is the role of the community in the formation and definition of the self? What is power? In what ways is it used? How does an individual achieve empowerment?

    English 11 - This course builds on the skills of ninth and tenth grade to examine works and themes of (US) American literature, paying attention to how stories reflect and transform our national identity. The goal is to explore the American narrative to better understand our cultural landscape and our existence within it. In the course of reading, discussing, and writing, students will encounter many essential questions, including: What is truth? What truth is there in fiction? Why do people tell stories? What roles do stories play in our lives? What is the relationship between the past and the present? Can we leave the past behind? How has the
    canon of American literature crafted a narrative about what it means to be American, and what are the limitations of that narrative? What does it mean to be "an American"?

    U.S. History - United States History is a coordinated course and is open to 11th and 12th graders; students are assigned to sections on the Bryn Mawr and Gilman campuses. While readings and specific written assignments vary from section to section, all classes investigate the development of American democracy.

    Honors Algebra II - These courses continue the study of the structure and language of algebra by emphasizing functions, equations, expressions, and their applications. A quick review of linear equations and inequalities, methods of solving linear systems, the laws of exponents and factoring lays the groundwork for a more in-depth exploration of quadratic, rational, irrational and occasionally some exponential and logarithmic functions. Taking a functional approach, the course covers the graphing, solving and manipulation of quadratic, rational, and irrational functions. While emphasis is placed on the graphing calculator as a critical tool in exploring mathematics, students are exposed to concepts in a variety of forms: algebraic, graphical, and verbal. Where appropriate, practical applications from the physical sciences, business, and other “real-world” environments will be examined.

    Physics and Honors Physics - These courses stress methods of inquiry and investigative techniques; they promote modern scientific literacy, and provide a foundation for advanced work in Physics. Major topics explored are the characteristics of, and interaction between, Matter and Energy, Kinematics, Forces, Wave Phenomena, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Electrostatics, Electricity. The relationship between physics and the community is emphasized, as is the connection with mathematics and other branches of science.

    Biology - Topics in cell biology, animal and plant diversity, genetics, behavior, ecology and evolution, as well as detailed study of plant and animal physiology and anatomy are included in this survey course. Laboratory activities and the practice of mathematical basic skills are an essential part of the course, as well as scientific method and experimental design. 

    Women's Short Fiction - Is there such a thing as “women’s literature”? What does it mean to be a woman and an artist? As we read short stories written by women, we will pay particular attention to the professional and artistic lives of women writers through their interviews, speeches, and non-fiction. Will will also explore the short story form. What makes short story writing different from other kinds of fiction, especially the novel? What are some of its common characteristics, and what experiments in the form have been attempted? What seems to be at the heart of this uniquely pleasurable form? Finally, we will consider the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Where is the exquisite, the divine, the miraculous, in ordinary lives, especially those of women and girls? And what bare, ordinary, hidden truths come out of extraordinary circumstances?

    Foundations of the Modern World - This course examines key developments in world history from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the emergence of early modern globalization in the 16th century. The course aims to emphasize the economic and cultural vibrancy and political power of the Islamic world, China, Indian Ocean societies, and states across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Europe and the Americas. It explores the increasing connections and interactions between different cultures and regions with an eye to providing the foundation for understanding globalization in the modern world. A key theme is shifting power dynamics (class, gender, religion, race, etc.) and how individuals have asserted their agency to challenge systems of power throughout history. The class practices the fundamental components of historical thinking: critical reading, articulation of analytical arguments, cultural sensitivity and empathy, and awareness of change between times and places.

    8:30 a.m. - Bagels and Bequests: How to Leave a Legacy at Bryn Mawr

    Lynn Brynes, current Bryn Mawr parent and Development staffer, along with alumna financial planner Jen Sheff Yeagle '97, will walk you through how your love of Bryn Mawr can leave a legacy that lasts forever.

    9:00 a.m. -  Growing Daisies: The Work of the Alumnae Association and How You Can Get Involved

    Join members of the Alumnae Association Board to hear about our efforts to strengthen the alumnae network. Come ready to share your ideas and feedback!

    10:30 a.m. - Student and Teacher Panel 

    Learn what life is like at Bryn Mawr today! Enjoy Q&A with a panel of students and faculty members.

    1:00-1:30 p.m. - Alumnae Convocation 

    Alumnae Award winners will present a Convocation for alumnae and Upper School students.

    2:00 p.m. - Gym Drill 

    7:00 p.m. - Trivia with Terry

    Join beloved Bryn Mawr faculty member, Terry Detorie, for an evening of fun Bryn Mawr trivia! 
  • Saturday, May 1, 2021

    9:00 a.m. - Yoga Class 

    Kick-off your weekend with a 45 minute all-levels yoga class taught by Bryn Mawr Yoga Instructor and current parent, Erin Tschantret. 

    10:00 a.m. - Black Alumnae Affinity Group Gathering 

    12:00 p.m. - LGBTQ+ Alumnae/i Affinity Group Gathering 

    Evening  -  Individual Class Gatherings 

Virtual Programs Available Anytime

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumnae Engagement at alumnae@brynmawrschool.org or 410-323-1118x1653