Special Guests on Campus
Recently, Bryn Mawr welcomed two special guests to campus: Professor Lucy Ann Hurston, pictured at left in a ninth grade English class; and author Clare Vanderpool, pictured at the fifth grade Newbery Luncheon.
Professor Hurston is the niece of celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston. While on campus, she met with several English classes and presented a convocation speech about her experience discovering her aunt's work and her own study of sociology. She is the chair of the Sociology and Sign Language department at Manchester Community College in Connecticut.
Clare Vanderpool is the winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal for her first novel, "Moon Over Manifest." She visited the fifth grade for the annual Newbery Luncheon, the culmination of the girls' study of Newbery Medal-winning books. Students had a wonderful time talking in their classroom with Mrs. Vanderpool in the morning and then hearing a presentation from her over lunch about her career path and what it is like to be a writer. Special thanks to the fifth grade parents for providing a delicious lunch for the event!