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SAHAR AMER has a new book out: What is Veiling? Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks, published by University of North Carolina Press! The Amazon write up says:
Ranging from simple head scarf to full-body burqa, the veil is worn by vast numbers of Muslim women around the world. What Is Veiling? explains one of the most visible, controversial, and least understood emblems of Islam. Sahar Amer’s evenhanded approach is anchored in sharp cultural insight and rich historical context. Addressing the significance of veiling in the religious, cultural, political, and social lives of Muslims, past and present, she examines the complex roles the practice has played in history, religion, conservative and progressive perspectives, politics and regionalism, society and economics, feminism, fashion, and art. By highlighting the multiple meanings of veiling, the book decisively shows that the realities of the practice cannot be homogenized or oversimplified and extend well beyond the religious and political accounts that are overwhelmingly proclaimed both inside and outside Muslim-majority societies. Neither defending nor criticizing the practice, What Is Veiling? clarifies the voices of Muslim women who struggle to be heard and who, veiled or not, demand the right to live spiritual, personal, and public lives in dignity.
ANN HITCHCOCK writes: “As I sit here preparing for a belated Thanksgiving feast with friends (no Thanksgiving holiday here in Germany), I think of how grateful I am that I was able to catch up with ALEXANDRA CARPINO this past summer. Since I’ve been living in Germany basically since I graduated from college, it makes it rather difficult to meet with classmates and Mawter friends. So, I was particularly thrilled that Alexandra’s and my East Coast vacations overlapped this past summer! She and her husband Shawn Skabelund, and children, Adrian and Chiara Rosem, visited me and my husband Frank Huedepohl and my boys Benjamin (13 ½) and Thomas (12) during our annual vacation to my family’s summer place in New Hampshire. It was great to catch up again! An important part of raising my boys bilingually is exposure to family and language and culture, so we do our best to come to the U.S. at least once a year. Visiting my family’s summer place is a tradition, and several generations of Mawrters have been “summering” there with their families since the early 1900s: my mother, Patricia Page Hitchcock (BMC ‘58); my grandmother, Louise Gucker Page, (BMC ‘28); and great-grandmother, Louise Fulton Gucker, (BNC 1893). I currently work part-time for a small Geo-IT company in Muenster, Germany. After working for a few years post-Bryn Mawr, I went back to school and started from scratch to get a German Masters degree in Geography. My family and I plan to stop off at Bryn Mawr on our way north from DC next summer! The photo is of my mother, me, and Alexandra!
BARBARA MACKIE FRANKLIN writes: My husband, Eric, who’s always been healthy and active, suddenly collapsed a year ago (and just 5 days after running a 5K with our daughter), the day after Thanksgiving, while we were cutting our Christmas tree. After rushing him to the hospital, it turned out he had perforated his colon. At first, we thought it was caused by a ruptured diverticulum, but the pathology came back with news that no one wants to hear: cancer. A cancerous growth in his small intestine had eroded into his colon, causing peritonitis. Luckily, it’s a rare cancer (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor, or GIST) that responds well to resection and medication. Still, it was shock for our family. Happily, after 12 days in the hospital, Eric came home in time for Christmas. He had follow-up surgery this Spring and is now doing well. The scans are clean and he’s regained his strength and appetite. We both turned 50 in April (we are 2 days apart), and felt lucky to celebrate this milestone together. Our son, John Eric, now a second year at UVA, loves it there. Our daughter, Sarah, is a sophomore in High School, and I hope to convince her to apply to BMC! This Christmas, we returned to the site of last year’s collapse and cut our tree without incident. We are happy to be back to “our crazy normal,” and feel so blessed to be together and have Eric healthy. What a difference a year makes!
KARIN SCHWARTZ reports that: “After 11 years with the California Attorney General’s Office, I moved to Sacramento last year when Governor Brown appointed me Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the California Department of Public Health. The work has been interesting and diverse, from e-cigarettes to Ebola most recently. Sacramento’s proximity to the Sierra has made for wonderful hiking and backpacking in the mountains. I’ve been section hiking the John Muir Trial (JMT), a 220-mile trail that stretches from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney, over three years, and finished this year. My little red dog, Sasha, has her own pack and joins when she can (not all trails are dog-friendly). I enjoy staying in touch with the Class of 1986 on Facebook, and joined Victoria Tamas (‘84) earlier this year in New York City for Hungarian pastry.”
SHARINA SMITH, MSA, writes that she: “recently opened her practice as a Financial Advisor with the Springfield, MO, branch of Strategic Financial Concepts, Inc. With more than 25 years of business experience in the corporate world, non-profits, and as a small business owner, I specialize in finding solutions for professional women seeking to achieve their full financial potential. Most recently, I was the Vice President for Marketing for the U.S. division of Enactus (formerly SIFE) during the first year of re-branding; and spent nearly 7 years as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Southwest Baptist University. I am a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Business Administration program at Northcentral University
Although KAREN SULLIVAN still thinks that exercise is a waste of good time that could be spent reading, she did run a half-marathon for her 50th birthday. And she is considering trying to live up to Susan Messina’s high standard and run a full marathon before too long.”
BETH OGILVIE-FREDA reports, “I have found a great network of BMC alum in Princeton which started with getting involved with the BMC Book Sale which has since merged with Wellesley. This is one of the oldest and largest used book sales in the country and I urge anyone in the Princeton area to come by and see for yourself – bmandwbooks.com. Last year I inherited the role of treasurer for this sale and assumed the role of president of the BMC Club of Princeton. Every year, the sale makes a contribution to the school and last year, we contributed $20,000 to be used for local scholars, for which we are very proud. The club looks forward to taking advantage of our close proximity to the school and working more closely with the faculty and students.”
We are sad to report that MARY J. HADICKE WILEY died in May. She is survived by her husband, William Wiley.