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2011 Mary Flexner Lecturer: Judith Butler


The past five months have been some of the most exciting I’ve had on Bryn Mawr’s campus. Judith Butler’s visit—the lectures, faculty seminars, classroom visits, screenings, receptions, lunches, and dinners—injected a sense of extraordinary anticipation and vibrancy into the campus community. I overheard groups of students buzzing with enthusiasm over Butler’s lectures, discussing her ideas and work with ease and expertise. That Butler’s visit coincided with the groundswell of the Occupy movement added to the urgency and timeliness of her lectures, and did so, I think, in a way that was appreciable to the undergraduates.

I am grateful that I’ve been able to be a part of this excitement and enthusiasm by writing the bi-weekly blog entries. The role of Flexner blogger has allowed me to be more invested and tuned-in to what has been going on on campus over the past semester. It’s also been a privilege to be a part of this virtual community of articulate and thoughtful bloggers. I’ve found myself challenged, stimulated, and entertained by my fellow bloggers and the commentariat. Thank you.

Lastly, I would like to thank Beth Shepherd-Rabadam, the Assistant Provost, for giving me this opportunity, and Tracy Kellmer, our fearless blog wrangler!

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