Leslie Rescorla, director of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Date: February 28, 2009
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Home of Barbara Powell ’62

On February 28, Leslie Rescorla, director of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr, and former chair of the department of psychology, unraveled the mysteries of the Hepburn Center to the Bryn Mawr Club of Boston. A robust audience included:

Barbara Powell ’62, Margaret Hoag ’86, Cornelia Robart ’61, Libby Atkins ’46, Martha Levinson ’74, Cassandra Phillips Sears ’04, Sydney Owens ’64, Irena Bronstein Bonte ’67, Sarah Tan ’04, Sally Zeckhauser ’64, Louise Ambler ’56, Hilary Hosmer ’67, Rosi Amador ’81, Artemis Hionides ’82, Carol Cerf ’48, Sandra Lovell Blaine ’56, Madeleine Fletcher ’60, Dorianne Low ’66, Marie Banerjee Walsh ’92, and 1 guest.

Prof. Rescorla, who has basically created the Hepburn Center out of whole cloth, explained that, “the Center honors four-time-Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn and her mother, an early feminist activist, both Bryn Mawr College alumnae who defied conventions. The Center focuses on three areas that formed the life work of its namesakes—film and theater, civic engagement and women’s health. The Center inspires Bryn Mawr students and graduates to make a meaningful impact on the world.”

The Center includes three programming elements: the Hepburn Fellows Program which brings to Bryn Mawr’s campus individuals who bridge academics and practice in nontraditional ways in any of the three thematic areas; the Hepburn Summer Internships which enable students to get practical experience in one of the Center’s mission areas; and the Hepburn Medal which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the two formidable Hepburn women.

The evening was greatly enhanced with a huge plate of “Chase Away the February Blues” Sushi.

– Barbara Powell ‘62