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September 12 , 2003


Prized Alumna Sabina Murray ’89 received the 2003 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for The Caprices, a collection of short stories set against the backdrop of the Pacific campaign of World War II. The PEN/Faulkner is the largest peer-juried prize for fiction in the United States. Murray, currently the writer in residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, is also the author of Slow Burn.

Community Service Kudos To recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Womanshelter/Compañeras of Holyoke, Massachusetts, will honor MHC for its commitment to the prevention of intimate-partner violence and advocacy on behalf of victims. “We have trained countless student volunteers who have served victims in many capacities within the organization,” said Karen Boyle Cavanaugh, executive director of Womanshelter/
Compañeras. “The sense of community purpose and responsibility that Mount Holyoke instills in its students is reflected in their willingness to give of their precious time to help us provide services to victims of intimate-partner violence and their children.”

Star-Studded Poetry
Martha Ackmann, senior lecturer in women studies, teamed up with Amherst College astrophysicist George Greenstein to present “First Poets—The Sun,” a talk on Emily Dickinson and astronomy, at the Amherst College Observatory on Sunday, September 7. “The talk brought together two of my major interests, space and Emily Dickinson,” noted Ackmann. “The poet wrote a lot about the moon and the sun and took astronomy at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1848, when there was much interest in solar eclipses.” The talk, sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum, hoped to conclude with an opportunity for participants to view Mars through the Amherst College telescope. Unfortunately, only clouds were visible.

Steadman’s Story
On September 23, Bernice “B” Steadman, one of the Mercury 13 members included in Ackmann’s book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight, will speak to Ackmann’s Introduction to Women’s Studies class. Steadman will discuss her experience confronting sexism at the highest levels of American government and why she was willing to wage such a difficult battle. The class is open to all members of the MHC community and will be held in the New York Room from 2:35 to 3:50 pm.

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