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The contrast could not have been starker. On one day in August two glossy magazines showed up in my mailbox. One, the Barnard Magazine, showed three beautiful young women, elegantly dressed and beaming, holding champagne glasses and enjoying the festivities around their fifth reunion. The other,

TIME, depicted a once equally beautiful woman, looking out from her head shawl and into the camera, revealing nothing. Her nose had been cut clean off—punishment by the Taliban, the article explained, for having fled her abusive in-laws. The woman, Aisha, was 18.

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Clearing paths to majors in science

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For 40 years Carla Ricci, summered in a small Rhode Island town named Carolina. When fall returned, Ricci went back to Boston where she was an associate provost at Tufts University. But she kept thinking about the small town of 75 houses that was a mile wide and centered on an abandoned mill. Such a town had lots of stories, Ricci believed. One day she wanted to hear them. That day came in 2002, when shortly after retiring from Tufts, Ricci decided to make a film about the tiny mill town that she had come to love. She interviewed scores of residents to hear about the town’s 130 years of history. Carolina, Rhode Island: The Smallest of the Small will air on the Providence PBS station this fall.

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Vicki Wolf Cobb '58 goes online to teach science

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Greta Gerwig '06 digs into every aspect of filmmaking

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Students and faculty collaborate on a breakthrough program

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Forging careers in science

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