Audrey Bilger, Who Earned Ph.D. in English at UVA, to Lead Reed College

“College presidents have been described as the ‘narrators-in-chief’ of their institutions,” said University of Virginia alumna Audrey Bilger, who this summer will become the 16th president of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and the first woman to serve in that role. “My background as a scholar of literature and teacher in the classroom will be of enormous assistance to me in telling the impressive story of Reed College,” Bilger wrote in email from the West Coast, where she has mostly lived an

Reed College | Reed College President Elect

The Reed College Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Audrey Bilger as the 16th president of Reed College. Bilger is the first woman to be selected for the post. She joins the Reed community from Pomona College, where she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college and professor of English. Bilger earned an MA and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia and a BA in philosophy from Oklahoma State University. She was a member of the English faculty at Obe

‘Girls & Sex,’ by Peggy Orenstein

Back in the 1980s, Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” filled the airwaves, and its colorful, sassy video rotated almost continuously on MTV. In the song, a rebellious daughter returns home “in the morning light,” having enjoyed a night of “fun,” and expresses her unwillingness to be hidden away from the world by marriage. This catchy tune was the perfect soundtrack to a time when it seemed possible to reject stale ideas about feminine propriety and celebrate a girl’s right to pleasure.

Proof That Jane Austen and Amy Schumer Would Have Been Friends

Jane Austen would have appreciated Amy Schumer’s blockbuster summer rom-com Trainwreck. With its flawed protagonist, who alternately feels superior to those around her and unworthy of love, the film draws on themes that could have come straight out of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Like Austen, Schumer knows how to give the people what they want: girl meets boy, conflict and misunderstandings arise, but ultimately romance wins out. Less obviously, both Austen and Schumer share a penchant for feminist comedy that calls into question the traditional premises of the heterosexual love story.
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