Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Right, so I won’t be leaving the dining hall for quite a while. There’s a very BIG chance I will run into a bear on my long trek back to my lodge. Not that I’m scared or anything…. it’s just spending some quality time with a bear is not my idea of a fun walk in the woods. But enough about my misery and onto something more exciting.

As I was browsing the Katharine Hepburn article on Wikipedia this afternoon, I learned about something that Bryn Mawr College is doing to honor famed alumnae Katharine Hepburn.

“In 2004, Bryn Mawr College was named the only organization authorized to commemorate the life and achievements of screen legend Katharine Hepburn ’28 by her family and the executors of her estate. In keeping with Miss Hepburn’s wishes, the Center will also recognize her mother, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Class of 1899, an early suffragist and family-planning advocate.

The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College was established to honor the adventurous and bold spirit of the Houghton Hepburn women and to inspire future generations of women to challenge conventions, just as they did.”

The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center aims to encourage Hepburn Fellows, Bryn Mawr students and graduates to defy conventions, specifically in the areas of film and theater, civic engagement and women’s health.

“The center initially will include three programming elements: the Hepburn Fellows Program, which will bring to Bryn Mawr’s campus individuals who bridge academics and practice in nontraditional ways in any of the three thematic areas; the Hepburn Scholarships, originally established by Katharine Hepburn in memory of her mother; and the Hepburn Medal.”

On September 8 and 9, Bryn Mawr College and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia will host a series of events in commemoration of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, as well as the lives of Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton.

Here’s the link to Bryn Mawr’s information on the center. It’s an extremely interesting event, so check it out.



This is great way to commemorate the life of Katharine Hepburn and her contributions to the world. But, I am incredibly jealous of these Hepburn fellows.

Now I off to run up a hill, hoping to avoid a bear.


4 thoughts on “Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center”

  1. Austin, good luck with that. Let me know if you can mastermind your way into attending a women’s college. Although being a Hepburn fellow would be pretty awesome.

  2. Oh, well, I didn’t know that was a women’s college. I don’t think it was when K-Hep went there, though. At least that was the impression I got when I read her autobiography. If you haven’t read it, you should. I thought it was great.

  3. Just a little history…

    Bryn Mawr has always been a women’s college. It’s one of the Seven Sisters.

    Bryn Mawr, Smith, Barnard, Wellesley and Mount Holyoke (where I’m going to college) are still women’s liberal arts colleges. But Vassar has gone co-ed and Radcliffe was absorbed into Harvard in 1999.

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