Rosemont Alumna Feliza Casano Provides a Home for Female Geekdom
Rosemont Alumna Feliza Cazano was spotlighted in an article published in Main Line Today. Please visit the link below to read the entire story.
Girls in Capes, a group founded by Feliza Cazano of self-proclaimed “geek girls,” meet at Main Point Books to discuss everything from sic-fi to anime.
BY MELISSA JACOBS/Main Line Today
Sitting in a Bryn Mawr bookstore talking science fiction isn’t everyone’s idea of Saturday-night fun. But just about every month, the women of Girls in Capes trek to Main Point Books to do just that. The club’s members are self-proclaimed “geek girls,” female fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, steam-punk, anime and other speculative fiction. Truth be told, Girls in Capes could give The Big Bang Theory guys a run for their money.
Geekdom isn’t as marginalized as it once was. In fact, it’s gone mainstream. The Avengers, Game of Thronesand The Walking Dead have millions of fans. Girls in Capes members are also fans of alternative authors like Catherynne Valente, Gail Carriger, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia C. Wrede, who write for niche audiences of geek girls. They craft strong female characters who—though flawed—won’t succumb to their worlds’ sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or any other kind of hate-fueled stereotype. These books depict characters who fight to make the world the way it ought to be.
The women of Girls in Capes are mostly millennial and definitely femme forward. They’re longtime librophiles from all over our western suburbs. They were brought together by Feliza Casano. By day, she’s a project manager at Focus Forward, a transcription service in Wayne. By night, she leads the organization she founded in 2013 during her graduate studies at Rosemont College.
Girls in Capes encompasses both the book club and a website. With its roster of editorial contributors, the site posts original content about three times a week—quirky, intellectual, well-reasoned stuff like “Not Like Other Girls: Toxic Archetypes of Young Adult Literature” and “Star-Cross’d Lovers: Romantic Relationships in Sci-Fi & Fantasy.”
Casano also helms the Philadelphia chapter of the international organization Geek Girl Brunch, so she’s the undeniable captain of her geek-girl squad. “We’re the Harry Potter generation,” she says. “Talking about superheroes, magic and other realms is part of our reality.”
Read more of the article about Feliza Casano and Girls in Capes in Main Line Today.
Academic Honors Day Celebrates Achievements in the Classroom
Select students from Rosemont College were recently honored at the annual Academic Honors Day on April 22, 2017. Starting at 10:30 am for the Undergraduate College (UC), followed by the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) at 2:00 pm, students from all across campus were honored for their achievements in the classroom.
Gesu School Celebrates Easter at Rosemont
All three of those symbols were present at Rosemont College on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 as the College hosted visitors from the Gesu School (located in North Philadelphia) for a variety of Easter-related activities. Beginning the day promptly at 10 a.m. guests from the Gesu School's first grade class joined the Rosemont College student-volunteers for an Easter Egg Hunt on Connelly Green followed by a dance party, pizza lunch, and festive Easter crafts.
An Inside Look at Waltz With Me - A New Play Remembering Cornelia Connelly
British playwright, Diane Samuels and creative and research consultant, Ghislaine (pron. Glenn) Kenyon visited the United States in April 2017 to run workshops on their full-length play, Waltz With Me. The 90-minute events, which were free and open to the public, included live music and readings from the latest draft of the script. One of the readings happened on the campus of Rosemont College in the Rotwitt Theater on April 6, but there is more to the reasoning behind the readings and why Rotwitt Theater was one of the beginning destinations.