Alternate content for script Text Only VersionSkip to Main Content

Rosemont Alumna Feliza Casano Provides a Home for Female Geekdom

Feliza Casano, an alumna of color, pictured in a Main Line bookstore, surrounded by books, wearing a teal and grey sweater dress

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.

Celebrating 100 Years of Living and Painting

Lawrence Gallery is particularly pleased to announce a new solo exhibit featuring the works of centenarian artist Bernice Paul. The show, titled Celebrating 100 Years of Living and Painting will be on display from April 6 through May 5, 2017. The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with an informal talk by the artist at 4:30 p.m.

Eustace Wolfington to Serve as Rosemont College's 2017 Commencement Speaker

- Rosemont College is pleased to announce that Eustace Wolfington will serve as this year's Commencement speaker and will be granted an honorary doctoral degree by the College's Board of Trustees.

Rosemont Participates in SEPCHE Teagle Foundation Award Strengthening Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Business Education

The Teagle Foundation has awarded the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) $300,000 over three years for its collaborative initiative "Integrating Liberal Arts in the Professions" expanding strengthening multi-disciplinary approaches to undergraduate business education.

The Society of Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Endow Scholarship at Rosemont

Joseph Heenan, President of the Society of Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, joined President Sharon Hirsh on campus for the signing of the Scholarship Fund Agreement on February 17, 2017. On behalf of the entire Rosemont College community, President Hirsh expressed the College's gratitude for the generosity of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and their support of Rosemont College.