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Known as the “Mother of Algebra” Emmy Noether persevered as a mathematician in Germany in the early twentieth century, when women were not encouraged to study nor could they become professors. Noether brilliantly dove into a central challenge of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and advanced the study of algebra in ways that are central to mathematics today. When Adolph Hitler came to power, Emmy Noether’s career and life might have abruptly ended in the Holocaust had she not been brought to America by the efforts of Einstein himself and Marion Edwards Parks, President of Bryn Mawr College. Beloved on campus, Noether died suddenly after an operation. Her ashes are buried in the Cloisters at Bryn Mawr but her brilliance lives on through her influence in the field of mathematics and on the education of women and as a Holocaust survivor. On stage and in videos, Emmy Noether’s fascinating personality comes alive in her reflections and conversations with other leading mathematicians of her day.