Jessica Beckett ’06 is the second Sarah Lawrence student to receive a Udall Fellowship in the Environment in three years. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 80 merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Beckett was recognized for her focus on the development of sustainable food systems.
Susan Meiselas, photojournalist and alumna, to address Sarah Lawrence’s 76th Commencement on May 20 at 10 a.m. on Westlands lawn. One of the most prolific female photojournalists in the world, Meiselas will address the candidates for the 283 Bachelor of Arts degree and 127 candidates for Master’s degrees. An exhibit of Meiselas’ work will be shown in the gallery of the Esther Raushenbush Library from May 14 – 27.
Karen Rader’s first book Making Mice: Standardizing Animals for American Biomedical Research, 1900-1935 (Princeton University Press 2004), was selected as an outstanding academic title for 2005 by Choice, one of the leading reviewers of books for libraries. Her work will be featured in a future BBC documentary on the history of the laboratory mouse.
The annual Mayfair at Sarah Lawrence College, will be held Sunday, May 1 from noon - 4 p.m. on the main campus. The theme of this year’s Mayfair is “Oh the Places We’ll Go!” and will feature food, music, children’s games and activities, storytelling and Dr. Seuss-costumed characters.
Two Sarah Lawrence College faculty members have been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Arnold Krupat, professor of literature and global studies since 1968, will conduct research on Native American literatures. Jo Ann Beard, non-fiction guest faculty member since 2000, will use her fellowship for work on a memoir. Fellows are selected on the basis of distinguished past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
The Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. at Sarah Lawrence College has won a Top Ten Green Projects Award from the American Institute of Architects it was announced today, Earth Day. In addition, the award-winning building has recently been designated LEED® certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The third edition of an alternative economics textbook, Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command, and Change, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. Frank Roosevelt, a professor of economics at Sarah Lawrence College, has joined with the book’s original coauthors, Samuel Bowles and Richard Edwards, to produce an expanded and updated edition of the text.
Sarah Lawrence College is celebrating Earth Day with an entire week of events beginning Monday, April 18 and ending Saturday, April 23. Film screenings on pesticides, lectures, organic cooking classes, and a trip to New York’s Union Square Farmers Market highlight the week-long celebration. The events are organized by Progressive Produce and Grassroots and are sponsored by Student Senate and the Office of College Events.
The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, the weekend of April 22 - 24, returns to the beautiful campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, just a 25-minute train ride north of NYC. The festival, an opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Month, is free and open to the public.
The Sarah Lawrence College Film and Video Festival will take place on April 15 -16 from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. and April 17 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Donnelly Film Theatre, Heimbold Visual Arts Center. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information contact: .
Winners of the 6th Campbell Corner poetry prize will read from their work on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Poets’ House, 72 Spring Street, New York City. Winner of the 2004 contest, Jennifer Chang, “The History of Anonymity” and finalists Jake Adam York, Eric Rawson, and Connie Voisine will each read their winning entries and another selection of their poetry.
Manoshi Chitra Neogy will present her documentary film A Journey Within A Journey on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. This film depicts Neogy’s personal quest in Kerala India. In coming to terms with the loss of her father, Neogy’s search for understanding and renewal lies in the tradition and mythology she discovers in her ancient land.
Holly Hughes will perform Preaching to the Perverted on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre. This show, written and performed by Hughes and directed by Lois Weaver, offers a personal tour of the culture wars—with a behind the scenes glimpse of the Supreme Court - and special appearances by Tinky Winky, Sponge Bob and noted queer warriors.
The Concert for Peace will take place on Sunday, April 10 at 5 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. The evenings’ program will feature waltzes by Johannes Brahms, including Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder of Opus 52 and Opus 65. A vocal quartet–Abigail Chapman, Alison Cheeseman, Sean Luo and Nehemiah Luckett– will perform the pieces along with Jean and Kenneth Wentworth on piano.
“The Private Sector and the Restoration and Maintenance of Public Open Space” will be addressed by Brian Sahd, Vice President of Community Development at the New York Restoration Project on Friday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall.
Jean Valentine, whose collection Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2000 won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry, will read on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the reading.
This art show and exhibit, featured in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center will be available for viewing April 5–8 from 5 –8 p.m. and April 9 & 10 from 2–8 p.m. A reception will be held on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no entry fee.
Ellen Miret's “Glass & Graphics,” an exhibit of fused glass tiles, interactive lenticular images and prints will be featured at Sarah Lawrence's Esther Raushenbush Library from April 2–29. A reception will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the library. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
“Workshop: A Revolution of Sensiblilty” by Jane Ciabattari, published in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers, discusses the evolution of undergraduate creative writing degrees in America, and highlights how three colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, have worked to develop their writing programs over several decades.
The Amasi Trio will perform Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. The concert will feature Rachmaninov's Piano Trio: Trio (Elegiac) D minor Op. 9; Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 334; and Mozart's Flute Quartet in D Major K. 285.
Women's Stories, Women's Lives: Making Sense of Experience is the theme of the 7th Annual Women’s History Conference at Sarah Lawrence, to be held March 4 and 5 on the Sarah Lawrence campus, features award winning author Esmeralda Santiago (When I was Puerto Rican) as the keynote speaker. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information call (914) 395-2405.
Last month Sarah Lawrence College history faculty member Matilde Zimmerman launched a Cuban edition of her biography, Sandinista, [Duke University Press, 2000] of Carlos Fonseca Amador – founder and central leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, which led the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979 – to great acclaim.
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a central player in the struggle for a Palestinian Homeland will speak on her vision for Palestinian-Israeli peace at Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. Dr. Ashrawi is a leading figure in Palestinian politics and diplomacy. The program is free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395-2412.
Theatre Program’s Francis Anne Cannon Artist-In-Residence, will perform his solo play Timepiece on Tuesday, March 29th at 8 p.m. in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. Stein is widely regarded as a pioneering artist who changed mime into movement performance. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.
Nationally renowned educators will address controversial issues in education that they consider to be of crisis proportions at a conference hosted by Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute (CDI) April 1–2.
Blondell Cummings, Viola Farber artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College, will present a dance production that focuses attention on the important political issue of human rights. The production will be presented as a performance and discussion at Sarah Lawrence College’s Bessie Schoenberg Dance Theatre on February 12 at 7 and 9 p.m. For more information and reservations please call (914) 395-2433.
"Auction is Forever" is the name, and fundraising the game of the 38th annual Students for Student Scholarship Fund (SSSF) auction, to be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. Every James Bond film has its tuxedoed casino scene, and this year's scholarship auction is no different.
Sarah Lawrence College is celebrating Black History Month with events honoring the black experience, including a poetry jam, photography exhibit, fashion show, and dances, organized by the student group Harambe. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College will deliver a lecture to the College community and novelist and Sarah Lawrence faculty member LaShonda Barnett will speak about black women’s music in a lecture open to the public.
Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Politics of Environmental Disease will be addressed by David Rosner, on Wednesday February 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall at Sarah Lawrence College. Rosner, Director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, will look at the corporate history behind hundreds of thousands of children damaged by exposure to lead, a known neurotoxin.
A roundtable discussion entitled “The Next Four Years: The Value Discourse in Contemporary American Politics” will address the questions and conflicts arising from the 2004 elections on Thursday, February 17 from 5–7 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. Political scholars Angelia Means and Jedediah Purdy, moderated by Sarah Lawrence faculty member David Peritz, will focus on the results of the last election, and discuss the opportunities and perils it presents in the next four years. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.
Essayist, poet, novelist, critic, editor and journalist Phillip Lopate will open the Spring ’05 reading series sponsored by the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence He will read from his work on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Esther Raushenbush Library.
Sarah Lawrence College’s graduate program in Health Advocacy will sponsor a conference for advocates working in a wide spectrum of disease-specific and issue-oriented organizations that will address pressing questions related to participation in medical research. "Health Advocates in Research" will examine how advocates participate in research and what ethical principles should guide their participation. The conference will take place on January 14 from 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. on the Sarah Lawrence campus in Bronxville, New York, just north of New York City. For more information, please call (914) 395-2371.
Sarah Lawrence’s Center for Continuing Education (CCE) will host its annual Spring Writing Institute from February 7 – April 30, for adults who want to deepen their approach to writing, improve their skills, and become part of a community of writers. Saturday classes for high school students are a growing component of the Institute.
Charles De Carlo, seventh president of Sarah Lawrence College, from 1969 to 1981, died on November 24 at the age of 83. DeCarlo brought to the College a rare blend of financial and administrative acumen – transforming the face of the campus and revitalizing the College’s financial underpinnings – and an understanding and appreciation for Sarah Lawrence’s unique liberal arts pedagogy. He often praised Sarah Lawrence for being small “in a time when smallness is not valued,” and said that its unique educational practices could, “like a powerful dye, pervade a larger world with a richer light.”
Two of Sarah Lawrence College’s writing faculty members, Joan Silber, fiction, and Jean Valentine, poetry, have been named as finalists in their respective genres for the prestigious National Book Award.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, a powerful play, written by acclaimed playwright Ariel Dorfman (Death and the Maiden) and directed by Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Ernest Abuba was shown Thursday through Saturday, November 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. The play detailed worldwide human rights struggles and the courageous women and men involved. It was one of the first productions to be presented at the College by new Theatre Program Director John Dillon.
Sarah Lawrence’s annual Adda Bozeman lecture will feature Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister of St. Lucia, speaking on: “Haiti and the Caribbean: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.
Sarah Lawrence College is mounting an exhibition of works by prominent artists who have taught at the College in celebration of the close of its 75th anniversary year and the opening of the . The show is the inaugural exhibit at the Center’s Barbara Walters Gallery and runs from November 6 through December 17. Works include loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
John Dillon has been appointed director of the theatre program at Sarah Lawrence College. Dillon served as artistic director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for 16 years from 1976 to 1993. Since then he founded the service organization Theatre Puget Sound in Seattle as well as serving as associate director of Tokyo's Institute of Dramatic Arts, where his productions of Death of A Salesman and The Grapes of Wrath both won Japan's highest theatre award.
During the month of October, Sarah Lawrence College, the City of Yonkers, members of the Italian community and supporters celebrate Italian-American month with a collaborative festival “Celebrating Italian Culture in Yonkers.” The festival features the contributions of Italians to world culture and includes a classic Italian film series, lectures on Italian art and literature by members of the Sarah Lawrence faculty and an exhibit of paintings and color etchings of the Tuscan landscape by a faculty member of Sarah Lawrence’s program in Florence. All events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information please call (914) 395-2411.
Sarah Lawrence’s Center for Continuing Education (CCE) will host The Manhattan Seminars, a series of discussions led by members of the Sarah Lawrence faculty. The theme of this year’s seminars is “Constructing a Civic Dialogue: The Condition of Democracy in America.” The Manhattan Seminars will take place on four alternate Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Room, the New York Foundation, Empire State Building, 34th St. and 5th Ave., Room 2910. Tickets are $30 for individual sessions and $100 for the entire series. Light refreshments will be served. To register for the series, please call (914) 395-2411.
Sarah Lawrence College is presenting a series of roundtables “Serious Questions: Conversations About Election 2004” featuring prominent guest speakers and three SLC faculty members in provocative conversations about what is at stake in the November 2004 election. The roundtables will take place September 21, October 12 and October 19 and are free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395-2412.
A photographic exhibit at Sarah Lawrence College by Jeannette Flamm, Prayers at the Gate, remembers and reflects on the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The exhibit will run from September 1- 30 in the Esther Raushenbush Library. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 10 at 3:30 pm. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information and library hours please call (914) 395-2470.
Lama M. Fakih of Sarah Lawrence College has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Egypt in Islamic Studies, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
Four members of the Sarah Lawrence faculty have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, funding projects that involve student contribution and participation. The grants, totaling over $700,000 and spanning three years, have advanced opportunities for students to pursue serious scientific study at the small liberal arts school. The grants provide unique educational experiences for students, allowing them to engage intimately with intensive scientific research, both in the field as well as in the laboratory.
Lauren Sprieser, Chicago native and Sarah Lawrence student, with horse Bellinger, tied for third place at the end of the first half of the Dressage Team Championship in the North American Young Riders’ Championship (NAYRC). The remaining dressage riders will compete today. This is Sprieser’s second year competing with the United States’ Region 2 team in the NAYRC.
Sarah Lawrence College has named longtime Bronxville resident Robert Riggs the 18th Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Senior counsel at the Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn and director of a number of corporations, he has served most recently as Sarah Lawrence’s vice chairman and has been a member of the board for ten years.
"Educational Values and Values Education: The Classroom as Community” will be the theme of this year’s Empowering Teachers Program Summer Institute (July 12-16) and will address values issues in the classroom—a topic that educators have struggled with for years. Hosted annually by Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute (CDI), this year’s program has attracted the interest of international educators.
Sarah Lawrence College, once again, proves to be the place for writers over the summer. The annual Summer Seminar for Writers and High School Writer’s Workshop are programs designed to foster the development of new and experienced writers.
A State historic marker designating Sarah Lawrence College as the “Home of the Nation’s First Graduate Degree Program in Women’s History, founded by Dr. Gerda Lerner in 1972,” was unveiled on Saturday, June 5th at 2 p.m. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) spoke at the ceremony that honored Dr. Lerner, widely acknowledged as one of the foremost pioneers in the field of women’s history.