Spoken Word

“One can’t always believe artists; they often cover their tracks. They often dissemble and try to lead you in different directions. And often they only imperfectly understand their own work. So no artist’s statement really suffices as a complete explanation.” Martin Goldray, the Marjorie Leff Miller Faculty Scholar in Music 1
“Nothing irritates a rising social class more than inflexible leaders.”Gordon Chang, expert on the Chinese economy 4
“That feeling of having your feet on the earth, of having your heart in the earth, of having nature be part of you and you be part of nature and you belong somewhere—that goes with you, as you become an adult; you take that with you all through your years. It seems to me the elemental question is, will future generations of children have that place to go to in their hearts?” Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder 7
“The Internet has created this neutral ground where it doesn’t matter if a woman is covered in black from head to toe, it doesn’t matter if she’s dressed properly or not. On the internet, gender is neutral.” Mona Eltahawy, journalist 5
“If you are really blessed with tremendous talents and you can’t express them except through sideways exits and egresses, you are going to go a little screwy in the head.” Amanda Foreman ’91, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire 6
“Tiny little moons are good. when we first discovered pluto people said, ‘Oh, yeah—moon! If it’s got a moon, it has to be a planet, right?’ Well you know, something like 20 percent of the objects out there in the outer solar system have moons, so that doesn’t make you a planet. Plus, Mercury and Venus don’t have moons, and they’re still planets. ”Michael Brown, astronomer 2
“In order to be a writer, you don’t have to change your-self into another person. You just have to write.” Brian Morton ’78, the Michele Tolela Myers Chair in Writing 3
  1. “Sarah Lawrence Symposium: Art and Politics,” February 19, 2009. Goldray and Daniel Kaiser (Literature), Judith Rodenbeck (Art History), and Roy Brand (Philosophy) debated: What is political art?
  2. “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming,” Annual Science Lecture, April 15, 2009. Brown discovered Eris, a large body in the outer solar system, which led to Pluto’s demotion from planet to dwarf planet. Sponsored by Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Dean of the College.
  3. ”A Life of Learning” Senior Lecture, May 20, 2009
  4. “China Rising or Falling? What Does This Mean for Us?” Bozeman Lecture, April 7, 2009. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World and The Coming Collapse of China.
  5. Keynote speech at the Women’s History Conference, “Gender and Power in the Muslim World,” March 6, 2009
  6. The Duchess: Movie Screening and Discussion,” April 3, 2009. The movie, starring Keira Knightley, was based on Foreman’s biography. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence College Library and the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.
  7. “Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Movement to Connect Our Children, Ourselves, and Future Generations to the Natural World,” Longfellow Lecture, March 13, 2009. Sponsored by the Child Development Institute.

+ Watch the complete talks by Brown, Chang, and Louv.