Distinguished alumna Barbara Walters donates $15 million to fund The Barbara Walters Campus Center

Sarah Lawrence College announced today that prominent alumna Barbara Walters, noted broadcast journalist and author, together with her charitable trust have made a gift of $15 million to establish The Barbara Walters Campus Center on the historic College’s 44-acre campus just north of New York City in Westchester County.Read more...

Sarah Lawrence MFA program for poetry singled out as a “heavy-hitter” nationally

Sarah Lawrence's MFA program for poetry has been singled out by The Writer as a “heavy-hitter” among national programs. In a guide to the best MFA programs for poetry in the country, The Writer highlights the program's “impressive” roster of professors, including 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Matthea Harvey, and Myla Goldberg. “One of the biggest attractions of this MFA program is the amount of face time students get with faculty, thanks to bi-weekly one-on-one meetings to discuss the students’ work in depth. Sarah Lawrence also hosts the largest free poetry festival in New York.”Read more...

Literature faculty members Nick Mills and Fred Smoler offer disparate takes on the film, American Sniper

Literature faculty members Nick Mills and Fred Smoler tackle issues raised by the film, American Sniper, from different angles. In his latest opinion piece for The Daily Beast, Mills points to "The Great Gatsby," "In Our Time," and "Mrs. Dalloway" as earlier examples of classic works of fiction that address the problems soldiers face when returning home from war. In his opinion piece for 1st of the Month, Smoler argues that many of American Sniper's harshest critics have missed a number of important points about the war in Iraq to be gleaned from the film.Read more...

"Fury" by writing faculty member Tina Chang featured in Columbia Daily Tribune

The poem "Fury," by writing faculty member Tina Chang, is featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri). Chang writes about the poem: “Fury was the first emotion I felt when I read of the grand jury verdict regarding the Eric Garner case following on the heels of the Michael Brown case."Read more...

Noted cultural theorist Anthony Appiah to deliver 2015 Commencement address

Sarah Lawrence College announced today that noted philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist Anthony Appiah will deliver the Commencement address to the undergraduate class of 2015 on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. on the campus’ South Lawn.Read more...

Geography faculty member Joshua Muldavin offers his thoughts on American involvement with forced evictions in China in Rolling Stone

Geography faculty member Joshua Muldavin is interviewed in a piece for Rolling Stone concerning forced evictions in China, and the way in which a number of large American banks have financially supported Chinese real estate companies responsible for what international watchdogs have called a human rights emergency.Read more...


The Meaningful Life

Sarah Lawrence magazine
Fall 2014

Magazine coverThe point of going to college—and especially of going to Sarah Lawrence—is to begin crafting a meaningful life. That means making a career, usually, but also distilling your values, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and confronting change and loss. Easy, right? In this issue, we’ll get some practical advice about how to create a life rich in meaning—no matter how you define success.

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