Friends of Library to Offer Two Mini-Courses

"Intelligence and the Contemporary World" and "Words and Music" are the themes of two mini-courses to be held over three days, January 15–17, at Sarah Lawrence College. The mini-courses are sponsored by the Friends of The Esther Raushenbush Library and are free to members. Membership, at a cost of $45 annually for a single individual and $60 for a couple, is available at the time of registration. For more information about becoming a Friend of the Library or the two mini-courses, please call 914 395-2472.

The morning mini-course, to be held from 10 a.m.–12 noon, will focus on the intense public scrutiny the conduct of U.S. intelligence has undergone since the tragic events of 9/11. The three sessions will explore not only the specific question of an "intelligence failure" but also the broader issues concerning the role of espionage, information-gathering, and information protection in the contemporary world. The mini-course will be taught by history faculty member Jefferson Adams and mathematics faculty member Michael Siff.

Afternoons from 1–3 p.m. will be devoted to the varied and exciting ways in which words and music meet in song. They will focus on a wide-ranging repertoire, from Gregorian chant to the madrigal, song cycles by Schubert and Schumann, as well as more modern contributions by k.d. lang. Carsten Schmidt of the music faculty will lead the three sessions.

In addition to the January mini-courses, Friends of the Library enjoy numerous benefits throughout the year including invitations to visiting authors programs, borrowing privileges from the Library's holdings of 200,000 books, hands-on orientation to the Library's computer-based information resources, reference use of 1,000 English and foreign language periodicals, a newsletter listing Friends' events, as well as lectures, concerts and special events at the College, and a campus parking permit.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college for men and women with a distinctive system of education. In addition to the undergraduate College, eight graduate programs and the Center for Continuing Education meet many important educational needs in the region.