Alumnae Awards Represent High Level of Achievement and Service

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Achievement and service awards were bestowed upon four Sarah Lawrence College alumnae at the College's annual reunion, May 31 to June 3, recognizing their outstanding accomplishments in academia and education, medicine, and the arts.

A world authority on Middle East affairs, Lisa Anderson '72 is president of The American University in Cairo. The author and editor of four books on international politics, Anderson has published numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other national publications. The recipient of an NEH Fellowship and an honorary law degree, Anderson earned a PhD in political science from Columbia University. She taught at Harvard, has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, and served as dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia for ten years. She has lectured at universities worldwide and her expertise is sought out by journalists. She has appeared on US and international broadcast news outlets including ABC, NBC, and NPR.

A lifelong educator and school administrator, Joan Countryman '62 served as the founding head and interim head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She was the first African American to graduate from the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, where she later taught mathematics for 23 years, and served as assistant head for academic planning and director of studies. She was head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island and interim head at Atlanta School for Girls. Countryman has received three honorary doctorates and numerous awards, including a Fulbright scholarship. She chairs the board of Rhode Island Public Radio and serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Sarah Lawrence College Board of Trustees. Her articles have been published widely and she is the author of Writing to Learn Mathematics and Black Images in American Literature. Joan Countryman will receive citations for both achievement and service.

Joanne Kurtzberg '72 is an internationally renowned expert in umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation. She established the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (PBMTP) at Duke University, the world's largest program of its kind, where more than 2,000 children have received stem cell transplants over the past 30 years. Kurtzberg is the Jerome Harris Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, professor of pathology, chief scientific officer and medical director of the Robertson Cell and Translational Therapy Center; director of the PBMTP; co-director of the Stem Cell Laboratory and director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, a public cord blood bank, at Duke University Medical Center. She has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals and lectured widely at major scientific and academic institutions. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium.

For 46 years, Claire Korn Yaffa '57 has used her camera to draw attention to human struggle and suffering. Her subjects have included abandoned and hospitalized children, homeless families, and babies with AIDS. Holocaust survivors, rescuers and hidden children have confided their stories to her. Her photos have been exhibited both locally and internationally and published within seven volumes of photography. Her photographic series of Master Photographers has been exhibited recently in the Leica Galleries in New York and Germany. This is a continuing project as is her "Leica Notebook" which is featured on the Leica Blog. Many of her photos are being incorporated into the permanent collection at the New York Historical Society. In 1995, Yaffa was named Westchester Arts Council's Artist of the Year for portraying "the strength of the human spirit to survive."