E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One
A Yearlong Series of Events



e pluribus unum

Sarah Lawrence College, today and throughout its history, is a convening place to discuss ideas, research, and current events. The College is a marketplace—a cultural hub—for knowledge, traded through discourse and dialogue and rooted in the pursuit of our motto, “wisdom with understanding.” In this spirit, and in advancing what has always been the core of a Sarah Lawrence education, this academic year’s theme will be E Pluribus Unum—out of many, one.

Throughout the year, our community, joined by guests, will embark on an exploration into what this motto means for the United States in 2019, and what it means for the College as it approaches its second century of existence. Sarah Lawrence is made stronger by its cultural and intellectual diversity; we will examine key issues and topics through multiple lenses and vernacular to expand our understanding of each other and the worlds we live in.

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Upcoming Events

Centering African Americans in the American Story with Melissa Harris-Perry

February 7, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Barbara Walters Campus Center

Television host, author, political commentator, and professor Melissa Harris-Perry will lead a discussion on a variety of topics related to identity, social justice, and community building, pushing us to think about what this means for the United States in 2020.

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Jill Lepore

March 6, 2020
Time and location TBA

Jill Lepore, author of This America: The Case for the Nation. This lecture is co-sponsored with the Bronxville Historical Conservancy. Full details coming soon.

Screening and Discussion of Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt

March 10, 2020
6-9 p.m.

Join us for a special screening of Margarethe von Trotta’s biographical film Hannah Arendt (2012), whose subject is one of the most important political theorists and public intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century.

Following the screening, the film’s screenwriter, Pamela Katz, and star, Barbara Sukowa, will participate in a lively panel discussion with Sarah Lawrence faculty members Roland Dollinger (German), Roy Ben Shai (philosophy), Philipp Nielsen (history), and Sally Shafto (film history).

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Recent Events

In Conversation:
Kwame Anthony Appiah

On November 14, 2019, the College welcomed best-selling author and professor Kwame Anthony Appiah to campus to discuss his new book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, in a conversation with President Cristle Collins Judd.

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity explores the nature and history of the identities that define us and challenges our assumptions about how identities work.

This conversation between Dr. Appiah and President Judd discussed how identities are created by conflict, religion’s role in identity, how our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded 19th century science, and how class systems can become entrenched by efforts to reform them. Are social identities something we can simply do away with? Can they usher in moral progress and bring significance to our lives by connecting the small scale of our daily existence with larger movements, causes, and concerns?

Kwame Anthony Appiah pens the Ethicist column for The New York Times, and is the author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism, among many other works. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah lives in New York.

Screening & Conversation with Human Rights Activist Joyce Horman

On November 5, 2019, human rights activist Joyce Horman visited campus to present the 1982 film, Missing. One of Costa-Gavras’ best-known political thrillers, Missing is a historical re-telling of the abduction and murder of the American filmmaker and journalist Charles Horman during the U.S.-backed coup of the democratically-elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with Joyce Horman, founder of the Charles Horman Truth Foundation; Margarita Fajardo, the Alice Stone Ilchman Chair in Comparative and International Studies; and film history faculty member Sally Shafto.