Inaugural Year Events

Throughout 2017-18, Sarah Lawrence College will have a series of events that explore our inaugural theme, Democracy and Education. Keep an eye on this site for information on events as they unfold.

January 2018

Tuesday 30 Jan

The Inaugural Year: Martin Goldray Lecture—Dewey and the Experience of Classical Music

Performing Arts Center Reisinger Auditorium

Open to the public

/ Tuesday

1:30pm-3:00pm Add to calendar

A lecture to be given by music faculty member Martin Goldray. This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

February 2018

Thursday 8 Feb

The Inaugural Year: I'm Not Racist, am I?—Catherine Wigginton Greene (Art of Teaching Film Series)

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Thursday

5:00pm-7:00pm Add to calendar

This documentary asks questions about how the next generation is going to confront racism. Twelve teenagers from New York City were brought together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. In documenting their experience, the filmmakers hope to inspire others to recognize and interrupt racism in their own lives. This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, e…

This documentary asks questions about how the next generation is going to confront racism. Twelve teenagers from New York City were brought together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. In documenting their experience, the filmmakers hope to inspire others to recognize and interrupt racism in their own lives.

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

Saturday 10 Feb

The Inaugural Year: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift (Art of Teaching Saturday Seminar Series)

Heimbold Visual Arts Center 208

Open to the public

/ Saturday

9:00am-1:00pm Add to calendar

The Art of Teaching Graduate Program presents a four-part seminar series: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift. Four Saturday seminars taking place October 21, December 2, February 10 and April 21 from 9 a.m. (coffee at 8:30) – 1 p.m. will explore the place of democracy and experience in education. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s seminal work Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of …

The Art of Teaching Graduate Program presents a four-part seminar series: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift.

Four Saturday seminars taking place October 21, December 2, February 10 and April 21 from 9 a.m. (coffee at 8:30) – 1 p.m. will explore the place of democracy and experience in education. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s seminal work Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, which has been taken as the theme of the inaugural year of Sarah Lawrence’s 11th president, Cristle Collins Judd, the series will consider the relevance of Dewey’s thoughts for the present day regarding the relationship between education and democratic ideals, challenges of equity and access, experiential learning, and the role of the arts in education. $100 for all four sessions plus an optional graduate credit for an additional $100. RSVP to artofteaching@sarahlawrence.edu.

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

Thursday 22 Feb

The Inaugural Year: Will Gibbons Lecture—Gamifying Classical Music and Classifying Game Music

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Thursday

5:30pm-6:30pm Add to calendar

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

March 2018

Friday 2 Mar

The Inaugural Year: 20th Annual Women's History Conference: Democracy on the Margins: Gender, Citizenship, and the Global Challenge to Democratic Freedoms Registration

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Atrium/Lobby

Open to the public

/ Friday

4:00pm-8:00pm Add to calendar

Events in the past decade seem to indicate that democracy in many parts of the world is in peril. In the United States, voter ID laws and extra legal tactics work to suppress voter turnout and political actors make decisions based on what might effect their re-election rather than what is best for their country. American distrust of government, and a growing sense of white resentment have widened divisions among an already fractured electorate, while r…

Events in the past decade seem to indicate that democracy in many parts of the world is in peril. In the United States, voter ID laws and extra legal tactics work to suppress voter turnout and political actors make decisions based on what might effect their re-election rather than what is best for their country. American distrust of government, and a growing sense of white resentment have widened divisions among an already fractured electorate, while racism and xenophobia seem to be growing. Moreover, Russian hackers appear to have weaponized racism in a way that affected the outcome of the US elections.

The Arab Uprisings of the early 2000s heralded increased hopes that democratic governance would spread in the Middle East and North Africa. Instead, Europe has watched efforts to welcome Middle Eastern refugees turn into a refugee crisis. This crisis in turn has provided fodder for the rise of right-wing populist parties, opposed to extending the benefits of citizenship to people fleeing military conflict and economic hardship in their home countries. Undocumented immigrants in the US, who have paid taxes, worked hard, and did all the things citizens are urged to do are being separated from their families and deported at record rates.

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Saturday 3 Mar

The Inaugural Year: 20th Annual Women's History Conference: Democracy on the Margins: Gender, Citizenship, and the Global Challenge to Democratic Freedoms

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Saturday

8:30am-5:00pm Add to calendar

Events in the past decade seem to indicate that democracy in many parts of the world is in peril. In the United States, voter ID laws and extra legal tactics work to suppress voter turnout and political actors make decisions based on what might effect their re-election rather than what is best for their country. American distrust of government, and a growing sense of white resentment have widened divisions among an already fractured electorate, while r…

Events in the past decade seem to indicate that democracy in many parts of the world is in peril. In the United States, voter ID laws and extra legal tactics work to suppress voter turnout and political actors make decisions based on what might effect their re-election rather than what is best for their country. American distrust of government, and a growing sense of white resentment have widened divisions among an already fractured electorate, while racism and xenophobia seem to be growing. Moreover, Russian hackers appear to have weaponized racism in a way that affected the outcome of the US elections.

The Arab Uprisings of the early 2000s heralded increased hopes that democratic governance would spread in the Middle East and North Africa. Instead, Europe has watched efforts to welcome Middle Eastern refugees turn into a refugee crisis. This crisis in turn has provided fodder for the rise of right-wing populist parties, opposed to extending the benefits of citizenship to people fleeing military conflict and economic hardship in their home countries. Undocumented immigrants in the US, who have paid taxes, worked hard, and did all the things citizens are urged to do are being separated from their families and deported at record rates.

Learn more

Thursday 8 Mar

The Inaugural Year: Starving the Beast—Steve Mims (Art of Teaching Film Series)

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Thursday

5:00pm-7:00pm Add to calendar

This documentary exposes the adverse effects of systematic defunding and business philosophy on public higher education. The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a ‘public good.’ Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. This event is part o…

This documentary exposes the adverse effects of systematic defunding and business philosophy on public higher education. The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a ‘public good.’ Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education.

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

April 2018

Saturday 21 Apr

The Inaugural Year: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift (Art of Teaching Saturday Seminar Series)

Library Meeting Room aka Pillow Room

Open to the public

/ Saturday

9:00am-1:00pm Add to calendar

The Art of Teaching Graduate Program presents a four-part seminar series: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift. Four Saturday seminars taking place October 21, December 2, February 10 and April 21 from 9 a.m. (coffee at 8:30) – 1 p.m. will explore the place of democracy and experience in education. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s seminal work Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of …

The Art of Teaching Graduate Program presents a four-part seminar series: Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift.

Four Saturday seminars taking place October 21, December 2, February 10 and April 21 from 9 a.m. (coffee at 8:30) – 1 p.m. will explore the place of democracy and experience in education. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s seminal work Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, which has been taken as the theme of the inaugural year of Sarah Lawrence’s 11th president, Cristle Collins Judd, the series will consider the relevance of Dewey’s thoughts for the present day regarding the relationship between education and democratic ideals, challenges of equity and access, experiential learning, and the role of the arts in education. $100 for all four sessions plus an optional graduate credit for an additional $100. RSVP to artofteaching@sarahlawrence.edu.

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.

Thursday 26 Apr

The Inaugural Year: Sarah Lawrence College Lit-O-Rama

Outdoor Spaces South Lawn

Not open to the public

/ Thursday

2:00pm-8:00pm Add to calendar

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation.