Sarah Lawrence College Celebrates the Class of 2016 at Commencement

Sarah Lawrence College conferred over 400 degrees in the 88th commencement exercises of the historic college in New York. One hundred twenty-two master’s degrees were bestowed on Thursday, May 19 and 282 Bachelor of Arts degrees on Friday, May 20.

Sarah Lawrence College Student Wins Design Excellence Award in Copenhagen

Sarah Lawrence College student Nabila Wirakusumah ’17, studying in Copenhagen through DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia, has won the program’s Design Excellence Award this spring for her work in graphic design.

Joan H. Marks, Pioneering Educator in Human Genetics, to Speak at 2016 Graduate Commencement

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that Joan H. Marks, pioneering educator in the field of human genetics, will address the graduating students at the College’s Graduate Programs Commencement, taking place Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. Approximately 114 students will receive their master’s degrees from nine programs: Human Genetics, Health Advocacy, Women’s History, Child Development, Art of Teaching, Writing, Theatre, Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy.

High School Students Enjoy Immersive Day of Poetry at Sarah Lawrence

Fifty high school students from the New York metropolitan area gathered at Sarah Lawrence College for a free day of poetry on Sunday, April 10. Participating schools included a mix of nine public and nine private schools as well as students from two literary organizations that work with youth: Urban Word and the Community Word Project.

Former Early Childhood Center Director Remembered

Jeannette Ruth Wright Galambos Stone died of natural causes on March 31, 2016, at The Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut.   

Jeannette was born on July 8, 1917 in Wheaton, Illinois, the fourth child and only daughter of Milton Henry Wright and Zoe Zelle Gearheart. Her family moved to Boston when she was three years old, where her father worked for the LaSalle Extension School of the University of Chicago. When her family returned to Illinois, her brothers and dog “Skipper” rode in a “tin lizzie”, and six-year-old Jeannette rode in a Pan Am touring car with her parents. This voyage of 900 miles took two weeks in those days. Jeannette spent the rest of her childhood in Lake Bluff, Illinois, two blocks from Lake Michigan, where she rode her bike, played in a large gang of neighbor kids, and learned to play music by ear on the family piano. At age 16, she entered Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated in 1939 with a dual degree in music and biology.

John Jasperse ‘85 to Lead the Renowned Sarah Lawrence Dance Program

Celebrated dancer John Jasperse ’85 has been selected to lead the College's renowned dance program in which he studied, beginning in fall 2016. Jasperse will take the reins from beloved teacher and acclaimed dancer Sara Rudner, who has held the post for 17 years.

Sarah Lawrence College Offers Summer Programs in the Arts

Sarah Lawrence will offer seven summer programs including intensive workshops in film and musical theater and creative writing for high school students and adults.

Being Muslim: A Colloquium at Sarah Lawrence College

A colloquium exploring the complex evolution and multifaceted nature of Islam will be held at Sarah Lawrence College on April 8. The colloquium brings together speakers whose work addresses the multiplicity of lived human experiences and practices of Muslims, past and present. The all-day event on the College’s campus in southern Westchester is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Noon Day Sun by Theatre Faculty Member Cassandra Medley to Premiere March 3 at Sarah Lawrence College

The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program is proud to announce our spring semester production of Noon Day Sun, by long-time Sarah Lawrence theatre faculty member Cassandra Medley, and directed by long-time Sarah Lawrence theatre faculty
member Dave McRee.

Sarah Lawrence College Joins Private College 529 Plan, Makes Private College More Affordable

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce a new opportunity for families of prospective students to lock-in tuition at current rates through the school's new membership in Private College 529 Plan, a pre-paid tuition program owned by more than 280 colleges and universities.

Humorist Mo Rocca to Deliver 88th Undergraduate Commencement Address

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that Mo Rocca, humorist, journalist, Emmy award-winning writer and actor, will be the speaker for its 88th annual Commencement.

“Magic Squares” Painting Series by Laurel Sparks on Display at Sarah Lawrence College from January 26

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The Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College presents "Magic Squares," a painting series by Laurel Sparks. The exhibit will be open from January 26 to March 13 at the gallery in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 915 Kimball Avenue. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. with a corresponding artist lecture on February 16 at 4 p.m. also in the Barbara Walters Gallery.

Sherman Fairchild Foundation Endows Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce the Michele Tolela Myers Graduate Fellowship in Writing. The $500,000 endowed fund, provided by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, will support one first-year and one second-year MFA Fellow annually.

Human Rights Workers Experience High Levels of PTSD and Depression, New Study Says

A research study examining the mental health profiles and risk factors associated with the psychological functioning of human rights advocates working around the world reveals elevated levels of PTSD and depression. The paper, “Mental Health Functioning in the Human Rights Field: Findings from an International Internet-Based Survey,” published today in PLOS ONE suggests that the field of human rights would benefit from further empirical research in this area, as well as more education and training programs in the workplace in order to enhance the resilience of many human rights advocates.

Alumni and Students Make Liberal Arts Connections

On November 7, more than 90 juniors and seniors participated in Your Liberal Arts Connections, a daylong conference on campus that gave students the opportunity to network with alumni professionals from a variety of industries.

Gryphon Swimmers Sweep Skyline Awards

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Heliana Higbie ’07 Named Yonkers’ Director of Sustainability

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Heliana Higbie ’07 has been named the City of Yonkers’ new Director of Sustainability.

Writing Institute Students to Publish First Books

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Three members of The Writing Institute's extended community will have books published in the coming months.

Sarah Lawrence Dance Performances Complement Photography Exhibit at Hudson River Museum

Complementing the spectacular photographs of Jordan Matter, on exhibit at the Hudson River Museum, are dance performances organized by Sarah Lawrence music faculty member and composer John Yannelli and his wife LeAnn Yannelli, an alumna of the College's MFA program in dance. Many of the performers involve area Sarah Lawrence dance alumni, and some are set to music by Yannelli and several of his recent students.

Friends of the Library Seek to Expand Membership

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Culture, conversation, books, arts, and the desire for lifelong learning unite the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence College Library, a group of local residents seeking to expand membership in the 40-year-old organization.

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak Opens New Lab and Field Station

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Efforts to improve the conditions of the Hudson and Saw Mill rivers have received a boost this fall with the opening of the environmental sciences laboratory and field station at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Real-time river monitoring equipment and a lab outfitted for the study of urban ecosystems equip the center.

Poetry Faculty Member Tina Chang to Judge 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

The PEN American Center has announced that poetry faculty member Tina Chang has been chosen as a judge for its 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.

“Arab Movie” to be Screened November 9

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"Arabic Movie," a documentary that looks back at an old Friday afternoon ritual, when Israeli families of all backgrounds would gather to watch the week’s “Egyptian Movie” on Israel’s official TV station, will be screened as part of the Other Israel Film Festival, in the Donnelley Film Theatre, Heimbold Visual Arts Center on Monday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Coffee with the Professor Presents: Matthew Ellis

“Making Israel Home: Reflections on Israeli and Cultural and Social Diversity” will be presented by the Sarah Lawrence College Friends of the Library on Friday, November 13. Featuring Sarah Lawrence College history professor, Matthew Ellis, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs, the program will engage participants in a discussion about the historical roots of Israel’s cultural and social diversityand what this perspective might contribute to possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sarah Lawrence Offering Free Series of Contemporary Films and Documentaries

As a way of better understanding current issues as they relate to schools, curriculums and society, Sarah Lawrence College is offering a series of contemporary films and documentaries that are free and open to the public.

The film series, which starts in November and runs four Thursdays through April 2016, begins at 6 p.m. and takes place in the Esther Raushenbush Library. The series is sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College’s Art of Teaching Program and the Child Development Institute.

Sarah Lawrence College Hosting End of Life Care Workshop on November 7

For those interested in better comprehending the myriad of issues related to End of Life care and communicating them accordingly, Sarah Lawrence College is offering a half-day workshop, entitled Narrating the End of Life: Narrative Practice, Historical Context and Critical Skills to Improve End of Life Care. The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on SaturdayNovember 7, 2015 at Sarah Lawrence CollegeTo register or to learn more about this and other programs, click here.

Sarah Lawrence College announces historic $200 million capital campaign

Sarah Lawrence College has announced the launch of “The Campaign for Sarah Lawrence | Ahead of the Curve.” With $101 million in donations to date, the prestigious liberal arts college, known for its pioneering approach to education, its rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and its vibrant, successful alumni, is embarking on the public phase of a $200 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Alumna Tovah Feldshuh donates ticket fund for students

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Award winning actress and Sarah Lawrence alumna Tovah Feldshuh has donated a fund to the College to allow undergraduate and graduate students to attend performances of live professional theatre, including Broadway, off-Broadway, opera and ballet. The acclaimed actress, of Broadway, film, and television fame, singer, and playwright endowed the Tovah Feldshuh Broadway Ticket Fund in honor of her parents, Sidney and Lillian Feldshuh.

Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Sarah Lawrence College receives official approval

Sarah Lawrence College’s Dance/Movement Therapy Program has been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) becoming the seventh graduate education program in the country to offer a master’s degree in the field.

Campus Sexual Assault: Why Do We Need Affirmative Consent? - Mary Haviland, Esq

Mary Haviland, Esq, executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, will deliver the annual Margaret Keller lecture at the College at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in the Heimbold Donnelley Theater, 915 Kimball Avenue. The evening will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. and conclude with a Q&A.

Sarah Lawrence College program leads timely webinar on having Medicare pay for end of life discussions

In an effort to inform health care professionals and the public of the importance of having Medicare pay for discussions about end of life issues, Sarah Lawrence College’s End of Life Care program led a national seminar on the issue.

Mary Hebron named Director of Art of Teaching Graduate Program

Dean of Graduate Studies Judith Babbitts announced that Mary Hebron has been named Director of the Art of Teaching Program. 

Carol Zoref, writing faculty, wins AWP prize for debut novel

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Center director Carol Zoref is the recipient of the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) 2015 Prize for the Novel, an award given for “excellent new book-length works,” for her first novel, Barren Island. 

Sarah Lawrence College remembers Carol Ann Pelletier, theatre faculty

Sarah Lawrence College is mourning the loss of theatre faculty member Carol Pelletier, who passed away on August 31.

End of Life Care webinar to be held on September 2

Sarah Lawrence College’s End of Life Care program is offering a free webinar to be presented by Joshua Lapps and Rebecca O. Johnson on Wednesday, September 2 at 1 p.m. Registration is available.

Rebecca O. Johnson named Associate Program Director of Graduate and Professional Studies for the End of Life Care Program

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Dean of Graduate Studies Judith Babbitts announced that Health Advocacy Program faculty member Rebecca O. Johnson has been named Associate Program Director of Graduate and Professional Studies for the End of Life Care program. The College’s new End of Life Care program aims to address the need for information, tools, and analysis for health care professionals, caregivers, and the general public to create new perspectives in medical care. The End of Life Care Program closely aligns with recommendations from the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Approaching Death.

Cynthia Macdonald MA ’70 remembered

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VP Tom Blum on PBS NewsHour

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Sarah Lawrence alumni give context to exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

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Philanthropist Cate Muther ’69, founder and president of the Three Guineas Fund, and acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas ’70  have teamed up to bring the voices of incarcerated artists to an exhibition of their work at the Brooklyn Museum, bringing presence to their absence.

Sarah Lawrence College to launch new poetry reading series

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce the launch of the John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series. Award-winning poet Joshua Mehigan, a graduate of the College’s MFA program in writing, will open the series on September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Donnelley Lecture Hall, Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 915 Kimball Avenue, Bronxville, New York. The reading is free and open to the public.

Allen Green named new Dean of Equity and Inclusion

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Recognizing the growing importance of diversity within the institution, as well as issues related to student health and wellness, Sarah Lawrence College has established a new senior administrative position. Filling the new post will be Allen Green, who for the past 16 years has served the College as dean of studies and student life. In his new role he will continue to serve as chief diversity officer, chair of a College diversity committee, and Title IX coordinator. He will also ensure compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other equal opportunity laws.

New Dean of Studies and Student Life joins Sarah Lawrence College

Daniel Armando Trujillo has been appointed new dean of studies and student life at Sarah Lawrence College. In this position he will have direct responsibility for the office of the dean of studies and executive responsibility for the offices of student affairs, career services, and community partnerships.

CURB, Riverkeeper, and YPRC lead new effort to monitor water quality in the Saw Mill River

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Community scientists in Westchester County have launched a new effort to understand contamination in the Saw Mill River, which runs from Chappaqua, emptying into the Hudson in downtown Yonkers. The Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), the Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC), both located on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, and Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate based in Ossining, are leading the effort, with the support of many other organizations and individuals, including Groundwork Hudson Valley, which conducted water quality monitoring studies from 2008-2012.

Economics faculty member contributes to UN Research Institute project on financing for social development

Economics faculty member Jamee K. Moudud’s research note on the political economy of taxation, social, and labor policies in Argentina and Chile was recently chosen among other policy notes and think pieces as part of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development’s (UNRISD) “The Road to Addis and Beyond: Financing for Social Development” series.

E.L. Doctorow, admired teacher, inspired students and colleagues at Sarah Lawrence College

Great writers sometimes make great teachers, and E.L. Doctorow, who died on July 21, was a treasured member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College from 1971 to 1983.

City of Yonkers and Sarah Lawrence College reach agreement to play school’s men’s and women’s soccer games in Yonkers

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Sarah Lawrence College President Karen R. Lawrence today announced that the College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will play their home games at Tibbetts Brook Park and Fleming Field in Yonkers, returning home to Yonkers after playing outside of the city for several years.

The Sarahs fosters a revolution in audio fiction; podcast featured in iTunes

A revolution in creative audio content has been fueled with the launch of The Sarahs—the Sarah Lawrence International Audio Fiction Awards, a competition designed to raise aural storytelling to new heights of creativity and popularity.

Sarah Lawrence campus becomes smoke-free

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Sarah Lawrence College will be a smoke-free campus as of August 1. Joining a growing number of colleges in New York State and around the country that are prohibiting smoking on campus, the new policy is intended to safeguard the health of  students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Sarah Lawrence receives gift of $5 million for scholarships

The foundation of the late art collector and Sarah Lawrence College alumna, Mary Griggs Burke, is donating $5 million to the College for endowed scholarships, President Karen R. Lawrence announced today.

Speakers call on Sarah Lawrence graduates to use their learning to forge a better world

Sarah Lawrence College today conferred more than 500 degrees in the 87th commencement exercises of the historic college in Bronxville, New York. One hundred sixty-nine master’s degrees were bestowed on Thursday, May 21 and 334 Bachelor of Arts degrees on Friday, May 22.

Students from New York and Seoul create live-feed projection puppetry theatre piece

The Return by Tom Lee, an original theatre piece that brings the traditional world of puppetry into the modern era of technology, will be presented, followed by a brief discussion at CultureHub in New York City, on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. EST by students in New York and Seoul.

Doyenne of broadcast journalism Barbara Walters teaches master class at alma mater

Sarah Lawrence College celebrated Barbara Walters Day on Wednesday, May 6.

Democracy Now! host and producer, Amy Goodman, to deliver graduate commencement address

Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, will address the master’s degree candidates at the 2015 Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 21 at 4 p.m. on the College’s South Lawn.

Poetry Festival brings acclaimed poets to campus April 24-26

A number of nationally acclaimed poets will participate in Sarah Lawrence College’s 12th annual poetry festival, April 24–26, on the College’s Bronxville campus. The largest, free, student-run poetry festival in New York will include readings by fifteen invited poets, craft talks, a panel discussion, and book fair for local presses.

Buddhist temple and trail restoration on itinerary for Sarah Lawrence students over Spring Break

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Eschewing the more traditional Spring Break fodder of beach parties and revelry, a number of Sarah Lawrence students have opted instead for unique alternatives.

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.

Noted cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah to deliver undergraduate commencement address

Sarah Lawrence College announced today that noted philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist Kwame 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.

Sarah Lawrence comedy group heads to nation's largest intercollegiate comedy improv tournament after regional win

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The Sarah Lawrence College Lampoon, "Feral Christine," clinched first prize in the Big Apple Regionals, a collegiate comedy tournament composed of teams from the state of New York.

Alice Walker '65 recognized for her contribution to social work

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Alice Walker ‘65 has been recognized by Social Work Degree Guide as one of the 30 most influential social workers alive today.

Sarah Lawrence College presents “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life”

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The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life,” a workshop and lecture by Dr. Elijah Anderson, one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists will take place this week. The workshop, “The N*Word on College Campuses,” will be held on Tuesday, February 10 in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, Room 208 at 12:30 p.m. The lecture, “The Cosmopolitan Canopy:  Race and Civility in Everyday Life" will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Theatre. A faculty-only workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 in the Great Room of the Esther Raushenbush Library at 12:45 p.m.

Genetic counseling students win grant to create LGBT-focused curriculum

Three genetic counseling students at Sarah Lawrence College have been selected as recipients of the 2014 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Student Research Project award for their Capstone project which addresses the need for genetic counselors to improve their knowledge and skills in the area of LGBT cultural competency.

Friends of the Library to offer free mini-courses

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Two mini-courses, “The Anatomy of Catastrophes and Black Swan Events: Warnings Ignored or Misperceived” and “Music and Metaphysical Impulse,” will be offered Wednesday, January 14 through Friday, January 16.

Sarah Lawrence College and Seoul Arts Institute students and faculty create technology assisted theatrical event

A collaboration between American puppet artist and Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Tom Lee, his students at Sarah Lawrence College, the students of the Seoul Arts Institute in Seoul, South Korea, and CultureHub at La MaMa present a special work-in-progress showing of The Return on Tuesday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Film written and directed by Jessica Adler '14 receives DGA Student Film Jury Award

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STEEL, written and directed by Jessica Adler ’14, is the recipient of the East Region Directors Guild of America Student Film Jury Award.

Writer Ann Patchett '85 recipient of the 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

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Ann Patchett '85 is this year's recipient of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award given by the Tulsa Library Trust.

Alumni, parents, and friends enjoy tour of Cuba with Dean Jerrilynn Dodds

Dean Jerrilynn Dodds is leading a group of alumni, parents, and friends on a tour of Havana, Cuba.

Faculty psychologists to study effects of deployment on military families’ lives

A new study, being conducted by Adam D. Brown, PhD and Kim T. Ferguson, PhD, psychologists at Sarah Lawrence, aims to examine whether families that know more about the events that took place in each other’s lives during deployment will exhibit better psychological and behavioral wellbeing. Based on findings from studies of non-military families, that the researchers reviewed extensively, Brown and Ferguson say that although efforts are being made to address the psychological challenges facing military families there is a major gap in understanding how families talk to each other about the time that they were separated. Like other programs aimed at teaching skills to ease the transition to civilian life, Brown and Ferguson believe their data will inform the development of programs to help guide family conversations around this issue. It is their hope that the findings of this study will shed light on how certain ways of discussing deployment can ease the transition from combat to civilian life and strengthen the entire military family.

Film examining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be screened November 9

Life Sentences, a film with an unusual perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be screened as part of the 8th Annual Other Israel Film Festival on Sunday, November 9 at 4 p.m. in the Donnelley Film Theatre of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. The film, directed by Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani will be screened in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, followed by a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

Alwan Arab Music Ensemble to perform November 13

The Alwan Arab Music Ensemble, featuring a broad range of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Western music will perform on November 13 at 5 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Zen Week at Sarah Lawrence celebrates Buddhist tradition

Zen Arts and Culture Week comes to Sarah Lawrence College October 22 through 28, 2014.

National conference to reexamine value and role of liberal arts in our increasingly unequal society

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A group of leading scholars, policy-makers, and activists from around the country will convene for a major conference November 14 – 15 to discuss how liberal arts institutions should respond to in­creased inequality in the United States. Sarah Lawrence College, known as one of the country’s most progressive institutions of higher education, will host the interdisciplinary conference.

Human Genetics student project wins award and is presented at national conference

Two students in Sarah Lawrence College’s Human Genetics Graduate Program have received an award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for a project that will address the lack of ethnic and racial diversity in the field.  Kara Anstett of Yonkers and Sharon Chen of Port Washington presented their project in a plenary session to the 3,000 attendees at the 2014 national conference of the NSGC in New Orleans in September.

Two new Sarah Lawrence grants build curriculum and scholarship

Sarah Lawrence College has recently received two important grants – one to build on curricular work in the area of arts and technology and the other to set the stage for new scholarship about the civil rights movement.

Sarah Lawrence receives national award for overall performance in fundraising

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Sarah Lawrence College has been recognized for overall performance in fundraising efforts by the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), the association of college and university advancement, alumni relations and communications and marketing professionals.

New book by alumnus and writing faculty member Brian Morton praised in Tablet Magazine

Tablet Magazine praises alumnus and writing faculty member Brian Morton’s new book, Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), as being “deliciously sharp and deeply sympathetic.”