Rebecca O. Johnson named Associate Program Director of Graduate and Professional Studies for the End of Life Care Program
Shank’s Mare, a puppetry collaboration between theatre faculty member Tom Lee and Japanese puppet master Koryu Nishikawa V, which premiered at Sarah Lawrence this past April, is set to open in New York City in November, as noted in The New York Times.
The New York Times remembers former faculty member Cynthia Macdonald MA ’70 for her poetry and other achievements, including co-founding the University of Houston’s creative writing program and becoming a certified Freudian psychoanalyst, specializing in treating patients with writer’s block.
Anne Hathaway is set to star in a TV adaption of recently published novel The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil MFA ’96, as featured in Entertainment Weekly.
Vice President of Administration Tom Blum sheds light on modern day admission and retention strategies with PBS NewsHour.
In a photo essay for The New Yorker, Alec Soth ’92 documents the “persistent suffering and persistent renewal” of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Yonkers Daily Voice reports Yonkers Middle School students partook in the Summer STEM program at the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB). Activities included seining, water sample collection and analysis, and learning sessions with faculty members Linwood Lewis (psychology) and Marek Fuchs (writing).
Faculty Marek Fuchs, Linwood Lewis in The Wall Street Journal on the hard work of teaching middle schoolers
In The Wall Street Journal, Marek Fuchs, writing faculty, describes the experience he and Linwood Lewis, psychology faculty, had teaching environmental writing this summer at Yonkers Middle School. “The lesson? Teaching middle schoolers is hard. Very hard. And it is hard in a way that can put the woes of higher education in perspective,” wrote Fuchs.
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.
Komozi Woodard, history faculty, is serving as a content advisor for Mission US: No Turning Back, an upcoming online role-playing game for middle and high school students that provides “a humanities-driven, first-person perspective on American history,” as noted in Bloomberg.
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.
Joshua Muldavin, geography faculty, participates in video discussion of China's growing influence in African countries and the implications for the US, on HuffPost Live (7:50).
A connection forged between authors J.D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway during World War II is the topic of literature faculty member Nick Mills’ latest piece in The Daily Beast.
Lama Fakih ‘04, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International, discusses her career with Women in Foreign Policy.
Adam Brown, psychology faculty, discusses topics ranging from his initial interest in psychology to his most recent research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Journal News.
Ingrid Sischy ‘73, art and fashion critic known for her work with Interview magazine, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, is remembered in The New York Times.
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.
Famed novelist and former writing faculty member E.L. Doctorow, who taught at Sarah Lawrence during the 1970’s, is remembered in The New York Times.
Variety reports two Sarah Lawrence alumni are among this year’s Emmy Award nominees: Jordan Peele ’01 is a nominee in the Outstanding Writer in a Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, and Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program categories, and Better Call Saul, which was created by writer/director/producer Peter Gould ’82, has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.
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.
Examiner.com reports a new documentary series featuring the lives of Trustee Holly Robinson Peete ’86 and her family will premiere on The Oprah Winfrey Network.
In his latest piece for The Daily Beast, Nick Mills, literature faculty, discusses the relationship between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and forthcoming sequel Go Set a Watchman and John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me.
Andrea Lee ’16, a participant in Sarah Lawrence’s Study Abroad in Oxford program, has been awarded first prize in the 2015 Rex Warner Literary Prize competition for her short story, Glass.
Laura Hercher, human genetics faculty, offers her thoughts on the expansion of the number of genes used to create a risk profile for egg and sperm donors in Buzzfeed.
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.
The Bronxville Daily Voice reports biology faculty member Michelle Hersh’s students, working at the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River, are testing the water quality of the recently daylighted Saw Mill River.
ArtsFuse reviews a recent Bard College dance performance choreographed by Pam Tanowitz MFA ‘98 – “[the performance] seemed to be as much about the connections among artists and their ideas as about the unanticipated gaps between them.”
UnReal, a new drama series by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro ‘99, set “behind the scenes of a fictional Bachelor-esque reality show,” is featured in The New York Times.
Nick Mills, literature faculty, on how a short story by Eudora Welty and an analysis of Thomas Jefferson may provide insight into the recent tragedy in Charleston in pieces for CNN and The Daily Beast.
Screenwriter Erik von Wodtke ’96 discusses his life and work with Examiner.com. He details the reason he chose Sarah Lawrence – “At a young age, Joseph Campbell became a fascination of mine and so I chose to study at Sarah Lawrence College, where I ended up learning a great deal about narrative theory and screenwriting.”
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.
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.
The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly are buzzing about The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris, writing faculty. Additionally, The New York Post features her Q&A with bestselling author Jodi Picoult. Picoult has described Morris as her “writing mentor.”
The Journal News interviews Bayan Baker ’15, who discusses her studies and life plans, and Moses Utomi MFA ’15, who provides advice for first-year students. Baker was also prominently featured in Yonkers Rising, where she discussed her journey from Yugoslavian child war refugee to pre-med Sarah Lawrence College graduate.
The Washington Post reviews The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus MFA ’05 – “…almost every sentence here has been worked, through a decade of composition and revision, into a jeweled strand of dry wit.”
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel ’81 has announced alumna Yoko Ono’s first permanent art installation in the United States, “SKY LANDING,” will open in Chicago’s Jackson Park in June 2016, as reported by ABC News.
Stylist Laura Kiechle ‘09 discusses her life and work with Salt Lake City Weekly. “Sarah Lawrence was a dream. I studied art history and read Proust and went into Manhattan on the weekends to people watch and walk the museums,” recounts Kiechle.
Nick Mills, literature faculty, offers his thoughts on the new Jacob Lawrence show at MoMA, One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North for The Daily Beast.
Singer/songwriter Sophie Auster ‘10 premieres her new music video for the song “Bad Manners” in an interview with The New York Times Style Magazine.
MarketWatch recounts the career of Vera Wang ’71 and details the reasoning behind the establishment of her first bridal boutique at age 40.
Time Magazine includes 1986 address as one of 10 “timeless pieces of advice from Commencement addresses”
Listing “10 Timeless Pieces of Advice from Commencement Addresses,” Time Magazine recalls Tracy Kidder's Commencement address at Sarah Lawrence in 1986.
The poem “Long as a Quart of Milk,” by Kevin Pilkington, writing faculty, is featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune.
In a Q&A for Interview Magazine, Maika Pollack, art history faculty, digs deep into the life and work of artist Agnes Denes.
Writer David Lindsay-Abaire ’92 discusses his new play, Good People, in an interview with CTnow.
In a Q&A with The Los Angeles Times, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro ’99 discusses her career in television.
In a piece about CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Program, Morningstar reports on Rafael Tejada ’14, who used the “ASAP” to graduate from community college before transferring to Sarah Lawrence.
In an interview with Style, Meghan Farrell ’06 discusses the influence of medical science and love stories behind her jewelry line, MF Jewelry.
In a Q&A for Real Times Media, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel ’81 discusses his political vision for the city.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the life of alumna Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael in light of a new documentary, Tracing Outlines, which tells the story of Pittsburgh's first modern art gallery that she founded when she was 21.
The Times Union reviews Accepting the Disaster by Joshua Mehigan ’94. “Accepting the Disaster has such an incantatory urgency and sense of deceptive simplicity about it that once you start reading, it's hard to stop.”
In an essay for College News, Derick Edgren ’18 examines the efficacy of dialogues about race and the importance of speaking up in bringing about substantive social change.
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.
News 12 Westchester covers Sarah Lawrence’s 87th Undergraduate Commencement. Congratulations to the class of 2015!
In an interview with Lancaster Online, William Chambers ‘95 discusses his "Obsessive Dollhouse" exhibit at the Lancaster County Art Association.
Elke Zuern, the Alice Stone Ilchman Chair in Comparative and International Studies, discusses her new book, The Politics of Necessity Community Organizing and Democracy in South Africa, in an interview with Blog Talk Radio.
Sarah Lawrence was a sponsor of the inaugural Yonkers Visionary Awards, reports Westfair Communications. The awards honored individuals and companies whose work have helped the city and its surrounding areas to develop and prosper.
In an essay for Afar Magazine titled "A Table for One, Please: Solo Travel and Serendipity," Mary Morris, writing faculty, contemplates the benefits of traveling alone.
In an in-depth interview with UPR, Elizabeth Johnston, psychology faculty, and Leah Olsen, biology faculty, discuss their new book, The Feeling Brain, which asks fundamental questions pertaining to the rapidly expanding field of affective neuroscience.
Jefferson Adams, history faculty, comments on surveillance and the bulk collection of phone records in Sputnik International.
Laura Green Zeilinger ‘95 appointed director of Washington, D.C. Department of Human Services: Washington Post
Laura Green Zeilinger ’95 appointed director of the Department of Human Services in Washington D.C., as reported in The Washington Post. Prior to her latest role, Zeilinger served as the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
The New York Post covers “Barbara Walters Day,” which was organized in honor of noted alumna Barbara Walters to recognize her $15 million donation to the College to build the Barbara Walters Campus Center.
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.
Sarah Lawrence College celebrated Barbara Walters Day on Wednesday, May 6.
In an opinion piece for The Observer, Nick Mills, literature faculty, suggests that Mark Twain’s writings on India provide valuable lessons with which to contextualize and understand the recent riots in Baltimore.
"[Rosen's] clear-eyed look at the sociopolitical dynamic of American culture transcends the deceptive simplicity of his nervy crime caper," says NPR's Jason Heller in a glowing book review of Depth, by Lev Rosen MFA ’06.
Sophie McManus MFA ‘05 discusses her new novel, The Unfortunates, in an interview with Gotham Magazine.
Julianna Margulies ‘89 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, writes Variety. The magazine reports that it wasn’t until her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College that Margulies "truly realized her calling as an actor."
Jeepney, the latest documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sarah Friedland ‘03 is set to air on PBS in May. Jeepney visualizes the richly diverse cultural and social climate of the Philippines through its most popular form of mass transportation: vividly decorated ex-WWII military vehicles.
Sven Hoeger received the "Going Green Award" at the 35th annual Volunteer Spirit Awards for his work at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, reports The Journal News. Hoeger trains and oversees volunteers at the Center, which provides environmental education for the Hudson River community and conducts research on and monitors urban watershed issues.
Variety names Sarah Lawrence’s filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts program one of the world's best
Recognizing Sarah Lawrence for having one of the 40 best “showbiz” programs around the world, Variety praises the College’s filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts program for providing "intimate seminar and workshop environments, an expansive and comprehensive program that incorporates screenwriting and media arts, and one-on-one mentorship with faculty advisors."
Sibyl Kempson, theatre faculty, part of “new guard of women in experimental theatre:” The New Yorker
The New Yorker examines the career of Sibyl Kempson, theatre faculty, whose new work, Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, opens May 3 at the Abrons Arts Center.
Late faculty member and violin instructor Dorothy DeLay is remembered in Interlude for nurturing a string of celebrated violinists. In their series "The Great Women Artists Who Shaped Music," Interlude touches upon DeLay's relaxed teaching style, encouraging her students to "interpret the music by deeply exploring the music on their own, rather than insisting that they emulate her playing."
Peter and John, a film made in collaboration with students from a number of colleges including Sarah Lawrence, will play four preview dates before its official premiere in late June, writes "The Commons Online." Peter and John is based on the 19th century novel Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant. Twenty-two filmmaking professionals mentored and collaborated with 32 students from 12 colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, as part of the production.
In an interview with Madison.com, actress Merritt Wever ‘02 discusses her time on Nurse Jackie, and the career opportunities that have come from playing Zoey Barkow on the hit Showtime series. In 2013, Wever won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her work on the show.
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon ’65 discusses her life and work in an interview with The New York Times.
I Understand Everything Better, the latest dance/theatre piece from David Neumann, theatre faculty, has garnered near universal acclaim from critics. Time Out New York writes, "I Understand generates vicarious feelings of loss to the extent that, at the end, we find ourselves applauding but bewildered." The New York Times notes how, "techniques from Japanese Noh theater, along with his characteristic wit, provide grounding and leavening forces."
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.
In an interview with India Abroad, Dr. Kanwal Singh discusses her academic career and her new appointment as dean of the college, making her the first Indian-American to head up a leading liberal arts college in the country. (link courtesy India Abroad)
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.
In an interview with Modern Mom, actor, singer, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete ‘86 discusses the HollyRod Foundation, which she and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, founded to help families affected by Parkinson’s disease and autism.
Brian Morton, writing faculty, discussed character development and the ideas and themes underlying his recent book, Florence Gordon, in an interview with MetroFocus.
In recent interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered and WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, journalist Johnny Dwyer ‘98 discussed his new book, American Warlord, about the only American in history ever convicted of torture committed abroad.
Sound design engineer Scott Lehrer ‘77 is mentioned in Playbill for his work on the latest Broadway revival of The King and I.
Sarah Lawrence College has announced the appointment of Kanwal Singh as dean of the college, effective August 1, 2015.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Singh,” said President Karen R. Lawrence. “She is a respected scholar and teacher, a much valued colleague, and an accomplished administrator.”
Singh will succeed Dean Jerrilynn D. Dodds, with whom she has worked closely on a wide range of curricular, programmatic, and faculty issues. Said Dodds, who will remain on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence after six years as Dean: “Kanwal Singh is a gifted administrator who can balance a deep understanding of our distinguished faculty with a keen mastery of the administrative demands of the position of dean of the college. We are so fortunate she will take the helm.”
Singh earned her MA and PhD in theoretical physics at the University of California at Berkeley and her BS in physics with departmental honors, summa cum laude, at the University of Maryland at College Park. She held a National Defense Science and Engineering Doctoral Fellowship and a post-doctoral fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation Her research focused on constructing models in order to understand low-temperature, low-dimensional systems, such as thin films of superfluids or superconducting material.
She has published on low-temperature disordered systems as well as on the teaching of science and mathematics and has taught at Middlebury College, Wellesley College, and Eugene Lang College. She also received a competitive fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for scientists interested in policy at the national level, working at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Education and Human Resources. Singh’s work at the foundation focused on large-scale, multi-year efforts of local school districts in partnership with institutions of higher education to improve science and mathematics teaching. This experience expanded and strengthened her interests in science education. She also worked with Bank Street College of Education for several years as a consultant on a Carnegie Corporation funded project to help improve its teacher education program.
Hannah Kinney ’08 has been selected as one of two 2015 Samuel H. Kress Fellows by the Medici Archive Project.
Estelle Wagner ’09, International Advocacy Coordinator for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, recently addressed the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women about reproductive rights. Wagner discussed her role at the IPPF with The St. Helena Star.
Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, created by Sibyl Kempson, theatre faculty, is previewed in BroadwayWorld.
An Associated Press report encourages consumers to find a qualified health advocate by pointing to several institutions that offer specialized courses and degrees in patient advocacy, including Sarah Lawrence.
I Understand Everything Better, created by David Neumann, theatre faculty, is explored in The New Yorker.
Sarah Lawrence houses the most liberal students in the United States, according to The Princeton Review.
Congratulations to Rahm Emanuel ’81 on his election to a second term as mayor of Chicago, as noted on CNN.
Congratulations to poet Cathy Park Hong, writing faculty, on being named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, as noted in The Los Angeles Times.
In a Q&A with Esquire Magazine, composer Dave Porter ‘94 discusses his work on Breaking Bad and spin-off series Better Call Saul.
Graham Gilleran ‘17, Sky Mihaylo ’17, and Nick Ransom ‘17 are among 30 students named to the Skyline Conference All-Sportsmanship Teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season, reports The Yonkers Daily Voice. As a result, the three students are now semifinalists to receive the 2014-15 Male and Female Sporting Awards, which will be voted on by the conference's directors of athletics at the conclusion of the academic year.
The community partnership between Sarah Lawrence and Wartburg, a provider of senior care services in Mount Vernon, is highlighted in Westfair Communications, which picks up upon the puppetry program that Josh Rice MFA ‘14 started at Wartburg last year.
Fareed Zakaria, who gave Sarah Lawrence's commencement speech in 2014, once again speaks up in defense of liberal arts education on his show Global Public Square on CNN.
Politics faculty member Samuel Abrams featured in Washington Post opinion piece about role scandals play in presidential elections
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, writer Jeremy Pope discusses his research with Sarah Lawrence faculty member Samuel Abrams in determining the impact the Clinton-era scandals had on Al Gore's presidential run in 2000.
Jack Califano ‘16 weighs in on Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential merits for CNN.
The Child Care Council of Westchester has announced Sarah Lawrence as one of three recipients of their annual Champions for Children Award, writes The Scarsdale Daily Voice. Sarah Lawrence College will be recognized as a Champion for Children for providing quality early care and education through its Early Childhood Center and the Child Development Institute, and for preparing the early education workforce through Art of Teaching and Child Development graduate degree programs. "I am happy to see two of our exceptional degree programs recognized by The Child Care Council of Westchester,” said Judith Babbitts, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. The award ceremony will take place on June 5.
US embassy officials visited the Roots Millennium Schools’ flagship campus in Islamabad to celebrate the acceptances of its students into a number of top US universities, including Sarah Lawrence, reports The News International.
In his latest opinion piece for The Daily Beast, writing faculty member Nick Mills argues that J. D. Salinger's Franny Glass is as emblematic of her time as Fitzgerald’s Daisy Buchanan or Lena Dunham’s cohorts in Girls. As such, he wonders why The New Yorker, which originally published Salinger's Franny & Zooey, hasn't more broadly lauded the short story, given the publications' 90th birthday celebrations this year.
"A Dream, or a Premonition, Leads to a New Beginning," an essay by writing faculty member Mary Morris, is featured in the "Modern Love" section of The New York Times.
Eschewing the more traditional Spring Break fodder of beach parties and revelry, a number of Sarah Lawrence students have opted instead for unique alternatives.
Playwright, director, and producer Roxy MtJoy '12 named new artistic director of Little Lake Theater
Roxy MtJoy '12 has been appointed artistic director by the Little Lake Theater Company, writes the Philadelphia Citybizlist. The Little Lake Theater Company was founded in 1959 by Will Disney, and has been a mainstay of artistic life in and around Pittsburgh ever since. MtJoy joins the Little Lake Theater Company after comprehensive directing, playwriting, and producing experience for off-Broadway theatre companies and productions in New York City.
Riley Strom '13, co-proprietor of the Brooklyn-based independent fine art gallery 99 Cent Plus, discusses the gallery's upcoming one-year anniversary with The Greenpoint Gazette. Strom owns and operates the gallery in partnership with fellow alumni Zoe Fisher '13 and Simran Johnston '13
Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Metropolitan Museum of Art recipients of historic collections of Japanese art from estate of renowned art collector Mary Griggs Burke '38
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports how the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will receive what is being described as a "treasure trove" of Japanese art, including a $12.5 million endowment, from the estate of renowned art collector Mary Griggs Burke '38, who passed away in 2012. The collection comprises 700 pieces of rare Japanese and Korean art spanning 5000 years, and pushes the Minneapolis museum’s Japanese collection into the top tier of United States museums. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art will also receive a further 300 pieces from Burke's collection and a matching $12.5 million endowment to fund Japanese art acquisitions and exhibitions, programming, and fellowships, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Rhona Free ‘78, former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been appointed as president of the University of St. Joseph, writes HartfordBusiness.com. Free begins her new position July 1.
Alumna Barbara Walters' $15 million gift to Sarah Lawrence recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education shines a spotlight on noted alumna Barbara Walters' $15 million donation to Sarah Lawrence, and how the college has helped shape her career.
In an opinion piece for philly.com, literature faculty member Nick Mills discusses the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches.
Polymath Agamemnon Otero ‘01 recognized in The Guardian for his efforts to bring renewable energy to London
Few better embody the potential of entrepreneurs working in sustainability than Agamemnon Otero ‘01 writes The Guardian, in an article about Otero's efforts to bring community renewable energy schemes to London. “[Otero] holds qualifications in architecture, pre-medicine and social and mathematical science; he has worked variously as a successful artist and in social finance. A two-time cancer survivor (the first time aged 18), he was told on both occasions that he only had months to live. He has since dedicated his boundless energy into helping to empower others.” Otero also featured in an article in The Ecologist last year.
Sarah Lawrence's writing program is chosen by Westchester Magazine as one of 13 life-changing college programs in Westchester. “With students yearning for gainful employment after graduation (not just an exceptional ability to write poetry), Sarah Lawrence hooks them up with some of the best writing positions in the country. Past graduates have earned spots at the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and Random House Publishing.”
In a BuzzFeed article about how prenatal genetic tests have uncovered cancer in at least 26 pregnant women, human genetics faculty member Laura Hercher discusses ethical questions and concerns raised about the unregulated—and rapidly evolving—genetic-testing industry.
Songwriter Curtis McMurtry ‘13 enjoys a glowing review in Texas Monthly of a recent performance with his father, acclaimed songwriter James McMurtry.
Inside Philanthropy and a number of media outlets have picked up upon noted alumna Barbara Walters' $15 million donation to Sarah Lawrence. The broadcaster, journalist and author, together with her charitable trust, have made a gift of $15 million to establish The Barbara Walters Campus Center at Sarah Lawrence College.
"Disarming of Shadows, Arming of Light," a poem by writing faculty member Rachel Eliza Griffith, is featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri).
Alumna Tovah Feldshuh discusses her role on "The Walking Dead" in a Q&A with Variety.
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.
Sarah Lawrence's MFA program for poetry has been singled out by The Writer as a “heavy-hitter” among national programs. In a guide to the best MFA programs for poetry in the country, The Writer highlights the program's “impressive” roster of professors, including 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Matthea Harvey, and Myla Goldberg. “One of the biggest attractions of this MFA program is the amount of face time students get with faculty, thanks to bi-weekly one-on-one meetings to discuss the students’ work in depth. Sarah Lawrence also hosts the largest free poetry festival in New York.”
Literature faculty members Nick Mills and Fred Smoler offer disparate takes on the film, American Sniper
Literature faculty members Nick Mills and Fred Smoler tackle issues raised by the film, American Sniper, from different angles. In his latest opinion piece for The Daily Beast, Mills points to "The Great Gatsby," "In Our Time," and "Mrs. Dalloway" as earlier examples of classic works of fiction that address the problems soldiers face when returning home from war. In his opinion piece for 1st of the Month, Smoler argues that many of American Sniper's harshest critics have missed a number of important points about the war in Iraq to be gleaned from the film.
The poem "Fury," by writing faculty member Tina Chang, is featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri). Chang writes about the poem: “Fury was the first emotion I felt when I read of the grand jury verdict regarding the Eric Garner case following on the heels of the Michael Brown case."
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
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.
The Washington Post and numerous major media outlets remember Lesley Gore '68, who passed away on Monday, February 16. She was 68. Gore is best remembered for her hits, "It's My Party," which she recorded when she was only 16, and the feminist anthem, "You Don't Own Me."
Alice Walker ‘65 has been recognized by Social Work Degree Guide as one of the 30 most influential social workers alive today.
In a Q&A for Cicero Magazine, Sarah Lawrence literature faculty member Nick Mills discusses his new book, "Every Army Man is With You."
Amy Mackie ‘96 is interviewed in Alaska Dispatch News about the "It Could Go Either Way" exhibit currently showing at the Anchorage Museum. Co-creator of the exhibit, Mackie also discusses her much storied career in the arts - a winding journey that now sees her as co-director of "PARSE" in New Orleans.
Geography faculty member Joshua Muldavin offers his thoughts on American involvement with forced evictions in China in Rolling Stone
Geography faculty member Joshua Muldavin is interviewed in a piece for Rolling Stone concerning forced evictions in China, and the way in which a number of large American banks have financially supported Chinese real estate companies responsible for what international watchdogs have called a human rights emergency.
Martha Stahl ‘97, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Montana, discusses the rewards and challenges of her role with The Billings Gazette
Martha Stahl ’97 discusses the path she took in becoming president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood, Montana, and the challenges she faces in light of health care's changing landscape with The Billings Gazette.
Charitable donations to Sarah Lawrence College rose during the 2013-14 fiscal year, reports The Journal News, despite a number of other mid-Hudson Valley institutions suffering declines in donations during the same period.
Emily Franklin ‘94 is one of 19 long-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the world’s richest prize for a single short story. If Franklin's story, Qualities of the Modern Farmer, is judged the winner, she will collect a first prize of £30,000. Previous recipients of the award and shortlisted writers have included the Pulitzer Prize winners Adam Johnson, Junot Diaz, and Elizabeth Strout, the double Man Booker-winner Hilary Mantel, Anthony Doerr, Ali Smith, and New Zealand’s CK Stead.
Decades-long love story featuring Helen Bryan Garland ‘47 and her husband, writer Joe Garland, chronicled in The Boston Globe
In a touching story in The Boston Globe, Helen Bryan Garland '47, a consultant for the United Nations, recalls how she reconnected 30 years later with the soldier she wrote letters to during World War II, while she was a student at Sarah Lawrence. That soldier, writer Joe Garland, passed away nearly four years ago, but the kitchen cabinets in her Gloucester home are still bedecked with dozens of Valentine cards Joe sent to his wife over their 30 year marriage.
A photography exhibit by Alec Soth ‘92 at the Sean Kelly Gallery in Manhattan enjoys a glowing review in The Daily Beast. In an interview, Soth recalls how it wasn't until he went to college that he really connected with photography and he discusses how his independent publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom, has started organizing workshops and classes that entice artists from all over the world.
Literature faculty member Nick Mills raises questions about assisted suicide for Alzheimer’s patients in an opinion piece for The Daily Beast
In his latest opinion piece for The Daily Beast, literature faculty member Nick Mills argues that those suffering from Alzheimer's disease deserve better legal options and more assistance rather than simply palliative care when their primary concern is with ending their lives.
The birthday of Alice Walker ‘65 is celebrated in People's World. A noted figure in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, Walker is the author of numerous books and collections of short stories and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction for her 1982 novel, "The Color Purple."
Economics faculty member Nicholas Reksten discusses income inequality in the US, and proposes possible solutions to the problem in a Q&A with Wallethub.
The auctioning off of Elvis memorabilia at Graceland Too was the inspiration behind "The King and I" by Eileen Townsend ’12, as noted in The Paris Review.
Tamara Winters MFA '12 discusses her life, work, and loves in a Q&A in CityBeat.
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.
In an interview in The Stamford Advocate, Jennifer Cipri ‘07 discusses her unusual route to Sarah Lawrence College, and the inspiration for her new novel, The Book, The Key and The Crown.
Literature faulty member Nick Mills draws attention to the "quiet architect" of the Civil Rights movement, Bob Moses, in an opinion piece for The Daily Beast.
Trustee Wendy Lipp has been chosen to speak at the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Throughout her career, Lipp has held a number of prominent jobs in publishing. In 2011, she founded her own independent publishing company, Prashanti Press.
Writing faculty member Vijay Seshadri, recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, is interviewed in DNA India. The Q&A broaches a number of topics, including Seshadri's approach to writing, his views on the role of technology in modern poetry, and Seshadri's concerns that contemporary "language and rhetoric are somewhat impoverished because we're not sufficiently literary."
In Westchester Magazine, Politics faculty member Samuel Abrams discusses the chances of George Pataki, should the former New York Governor make a presidential run.
Shelly Oria MFA ‘07 discusses the impact that Sarah Lawrence College has had on her writing career in Out Magazine. "Sarah Lawrence was probably more helpful to me than most MFA programs are to the writers who attend them, simply because that was where I learned to write in my second language," says Oria. "SLC has been a gift that keeps on giving, and that’s absolutely true. Most of my closest friends are people I went to school with, or my former teachers, or people who went there years before or after I did, who I met in various literary events over the years."
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.
Corey Morris MFA '12, has been named editor of the Washington State newspaper, The Vidette. Prior to his new editorial position, Morris worked for the Cody Enterprise, for which his story, “Finding peace 45 years later,” was awarded first place in the best feature story category for the National Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. His essay, “Carp River,” was published in Crab Orchard Review in 2012 and was listed as a notable essay in the anthology 2013 Best American Essays.
This year's Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest winner is N. West Moss '90, for her short story, "Omeer's Mangoes." Moss is previously the recipient of the Faulkner-Wisdom Award and Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Moss has just completed a collection of short stories titled "Bryant Park Variations," which includes “Omeer’s Mangoes.”
The Loop celebrates the Golden Globe achievements of Sarah Lawrence alumnus Noah Hawley '89, who took home the Golden Globe for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series for FX's Fargo, and alumna Julianna Margulies '89, who was nominated for a Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for her role in CBS's The Good Wife. Reporter Joyce Newman writes how Margulies "notes that her ability to analyze scripts and to create roles stems from her academic studies at Sarah Lawrence."
FX's Fargo, created by Noah Hawley '89, took home the Golden Globe for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series, as reported in The International Business Times.
The Poynter Institute reports that Writing faculty member Cathy Park Hong has been named poetry editor of The New Republic. The winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, Hong has published three collections of poetry and has been teaching at Sarah Lawrence since 2006.
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.
The late Mary Cheever '39, who was a central figure in a famous literary family, is profiled in The New York Times. She was married to leading 20th century author John Cheever and was the mother of writers Benjamin and Susan Cheever. Sara Corbett writes in the Times of the couple's turbulent forty-plus year marriage, Mary Cheever's teaching career, and the publication of her book, The Need for Chocolate and other Poems.
The Sarah Lawrence magazine issue entitled "The Heart of Music" and the College's "Sarah (Incredibly) Lawrence" poster were both recognized in Graphic Design USA's American Graphic Design Awards 2014.
The New York Times shines a spotlight on the work of Pam Tanowitz MFA '98 as a particular highlight of 2014. "Ms. Tanowitz is the wittiest choreographer since Mark Morris," writes Andrea Mohin for the Times, stating that the Mozartean complexity of the mirrored octet in Tanowitz's new “Heaven on One’s Head” dance program produced a buzz that "lasted for days."
FX’s Fargo, created by Noah Hawley ’89, picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series. Julianna Margulies ‘89 has been recognized for her work in CBS’s The Good Wife with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Additionally, she has been nominated for a Best Actress in a TV Drama Series SAG Award. See ABC News for a full list of Golden Globe nominees and The Washington Post for a full list of SAG Award nominees.
J.J. Abrams '88, filmmaker behind such blockbusters as Super 8 and the latest Star Trek movies, has released the trailer for his latest directorial offering, Star Wars: Episode VII.
Politics faculty member Elke Zuern offers her views on the current state of Namibian politics in an interview with World Politics Review.
Journalist Katie Couric responds to question from women’s history and film faculty member Kathryn Hearst
Journalist Katie Couric responds to a question from women’s history and film faculty member Kathryn Hearst on what advice she has for women wanting to go into journalism.
Alumna Cynthia Weil, co-writer of such hits as “We Gotta Get out of This Place” for The Animals, and “You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” for The Righteous Brothers, has been interviewed in Publisher's Weekly. Weil discusses a career trajectory that has taken her from Sarah Lawrence into songwriting into her latest incarnation as the author of young-adult fiction. "I majored in theater at Sarah Lawrence, back when it was an all-girls’ school. I thought I would become a director," Weil told the publication of her earlier aspirations while at Sarah Lawrence.
In an Op-Ed in The Advocate, Sarah Lawrence student Moises Serrano highlights the many injustices suffered by undocumented immigrants by describing his own experiences as a victim of bullying at school. His struggle will soon be featured in the upcoming feature-length documentary Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, which will be released early next year.
Writing faculty member Vijay Seshadri runs through his typical Sunday with The New York Times. Seshadri, who earlier this year won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, discusses writing routines, favorite authors, and the moral conundrum of being an American Football fan.
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.
Laura Hercher, faculty member at Sarah Lawrence's Joan H. Marks Human Genetics Program, penned a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times arguing that sorting children into groups based on genetics in order to give them the correct educational resources is a "bad use of science."
Sarah Lawrence students joined many colleges and universities around the nation in showing support for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, after a jury did not indict Wilson. For local media coverage, visit News 12 Westchester and Fios 1 News.
Sarah Lawrence College alumna and trustee emerita Suzanne Wright '98 discusses her work with Autism Speaks in the November addition of WAG Magazine. Wright founded Autism Speaks over nine years ago with her husband, Bob, after their grandson was diagnosed with autism. The organization now employs 200 worldwide, and invests over $500 million into medical and science research, cutting edge projects, fellowships and initiatives.
Composer, vocalist, dancer, choreographer, director, and filmmaker Meredith Monk ‘64 is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of her professional career this year. According to The New York Times, her groundbreaking work, “which has inspired artists as different as Merce Cunningham and Björk,” ranges from unique vocal recordings to modern theatre performances.
STEEL, written and directed by Jessica Adler ’14, is the recipient of the East Region Directors Guild of America Student Film Jury Award.
Ann Patchett '85 is this year's recipient of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award given by the Tulsa Library Trust.
Dean Jerrilynn Dodds is leading a group of alumni, parents, and friends on a tour of Havana, Cuba.
The New York Times recently reviewed two works in which theatre faculty members have prominent roles: “The Oldest Boy” features Ernest Abuba in a lead role, and “The Object Lesson” is directed by David Neumann.
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.
Astrophysicist Joseph Bramante ’07 explains the surprising lack of pulsars at the center of the Milky Way galaxy and how this may relate to dark matter, as seen in Wired.
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.
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.
Literature faculty member Nick Mills poses the question, “Does Ebola Need an Organization Man?” in an opinion piece on The Daily Beast.
Within Between, a performance piece by John Jasperse ’85, has been honored at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Awards, as reported in The New York Times. These awards, commonly referred to as the "Bessies," are named for the legendary artist Bessie Schönberg, who directed the Sarah Lawrence College dance program for many years.
Zen Arts and Culture Week comes to Sarah Lawrence College October 22 through 28, 2014.
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.
El Pais notes that Spanish faculty member Claudia Salazar is this year's winner of the “Premio de las Americas,” a prestigious literary prize awarded in Latin America, for her novel La sangre de la aurora.
Health Advocacy Program graduate Amy Lifson MA ‘12 has been named director of an in-home assisted-living program for those requiring care, according to North Jersey.
Kirkus Reviews selects writing faculty member Brian Morton’s Florence Gordon as a finalist in its first annual book competition
The New York Times reports that writing faculty member Brian Morton’s new book, Florence Gordon, has been selected as a finalist in literary journal Kirkus Reviews’ first annual book competition for fiction. The book was also reviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.
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.
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 College's decision to adopt a standardized-test optional admission policy has led to the College's return to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list, as reported by The Washington Post.
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.
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.”