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A Message about Tax Reform from President Judd

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On November 13, I wrote to share concerns with you about draft tax reform measures in the House and Senate that had implications for Sarah Lawrence and for higher education more broadly.

Proposed Tax Reform and Sarah Lawrence: A Message from President Judd

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As you may be aware, Congress is presently formulating federal tax reform plans. The proposed legislation, as currently envisioned, calls for changes to the tax code that would create substantial challenges for colleges and universities and the students we serve. This letter summarizes some of the implications of the proposed plans and invites you to join the national debate about tax reform as it relates to Sarah Lawrence College.

Community Update from President Cristle Collins Judd

From time to time, I will provide updates to our entire community around important events in the life of the College. As you know, we are engaged across this inaugural year in a rich series of conversations and events on the theme of “Democracy and Education.” I am writing on this Election Day to encourage you to exercise your right to vote and to invite you to join the conversation as we launch #SLCDemocracyEducation.

Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, to Speak at Sarah Lawrence College

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Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of the television news magazine 60 Minutes, will speak at Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday, November 14, following the release of his book, Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television’s Most Influential News Broadcast, released this month. Fager’s talk, which will be open to questions from the audience, and likely to include a discussion of “fake” news and first amendment issues, will be held in the Donnelley Theatre in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center at 5:15 p.m. This event is part of the inaugural year series exploring democracy and education.

New Films by Sarah Lawrence College Students Featured at YoFiFest, the Yonkers Film Festival

The Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest) is presenting a Sarah Lawrence College Showcase on November 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the YOFI DMAC Theater, 66 Main Street in downtown Yonkers, screening new films, Giselle by Severine Reisp and Halina by Xueni Yang. Tickets may be purchased here.

PostWest 2a: Ornament and Translation Exhibition October 31 – December 10

Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to present PostWest 2a: Ornament and Translation, a solo exhibition of works by visual and studio arts faculty member Kanishka Raja. The exhibition will be on view from October 31 – December 10 at the gallery’s location in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, October 31, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Lawrence College Mourns the Passing of Jean Wentworth, Music Faculty Member Emerita

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The Sarah Lawrence community mourns the passing of music faculty emerita member Jean Wentworth, who passed away on October 10 at her home.

Psychology Faculty Member Adam Brown Develops Traumatic Stress Assessment of Refugees

Psychology faculty member Adam Brown has been awarded a second Fulbright fellowship to continue work on assessing the impact of traumatic stress on migrants in Switzerland, many of whom are refugees, and developing preliminary interventions for treatment. He will share the results of the first phase of his work with other professionals at an international symposium on refugees in Bern in November. The title of his talk is: “Refugee Mental Health in Emergency Medicine.”

Cristle Collins Judd to be Inaugurated as 11th President of Sarah Lawrence College

On Friday, October 6, Sarah Lawrence College, one of the nation’s most innovative liberal arts colleges, will install Cristle Collins Judd, PhD, as its 11th president. Dr. Judd joins Sarah Lawrence from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she guided the foundation’s program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. She has worked with college and university presidents and provosts from around the country to address the most pressing issues facing higher education, including diversity and inclusiveness, the value of the liberal arts, the role of the arts and humanities in civil society, and the cost of higher education.

Writing Faculty Member Mary LaChapelle Receives O. Henry Prize for Floating Garden

Writing faculty member Mary LaChapelle’s story, Floating Garden, originally published in Salamander magazine, has been chosen as a winner of the O. Henry Prize, and is included in the O. Henry Prize Stories for 2017.

Prize for Creative Science Projects Endowed at Sarah Lawrence College; W. Ian Lipkin ’74, Noted Physician-Scientist, Honored

Laurel Appell Lipkin ’79, the sister of internationally recognized physician-scientist W. Ian Lipkin ’74, has established an endowed fund to create a prize in her brother’s honor at the siblings’ alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College. The prize will encourage the development of creative science projects at the liberal arts college.

2017 National Book Awards Longlists Include Writing Faculty Members Carol Zoref and Marie Howe

The National Book Foundation announced its long lists for the 2017 awards last week, and two of the nominees are writing faculty members at Sarah Lawrence College: Carol Zoref for her novel, Barren Island, and Marie Howe, selected for her poetry collection, Magdalene.

A Message from President Judd about Hurricane Irma

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As you know, over the past week, the College closely monitored the events associated with Hurricane Irma and we have reached out to SLC students of whom we were aware with families living in affected areas. Thanks to the foresight of the Study Abroad and Exchange Program Office, we were able to evacuate the 16 students in the SLC Havana program last Thursday along with the director and associate director of the program. The students are here now in Yonkers continuing their work together, with support from staff in Operations and Facilities, our faculty, and the Dean of College staff. We are working to determine when they may be able to return to Havana.

Sarah Lawrence College Responds to Potential Impact of Hurricane Irma on Study Abroad Students and Staff in Cuba

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As Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm, advances through the Caribbean and approaches Cuba, Sarah Lawrence College has taken precautions to ensure the safety of the students and staff in its study abroad program centered in Havana.

A Message from President Judd About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy

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I write to you today to affirm unequivocally Sarah Lawrence College’s support for undocumented students who are pursuing higher education through the protections created by the policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Art History Faculty Member Jerrilynn Dodds Awarded Slade Professorship at Oxford

Art history faculty member Jerrilynn Dodds, Harlequin Adair Dammann Chair in Islamic Studies, has been awarded the Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford for the 2020-2021 academic year.

A Message from President Cristle Collins Judd about Hurricane Harvey and the Flooding in Texas

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We have by now all seen heart-rending images of those in the path of Hurricane Harvey who have been forced from their homes, are struggling to find shelter and safety, and are living under a continuing threat of rising flood waters. Echoes of the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy sadly come to mind.

Open House for Sarah Lawrence’s Writing Institute Features Reading by Teachers August 24

Writers of all levels are invited to attend the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute’s Fall Open House on Thursday, August 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Wrexham Living Room on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to readings by authors teaching in The Writing Institute, meet students and faculty, ask questions, become familiar with teachers’ genres and writing styles, and build or strengthen relationships with a vibrant community of writers.

The Princeton Review Recognizes Sarah Lawrence College for Best Faculty

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that it has been named by The Princeton Review as first among colleges listed in The 382 Best Colleges for “Professors Get High Marks.” The top ranking in this category recognizes the high regard the College’s students hold for their professors.

Yonkers Middle School Students Dive into Science and Research with Help from Sarah Lawrence College

Students from middle schools in Yonkers, participating in a summer STEM enrichment program, convened at Sarah Lawrence College last Tuesday to “Ask a Scientist” their burning questions about careers in the sciences, curiosities of everyday life, or their observations of important scientific matters in the world around them and beyond.

YPIE Summer Bridge Program at Sarah Lawrence College Prepares Students for College

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This week Sarah Lawrence College is hosting and supporting Yonkers Partners in Education’s innovative summer bridge program for college-bound students from New York State’s fourth largest city, many of whom would not be planning for this life-changing chapter in their lives without the preparation afforded them by YPIE, a nonprofit public education fund.

Three Beloved Sarah Lawrence Faculty Members Retire

At Sarah Lawrence, our passionate faculty members, the fabric of the College, live this ethos. Since the College’s establishment in 1926, our dynamic professors have shaped the Sarah Lawrence experience with their exceptional dedication and curiosity. For this, our gratitude knows no bounds.

Psychology Faculty Member Adam Brown Awarded Fulbright to Work with Refugees

Psychology faculty member Adam Brown has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to assess the impact of traumatic stress on migrants in Switzerland, many of whom are refugees, compared to the general Swiss population.

New Book by Classics Faculty Member Emily Katz Anhalt Finds Ancient Myths Helpful in Today’s Turbulent Age

“Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths” offers crucial lessons from ancient Greece on how to develop and maintain a civil society and reduce violence.

Stirring Speeches by Forces of Creativity Highlight Commencements at Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence College conferred over 400 degrees in the commencement exercises of the historic college in southern Westchester County, just north of New York City. One hundred fifty master’s degrees were bestowed on Thursday, May 18, and 355 Bachelor of Arts degrees on Friday, May 19.

Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics Receives Full ACGC Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) has awarded the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics full reaccreditation for eight years, the maximum time allowed for programs undergoing reaccreditation. The accrediting body’s decision comes after a yearlong self study followed by a site visit in February from members of the ACGC.

Writing Faculty Member Kevin Pilkington Awarded the IPPY National Bronze Medal in Poetry for 2017

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Sarah Lawrence writing faculty member and poet Kevin Pilkington was awarded the 2017 IPPY Award’s (Independent Publisher Book Awards) National Bronze Medal in Poetry for his collection Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems published by Black Lawrence Press.

Writing Faculty Member Matthea Harvey Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts for 2017

Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty member and poet Matthea Harvey has been awarded a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the category of creative arts for 2017.

Sarah Lawrence College’s 14th Annual Poetry Festival Set for April 21-23

The 14th Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, the largest free, student-run poetry festival in New York State, takes place April 21-23 on the College’s Bronxville-area campus. The festival, open to the public, will include readings by acclaimed poets and Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate poetry students; craft talks; generative sessions; a book fair; and a special event of readings and recordings of poems by incarcerated individuals at the Westchester County Correctional Facility, presented by students who have worked with them in the College’s Right-to-Write program.

Sarah Lawrence Biologist wins NSF Grant to Study Plant Diversity

Sarah Lawrence College biology professor Michelle Hersh has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with Bard College biologist Cathy Collins, to study whether landscape fragmentation—the breaking up of habitats into smaller pieces—has a positive or negative impact on plant diversity. Their research has important implications for the conservation of natural ecosystems and biological diversity.

Psychology Students Participate in Regional Research Conference

Three Sarah Lawrence psychology students will present talks about their original research conducted in the Memory and Cognition Lab run by faculty member Adam Brown, at the 6th annual Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference, sponsored by Manhattanville and Mercy Colleges at Manhattanville in Purchase, NY on Friday, April 7.

Jamal Joseph, Oscar-Nominated Writer, Director, and Social Justice Advocate Named Graduate Commencement Speaker

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that Jamal Joseph, Oscar-nominated writer and director, will address the graduates of the College’s nine master’s degree programs at the 2017 Graduate Commencement. The graduate programs ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

The Sarah Awards, Lauding the Best of Audio Fiction, Announced

The judges of the second annual Sarah Lawrence International Audio Fiction Awards have cast their ballots for the winners of this year’s competition, one of the only awards program for original fiction made for listening. The six pieces chosen as finalists highlight the variety of radio dramas made this year, from psychological thrillers to musicals, to pieces that blend fact and fiction. An awards ceremony will be held March 28 at WNYC New York Public Radio’s Greene Space in Manhattan from where it will stream live. Welcome to Night Vale will perform and its founders, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, will serve as Masters of Ceremony for the evening.

Master of Arts in Health Advocacy Offers Unique, Low-Residency Program with Distance Learning Opportunities in a Growing Field

At a time when uncertainly over the Affordable Care Act has put a spotlight on healthcare, Sarah Lawrence College this week announced that it is offering a new low-residency master’s degree program in Health Advocacy.

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute Offers Italy Writing Exploration

What could be more inspiring than Italy’s Amalfi Coast in the summer? Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute is offering writers the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles with an exploration into writing and painting in Italy.

Graduate Program in Human Genetics Issues Statement on Travel Ban to US

The Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Human Genetics has issued the following statement on the travel ban to the US:

Saw Mill River Summit Brings Attention to River's Needs, Potential

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Organizations focused on the health of the Saw Mill River and its importance to the 11 communities in its watershed Thursday called for a new countywide watershed planning effort, following a summit that brought together local leaders and environmental groups.

Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden Exhibit at Sarah Lawrence College through May

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Sarah Lawrence College presents “Artists Talk,” a program in conjunction with an exhibit of artist Vinnie Bagwell’s Enslaved Africans Rain Garden project, Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in Reisinger auditorium. Bagwell and spoken word artist Ty Gray-EL will speak about the project that honors the enslaved Africans who resided at the historic Philipse Manor Hall in downtown Yonkers, six of whom were the first to be manumitted by law in the United States, 79 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Black Women in White America: A Conference at Sarah Lawrence College March 3 and 4; Noted Historian Nell Painter to Deliver Keynote Address

The Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Women’s History presents: “Black Women in White America, Revisited” Friday and Saturday March 3 - 4. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the conference website.

Sarah Lawrence College Launches Certificate Course in Book Publishing

Expanding on its hugely popular summer book publishing conference, Sarah Lawrence College will be teaming up with experts at top publishing houses to offer a six-week certificate program in publishing.

Writing Faculty Member Carol Zoref's Novel Barren Island Released

As immigrants are under assault, a new, award-winning book by a Sarah Lawrence College writing instructor celebrates the melting pot that is the backbone of New York.

Sarah Lawrence College Mourns the Loss of Longtime Writing Faculty Member Tom Lux

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Sarah Lawrence College mourns the death of poet and long-time writing faculty member Tom Lux.

J.J. Abrams ’88 to Deliver Undergraduate Commencement Keynote Address

J.J. Abrams ’88 will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 89th Commencement on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Faculty Members Fanchon Scheier and William Melvin Kelley

The Sarah Lawrence community mourns the passing of two beloved faculty members, Fanchon Scheier (theatre) and William Melvin Kelley (writing).

Sarah Lawrence College Responds to Recent Executive Orders

On January 30, in a message to the Sarah Lawrence community, President Karen R. Lawrence addressed recent executive orders by President Donald Trump.

Art of Teaching Graduate Program Receives $103,000 Grant to Train Teachers Who Understand the Challenges At-Risk Children Face

The best way to train teachers to understand the challenges that face inner-city children placed at risk, is to have teachers who come from those communities.

That’s the thinking behind Sarah Lawrence College’s Art of Teaching graduate program, which has just received a five-year grant from New York State’s Teacher Opportunity Corps to help expand its work in Yonkers Public Schools. The grant was announced by the State Education Department on Monday.

President Karen R. Lawrence to Step Down in 2017

Karen R. Lawrence will step down as 10th president of Sarah Lawrence College, following a decade of service, in July, 2017. Having taken office in August 2007, Lawrence successfully led the College through the recession, national concerns over higher education affordability and accessibility, changes in enrolling students’ demographics, and attacks on the relevance of the liberal arts in a shifting economy.

A Post-Election Statement from Sarah Lawrence College

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The previous ten days have elicited or renewed many feelings, conversations, and concerns regarding our physical and emotional well-being. Instances of bias and harassment around the nation, concerns about support for international students, and the impact of the election upon the educational future of "undocumented" students have been top of mind for many people.

President Karen Lawrence Signs Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Sarah Lawrence College president Karen Lawrence joined more than 100 fellow presidents from colleges and universities around the nation in signing an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump.

Dance Faculty Member Jodi Melnick’s Work Featured in NYC

Dance artist, choreographer, and Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Jodi Melnick, whose work stems from “the continual act of creating through a movement-based practice,” is being featured at two new venues in New York City in the upcoming weeks.

Award-Winning Poet Christian Wiman to Read at Sarah Lawrence College November 15

Award-winning poet and memoirist, essayist, editor, critic and translator Christian Wiman will read from his most recent collection, Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems on November 15 at 7 p.m. in Slonim House at Sarah Lawrence College.

The Sarah Awards Launch Essay Series to Advance Genre of Audio Fiction

The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Awards, aka The Sarah Awards, is pleased to announce that it is launching a series of essays about the craft of making radio dramas in the 21st century on its website, thesarahawards.com. "With the boom in podcasting, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of radio drama, a genre that had its heyday in the mid-20th century" says Ann Heppermann, Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty member and The Sarah Awards founder. "However, as this art form has re-emerged, little has been written about creating contemporary radio drama. With these essays, we hope to provide a resource for people making these works as well as add to the discussion of what it means to make radio drama today."

Sarah Lawrence College and Partners Awarded $60,000 from EPA's Urban Waters Program

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Citizen-scientists in Westchester and Rockland County, and the Bronx, got a boost today from the Environmental Protection Agency by way of a $60,000 Urban Waters Small Grant. The nationally-competitive grant, led by Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), was just one of two awarded in EPA Region 2, which covers New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.

"Flat Screen, Split Screen, Smoke Screen" Exhibition, October 11 through December 11

The Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce a group exhibition, “Flat Screen, Split Screen, Smoke Screen.” Curated by Vera Iliatova and Jackie Gendel, this exhibition features works by Derrick Adams, Gary Burnley, Judith Eisler, Dana Frankfort, Jen Mazza, Tom McGrath, and Dona Nelson.

OSilas, Newly Renovated Residence Hall, Opens

Thirty-four lucky students moved into a recently renovated residence hall, formerly called Gilbert, now OSilas, named for trustee and alumna Olivia “Vicki” Ford and her husband, Si (Silas) of Bronxville. The couple donated a leadership gift to the College’s Campaign for Sarah Lawrence to fund a ‘top-to-bottom’ renewal of one of the original College buildings in which Vicki lived during her years as an undergraduate.

Sarah Lawrence Ranks #1 for Best Classroom Experience: The Princeton Review

According to a survey of the Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition, published by The Princeton Review, the “Best Classroom Experience” can be found at Sarah Lawrence College. Sarah Lawrence was also rated #1 for “LGBTQ-Friendly” and scored in the top 20 for eight additional ranking categories compiled by the popular college guide, including “Best College Theater” (#2) and "Professors Get High Marks" (#9).

Two Million Dollar Gift Will Transform Science Study at Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College announces a two million dollar gift from alumna Suzanne Salter Arkin of Manhattan, to create a fund in support of students studying the sciences.

“Light Energy” Exhibit through September 23; Opening Reception September 8

“Light Energy,” an exhibit of sculptures by NYC-based artist Jill Viney, in which light is an essential component, opens at Sarah Lawrence College at the Barbara Walters Gallery in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center (915 Kimball Avenue) on August 27 and runs through September 23 with an opening reception on September 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Distinguished Alumna Barbara Walters Donates $15 Million to Fund The Barbara Walters Campus Center

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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.