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Overdue Recognition for Abstract Expressionist and Alumna Sonja Sekula

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Sarah Lawrence alumna Sonja Sekula (1918-1963), whose tremendous talent as an artist did not prevent her from fading into obscurity, will be one of 11 female Abstract Expressionists to be featured in a Katonah Museum of Art exhibit this fall.

Taking the Classroom to Capitol Hill: Students Champion Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

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This important move forward in safeguarding the lives and civil rights of the oppressed Uyghur people was a priority for a group of Sarah Lawrence students who, last spring, were enrolled in Janet Reilly’s course, “Scholars at Risk: The Politics and Practice of Human-Rights Advocacy.”

President Judd Celebrates Opening Weeks of Classes and Largest Programmatic Grant in School History in September Newsletter

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It’s hard to believe we are already in the third week of classes! On August 31, a perfect late-summer day, we welcomed the class of 2023 and their families to campus. Many thanks to all who prepared in advance and worked throughout the day to ensure one of our smoothest-ever move-ins. For a sense of the weekend, see the great recap video that film student Harrison O’Clair ’20 created for us. The following days, which saw returning students arrive on campus, were filled with meetings with dons and faculty members to craft trajectories for the year ahead. Of course, this serious work was punctuated with plenty of orientation week fun, such as the annual screening of The Princess Bride.

Sarah Lawrence Awarded $1.2 Million Mellon Foundation Grant to Advance Civic Engagement in Westchester County

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Sarah Lawrence College a $1.2 million five-year grant to advance and support civic engagement through the arts and humanities in Westchester County. The award is the largest programmatic grant in Sarah Lawrence history.

Faculty Member Komozi Woodard Joins Here and Now on ABC to Discuss 1619 and the History of Slavery in North America

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Faculty Member Komozi Woodard Joins Here and Now on ABC to Discuss 1619 and the History of Slavery in North America

Sarah Lawrence College Welcomes Students, Opens New Barbara Walters Campus Center

August 31 marked a new phase in the history of Sarah Lawrence: the College welcomed the Class of 2023, chosen from the largest cohort of applicants in the institution’s history, and held the first official campus events in the now-open Barbara Walters Campus Center.

Sarah Lawrence Mourns the Passing of Bob Judd, Music Scholar and President Cristle Collins Judd's Husband

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Robert Floyd (“Bob”) Judd, 63, died on August 24, 2019 in Bronxville, NY.

 

President Judd Looks to Beginning of Academic Year in August Newsletter, From the President's Desk

Mid-August is an exciting time to be on a college campus: there is an air of expectation and, with each day, the growing anticipation of the return of faculty and students and the arrival of the incoming class. While this rhythm and ritual of return occurs at the beginning of every academic year, August 31st will mark a special point of beginning for Sarah Lawrence as we welcome the Class of 2023 in the newly opened Barbara Walters Campus Center.

President Judd Announces Appointment of Fatiah Touray as New Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Sarah Lawrence College

Fatiah, a born and raised New Yorker and first-generation college graduate, comes to Sarah Lawrence from positions of increasing responsibility at New York University, where she currently serves as Assistant Dean for Diversity and International Students.

Sarah Lawrence College Recognized for “Best Professors,” “Best Classroom Experience” in The Princeton Review’s Best 385 Colleges Guide for 2020

The Princeton Review’s annual Best 385 Colleges Guide continues to recognize Sarah Lawrence College as a leader in undergraduate liberal arts education and classroom experience, naming it #1 for “Professors Get High Marks” and #4 in “Best Classroom Experience.”

Sarah Lawrence Welcomes New Directors for Art of Teaching and Theatre Programs

Sarah Lawrence College is thrilled to announce Dr. Denisha Jones and Caden Manson will join the College’s faculty and administration as Director of the Art of Teaching graduate program and Theatre Director, respectively. Leaders in their fields, Denisha and Caden bring with them years of experience and success in academia, not-for-profit organizations, and the performing arts.

Sarah Lawrence Faculty, Alumni Earn New York Dance and Performance Nominations

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Sarah Lawrence Dance faculty members, alumni, and guest artists have been nominated for New York Dance and Performance Awards, informally known as “The Bessies,” including two nominations for Outstanding Production and one for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer.

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River Launches Hudson River Heroes Campaign

The Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), a regional hub for research and education focused on the Hudson River estuary and urban watersheds, has launched a new community partnership program to help bring science to life for Yonkers Public School students.

Sarah Lawrence Celebrates Retiring Faculty

With much appreciation, Sarah Lawrence celebrates seven esteemed faculty members who have retired this year.

Music Faculty Member Sungrai Sohn MFA '78 Retires After 39 Years at Sarah Lawrence

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As a distinguished concert violinist, dedicated educator, and beloved colleague, music faculty member Sungrai Sohn’s presence on campus made Sarah Lawrence an infinitely kinder, more beautiful place.

Sara Rudner, Dance Faculty Member and Former Dance Program Director, Retires After 20 Years

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In 1999, Sara Ruder took the helm of Sarah Lawrence’s Dance Program and asked a very important question: What are effective ways for dancing to be material for learning? Twenty years later, Rudner’s exploratory approach to movement and education, her innate curiosity, and her passion for collaboration have left a lasting mark on the College.

Literature Faculty Member Ann Lauinger Retires After 46 Years at Sarah Lawrence

When Ann Lauinger (literature) was hired in 1973, she came to Sarah Lawrence fresh out of graduate school with a special interest in medieval and Renaissance literature. The College’s first full-time female literature faculty member, Lauinger sought guidance from her colleagues, asking, “What should I teach?” The response that she received would turn out to be an incredible gift: “Whatever you want to teach.”

Visual and Studio Arts Faculty Member Tishan Hsu Retires After 22 Years at Sarah Lawrence

For four decades, Tishan Hsu has been creating groundbreaking art—including painting, digital media installation, and sculpture—addressing the question of how we, as human beings, embody technology.

History Faculty Member Persis Charles Retires After 42 Years at Sarah Lawrence

After an impressive 42-year tenure at the College, history faculty member Persis Charles cites student engagement as one of the highlights of her career at Sarah Lawrence. “It’s most enjoyable to me when a class discussion goes really well or when a conference project really starts to bear fruit over the course of a year or semester.”

In Conversation: Author Dani Shapiro ‘83, MFA ‘89 and President Cristle Collins Judd

A full house turned out on Saturday, June 8 for a conversation between President Cristle Collins Judd and author Dani Shapiro ’83, MFA ’89. A highlight of the College’s Reunion weekend for alumni, the event provided an opportunity for the audience to learn more about Shapiro, her work, and her experience writing her most recent bestseller, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.

Sarah Lawrence Salvage Drive: Bigger and Better at 10 Years Old

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The 10th anniversary of the Sarah Lawrence College Salvage Drive took place during the last week of May, marking the largest drive to date.

Sarah Lawrence College Celebrates Opening of New Open-Air Theatre

Sarah Lawrence College celebrated the official opening of The Remy Theatre, its newly constructed open-air theatre, on Wednesday evening, June 5.

Sarah Lawrence College Celebrates 91st Undergraduate Student Commencement

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Sarah Lawrence College and the class of 2019, along with families and loved ones, celebrated undergraduate commencement this morning. The ceremony honored the more than 300 students who received their bachelor’s degree after studying across a curriculum that spans disciplines from the Creative and Performing Arts, History and the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Sarah Lawrence College Celebrates Graduate Student Commencement

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Sarah Lawrence College welcomed excited families and loved ones to celebrate graduate student commencement this morning to honor the nearly 150 students who received master’s degrees in one of the College’s nine programs in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.

Student Film Selected for Cannes Film Festival

Ian Kent’s film was one of 1,000 short films selected for this opportunity, in which “diverse, creative, and promising films” are brought to the attention of film programmers, distributors, and buyers who are attending the Festival’s Film Market.

Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts Student Selected for Prestigious Television Academy Foundation Internship ​

Sarah Lawrence College student Emma Garcia has been selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2019 Internship Program.

Sarah Lawrence Athletics Celebrates Milestones and Hall of Fame Inductees

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Sarah Lawrence College held an event at the school’s Campbell Sports Center on May 10 to celebrate a trio of milestones: the 20th anniversary of the Sports Center; the first-ever induction of alumni into the Sarah Lawrence College Athletics Hall of Fame; and the retirement of Al Green, dean of equity & inclusion, who played a vital role in facilitating SLC’s entry in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.

Pioneer in Genetic Counseling, National Institutes of Health Director, to Share Spotlight at Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Commencement

Diane Baker MS ’79, former director of the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins will deliver a joint address at Sarah Lawrence College’s Graduate Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 23.

The Jean Wentworth Music Residency: Connecting Disciplines Through Music

Sarah Lawrence students recently had the opportunity to view anthropology, poetry, and mathematics through the lens of music thanks to presentations made by the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, an internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Faculty Emeritus David Bernstein

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Sarah Lawrence College mourns the loss of faculty emeritus David Bernstein, who passed away in April, 2019.

Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak Studies Health of the Hudson River with Earth Day Eel Count

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On Earth Day, the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) welcomed local elementary and high school students and Westchester County Executive George Latimer to participate in a citizen science powered research study that monitors the Hudson River’s glass eel population.

Three Sarah Lawrence Faculty Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Three members of the Sarah Lawrence College faculty have received the distinguished Guggenheim Fellowship for 2019, an honor and opportunity that reflects their exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and creative ability in the arts.

From the President's Desk: News for the Community from President Judd

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The April installment of From the President's Desk, President Judd's monthly newsletter for the Sarah Lawrence community.

New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman to Speak at 91st Undergraduate Commencement

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New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman ’96 will give the address at Sarah Lawrence College’s 91st Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 24.

President Cristle Collins Judd to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University

Sarah Lawrence College President Cristle Collins Judd will receive one of five Distinguished Alumni Awards from her alma mater Rice University on May 11.

Author and CBS-TV Anchor Mary Calvi to Discuss New Book, Dear George, Dear Mary

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News anchor and award-winning TV reporter Mary Calvi will discuss how she uncovered a love affair between George Washington and Heiress Mary Eliza Philipse while researching her book Dear George, Dear Mary.

A Campus Update from President Judd

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As we prepare to return from break and begin the final seven weeks of the spring term, I wanted to follow up my letter to the campus from March 12 with an update regarding moving forward in response to a number of issues brought forward by the Diaspora Coalition during the sit-in that took place in Westlands between March 11, 2019 and March 14, 2019.

Sarah Lawrence College to Offer Summer 2019 Pre-College Programs for High School Students

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Sarah Lawrence College is offering a wide range of pre-college summer programs in 2019 that will allow high school students to explore their interests and prepare for college. Course topics include filmmaking, creative writing, social justice, and therapeutic game design.

The Writing Institute Offers Creative Exploration in Italy, May 24-31

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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.

A Message from President Judd

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Yesterday, a group of Sarah Lawrence students known as the Diaspora Coalition, marking the anniversary of sit-ins held at the College in 1969 and 1989, began a sit-in in Westlands. The aims of today’s students are not dissimilar to those who made their voices heard 30 and 50 years ago: they seek to ensure a truly inclusive environment of respect and support at Sarah Lawrence, especially for students of color and low-income students.

From the President's Desk: News for the Community from President Judd

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The February installment of From the President's Desk looks at the history, present, and future of diversity at Sarah Lawrence.

The Jean Wentworth Music Residency at Sarah Lawrence College to Feature Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio in April

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Sarah Lawrence College is delighted to announce that The Jean Wentworth Music Residency will bring the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio to campus in April.

“Designer Babies” Next in Sarah Lawrence College’s Difference in Dialogue Event Series

In an event titled, “Designer Babies (You Say That Like It’s a Bad Thing),” a panel of experts in the field of genetics will discuss the effects of IVF and preimplantation testing on those who use it, and on those who don't.

From the President's Desk: News for the Community from President Judd

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President Judd introduces a new monthly newsletter for the Sarah Lawrence community.

History Faculty Member Margarita Fajardo Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Margarita Fajardo has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book on Latin America’s influence on the global debate on economic development and capitalism after World War II.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Theatre Faculty Member Greta Minsky MA '13

Longtime theatre faculty member Greta Minsky passed away on Sunday, January 6.

Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak Awarded More Than $135,000 in DEC Grants

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Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) and Beczak Environmental Education Center have been awarded two NYS Department of Environmental Conservation grants totaling $135,000 to help advance environmental knowledge and stewardship of the Hudson River and urban watersheds.

Debut Novel by Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97 Awarded Harold U. Ribalow Prize

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Barren Island, the debut novel by Writing faculty member Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97, has been awarded the Harold U. Ribalow Prize by Hadassah Magazine.

Sarah Lawrence College and City of Yonkers Partnership Brings Lights to Fleming Field

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Sarah Lawrence College and the City of Yonkers recently celebrated a public-private partnership that resulted in the installation of LED lights at the city’s Fleming Field.

A Letter from President Judd on Community Partnerships

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As we move into the final weeks of the fall semester, I write to share with you a gracious e-mail I received this weekend from one of our community partners. It speaks tellingly of the work in which so many members of our community take part.

Fourth Annual MFA in Writing Alumni Festival Held on Campus on October 6

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The Fourth Annual MFA in Writing Alumni Festival was held on campus on October 6.

 

A Message from President Judd About the Events of the Past Week

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President Judd writes to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families concerning recent events around the country.

Dean of Equity and Inclusion Al Green to Retire at End of Academic Year

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Al Green, Dean of Equity & Inclusion, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

Art History Faculty Member Jerrilynn Dodds Awarded The Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by Spanish Government

Art history faculty member Jerrilynn Dodds was recently awarded The Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish government.

 

Sarah Lawrence College Holds Provocative Year-Long Speakers Series: Difference in Dialogue

In a follow up to last year’s successful speakers’ series “Democracy and Education,” Sarah Lawrence College is taking the conversation one step further with a new series, “Difference in Dialogue,” which will explore some of the most contentious issues of our times.

Fios 1 Covers Women Running for Office, First Event in College's Difference in Dialogue Series

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Fios 1 News covered Women Running for Office, the first event in Sarah Lawrence College's Difference in Dialogue series, held on campus on October 16.

 

Immigration and Sarah Lawrence College:
A Letter from President Judd

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Earlier this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Administration is lowering the cap on refugee admissions to the United States to 30,000 individuals per year, the lowest number since the U.S. Refugee Admission Program was established in 1980, when the cap was 231,000. Against this backdrop, I wanted to share news of several initiatives underway at Sarah Lawrence related to issues of immigration and immigration policy.

President Judd Announces Appointment of Patricia Goldman as Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College

President Cristle Collins Judd is pleased to announce that Patricia "Patty" Goldman will be joining Sarah Lawrence as Vice President for Advancement and External Relations on September 12, 2018.

A Welcome to the New Academic Year from President Judd

Ninety-one years ago at this time, Sarah Lawrence College was preparing to welcome its very first class of students. The faculty and staff of the newly chartered college shared an exciting vision for launching an innovative and distinctive model of education. As the president of the College, I am pleased to affirm that the promise of a Sarah Lawrence education has only been deepened and enhanced in the intervening nine decades and we are excited to welcome students, new and continuing, to the campus at the end of the month as we begin the new academic year.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Alumna and Trustee Suzanne Salter Arkin ’60

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Sarah Lawrence College mourns the loss of alumna, trustee, and longtime friend and supporter Suzanne Salter Arkin, who passed away on Saturday, August 11.

The Princeton Review Recognizes Sarah Lawrence for Best Classroom Experience

Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that it has been named #1 for having the “Best Classroom Experience” among the 384 colleges listed in The Princeton Review’s just released The 384 Best Colleges.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Rose Anne Thom, Dance Faculty Emerita

The Sarah Lawrence community mourns the loss of beloved longtime faculty member Rose Anne Thom.

Sarah Lawrence College Remembers Faculty Member Kanishka Raja

The Sarah Lawrence community mourns the loss of faculty member Kanishka Raja.

A Message from President Judd Regarding Potential Congressional Actions

Among my responsibilities as the president of Sarah Lawrence College is that of monitoring federal and state policy debates and resulting regulatory and legislative actions that could have substantial consequences for the College. At moments when ongoing policy conversations could potentially impact our educational community, its members, and our mission, I believe it is incumbent upon me to alert our community, to encourage you to become as informed as possible about relevant policy discussions, and to provide information that will allow you to communicate as you deem appropriate with elected officials.

New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman ’96 Speaks at Sarah Lawrence College

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New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman ’96 gave a packed house a glimpse of what it’s like to be a journalist covering the Trump administration at an event at Sarah Lawrence College on June 9.

Cinema Sarah Lawrence Combines Liberal Arts with Hands-On Filmmaking

Aspiring filmmakers can look forward to a new, one-of-a-kind program now being offered by Sarah Lawrence College. Cinema Sarah Lawrence, a 15-week, semester away program, provides a rare opportunity for young filmmakers from any accredited college or university to collaborate with 25 film professionals in the making of an ambitious feature film, which will be released nationally. The program is led by Jay Craven, award-winning independent filmmaker and Sarah Lawrence faculty member, and Fred Strype, chair of Sarah Lawrence’s robust Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts program. Cinema Sarah Lawrence is set to launch in the spring 2019 semester.

Three Beloved Sarah Lawrence Faculty Members Retire

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It is our honor and privilege to celebrate three faculty members who retired at the end of this academic year: Kris Philipps, Eddye Pierce-Young, and Judith Serafini-Sauli. For their immeasurable contributions to the College, we are profoundly grateful.

Sarah Lawrence College to Hold Fifth Annual Publish & Promote Your Book Conference June 23

The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College’s fifth annual Publish & Promote Your Book Conference will take place on Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the College’s campus. Prominent New York City literary agents, major publishing house editors, and social media and public relations experts will be speaking at this comprehensive symposium designed for serious writers who want to get their work published.

Sarah Lawrence College to Hold Summer Literary Series June 17-22

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Sarah Lawrence College invites the community to attend a series of free events as part of the College’s Summer Literary Series from Sunday, June 17 through Friday, June 22.

Sarah Lawrence College Holds Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

Sarah Lawrence College graduates were reminded that success is never achieved without the support of others, and were encouraged to pay forward the support they’ve received in stirring addresses at the College’s undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

President of Ford Foundation Darren Walker to Deliver Undergraduate Commencement Address

Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation, the renowned international social justice philanthropy organization, will give the address at Sarah Lawrence College’s 90th Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 18.

Kyes Stevens MA ’99, MFA ’00, Founder of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, to Deliver Graduate Commencement Address

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Kyes Stevens, a leader in criminal justice reform through education, will deliver the keynote address at Sarah Lawrence College’s graduate commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17.

Sarah Lawrence College Repurposes Trees for The Barbara Walters Campus Center

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In preparation for the construction of The Barbara Walters Campus Center, a number of existing trees needed to be removed from the project site. The decision to remove these trees was not taken lightly. Throughout all the discussions around tree removal and preservation, a key priority was the repurposing of as much wood as possible, ideally for the furniture needs of the new campus center. This desire led the College to partner with NYCitySlab.

Sarah Lawrence College Joins More Than 70 Colleges and Universities in Supporting the Legal Challenge to the Ending of DACA

Sarah Lawrence College and more than 70 other member institutions of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration have signed onto an amicus brief filed yesterday supporting plaintiffs who are challenging President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program.

Sarah Lawrence Offers Summer Intensives for High School Students

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Whether it’s filmmaking, creative writing, social justice, or building assistive technology devices for children with disabilities, Sarah Lawrence College is offering a wide range of summer programs that will allow high school students to explore their interests and prepare for college.

A Mid-Semester Update from President Judd

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President Cristle Collins Judd shares news with the Sarah Lawrence community at the mid-point of the spring semester.

Sarah Lawrence College Holds 20th Annual Women’s History Conference

Sarah Lawrence College, home to the nation’s first graduate program in women’s history, will host its 20th Annual Women’s History Conference on March 2-3 featuring a DACA recipient as its keynote speaker.

Sarah Lawrence College Welcomes New Director of Child Development Institute

Sarah Lawrence College has announced the appointment of a new director of its Child Development Institute (CDI).

Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival Announces Spring 2018 Lineup

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The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival has announced its 2018 lineup, which will include former New York Poet Laureate Marie Howe, National Book Critics Circle Award winner D.A. Powell, and Chen Chen, the author of “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,” which was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Sarah Lawrence College Mourns the Passing of Psychology Faculty Member Marvin Frankel

Marvin Frankel, longtime member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, passed away suddenly this week.

Sarah Lawrence College Breaks Ground on The Barbara Walters Campus Center

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Sarah Lawrence College broke ground on the construction of a $35 million Campus Center, named in honor of esteemed alumna Barbara Walters who donated the lead gift of $15 million for the construction of the donor-funded building. The Center will include the Barbara Walters Gallery for exhibitions of fine art and the Barbara Walters Archives and Reading Room.

President Cristle Collins Judd Joins Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Sarah Lawrence College is proud to announce that President Cristle Collins Judd has joined the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

Sarah Lawrence College Mourns the Passing of Dean of Studies Emerita Marilyn Ogus Katz ’54

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The Sarah Lawrence community mourns the passing of Marilyn Ogus Katz ’54, who passed away on December 14.

Audio Fiction Sarah Awards Partner with Audible, Inc.; Contest Winner Gets Development Deal

Sarah Lawrence College’s audio fiction awards program, The Sarah Awards, is partnering with Audible, the largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment, adding a new dimension to the “Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest” this year, calling it the Brave + Bold Audio Fiction Contest. The winner of the contest will receive a $15,000 development deal with Audible Originals to create an audio fiction pilot. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 15, 2018.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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