Virtual Family Weekend 2021

Saturday, October 23

We all had looked very much forward to—and were planning for—an in-person Family Weekend, and the chance to welcome (and welcome back) parents and families to campus. However, given the trajectory and continued impact of the Delta variant, we have concluded that it could jeopardize the health and wellbeing of our campus community to move forward with an event that would bring several hundred people to campus from around the country and the world. As such, we have changed course and will now be holding a Virtual Family Weekend.

We hope you'll join us on Saturday, October 23, for a glimpse into life at SLC. Parents, families, and students will receive an email just before the event with details on how to join each session via Zoom. 

Time Event
11-11:40 a.m. Welcome & Campus Updates with President Cristle Collins Judd
Followed by Q&A with President Judd, Provost and Dean of Faculty Kanwal Singh, and Dean of Studies Danny Trujillo
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

College Resources & Information Sessions (choose one)

Five-Year Degree Programs
Undergraduate students can begin graduate work during their senior year through three of Sarah Lawrence College’s unique graduate programs: Art of Teaching (MSEd, leads to certification in Early Childhood & Elementary Education), Child Development (MA), and Dance/Movement Therapy (MS). This allows students to leave the College with two degrees after five years.

Supporting Your Student's Mental Health As They Navigate College
Join Cary Bosak, LCSW, and Dr. Ayesha Nagra from SLC's Health & Wellness Center in a discussion regarding the ways in which Counseling and Psychological Services at Health & Wellness can help support your student. Additionally, we will discuss strategies and tools for supporting your student from afar as we all navigate life back to normalcy and they find their way through the maze of increased responsibility and transitions that occur in college.

Learning at SLC
Dean of Studies staff will lead a discussion and answer questions regarding learning within the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy inside and outside of the classroom. Topics to be covered will include the open curriculum, degree requirements, and curricular opportunities.

Passion + Purpose = A Career You Love
Learn how The Office of Career Services assists students with discovering their passion and supports their professional development over their four years. Please join the Career Services team as they discuss the career planning process, including the role of career exploration, gaining experience through internships, and networking. This presentation offers information about programs, resources, and professional development opportunities. A student panel will follow the brief presentation where students discuss their involvement with career services, internships, and more!

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Student Showcases (choose one)

Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts
Students involved: Samu Gabor, Mateo Cesarman, Sabrina Leira, Sophie Bardos, Izzy Friedman, Katia Barricklow.

A screening of student films completed during the 2020-21 academic year followed by a Q&A with Director of Technology & Resources and faculty member Brian Emery ’07 and the student filmmakers.

Sarah Lawrence Interdisciplinary Collaborative on the Environment
Students from this interdisciplinary course cluster will discuss their work. 


1 p.m.
Men's and Women's Swimming vs. Western Connecticut State
Catch the Gryphons in action via livestream!
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Faculty Seminars (choose one)

Feminist Film History: Considering Director Dorothy Arzner
Tanya Goldman, film history
Dorothy Arzner was the only female director working in 1930s Hollywood. Her singularity as not only a woman, but a queer woman, in a heteronormative male-dominated industry has made her an object of fascination among feminist and queer film critics for decades. In this seminar, we’ll analyze an excerpt from her film Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) and examine still images of her at work on set as a means to discuss gender and sexual politics in the United States during the 1930s.

“I Have Read a Fiery Gospel”: the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe, and the Political Work of Literature
Lyde Sizer, history
In this seminar we will look at the ways one Northern woman writer participated in the conversation about war aims in a crucial early moment in the U.S. Civil War (Feb., 1862), focusing in on the most famous of all of the Civil War songs, Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This will be a chance to polish or take up your analytic skills of years past, to consider the work that political art can do, and to think hard about what motivates people (in this case, men) to sacrifice what may well be their life for a cause. This will also be a pedagogical exercise. We will start with a brief overview, following with first small group work and then general conversation, much as I do in many of my seminars. We will end with a discussion of the pedagogy itself: what skills can the close study of a political piece of art build?

Finding Happiness and Keeping It: Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience
Maia Pujara, psychology

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Student Showcases (choose one)

Visual and Studio Arts
Join this group of visual arts students as they showcase the exciting work they are doing in Visual and Studio Arts:
Pilar Beddall ’22 (1001 Drawings), Simon Diesenhous ’22 (New Genres: Paranoia as a System), Alissa Green ’22 (Interdisciplinary Studio), Riley Johnson ’22 (Art from Code), Riziki Mbugua ’25 (Performance Art)

Dance Program
Catch up on what our students in the Dance Program are learning this semester! You will see short movement phrases from the following classes: Tai Ji Quan & Qi Gong, Movement Studio 1, Movement Studio 2, and Hip-Hop.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Faculty Seminars (choose one)

About Time: Exploring Time from the Metaphysical to the Physical
Merideth Frey, physics
Let us take some time to talk about time. In this seminar we’ll explore how modern physics provides some fascinating concrete insights into the nature of time, and we might uncover some of the inner workings of our universe along the way.​

Being Totalitarian: Dreams of a "New Society" under Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin
Philipp Nielsen, history
Comparisons to Fascism and Socialism have been a staple of political rhetoric in the United States, and their use has only increased recently. But what kind of societies did Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin plan to build? In this brief seminar we will analyze short excerpts from programmatic statements on the social visions of Fascist Italy, National Socialist Germany, and the Soviet Union.

Class, Race, Religion and Politics in Blake’s Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience(1794)
Neil Arditi, literature
The English poet-painter William Blake regarded himself as a prophet in the wilderness during a time of social upheaval. Surrounded by a small circle of admirers, he patiently illustrated and printed his own books—graphic epics intended to reinterpret and rival the Bible. In this session, we will look together at a few of his early lyrics in order to appreciate the visionary light they shed on topics of class, race, religion, and politics in the Age of Revolutions.  

4:45-5:15 p.m.

Student Showcases (choose one)

Exploring the Sciences & Pre-health Programs
Katie Green ’22, Afia Khan ’23, Rebecca Leider ’23, Camila Parra ’24.
Learn about our thriving prehealth and science programs and student organizations on campus. Hear from our dynamic student leaders of our Prehealth Alliance, Stemming Womxn, and SciMath Peer Tutoring programs.

SLC Theatre First Look Reading Series Presents: Agatha, a New Play by Zoe Stanton-Savitz '23
Students involved: Zoe Stanton-Savitz, Emily Aviles, Rohan Padmakumar, Zoe Fonck, Harrison DuBroff, Henrick Nielsen, Sydney Sukaski
December 1926, acclaimed mystery writer Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. The case remains unsolved. In this imagined re-telling, Christie’s own creation, detective Hercule Poirot, must solve her disappearance—and protect his own life—with the help of her husband, a haughty competitor, and her ditzy secretary. (Original Presentation September 29, 2021)

7 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. College of Mount Saint Vincent
Catch the Gryphons in action via livestream!