Notes from One Mead Way: March 2011 eNewsletter



Reunion Giving

Three Reunion classes have each raised over $50,000 for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence so far this year--the Class of 1951, the Class of 1961, and the Class of 1976. With more participation and increased Associate level gifts, all three can reach the $100,000 milestone and be honored with a plaque on the Reunion Terrace in 2011. Will more classes join them? Thanks to all of our Reunion Volunteers for reaching out to classmates on behalf of SLC!

Current Class Gift Totals


President Lawrence Blogs About Education on Washington Post

President Karen Lawrence is featured as a guest writer in Daniel de Vise's College Inc. blog on President Lawrence's post, titled "The Cost of Getting Higher Education into Shape," comes as a response to a February 20th Washington Post Magazine article by de Vise titled "Eight Ways to Get Higher Education into Shape."

How to Confound Stereotypes

Acclaimed social psychologist and provost of Columbia University Claude Steele visited campus to share his research on stereotypes. His particular field of expertise is what he calls the "underperformance phenomenon" and how expectation can shape results.


The Dick Butkus Society

Student club The Dick Butkus Society unites football lovers on campus. Club Co-chair Beth Koscianski '11 MA '12 showed up at the Pub at 11:30 in the morning on Super Bowl Sunday, to claim the TV. 30 people gathered to watch the game.



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Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean of the College, Receives Accolade and Presents Upcoming Art History Seminars


Sarah Lawrence Dean of the College and scholar of art history, Jerrilynn Dodds, and co-authors Maria Menocal and Abigail Balbale, have been awarded the 2010 Albert C. Outler book prize for The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture as best publication in "ecumenical church history broadly conceived" by the American Society of Church History (ASCH).

Jerrilynn Dodds will also present these upcoming Art History seminars:

April 21

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Istanbul: History of  a City Through Art and Architecture: Byzantium and Constantinople
April 26

Bronxville Adult School

Masterpieces in NY.  Dancers in Pink and Green by Edgar Degas
April 28

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Istanbul: History of  a City Through Art and Architecture: Istanbul the Victorious


Learn more about the upcoming Art History seminars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Bronxville Adult School.

Read article on Book Prize Awarded to Dean of the College

Cellist and Composer Zoë Keating '93 to Perform on Campus

Zoe Keating Publicity Shot Photo Credit Jeffrey Rusch

Zoë Keating '93 will be donating a performance to the College on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:30 pm in Reisinger Auditorium on campus.  Zoë is a cellist and composer and she will be performing avant cello as part of the College's Music Tuesday series. Avant cello refers to her technique of using a cello and foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of sound. Zoë's been referred to as a "one-woman orchestra". She has sold an astonishing 35,000 albums on iTunes and has 1.3 million Twitter followers.  She's become a role model for self-releasing artists and she often speaks about the ways that artists need to use business and technology skills to promote themselves.

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Arianna Huffington to Deliver Commencement Address at SLC


Internet publishing entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will deliver the Commencement address to the Sarah Lawrence College class of 2011 on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the College's southern Westchester County campus. "Arianna Huffington is one of the most distinctive and influential voices shaping communications today. We are delighted that she will deliver the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, which has always nurtured individual voices and entrepreneurial spirits," said SLC President Karen Lawrence.

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Faculty on the Road Season Continues

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We just visited Raleigh, NC, where we spent an afternoon with author Mary Morris. Next up, on March 5th and 6th, Politics faculty member David Peritz will lead the discussion, "Religion in the Public Sphere". Early in April, Susan Kart will lead the seminar, "Art or Trash? The Phenomenon of Recycling in Contemporary African Art". See the schedule below to find out when we're visiting your city!

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Reunion 2011 is Coming!

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Reunion is June 2 - 5, 2011. We hope you'll visit SLC's beautiful campus this summer to reconnect with friends and enjoy a variety of seminars, tours, dinners, and parties.

Official registration materials will arrive later this month.

In the meantime, click here to let us know if you're planning to attend Reunion and we will post on the Reunion web site the names of all class members who indicate they hope to attend.

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Grace Paley: Collected Shorts Screening


Grace Paley: Collected Shorts is a portrait of writer and activist Grace Paley, child of Russian Jewish refugees. Lilly Rivlin's film features intimate family footage and interviews with alumna Alice Walker and others. The National Center for Jewish Film's 14th Annual Film Festival will screen this documentary on March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wasserman Cinematheque at Brandeis University.

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Leaders of the Eco-Art Movement Spoke at SLC on February 14


Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, leaders of the eco-art movement, discussed their work, including, "The Force Majeure," in the auditorium of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College on Monday, February 14 at 5 p.m.

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Alumnae/i Announcements


Have you recently changed jobs, received a promotion, or won an award in your field? Share your accomplishment with the alumnae/i community.


Rahm Emanuel '81 was elected mayor of Chicago on February 22nd, a decisive victory in which he received 55% of the vote. Formerly White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama, Emanuel’s latest political endeavor marks a milestone as he becomes the city’s first Jewish mayor.


Tamar Yoseloff's '87 fourth collection of poems, The City with Horns, will be published by Salt in the UK in May.


Artist Michele Brody '89 will be featured in the Concordia College exhibition, Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment, showcases artists working on the cutting edge of environmental art.


In a Virtual Artist Talk on Her Circle eZine, on March 8, Kay Chernush '66 answers questions about using art to transform her experience of breast cancer.


Critically acclaimed My Mother's Cuba, a book of poetry by Eva Skrande '79 can now be purchased at bookstores near you or on Amazon


Sheila Schwartz '80 announces play, Spy Garbo, opening in March. In Schwartz's Spy Garbo, Fascist Franco, Communist Philby, and Hitler's Canaris re-enact and argue their villainies and heroics, competing to star as hero of the ultimate WWII spy movie. The show runs from March 1st through April 10th; its opening is March 6th.

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