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Notes from One Mead Way
Retiring faculty members
Sarah Lawrence Celebrates Retiring Faculty

With much appreciation, the College celebrates seven esteemed faculty members who have retired this year. Persis Charles (history), Tishan Hsu (visual and studio arts), Kate Johnson '79, MFA '81 (writing), Ann Lauinger (literature), Cassandra Medley (theatre), Sara Rudner (dance), and Sungrai Sohn MFA '78 (music) have all left a meaningful and lasting impression on the College, their colleagues, and most especially the many students they guided throughout their decades of dedicated service to SLC.

Reunion 2020
Reunion 2020: Save the Date and Volunteer

Save the date for Reunion 2020: Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7. If you are celebrating a milestone reunion (undergraduate class years ending in 5 or 0), help us make Reunion 2020 great by becoming a Reunion volunteer! Reunion volunteers are the most important component of the Reunion planning process. Alumni volunteers have the best insight into the kind of celebration their classmates enjoy and that can make a real difference in the quality of the experience. Learn more and volunteer to make Reunion 2020 a great occasion for all.

Summer events in Massachusetts
Join us for Summer Events in Massachusetts

Alumni are gathering for summer events in Massachusetts. Margaret Shepherd '69 will host a get-together on Cape Cod, Dani Shapiro '83, MFA '89 and faculty member Laura Hercher MS '01 will be in conversation on Martha's Vineyard, and Shakespeare & Company sets the stage for a reception in the Berkshires. See the full list of upcoming events below and contact Cheryl Cipro for more information.

David Bernstein
Memorial for Faculty Emeritus David Bernstein

We were saddened to share the news of the passing of faculty emeritus David Bernstein in May. Please join the College for a memorial on campus on July 27 from 4-6 p.m. in the Bates Faculty/Staff Dining Room to celebrate the many ways in which David touched the lives of those around him. For more information and to RSVP, please e-mail College Events. Read Dean of the College Kanwal Singh's remembrance of David.

Cynthia Hamilton Augustine ’79
Sarah Lawrence Magazine: Change Agent

From the moment her eyes were opened wide in a constitutional law course at Sarah Lawrence with John “Jack” Nields (legal studies), Cynthia Hamilton Augustine ’79 had envisioned a long and enriching career practicing law. She was well into her career as a corporate attorney when she had the unnerving realization that her zeal for the legal profession was faltering. Read more about Augustine’s journey and other stories in Sarah Lawrence magazine online.

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Alumni Announcements

Alumni are winning fellowships, giving talks, writing, publishing, and performing! Click here to see the latest alumni announcements and share your news with the alumni community. Photo: Still from Sir, directed by Rohena Gera MFA '97

Chris Brandt MFA '72
Concentrating on Alumni

Chris Brandt MFA ’72 is a theatre artist and poet who has worked with Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble since shortly after getting his MFA, and now manages the company. "My favorite play is always the one I'm working on at the moment...at the moment I'm pretty much in love with Andrei Platonov's Fourteen Little Red Huts...but by September I'll fall in love again, I hope!" Read Chris' full feature.

Marek Fuchs and donnees
4th of July Fireworks, Hot Dogs, and #ilovesarahlawrence

Writing faculty member Marek Fuchs was one of the judges of Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. Joseph McFarland ‘16 (left) and Zach Hasl ‘16 (right) came to witness their former don serving as “the RBG of hot dogs.” Keep sharing your #ilovesarahlawrence posts on social media!

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Web Highlights

Pioneering photographer Susan Meiselas '70 speaks to Vogue on the power of the unretouched woman

Gender-sexuality alliance advocate and incoming first-year Alex Rosado '23 speaks with WNYC

Sarah Lawrence swimming programs earn Scholar All-America team honors

How Richert Schnorr '06 and the New York Public Library brought novels to Instagram

WIRED's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast highlights Sarah Lawrence's Speculative Fiction MFA concentration

Emma Garcia '20 selected for prestigious Television Academy Foundation Internship

Variety lists Sarah Lawrence College among top film schools

Michael LeVasseur ’04 co-authors study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on effects of Philadelphia soda tax

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Upcoming Events
Minneapolis: Summer Picnic for Alumni and Students
Join us at noon for a summer gathering for alumni and current Sarah Lawrence students in the Redleaf Internship Program. Spend the afternoon lakeside in Roseville on Lake Owasso pontoon boating, swimming, and enjoying the Minnesota lifestyle. Families and kids are welcome! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Hosted by Rhoda Redleaf '54.
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Wellfleet: Summer Get-Together
Join us at 3 p.m. for a summer get-together on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. Spend the afternoon with alumni friends old and new. Hosted by Margaret Shepherd '69.
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San Francisco: Happy Hour
Join us at 6 p.m. for a happy hour at ThirstyBear organic brewery. Gather with friends, make new connections, and welcome our newest alumni from the class of 2019! Appetizers are included with your registration. (Cash bar for beverages.)
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Los Angeles: Happy Hour in Silverlake
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a happy hour at Edendale Restaurant and Bar. Gather with friends and make new connections, and welcome our newest alumni from the class of 2019! Appetizers are included with your registration. (Cash bar for beverages.)
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Martha's Vineyard: A Conversation and Reception with Dani Shapiro '83, MFA '89 and Laura Hercher MS '01
Join us for a fascinating conversation between bestselling author Dani Shapiro '83, MFA '89 and faculty member Laura Hercher MS '01, Director of Research, Joan H. Marks Program in Human Genetics. Shapiro and Hercher will explore the ways identity, secrecy, science, technology, memory, and genetics intersect in Shapiro’s memoir Inheritance. Hosted by Alison Van Dyk '68.
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Philadelphia: Alumni Meet Up at PHS Pop Up Garden
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a casual gathering at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop Up Garden on South Street. Don't miss this opportunity to gather with friends and make new Sarah Lawrence connections. We look forward to welcoming our newest alumni, members of the class of 2019! Appetizers are included with your registration. (Cash bar for beverages.)
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Berkshires: Shakespeare & Company's The Merry Wives of Windsor
Join us for a reception at Shakespeare & Company, followed by their performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Roman Garden Theatre. Contact Cheryl Cipro for more information and to purchase tickets.
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Last Word: Since we graduated so many decades ago, I've lived and worked in China, raised two wonderful children, and supported Asian studies research at Stanford and Harvard. Then my SLC artistic ideals kicked in: Chase your dream; be creative; never say, "I can't."

-Lydia Chen '77, in the Spring 2019 class notes

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