September 2019 Notes from One Mead Way – networking on SLC Connect, the Faculty on the Road schedule, and the latest news from the College
Notes from One Mead Way
Alumni and Student Networking
Network with Alumni and Students on SLC Connect

Sarah Lawrence is launching a new platform for professional connections within the SLC community. When you join, you will be able to:

  • Search and connect with members of the SLC community
  • Customize involvement levels and fully manage your time commitment
  • Search for job opportunities shared by alumni
  • Join discussion groups to connect around shared interests and identities

Create your account, complete your profile, join affinity groups, and explore the opportunities for mentoring and networking!

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Faculty on the Road with Ron Afzal
Join us for a Faculty on the Road Seminar this Fall

Fall 2019 Faculty on the Road seminars will begin in October, and topics include global modernism with Sarah Hamill (Art History) and the brain according to Dr. Oliver Sacks with Cecilia Phillips Toro (Biology) in New York, poetry with Jeffrey McDaniel '90 (Writing) in Washington DC, relating and reality in the digital age with Meghan Jablonski (Psychology) in Boston, and the meaning of life with Roland Dollinger (German, Literature) in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Register for a seminar near you.

Class of 2023
Welcoming the Class of 2023

On Saturday, August 31, Alumni Association Board members welcomed the class of 2023 to campus with tote bags and well wishes. As President Cristle Collins Judd noted in her message to the community, the start of the academic year also marks the opening of the Barbara Walters Campus Center. "It has been a special pleasure to share the good news that this donor-funded project, the first new building on campus in 15 years, will be completed on-time and on-budget!" Read her full message online, and see more photos from orientation week on Instagram.

MFA Writing Alumni Festival
Join us for the MFA Writing Alumni Festival in October

The 5th MFA in Writing Alumni Festival will take place on Saturday, October 12. The program will include a keynote address by faculty member Jo Ann Beard followed by a full day of craft talks, conversations, generative sessions, and readings featuring David Hollander MFA '97, Kathy Curto '89, MFA '12Sampson Starkweather MFA '05Sarah McColl MFA '16, Adam Chandler MFA '09Leah Johnson MFA '19, and more. This free event includes lunch and an evening reception. Learn more and register for the festival today.

Fatiah Touray
New Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fatiah Touray

President Judd was delighted to announce that Fatiah Touray, Esq. will join Sarah Lawrence College as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the President. "In Fatiah, we were fortunate to identify the ideal candidate for this position: she brings extensive leadership experience in higher education, complemented by her non-profit work and training as a lawyer and classroom teacher." Read more about Touray online.

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Reunion 2018
Volunteer to Make Reunion 2020 Unforgettable

Calling all alumni from the classes ending in 0 or 5 – there's still time to volunteer for Reunion 2020! Reunion volunteers have the best insight into the kind of celebration their classmates enjoy and are the most important component of the Reunion planning process. Learn more and volunteer to make Reunion 2020 a great occasion for all.

Laurie Nadel '69 and Dan Rather

Alumni Announcements

Alumni are appearing on podcasts and radio, running book clubs, receiving awards, publishing, and performing! Click here to see the latest alumni announcements and share your news with the alumni community. Image: Laurie Nadel '69

Donald Miller '75
Concentrating on Alumni

"Nascent tree-hugger" Donald Miller '75 had no intentions of becoming a doctor until an environmental science course with Hal Zaliger put him in the path of pre-med students like Lynn Comley ’75, who told him he would make a great doctor: "I thought it over and realized that my mission in life was best realized one-on-one as a healer rather than as a crusading political activist. I did an academic 180° and the rest is history." Read Donald's full feature.

Alumni Reception in Shanghai
#ilovesarahlawrence in Shanghai

Regional chair Yao Ma '17 helped organize our first alumni event in China in August. Despite a typhoon, alumni gathered for a reception with views of the Lujiazui skyline. View more photos from recent alumni events online. Spending time with alumni friends? Snap a pic and post on social media with #ilovesarahlawrence!

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News & Events from the College
Bob and Cristle Collins Judd

Sarah Lawrence mourns the passing of Bob Judd, music scholar and President Cristle Collins Judd's husband

Durga Chew-Bose '09, author of Too Much and Not the Mood, will return to campus to give a writing craft talk on September 11

Richard Morais '81 will return to campus to share his third novel, The Man With No Borders, on September 24

Merritt Wever '02 stars in Netflix limited series Unbelievable

Theater-maker Adrienne Dawes ‘04 on warm-weather residencies in the New York Times

Aaron Mattocks '02, Director of Programming at The Joyce Theater, is profiled by the New York Times ahead of first season

Laura Hercher MS '01, Director of Research for Human Genetics, discusses the fairness and equity of genetic testing in The Nation

Jonathan Vatner MFA '11 sits down with Poets & Writers to discuss his debut novel, Carnegie Hill

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

Writing Institute alumna Liane Kupferberg Carter pens personal essay about her autistic son's spiritual life for The New York Times

Michael Fumai MFA '12 explores our love affair with space

Save the Date: Fall Internship & Volunteer Fair
Are you looking for spring/summer interns? Join other employers at the 
Fall Internship & Volunteer Fair on October 29 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. to meet students on campus. Registration is $50 for up to two representatives, or $25 for non-profits. Register for a table online.
Sarah Lawrence Journeys: Travel Programs for Alumni & Friends
Sarah Lawrence Journeys is a new travel program launching in 2020, with inaugural trips to Berlin and southern Greece. Travel with a faculty member and local experts for a personally-guided and immersive experience. Learn more online.
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Upcoming Events
Philadelphia: Writing Workshop with Kathy Curto '89, MFA '12
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a generative writing workshop with Kathy Curto '89, MFA '12 in Philadelphia. Curto teaches at the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute, Montclair State University, and also serves on the faculty of the Joe Papaleo Writers' Workshop in Cetara, Italy. She recently published her memoir "Not for Nothing - Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood". Space is limited.
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Los Angeles: Off the 405: Ex Hex at The Getty Museum
Join us at 5:30 p.m. at The Getty Museum for their free concert series Off the 405 featuring Ex Hex. Their music is a powerful new take on the ebullient and nostalgic sounds of 80s big-hair, glitter-covered hard rock, reclaimed for today's generation.
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New York City: New Amsterdam Walking Tour with Alexandra Delare ’10
Join us for a fascinating walking tour, beginning at 1 p.m., where you'll learn about life in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Historians Alexandra Delare '10 and Jonathan Anderson will be your guides. The tour will meet just outside Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, the Southernmost tip of Manhattan, and work its way up to Wall Street, exploring everything in between. Participants will walk one mile with flat terrain. Space is limited.
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New York City: Performance of "I Never Sang for My Father"
Join us at 8 p.m. for a revival production of Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for my Father, a moving and perceptive work by one of America's most distinguished playwrights at The Chain Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor). We are offering a limited number of tickets at a discount. There will be refreshments after the show sponsored by Rebecca Kelly '94.
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Boston: Art and Architecture Tour of The Boston Public Library with Gail Twersky Reimer ’72
Join us for a tour lead by Gail Twersky Reimer ’72 at 3 p.m. highlighting the architecture of its famed Central Library buildings by Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson as well as the art treasures within, including works by Daniel Chester French and John Singer Sargent.
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San Francisco: 18 Reasons Community Dinner
Join us for a seasonal community dinner and meet 18 Reasons Executive Director Sarah Nelson '02. We are offering a limited number of tickets to the monthly community dinner at a discount. Your ticket includes a delicious meal in a communal setting - wine and beer are available for sale at the event.
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New York City: Reading with Maureen Pilkington MFA '97 and Kevin Pilkington (Writing)
Join us at 7 p.m. for a reading with Maureen Pilkington MFA '97 and faculty member Kevin Pilkington at Book Culture (450 Columbus Ave.). Maureen will be reading from her debut collection of short stories This Side of Water, the winner of the 2019 American Fiction Award in the short story category. Kevin Pilkington is the author of nine collections, including La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner Spare Change and In the Eyes of a Dog, which received the New York Book Festival Award. Refreshments will be served after the reading.
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Last Word: I was thrilled with the [MFA in Writing] program at Sarah Lawrence College from beginning to end. It helped me take myself seriously as a novelist and an artist, it connected me with other serious writers who are publishing great work, and it sparked a growth trajectory in my craft that has continued to this day.

-Jonathan Vatner MFA '11

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