February 2018 Notes from One Mead Way
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Sarah Lawrence College breaks ground on The Barbara Walters Campus Center

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. For more information on the Center, visit the website.

126 days until Reunion 2018: Are you planning to attend?

Reunion registration will open in March, but you can get a sneak peek at the schedule of events hereHighlights include seminars with John Jasperse '85 (Director, Dance program), Barbara Schecter ’74 (Director, Graduate Program in Child Development/Psychology), Bella Brodzki ’72 (Literature), Komozi Woodard (History), Lyde Cullen Sizer (History), Georgia Lee Hussey ’01, and Frank Roosevelt (Economics faculty member emeritus) among others. Planning to attend? Let us know!

Say #ilovesarahlawrence on social media

From February 2 to February 9, alumni, students, faculty, and staff will take to social media to celebrate the last 90 years by sharing pics of their Sarah Lawrence swag. Start gathering your photo ops now to join us starting this Friday. Drinking coffee in a Sarah Lawrence mug? Watching your favorite TV shows in a Sarah Lawrence sweatshirt? Sleeping with a stuffed black squirrel? Snap a pic, hashtag it #ilovesarahlawrence, and share it on social media. And be sure to visit often to see all the posts that other students, alumni, faculty, and staff are sharing. Post now on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Join us for upcoming regional events and Faculty on the Road seminars

Alumni are gathering for events across the country. In Boston, alumni, parents, and friends will join a discussion between religion faculty member Cameron Afzal and calligrapher Margaret Shepherd ’69, while Suzanne Lander '89 will lead a tour of Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. In New York, alumni will hear Carol Zoref '76, MFA '97 read from her book, Barren Island. View the list of upcoming regional events online.

The Spring 2018 Faculty on the Road season will join the conversation on the inaugural theme of Democracy and Education. Topics range from German history to journalism and African American cinema. Check out the complete listing of seminars and register online to join us. If you are interested in hosting a seminar, e-mail us.

Help hire the Class of 2018

February 8th marks 100 days until the Class of 2018 graduates! The Office of Career Services invites alumni to participate in the 100 days, 100 posts challenge to have 100 paid internship or entry-level opportunities posted before graduation! If your organization will be hiring for paid summer interns or entry-level positions, please complete this form. If you have any questions, please e-mail Career Services.

Sarah Lawrence College mourns the passing of Marvin Frankel

The College was sad to share the news of the passing of longtime psychology faculty member Marvin Frankel on January 19. Marvin’s passion for teaching and the intensity of his intellectual engagement were inspiring to both colleagues and students.

Spotlight on alumni

Zisl Edelson ’83 is an attorney focused on estate planning and elder law. As a student, she concentrated on Latin and Greek literature. Guess who her favorite faculty member is? Read Zisl's full feature.

News and announcements from alumni

  • Celia Bland ’85 published her third collection of poetry, Cherokee Road Kill.
  • Milah Libin ’15 was selected by Brooklyn magazine for their annual issue highlighting 30 Brooklynites under 30.
  • The Tempest named Molly Tolsky MFA ’11 one of 40 women to watch.
  • American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs, a new documentary film by Elizabeth Schwartz ’81, will premiere March 3-8 at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago, followed by a run at NYC's Cinema Village April 27-30 and the Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles and Pasadena May 4-10.
  • A conference paper Joni Iraci ’13 wrote for Bill Shullenberger’s “Slavery in Literature” class, entitled, “Diary of Phillis Wheatley,” has been published by Review Americana.
  • Dr. Amanda Foreman ’91 presented “Stories from the Royal Collection” on BBC Radio 4.
  • Mira Singer MFA ’16 published an article analyzing the new Star Wars film, “The Last Jedi and the Power of Failure,” on the blog Mythcreants.
  • Rachel Feldman ’76 compiled the stories of female directors, including herself, who shared their experiences of sexism and discrimination in the industry for The Wrap.
  • Andrea Reese ’84 once again made Expertise’s list of the top 25 wedding photographers serving New York City.
  • Memories and Desire, an exhibition of work by Judith Steinberg ’62, is on display at the Silvermine Art Center through February 4, 2018.
  • A recent episode of “Literary Arts: The Archive Project” retraced the steps that lead Ann Patchett ’85 to her 2013 essay collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
  • Estha Weiner ’72 will be teaching “Stealing from the Poet's Tool Box: A Workshop for Fiction Writers” for the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute on Saturday, February 24, on campus.
  • Maryann Aita MFA ’17 published a pop culture commentary piece, “Where’s My Emotional Male Lead?” in The Collapsar.
  • T Kira Madden MFA ’12 curated a chapbook series for AWST Press.
  • Chris Hansen-Nelson MFA ’06 published his first book of poems, The Book of Clay, under the pen name C.S. Nelson.
  • Rachel Parsons MFA ’17 published an essay, “My Mother’s Secret Ballot” with Guernica magazine.
  • Working in America initiative, created by Project& and curated by Jane M. Saks ’85, is currently installed at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch.

See all the latest alumni announcements online and click here to share your news with the alumni community.

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Read the fall issue of Sarah Lawrence magazine online.

Web Highlights

Edith + Eddie by Laura Checkoway ’00 earns Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short

Get Out by Jordan Peele ’01 Nominated for Four Oscars, Including Best Picture and Director

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris ’83 at the SAG Awards: '“Women are stepping into their power.”

Tommy Pico '06 and Writing faculty member Monica Youn named Kate and Kingsley Tufts Finalists

The New Yorker on late Writing faculty member William Melvin Kelley: “The Lost Giant of American Literature”

History faculty member Komozi Woodard in National Geographic: “What If Martin Luther King Jr. Was Never Assassinated?”

Writers' Night returns to NYC

In January, alumni enjoyed an evening with bestselling author and Front Page Award-winning journalist Patricia Bosworth '55 as she discussed her new book The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950's Manhattan with Emmy Award-winning executive producer and co-host of Theater Talk Susan Haskins '71. For more photos, visit Flickr.

Volunteer to help seniors and mentor alumni

On Friday, March 2, mingle with seniors on campus at a reception that will give them the opportunity to practice their networking skills. By sharing your expertise and advice, you will help seniors improve crucial networking skills as they look ahead to graduating and joining the workforce. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and light appetizers will be served. To volunteer, please email Rosalind Ferstenberg by February 16 at

When you log into the alumni website, you can keep your contact information up to date and volunteer to give career advice to alumni and/or students in your industry.

A Tribute to Tom Lux

There will be a tribute celebrating and honoring the life and work of the late Thomas Lux in the Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Ave) on Tuesday, February 13, starting at 8:30 p.m. The tribute will be introduced by Jeffrey McDaniel '90 (Writing), feature readings and remembrances from Amber Rose Tamblyn, Vijay Seshadri (Writing), Patrick Rosal, Mary Karr, Marie Howe (Writing), Edward Hirsch, Terrance Hayes, and Billy Collins. RSVP to the Facebook event for more information.

Spend the summer on campus

Registration is open now for summer programs for adults and high school students. Alumni who register by February 15 will receive a 10% discount on the cost of tuition for adult programs or for pre-college programs for their children or grandchildren. Visit the Summer Programs website for more information. Contact Summer Programs at (914) 395-2205 to request the discount before registering.

Advance Care Planning certificate program launched

Graduate and Professional Studies is proud to announce Advance Care Planning for Primary Care Practitioners, its first online, fully self-paced certificate program. It is a 4-hour certificate program (CMEs/CEs) offered in joint providership with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Completion of the program equips healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills to successfully address their patients’ Advance Care Planning needs and leads to a certificate of completion. Alumni who register for the entire certificate will get a 25% discount. Visit for more information.

As our inaugural year continues with a series of events exploring the theme Democracy and Education, we invite you to share your thoughts on this timely and important topic. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts with us on social media using #SLCDemocracyEducation
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