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Author and CBS-TV Anchor Mary Calvi to Discuss Her New Book at Sarah Lawrence College PDF Print Email

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By Patricia Pasquale, Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Sarah Lawrence College


Apr 10, 2019:  News anchor and award-winning TV reporter for WCBS-TV Mary Calvi will discuss how she uncovered a love affair between George Washington and heiress Mary Eliza Philipse while researching her book, Dear George, Dear Mary.

It’s one of the topics Calvi will discuss when she speaks at Sarah Lawrence College on April 18. The event, sponsored by the college’s Writing Institute, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Wrexham Living Room, 1 Mead Way, Yonkers.

A first-time author, Calvi wrote the book based on hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries she compiled in three years of research. The book explores Washington’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America. She started the project after her curiosity was piqued by the historic Philipse Manor in Yonkers. Calvi is married to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and as First Lady of the City of Yonkers attended his inauguration there. The book, published by St. Martin’s Press, was released on February 19.

Calvi is the co-anchor of CBS2 This Morning and CBS2 at Noon on WCBS-TV in New York City and is the recipient of nine New York Emmy Awards. She has provided live breaking-news reports on a wide range of stories across the tristate area. Calvi has been honored for her writing at the New York Festival’s World Media Awards and has earned a National ACE Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Clarion Award for Excellence in Reporting, and an ACIM Award for Excellence in Community Service. Calvi graduated magna cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in journalism.

Patricia Dunn, director of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, said she believes that writers and would-be authors will be very interested in what Calvi has to say. "As a first-time author, Mary Calvi was able to enliven her book with real-life details which she uncovered through careful research, a skill that all writers should cultivate," said Dunn.

The Writing Institute nurtures writers on a variety of levels. In addition to non-credit courses it offers in many genres, it engages the public through writing events such as the Wrexham Road Reading Series, which brings together writers from inside and outside the Sarah Lawrence College community to share their work. Their most popular program, the Publish and Promote Your Book Conference, draws hundreds of published and would-be authors each year in June to get practical advice from literary agents and publishing house editors on how to publish.

Pictured here:  Mary Calvi.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College
 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Beautiful Game: Conversation with Author of Book About the Power and Politics of Women's Soccer PDF Print Email

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By Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


Apr. 10, 2019:  The most highly anticipated women’s world cup yet will kick off in Paris on June 7, but the popularity of the game is entirely down to the players and the battles they’ve fought both on and off the field. The U.S. team leads the way not only in trophies won but also in campaigning for equal pay and leading the charge for women everywhere.

Bronxville’s Gemma Clarke is the author of a new book, Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game. On May 2 at 7:00 pm at the Bronxville Public Library, she will be in conversation with Andrea Montalbano, the voice and author of Soccer Sisters and also a soccer star in high school and co-captain of the women’s soccer team at Harvard. In 2008, Montalbano was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2008.

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In an event sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, the two women will discuss the upcoming 2019 Women's World Cup and the incredible stories of soccer’s pioneers, champions, unsung heroes, and future stars around the world.

“Where we are now with women’s soccer is because of all those who’ve come before,” said Rebecca Lowe, NBC sports anchor. “And my goodness, what stories they can tell.”

A journalist who has written about soccer for the Guardian, the Observer, the Times (UK), the Daily Telegraph, and the London Evening Standard, Clarke was the first female publications editor for a Premier League soccer club and a founding member of Women in Football. As a child, she played on a boys' soccer team in north London and at the Arsenal soccer schools, where she was the only girl.

Montalbano left broadcast journalism to write books after a long career at NBC News and authored Breakaway in 2010. Determined to create a series for girls, she created the Soccer Sisters novels, which Olympic and World Cup champion Brandi Chastain has described as "exactly the kind of book I wish I'd had the chance to read as a girl." She is involved in global philanthropic efforts to promote women’s soccer, as well as gender equality on and off the field.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 pm in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library. Books are available for sale at Womrath Bookshop.

Pictured here:  At top: Gemma Clarke (photo by Stark Sands); second photo: Andrea Montalbano (photo by I. Choi Stern).

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 




 
Piano Trio of Award-Winning Artists to Perform at Sarah Lawrence College PDF Print Email

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By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College


Apr. 3, 2019:  Sarah Lawrence College is delighted to announce that the Jean Wentworth Music Residency will bring the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio to campus in April.

Established by the Wentworth family in memory of revered concert pianist and music faculty member emerita Jean Wentworth, the residency invites musicians of distinction to campus to work with students in program areas of music and beyond, offering cross-disciplinary engagement and audience building. 

The trio's visit will include two free public concerts, an afternoon concert on Tuesday, April 23, at 1:30 pm, and an evening concert on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 pm, both in Reisinger Auditorium on the campus of the college.

The concerts will feature piano trios of Beethoven, Ravel, and American composer Paul Lansky and short piano pieces from Yael Weiss’s 32 Bright Clouds project, including works by composers Malek Jandali (from Syria), Sidney Marquez Boquiren (the Philippines), George Mensah Essilfie (Ghana), and Ananda Sukarlan (Indonesia), and the world premiere of Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra’s Arietta for the 150, which is dedicated to the 150 young people whose lives were taken during the 2017 peace demonstrations in Venezuela.

A renowned Debussy scholar, Jean Wentworth taught piano, chamber music, and music history at the college for more than 40 years. She was also highly respected for her performances of solo, chamber, and orchestral works, particularly works by composers Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartok.

The Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio combines the talents of three award-winning soloists to bring its distinctive fusion of authority and experience, energy, and passion to each performance. Pianist Yael Weiss, violinist Mark Kaplan, and cellist Peter Stumpf make up the ensemble and embrace the music of the future while offering fresh insights into three centuries of masterworks.

Hailed by The New York Times as “three strong voices, locked in sequence,” the trio has presented concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, with appearances at the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, Princeton, UCLA, Indiana University, Oxford University, and the Tel-Aviv Museum and performances for the chamber music societies of Edinburgh, Santander, Pasadena, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, among many others.

The trio is well known to American radio audiences through nationwide broadcasts on shows such as APR’s Performance Today and WNYC’s Soundcheck and through its critically acclaimed recordings for Bridge Records. The ensemble has recorded the complete set of Beethoven’s piano trios, which will be released on Bridge in honor of the Beethoven 250th anniversary in 2020.

Committed to new music, the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio has commissioned many works, including Lera Auerbach’s Triptych: The Mirror with Three Faces, Clancy Newman’s Juxt-Opposition, and Variations on a Poem by Michael Hersch. In 2015, the trio gave the world premiere of Michael Gilbertson’s concerto for trio and orchestra, Outliers, and in 2018 recorded Angles, a new work written for the trio by noted composer Paul Lansky, which will be performed on the April 23 concert. 

To register for the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio free concerts on April 23 and 24, please contact  CLOAKING .


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff

 
21st Annual Brendan Gill Lecture to Feature Award-Winning Presidential Historian and Best-Selling Author PDF Print Email

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By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy


Apr. 3, 2019:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is delighted to announce that award-winning historian and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Douglas Brinkley will present the 21st Annual Brendan Gill Lecture on June 7 at 8:00 pm at the Bronxville School auditorium.

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, a CNN presidential historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. 

He has published 39 books, including his most recent, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, released by Harper Collins on April 2. The book details JFK’s ambitious space program and chronicles the dawn of space politics. Walter Isaacson said, “Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy’s decision to launch a mission to the moon.”

Brinkley’s previous publications have garnered numerous awards, including the Sperber Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize, the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous institutions of higher learning as well as Ohio State University’s Humanities Alumni Award of Distinction.

Brinkley also has a passion for jazz, folk, and rock and roll music. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for co-producing Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom and was nominated for a Grammy for Gonzo, his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the soundtrack for Alex Gibney’s documentary on American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson.

In the world of public history, Brinkley works in many capacities for boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies, among other organizations. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master,” and CNN proclaimed Brinkley “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. presidential historian.

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy presents the Brendan Gill Lecture each year as a gift to the community. The lecture is named for former Bronxville resident, editor, and writer Brendan Gill, who was a champion of architectural preservation and other visual arts.

To register for this free public lecture, email  CLOAKING  or call 914-961-6790

Pictured here: Douglas Brinkley.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 

 
The Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes: Breaking Boundaries at Concordia College PDF Print Email

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By Susan Miele   


Mar. 27, 2019:  Since The Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes’s arrival at Concordia College in 2016, the college has added new offerings, received accolades, and experienced an increase in enrollment. The college’s ninth president credits his predecessors with having helped to establish Concordia’s solid positioning. But Nunes himself brings a great deal to the table, both in terms of his professional experience and his vision for the school’s future

Prior to assuming the Concordia helm, Nunes had worked in inner-city development and international relief, from which he gained both urban and global perspectives. While suburban Bronxville seems to be an entirely different setting, Nunes characterized his background as having prepared him well for his current position.

“Bronxville is not the stereotypical suburb, and this campus is hardly a stereotypical suburban campus,” he observed. Concordia’s student body is diverse with respect to culture, socioeconomics, and religious beliefs, similar to the population of the greater Bronxville area. Although the school is Lutheran, student faiths range from Lutheran to Orthodox Jewish and Muslim, among others.

While acknowledging that the college’s geographic location is an asset, Nunes also cited Concordia’s diversity as a significant strength. “Because we are small and so diverse, our students do not break into affinity groups.”

Nunes is committed to breaking boundaries and building bridges, with a stated goal of ensuring that the college is “ever more embracing of the world’s rich diversity.” Toward that end, the theme of the current academic year is “Borders and Boundaries,” the interdisciplinary interpretation of which is intended to draw from literature, events, and the arts while focusing on geography, history, culture, gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, sociology, and politics.

The humanities are another area of emphasis for Nunes, who commented that the humanities serve as human ties that connect us to history and to our complexities as people. It’s been reported that 85% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 don’t exist currently, and Nunes wants Concordia’s students to be prepared. “Humanities humanize us,” he explained. “They prepare students for critical thinking, communication, and the skills they will need to be productive and nimble.” Translating this to college practice, Nunes added, “We want nurses who graduate from here to recognize that humans are people in the image of God. We want our graduating educators to see that education is more than about transmission of information.” Moreover, Concordia students have been increasingly empowered under Nunes’s leadership, having been integrated into committees and boards to allow for a more student-centric institution.

Nunes has stated that a faith-driven institution should emphasize ethics, language, and personal conduct. “A handful of schools are self-consciously Christian in their ethos and character, but too often Christian institutions are falsely regarded as exclusionary,” Nunes explained. “We work hard to define our faith as Christian and welcoming.”

The effort towards community-building remains a priority, and student conscientious of civic responsibility is emphasized. Nunes is proud that complaints from neighbors regarding parking, noise, and any other behavior have dramatically declined. Neighbors are also said to appreciate the school’s investment in its own landscaping, regarded as an enhancement to the neighborhood. Nunes expressed that the degree to which local community members are stakeholders in the campus has exceeded his expectations. He described not only philanthropy but also generous assistance with student job placement. This is especially appreciated, as “small institutions like Concordia are finding it increasingly difficult to compete,” he noted.

Concordia’s campus, Nunes noted, was designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton, the architect who helped design the building that received immigrants on Ellis Island. “Hospitality is baked into the bricks at Concordia College.”

Pictured here: The Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes.

Photo courtesy Concordia College

 
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