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Sarah Lawrence Professor Jerrilynn Dodds Honored by Spanish Government PDF Print Email

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


Nov. 7, 2018:  Sarah Lawrence art history faculty member Jerrilynn Dodds, the Harlequin Adair Dammann chair in Islamic Studies, has been awarded The Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish government.

Dodds accepted the medal at a ceremony at the Spanish Consulate in Manhattan on October 23, where she was introduced by Philippe de Montebello. The medal is one of two bestowed by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Spanish citizens or foreigners who have “rendered distinguished services to Spain.”

“Professor Dodds is an eminent Hispanicist. She has made outstanding contributions to the study of the medieval and early-modern states that emerged on the Iberian Peninsula, an understanding of which is essential to our comprehension of present-day Spain,’’ said Juan José Herrera de la Muela, consul for cultural affairs at the Consulate General of Spain in New York.

Herrera de la Muela added that through her writings on Spanish art and architecture, Dodds has contributed to a greater understanding of Spanish history and culture.

“Professor Dodds has convincingly argued for the necessity of studying the complex processes of cultural interaction that took place between the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities of the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, as a distinguished teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, Professor Dodds has explored innovative ways of teaching Spanish art and history.”

Dodds’s work has centered on issues of transculturation in the arts—in particular, among Christians, Jews, and Muslims—and how groups form identities through art and architecture. She holds special interests in the arts of Spain and the history of architecture. Dodds is the author of Architecture and Ideology in Early Medieval Spain and NY Masjid: The Mosques of New York and co-author of Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture. She has also curated exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum, among other locations, and has edited influential catalogues, among them Al Andalus, The Arts of Islamic Spain, for The Metropolitan Museum.

Dodds holds a BA from Barnard College and earned her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She was dean of the college at Sarah Lawrence from 2009 to 2015. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and in 2017 was awarded the Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford for the 2020-2021 academic year.

“I am deeply moved by the enormous honor accorded to me by the government of the Kingdom of Spain,’’ said Dodds. “To work on the Iberian Peninsula has been the great joy of my professional life; it has provided me with stimulating colleagues, deeply humane encounters, generous institutions of learning, and the most brilliant, rich histories of the most extraordinary and unique artistic heritage imaginable.” 

Pictured here: Professor Jerrilynn Dodds.

Photo courtesy Patricia Pasquale, Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, 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.

 
Learn About Art, Film, Memoir, Travel, and More at Concordia College Community Events in November PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Marketing, Concordia College


Nov. 7, 2018:  With the busy holiday season upon us, Concordia College’s community events offer opportunities to reflect and recharge. All events are open to the public, and most are free of charge.  

Sunday, November 4, 3:00 pm, Concordia Conservatory Faculty Concert at OSilas Gallery. On November 4, spend an afternoon listening to music among powerful photographic images. In conjunction with OSilas Gallery’s Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always exhibition, Concordia Conservatory faculty will explore the relationship between music and humanity in the face of injustice through the works of composers Villa-Lobos, Harrison, and Lauro. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children and seniors. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 pm, Photographer John Isaac at OSilas Gallery. Bronxville resident, author, and former United Nations photojournalist John Isaac will discuss his 30-year career traveling the world for the UN at an OSilas Gallery talk: “The Pictures That I Did Not Take.” Tickets are required and are $25 per person ($20 for OSilas Gallery members). Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm, Film Codebreaker at Concordia College. The Sluberski Film Series will present Codebreaker at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. This 2011 drama documentary explores pivotal moments in Alan Turing’s life: his extraordinary accomplishments, persecution by the very country his ideas saved, and tragic death. Interviews with contemporary tech and science experts examine Turing’s continuing impact. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Friday, November 30, 7:30 am, HR Director Sandra Marr at Concordia's Business Breakfast Series. Business Breakfast welcomes Sandra Marr from Lone Pine Capital on November 30 in the Pietruski Auditorium on the campus of Concordia College. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 am, and the presentation begins at 8:00 am. The Greenwich, CT, hedge fund’s director of human resources will share an insider’s perspective on today’s hiring landscape. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Monday, December 3, 7:30 pm, Author Laura Fahrenthold at Concordia. At Concordia's next Books & Coffee discussion, Laura Fahrenthold, author of the “sarcastically wicked” The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles, will discuss her fearless memoir of a 31,000-mile road trip to solace and healing. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.  

Find the full schedule of events at www.Concordia-ny.edu/community.

Photo by A. Warner


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Sarah Lawrence College Welcomes New Director of Community Relations PDF Print Email

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By Victoria Hochman, Thompson & Bender, for Sarah Lawrence College


Oct. 31, 2018:  Sarah Lawrence College has announced the appointment of longtime Bronxville resident Ellen de Saint Phalle as its new director of community relations. De Saint Phalle, an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College, said she is looking forward to strengthening the college’s already deep ties with the community in Bronxville and Yonkers and throughout Westchester. She envisions developing new opportunities to offer Sarah Lawrence as a liberal arts resource for the community.

“I am grateful to Sarah Lawrence for this opportunity,’’ she said. “I am excited to play a part in connecting people to this rich cultural and intellectual resource.”

De Saint Phalle’s main focus will be enhancing the Friends of Sarah Lawrence College program. Benefits of the Friends program include lectures, special events, library borrowing, swimming privileges, discounts at Sarah Lawrence’s popular Writing Institute, and the opportunity to engage in the vibrant intellectual life of the college. Learn more about the Friends of Sarah Lawrence College at sarahlawrence.edu/friends.

De Saint Phalle is no stranger to the Sarah Lawrence community. She earned her master’s of fine arts degree in writing from the college in 2007. A poetry advocate, de Saint Phalle served as program coordinator for Sarah Lawrence’s John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series, which showcased established and emerging poets in spring and fall readings. She also helped to introduce Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest, to Bronxville High School.

Prior to starting work in her new position in September, de Saint Phalle served as director of community relations at Concordia College for five years. She and her husband, Pierre, will be awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community at Concordia College’s 37th Annual Community Dinner on November 8.

De Saint Phalle served on the Bronxville Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. She has been a member of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, the Bronxville Village Green Committee, and the Bronxville Rotary, and she serves as chair of publicity and marketing for The Bronxville Historical Conservancy. A graduate of Wellesley College, de Saint Phalle and her husband live in Bronxville and have four adult children.

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.

 

 
November Events at Sarah Lawrence College PDF Print Email

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By Hannah J. Shaw, PR Assistant, Communications and Marketing, Sarah Lawrence College


Oct. 31, 2018:  Below are events at Sarah Lawrence College in November. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-395-2412 or go to www.sarahlawrence.edu. All events will take place at the Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre, 917 Kimball Avenue, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2:00 pm, Author Domenica Ruta on Craft of Nonfiction. This craft talk with Domenica Ruta will look at the supposed rules and advice for writing and will dispel the mythology of the precious artist of the singular path.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:15 pm, Presidential Panel on Inclusive Excellence and Campus Climate. Part of Sarah Lawrence’s yearlong Difference in Dialogue event series, this moderated panel discussion will feature college and university presidents exploring campus climate and the most pressing issues facing campuses today.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 12:30 pm, Lecture by Marjorie Senechal (Science Seminar Series). Marjorie Senechal, a professor emerita of mathematics and history of science and technology at Smith College, will be giving a lecture. The event will take place at the Science Center, Room 103, 1 Mead Way.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 2:00 pm, Author Julia Slavin. Julia Slavin, author of The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories and The Carnivore Diet, is holding a craft talk on eco fabulism, magic realism, and the strange.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:00 pm, Author Wyatt Mason. Wyatt Mason is holding a craft talk on description, exploring questions such as how you choose details of the lived world to include in your writing. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 2:00 pm, Author Catherine Lacey. Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever MissingThe Answers, and Certain American States, is holding a craft talk on metaphor. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:00 pm, Opening Reception for Artist Jenny Perlin. There will be an opening reception for artist Jenny Perlin at the Barbara Walters Gallery in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre, 917 Kimball Avenue. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2:00 pm, Author Kate Knapp Johnson. Kate Knapp Johnson, author of When Orchids Were Flowers, This Perfect Life, and Wind Somewhere and Shade, is presenting a craft talk on the prose poem. 

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.

 

 
Bronxville Adult School Classes Just in Time to Brighten Up Your Holidays PDF Print Email

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By Mary Massa, Member, Board of Trustees, Bronxville Adult School


Oct. 24, 2018:  Whether you want to make something delectable to share at a holiday meal, something festive to add to your holiday decor, or something special to wear or give as a gift, Bronxville Adult School has fun and informative classes to help you get a jump on holiday preparations.

Enhance your Thanksgiving decor. Basketmaking expert Robin Ingram will teach you how to create a cornucopia that you can take home and fill with gourds, fruits, and other bounty of the season. The class will be held on November 1 and November 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Bronxville School.

If you would like to indulge your inner florist, pros from Tryforos and Pernice will teach you to work with seasonal flowers and unique accents in a class titled Festive Flowers for Your Holiday Table. The class will be held on November 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at The Bronxville School.

Bring something new to the dessert table this holiday season. French pastry chef Madeline Delosh will hold two separate classes sure to help you create stunning holiday confections.

She will be giving a class titled Learn to Make Holiday Tartlettes in which she will teach how to make holiday tartlettes in a variety of seasonal flavors, including pumpkin and cranberry. The class will be held on November 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Bronxville School.

In December, Madeline will teach you how to make a bûche de Noël. Also called a yule log, this impressive French holiday treat is created from sponge cake, rich buttercream, and chocolate ganache. The class will be held on December 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Bronxville School.

If you would like to create something festive to wear or give during the holidays, learn how to make wearable art with jeweler Nicole Zahour, who will run two separate workshops on creating enameled jewelry. Enamel Sifting, Stencils, and Sticks will be held at The Bronxville School on November 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Watercolor Enamels will be held on December 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Bronxville School.

Our November class sold out quickly, so by popular demand another Red Wines from Around the World tasting will be held at Ernie's Wine Bar + Eats in January. Please check the Bronxville Adult School website for details.

Register online at www.bronxvilleadultschool.org or by phone at 914-793-4435.  

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.

 
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