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Celebrate Sarah Lawrence Event Will Showcase Student and Faculty Work on Friday, October 12 PDF Print Email

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


Oct. 10, 2018:  Sarah Lawrence College will present the second annual Celebrate Sarah Lawrence, a showcasing of student and faculty work, on Friday, October 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The program will be held both inside and outside the Heimbold Visual Arts Center and will feature science demonstrations, dance, music, theater, writing performances and readings, and visual arts displays.

“Celebrate Sarah Lawrence is a wonderful opportunity for our neighbors and friends to engage in the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of the college,” said President Cristle Collins Judd. “It is also a fun and relaxed way to get to know our talented students and faculty and learn about the exciting work they are doing here on campus.”

Participants will enjoy outdoor demonstrations, including a science encounter with elephant toothpaste; theater performances from Sweeney Todd and Pride and Prejudice; musical performances by the Chamber Improvisation Ensemble and the Sarah Lawrence Funk Ensemble; and the chance for a photograph with Sarah Lawrence mascot Godric the Gryphon.

Inside exhibitions include student and faculty drawings, photographs, and paintings. Donnelley Theater will feature rapid-fire readings, poetry slams, and films. Students will also demonstrate their work and research in the areas of psychology, physics, chemistry, biology, languages, math, and computer science. Presentations by The Center for the Urban River at Beczak, The Right to Write program, and graduate programs will also be included. 

This event is free and open to the public and includes a dessert reception with light refreshments. Click here for the full schedule of events. 

Photo by N. Bower


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.

 

 
Music, Literature, and Conversation on Concordia's Campus in October Commencing Friday, October 5 PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Marketing, Concordia College


Oct. 3, 2018:  Concordia College has events scheduled throughout the month of October; all are open to the public, and most are free of charge.  

Friday, October 5, 7:30 am, Business Breakfast with BofA's NYC Market President Anne Walker. The October 5 installment of Business Breakfast brings Anne Walker, Bank of America's market president for New York City, to campus. Her talk, "Embracing the Zigzag Path," will explore the many ways to find career satisfaction. It will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 am in the Pietruski Auditorium on the second floor of the Scheele Memorial Library.

Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm, Books & Coffee Discussion with Author Kate Moore. Kate Moore, bestselling author of The Radium Girls, will be headlining the October 15 Books & Coffee discussion at 7:30 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. Moore has been on a media blitz talking about her engrossing historical narrative, and Concordia is delighted to welcome her to campus.

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm, President John Nunes Interviews Author Rev. Philip Krey. As the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day approaches, Concordia president Dr. John Nunes will interview author Rev. Philip Krey, PhD, on justice and human rights in an OSilas Gallery talk at 7:00 pm on October 25.

Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm, Hoch Chamber Music Series Concert with Lawrence Dutton. On October 27 at 7:00 pm, the Hoch Chamber Music Series opens its season with "A Night of Borders and Boundaries," featuring world-renowned violist Lawrence Dutton, guest artists, and Concordia Conservatory faculty. The concert will take place at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at concordiaconservatory.org

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 pm, Met Museum's Dr. Helen Evans Discusses Met's Armenia! Exhibition. There will be an OSilas Gallery talk at 7:30 pm on October 30, when The Met Museum’s Dr. Helen C. Evans will discuss Armenia’s ancient and significant cultural heritage with images from The Met’s exhibition Armenia!, which she curated. Tickets are required. For more information, contact Elizabeth Vranka at CLOAKING or 914.337.3000, ext. 2173.

Find the full schedule of events with times and locations at Concordia-ny.edu/community.

Pictured here: A Hoch Chamber Music Series concert.

Photo courtesy Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Marketing, Concordia 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.

 
Karen Lawrence, Former President of Sarah Lawrence College, Named President of The Huntington PDF Print Email

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By Susan Turner-Love, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens


Sep. 26, 2018:  Karen R. Lawrence, former president of Sarah Lawrence College, has been named president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Huntington’s board of trustees announced today, following an extensive international search.

Lawrence, who stepped into the role September 1, is The Huntington’s ninth president. She joins The Huntington following ten years as president at Sarah Lawrence College. Her tenure at Sarah Lawrence began just before the recession of 2008-09; she is credited with weathering that crisis with sound management and unflagging resolve, moving the institution into a period of strong growth and performance as well as increased student body diversity.

“Karen’s combination of qualities--her collaborative leadership style, unflappable nature, and strong scholarly background--convinced the search committee that she’s absolutely the right person to lead The Huntington at this time, especially as we gear up for our centennial and several major projects ahead,” said Loren Rothschild, chair of the institution’s board of trustees. Among those significant projects are the groundbreaking conservation effort on The Blue Boy, the iconic 18th-century Gainsborough portrait, part of which will take place in public view this fall, and the expansion of The Huntington’s renowned Chinese Garden, also slated to get under way later this year.

“The Huntington represents so much of what I hold as core values--a humanistic approach that emphasizes curiosity, empathy, and aesthetic appreciation,” said Lawrence. “I am thrilled by this extraordinary opportunity, especially given the challenges facing the arts and humanities and the extent to which The Huntington contributes to knowledge making and the exchange of ideas, public enrichment, cultural analysis and a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.”

Lawrence is widely credited for her skillful guidance of Sarah Lawrence through the global recession that spelled catastrophe for so many small colleges and nonprofits. She began her tenure there in 2007, and even given the daunting impact of the downturn, “She ultimately raised more than $135 million and landed several of the largest individual gifts ever given to the college,” said former Sarah Lawrence board chair John A. Hill, “including a major donation from alumna Barbara Walters toward a transformational new student center, a first for the campus.”

She is also credited with substantially enhancing the diversity of the student body, with students of color increasing from 14 percent to 24 percent and the international student population increasing from four percent to 12 percent during her tenure. Under her leadership, the college significantly enhanced financial aid, making the unique Sarah Lawrence education accessible to a wider range of students.

At Sarah Lawrence, she was a popular president, regularly teaching classes on James Joyce, her area of expertise. “Karen ignited a passion in her students for Joyce’s beautifully complex novels and short stories,” said graduate India Nicholas. Nicholas said she was so inspired by Lawrence’s teaching that she traveled overseas expressly to delve deeper into Joyce’s Ireland.

Lawrence holds her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, her MA from Tufts University, and her PhD from Columbia University.

Before being named president of Sarah Lawrence, she was dean of humanities and professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine.

She was recently named to the board of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. She has published widely on Joyce and is perhaps best known for her books The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses (Princeton University Press) and Who’s Afraid of James Joyce? (University Press of Florida). She is married to Peter Lawrence, chief of vascular and endovascular surgery and director of the Gonda Vascular Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

At The Huntington, she will oversee a staff of 500 as well as world-class collections of rare books, manuscripts, and related materials, European and American art, and some 120 acres of botanical gardens, along with a vibrant program of research and education. As a major Southern California cultural destination, the institution hosts more than 750,000 visitors a year to its steady stream of library, art, and botanical exhibitions. It also welcomes more than 1,700 scholars each year to conduct advanced research in the humanities and provides some $1.85 million in fellowships, as well as hosting more than 20,000 school students and their teachers annually in a wide range of educational activities.

Pictured here: Karen Lawrence.

Photo by Stefan Radtke

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.

 
Happiness and Fun at the Bronxville Adult School this Fall PDF Print Email

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By Priscilla Toomey, Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Bronxville Adult School


Sep. 12, 2018:  If you want to add more happiness and fun to your life, the Bronxville Adult School is a great place to start.

The fall semester begins with a free community lecture on Monday, September 17, Happiness is a Choice You Make, co-sponsored by Concordia College Books & Coffee. New York Times award-winning author John Leland will discuss his wise and insightful book about the secrets to living a fuller, more contented life. On Wednesday, September 26, The Road to Happiness workshop will further explore how to find lasting and intrinsic happiness in life.

The Bronxville Adult School’s fall semester also offers lots of fun and games to help you to enjoy life, including fantasy football, bridge, MahJongg, pickleball, and squash, among many others. Dancing is another great way to have a good time, and you can choose from county line dancing, belly dancing, Irish ceili, tap, ballet, ballroom, salsa, and bachata. If you are looking for ways to relax and unwind, give yoga, mindfulness, or fitness classes a try. Or tap into your creative self with drawing, painting, memoir, and improv classes.

These are just some of the options for enriching your life this fall, and there are many, many more; go to www.bronxvilleadultschool.org to see the full online catalogue and to sign up, or call 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.

 
Presentation on History of Bronxville at Bronxville Library Monday, July 16 PDF Print Email

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By Christine Utchel, Head of Reference, Bronxville Public Library


Jul. 11, 2018: Join us in the Bronxville Public Library at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 16, for a slideshow presentation depicting Bronxville's past and present titled "Bronxville, Then & Now."

Learn about the early Bronxville wilderness, the old wooden bridge at Underhill's Crossing, some of the artists of Lawrence Park, the home where a president of the United States lived, the oldest house in Bronxville, and so much more. The presentation will be made by the Bronxville village historian, Ray Geselbracht.

For more information, click here or call the library at 914-337-7680.

Pictured here: Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

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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