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Cristle Collins Judd, 11th President of Sarah Lawrence College, Reflects on First Year PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter


Nov. 21, 2018: From its intimate 44-acre campus in Yonkers, also in the Bronxville zip code, Sarah Lawrence College has created a rather impressive footprint that, according to President Cristle Collins Judd, extends far out into the world. "We have extraordinary assets at the college," Judd said, "in terms of our history, our location, our faculty, and in terms of the students we bring together."

Judd, inaugurated in October of 2017 as the eleventh president of the college, stated that the promise of the Sarah Lawrence College education equips students to extend that significant footprint even further into the world. "The first year has reinforced for me how important and how high-stakes a liberal arts education is," she said. "I have learned the depth and breadth of our undergraduate and graduate programs, their distinctive influences in the world, and the way they integrate with our core values."

She described students' four years at the college as a time when they are pushed and challenged to create their path through the curriculum, to dig deep into creating themselves, all with the one-on-one help of a faculty mentor.

"We prepare students to create themselves the first time with a mentor," Judd noted, "so they leave her with the skills they will need to recreate themselves over their lifetime." Students today can expect to have as many as seven careers during their working lives.

The college is in the midst of a $200 million capital campaign, the bulk of which will be dedicated toward continuing to increase support and aid for students. While granting scholarships and financial aid are objectives of the campaign, it also includes funding of new internships and forging new ways to connect students with career opportunities. Externships in the sciences, in which students receive training in the workplace as part of a course of study, will also receive support.

With the goal of helping the world beyond the campus understand and explore the value of the liberal arts education and how, specifically, Sarah Lawrence College education addresses its challenges and opportunities, Judd launched a series of public conversations addressing the theme Democracy in Education during her inaugural year. The key need to include different and even competing dialogue arising from those sessions has led President Judd to moderate "Difference in Dialogue," a new series, also open to the community, that brought together a panel of women running for office and one comprising college presidents. Panels in the spring will discuss religious pluralism and aspects of human genetics.

Judd sees the discussions and dialogues as an effective way for the community to get to know the students, who have the first opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

"We have real opportunities to be more connected to our immediate neighbors in Yonkers and Bronxville," Judd said. She described the Barbara Walters Campus Center, under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, as a new front door for the college, where the college will meet the community.

"We have been working this year, as we move toward the opening of that center, to open our programming much more to our neighbors," Judd said. She added that Sarah Lawrence College is an important civic space and hopes that, in relationship with the surrounding community, it will also be seen as a cultural and intellectual hub.

"It's a terrific challenge to help everyone understand just how rich this small college with a big footprint in the world is," Judd commented. She described Sarah Lawrence College as a place that is all about crossing boundaries as our areas of knowledge and access to that knowledge become increasingly greater. The mandate for the college, as well as for all of higher education, she said, is how to curate that knowledge, make it available for students, and help them work individually and in collaboration. "It's a challenge we take seriously," she stated.

Pictured here: Cristle Collins Judd.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College

 
Is Reading a Book Different from Listening to It? Find Out at Sarah Lawrence Discussion on November 28 PDF Print Email

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


Nov. 21, 2018:  Is reading a book the same as listening to an audiobook? Is one medium better than the other? How are they different? Join Sarah Lawrence faculty member Bella Brodzki and Friends of Sarah Lawrence College for a discussion titled "Audiobooks as a Mode of Translation" on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 pm at 45 Wrexham Road and find out.

Bella Brodzki is a scholar of critical and literary theory and currently teaches an undergraduate seminar at Sarah Lawrence called Translation Studies: Poetics, Politics, Theory and Practice. The course’s point of departure is that all interpretive acts are acts of translation, that the very medium that makes translation possible--language itself--is already a translation. While her year-long course covers multiple forms of translation and their various challenges, Brodzki’s talk with Friends will focus on audiobooks.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Brodzki earned a master’s degree from Hebrew University and a PhD from Brown University. In addition to critical and literary theory and translation studies, Brodzki’s academic interests include modernist and contemporary fiction, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and autobiography and life narrative.

She is the author of Can These Bones Live? Translation, Survival, and Cultural Memory and co-editor of Life/Lines: Theorizing Women’s Autobiography. Her work has appeared in several select scholarly publications and collections. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the Lucius Littauer Award, and Hewlett-Mellon grants.

This event is open to all, but space is limited. To register, please e-mail CLOAKING or call 914-323-6154.

Photo by N. Bower


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November at Sarah Lawrence College: Art, Music, Film, and More PDF Print Email

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By Hannah Shaw, Public Relations Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College


Nov. 14, 2018: Below are select events at Sarah Lawrence College in November; all the events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-395-2412 or go to www.sarahlawrence.edu.

Thursday, November 15, 5:15 pm, Lecture by Tufts professor Jeremy Melius on Artist Bruce Nauman. This lecture by Jeremy Melius, assistant professor of art and art history at Tufts University, explores how skin became the site of American artist Bruce Nauman’s deepest investigations of artistic mediation and why those investigations continue to provide a key to understanding the fate of the senses in a dystopian age. The lecture will be held at 5:15 pm in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, Room 208, 917 Kimball Avenue, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. Click here for more information or call 914-395-2412.

Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 pm, Music Tuesday Presents Country and Folk Musician Curtis McMurtry. Country and folk musician Curtis McMurtry '13 is performing at 1:30 pm in The Performing Arts Center’s Reisinger Auditorium, 40 Glen Washington Road, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. Click here for more information or call 914-395-2412.

Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 pm, Visual Arts Lecture Series at Sarah Lawrence: Jenny Perlin. Artist Jenny Perlin's practice in 16mm film, video, and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. She will be giving a lecture as part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series at 1:30 pm in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center’s Barbara Walters Gallery, 917 Kimball Avenue, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. Click here for more information or call 914-395-2412.

November 29, 2018, 10:00 am, Lecture and Screening of The Filmmaker and the Filmed: Treading Softly and Engendering Trust. Documentary filmmaker Jan Krawitz will screen excerpts of her films Styx, Mirror Mirror, and Big Enough and talk about her production process and the implicit contract between the filmmaker and her subjects. The event will take place at 10:00 am in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 917 Kimball Avenue, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. Click here for more information or call 914-395-2412.

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The 37th Concordia Community Dinner Celebrates the de Saint Phalles and the Power of Poetry; See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Marketing, Concordia College


Nov. 14, 2018:  Concordia College’s 37th Annual Community Dinner was a celebration of community, the substantive contributions of Ellen and Pierre de Saint Phalle, and the power of poetry. The November 8 event filled the campus’s Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts to capacity. 

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The room filled to capacity.

Ellen’s lifelong love for and advocacy of poetry inspired a community dinner unlike any other. Concordia professor of English Dr. Alison Matika read two poems by Elizabeth Bishop, one of Ellen’s favorite poets: "Filling Station" and "One Art." Dr. Matika then introduced two students from her honors poetry seminar: Lexi Murdock and Chandhini Kannan, who read their own works. Lexi’s poems, "My Father’s Hands" and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at My Screen," honored her father’s sacrifice and pondered the bond between people and their phones. Chandhini’s "Indian Train Home" offered a series of vivid images captured on the train to her home in Chennai.

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Chandhini Kannan

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Lexi Murdock

Concordia’s president, Dr. John A. Nunes, himself a lover of poetry, was delighted at the opportunity to recite "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott, the poet who was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

Upon receiving their President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community, Pierre spoke of the ways community service makes us all better, and Ellen expanded on the vital role that liberal arts institutions like Concordia College play in our community.


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Head table

The evening ended with more student voices, this time heard in Concordia’s video Where Worlds Meet, which features students explaining the many ways that Concordia’s vibrant diversity, global outlook, and small size have made an impact on their education. 

Pictured at top: Dr. Nunes presenting the award to the de Saint Phalles.

Photos courtesy Concordia College 

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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 

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