Two years ago, Sarah Lawrence joined with Vassar, Bard, and Bennington Colleges to form a consortium on “Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education” that is focused on the global refugee crisis. The consortium recognizes that forced migration, on the rise around the globe, is a destabilizing geopolitical challenge that demands a response from higher education. By taking advantage of the expanded capacity that can be achieved through collaboration and by creating shared resources, it aims to provide deeper understanding and explore potential solutions to the crisis, through our roles as liberal arts colleges.
The generous gift will allow the College to establish the OSilas Endowed Professorship in Environmental Studies in the 2020-2021 academic year. Broadly defined in its focus, the professorship is intended to enhance the scientific underpinnings of Sarah Lawrence’s work in the field.
The Laura Kirchman Manuelidis ’63 Science and Literary Arts Endowment will support experiences for undergraduate students at the intersection of the literary arts, especially poetry, and the sciences. These experiences might include visiting speakers, performances, class events, or student work. This visionary gift enhances Sarah Lawrence’s pedagogy, which has always included the crossing of disciplinary boundaries to explore topics in deeper and more expansive ways.
An alumna and her spouse have designated a $10 million portion of their estate to establish the Lydia and Veselin Kesich Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of the alumna’s dons.
On Thursday, June 21, Sarah Lawrence College celebrated the dedication of the Eleanor Weisman Edelman Reading Room and College Archives in the Esther Raushenbush Library. Eleanor Edelman was a lifelong Bronxville neighbor and loyal Sarah Lawrence supporter who founded the Friends of the Library in 1975. She also served as its first president, forging a wonderful partnership between the Bronxville community and our library that continues to thrive today.
Sarah Lawrence has gratefully received a generous commitment of $3 million to support the Barbara Walters Campus Center, made anonymously in memory of literature and writing faculty member emeritus Joseph Papaleo ’49 by one of his former students.
In memory of revered concert pianist and music faculty member emerita Jean Wentworth, her family has made a generous gift to establish the Jean Wentworth Music Residency. Jean Wentworth was well known as a Debussy scholar and highly respected for her performances of solo, chamber, and orchestral works by Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok, and many others. She taught piano, chamber music, and music history at the College for more than 40 years. The Jean Wentworth Music Residency will bring performing musicians of distinction to campus to work with students in program areas of music and beyond, and to offer cross-disciplinary engagement and audience building. Each semester, the residency will culminate in a concert open to all students and the public.
Sarah Lawrence College has been awarded a $2 million grant from New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program (HECap) that will support construction of the liberal arts college’s Barbara Walters Campus Center.
Thanks to our generous donors, Sarah Lawrence College is able to provide financial aid and scholarships to deserving students who would otherwise be unable to attend. Ideally suited for Sarah Lawrence’s unique and personalized education, these talented and driven young people develop their academic and creative potential, and thrive in the College’s vibrant community.
The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, aka The Sarahs, celebrates the best audio fiction currently made around the world. The Sarahs were co-founded by writing faculty member Ann Heppermann, a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and Peabody Award-winning audio fiction writer and producer, and Martin Johnson, a radio producer, journalist, sound designer, and critically acclaimed author.