Sarah Lawrence College has been awarded a grant from the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation to create an Art History / Curatorial Studies Enrichment Fund. The $14,000 grant will be used to bring curatorial and museum professionals to campus for guest lectures and workshops; support field trips for students in Art History and Curatorial Studies courses to museums and galleries in New York City and the Metropolitan region; and underwrite curatorial internships for two Sarah Lawrence students.
Psychology faculty member Adam Brown has received a collaborative research grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop next generation research tools for understanding human social systems. He will serve as a consultant in the development of software designed to inform decision-makers about policy options and their possible outcomes, for example when preparing humanitarian relief operations. He will also conduct studies to test and evaluate the software prototype, and with the assistance of Sarah Lawrence students, he will perform pilot behavioral research in his Cognition and Emotion Lab to hone the project’s research methodology and robustness.
On Friday, October 6, Sarah Lawrence College, one of the nation’s most innovative liberal arts colleges, will install Cristle Collins Judd, PhD, as its 11th president. Dr. Judd joins Sarah Lawrence from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she guided the foundation’s program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities. She has worked with college and university presidents and provosts from around the country to address the most pressing issues facing higher education, including diversity and inclusiveness, the value of the liberal arts, the role of the arts and humanities in civil society, and the cost of higher education.
The Suzanne Salter Arkin Science Endowment, established by alumna Suzanne Salter Arkin with a $2 million donation in 2016, is dedicated to supporting outstanding Sarah Lawrence science students who want to pursue serious individual study of science while engaging with the arts, humanities, language, literature, and the social sciences in a liberal arts institution.
A grant to support programs for first generation and underrepresented students has been awarded to Sarah Lawrence College by the Booth Ferris Foundation of New York. The two-year, $220,000 grant will enable the College to expand an existing five-day pre-orientation program designed to ease the transition to college life for this cohort of students, provide year-round programs and services, develop a family outreach program, and launch efforts to advance social justice leadership and advocacy training for these student leaders.
From Natasha Rodriguez’s first assignment in Marek Fuchs’ First-Year Studies course, Marek was struck by the depth and drive of her curiosity, and he set out to help her find ways to fuel it.
Weaving together child psychology, neuroscience, and theatre, Jaela Cheeks-Lomax ’17 and psychology faculty member Lizzie Johnston collaborated to develop a mindfulness curriculum for 2nd to 6th graders enrolled in a local after-school program.
J.J. Abrams ’88 will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 89th Commencement, which will be streamed live on Friday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Abrams has been an innovative writer, director, and producer in film and television over his celebrated career, which began in his final year at Sarah Lawrence, when he collaborated with a friend to write a feature film treatment that was purchased by Disney Studios.
Jamal Joseph, Oscar-nominated writer and director, will address the graduates of the College’s nine master’s degree programs at the 2017 Graduate Commencement. The event, which will be streamed live, begins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18
Leadership gifts in support of the Barbara Walters Campus Center:*
A commitment of $2 million from Trustee Sarah Gray Gund ’65 and her husband Geoffrey Gund
A gift of $2 million from Josephine Merck ’69
A gift of $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Peter Lawrence, made in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation, in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Lauder Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from the David Geffen Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from Peter Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Trustee Rachel Williams Zebrowski ’73, in honor of her mother Pauline Bolton Williams ’44 and in gratitude to Karen R. Lawrence
*as of January 31, 2017