Narrowing It Down: Top Five Events On Campus This Week – 3/31/13

Welcome to the first week of the rest of the semester! Work is starting to mount, birds are beginning to sing, and if you wanted your conference paper draft read you should have handed it in to your professor two weeks ago.

If you grew up close enough to Bronxville and/or could afford to go home for break, you have probably begun to itch for some campus community feeling by now. And if you spent the last two weeks on campus, it is time to say good-bye to the volleyball you made your imaginary friend for lack of social stimulation and step out into the sunlight. Here are this week’s five on-campus events you don’t want to miss:


Bassam Haddad speaks – Monday, April 1@ 5:30, Heimbold Auditorium

Bassam Haddad, who is an author and filmmaker, as well as director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University, will speak at Heimbold Auditorium about Syria, its political economy, and the current uprising in that country.

Mr. Haddad’s work focuses on the political economy of development, U.S. foreign policy, and pedagogy. He is brought to Sarah Lawrence College by the Samuel Fund Lecture Series as part of its “Contemporary Middle East” spring program.

Screening of The Hobbit– Wednesday, April 3 @ 8 pm, PAC Film Viewing Room

The Hobbit was the fourth of JRR Tolkien’s novels that Peter Jackson made into an epic fantasy film. Two more parts of the Hobbit story are planned.

 Come to the Performing Arts Space Film Viewing Room on Wednesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. to watch the film!

Spanish Table – Mesa de Español– Thursdays @ 12:30, Bates Faculty Dining Room  

A chance to speak Spanish, for those who know a little bit of the language and want to practice.

Tasty Jake and the Frosted Flakes- Saturday, April 6 @ 9, the Blue Room

A Google search of this mysterious band yielded only pictures of cereal and a link back to the Sarah Lawrence Master Calendar. Because Tasty Jake does it old school and boycotts online marketing, and because I haven’t been on campus this week (perhaps there are posters somewhere that give more clues?), I cannot tell you much more about this group.

Hillel presents Jay Sommer – Sunday, April 7 @ 6:30, Slonim Living Room

As a teenager, Jay Sommer fled the labor camp at Csepel, Hungary. After years as a fugitive in wartime Europe, Sommer, who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1927, managed to get a visa to the United States. For 21 years, he taught foreign languages at New Rochelle High School.

On Sunday, April 7, Sommer visits Sarah Lawrence College in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mr. Sommer’s talk is presented by Hillel.

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