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Building Bridges, Connecting Women at Russell Sage College
   March 2, 2004


March 2, 2004

TROY, N.Y. - Russell Sage College (RSC) invites women of the Troy community to participate in "Boundaries & Bridges," an interactive series of events focused on bringing women together to express themselves through writing. Participants will be encouraged to make connections with other women during the program and to continue their writing and sharing after the program ends.

"Our goal is to develop an ongoing program that breaks down the boundaries between the college and the community and build bridges among all of us," said Chrys Ingraham, associate professor of sociology at RSC. "We will do this through writing, art and community service. We are taking multiple approaches to building bridges in our community."

The Boundaries and Bridges Program

The Boundaries and Bridges program will encourage participants to write about encounters with boundaries of any form: for example, physical or emotional scars and bridges that have been crossed, built or burned can all be explored as a type of boundary. Women who take part in the program will work together in a group to share their progress. Women are also welcome to write about these topics on their own.

The program's culminating event will take place on April 19, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Robinson Athletic Center on Russell Sage College campus. At this gathering, women who participated in the program will have the opportunity to publicly share their writings. A series of workshops to assist anyone who would like to read their work publicly will be provided by Donna Inglima, director of educational programs for Laguna Beach Playhouse.

In addition to the writing project, dramatic readings will be performed by community women, and local artists will provide displays of work that focus on the event's theme.

"Boundaries and Bridges" is free and open to the public. To find out more information or to register and receive instructions for participation in the events, RSC students should call (518) 244-2306, and women in the community should call (518) 274-7100.

Related Events Open to the Public

A series of related speakers and events (free and open to the public) will lead up to the final gathering:

  • Women's History Month Film Series on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lucille Clifton, National Book Award winner and Poet Laureate of Maryland on March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • "In the Company of Women" Community Breakfast on March 11 at 7:30 a.m.
  • David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Poor in America on March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Kate Cerulli on "Domestic Violence and the Courts" on March 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Social Responsibility Fair on April 1 from 3:30 -5:20 p.m.
  • Dr. Rebecca Holberton on "Ecology and the Life of Birds" April 15 at 8 p.m.

For more information, please call Russell Sage College at (518) 244-2306. For more information on the community breakfast call YWCA Troy Cohoes at (518) 274-7100.

About The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges was founded in 1916 and comprises Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y., and the coeducational Sage Graduate School and Sage College of Albany. The Sage Colleges is a member of the Associated New American Colleges, a group of small- to medium-sized comprehensive private colleges and universities dedicated to integrating liberal and professional studies.

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