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Photographer Cebe Loomis ’13 explored the responsibilities inherent in ethnographic filmmaking when she traveled to Bali, Indonesia, to document the final stages of Bitter Honey, a film about polygamy among three Balinese families.
New England Building surprisingly aglow at night—wrapped in insulation material, so exterior work can proceed in the cold—has been a warming campus sight this winter. It has also been a reminder that Vassar will soon begin enjoying benefits of the Integrated Science Center project, when New England and Sanders Physics reopen with significant upgrades.
Max Fagin ’10, currently pursuing an M.A. in aerospace engineering, is among the 1,058 people in the running for the first trip to Mars planned by Mars One, a private company founded by Netherlands billionaire Bas Lansdorp.
In Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation, artist Bruce Bundock pays tribute to the hardworking people who are behind the scenes of the college’s day-to-day operations. The exhibit—on display at the Palmer Gallery through March 13—offers 22 acrylic paintings featuring Vassar’s carpenters, electricians, maintenance workers, and food service personnel.
One never knows when inspiration will strike. For poet Alice Kavounas ’66, the burgeoning popularity of GPS-based smartphone applications like Foursquare brought a burgeoning idea to light—creating an app that would bring poetry to its users in a unique way.
An original thesis, a study on the effects of fungicides, an original musical, and an innovative urban design project: these projects give Vassar seniors an opportunity to create a tangible representation of their intellectual growth over four years.
Associate Professor of History Quincy T. Mills is getting a host of media attention for his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America. Most recently, the author appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss his book, which illustrates the cultural significance of barber shops within the African American community.
As a teenager, Jamie Christopherson ’97 watched the film The Mission and knew what he was destined to do—create scores for films. For more than a decade, Christopherson has done that and more, creating music for films, television shows, video games, and other media. His latest score is for a television movie based on the book Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
In Friendship and Intimacy in the Digital Age—the third presentation in the “From the Pub” series—sociologist Michael Kimmel ’72 and girls leadership educator Rachel Simmons ’96 discuss friendships among those coming of age now. What does intimacy look like between friends today? And what role do technology and social media play in enhancing or disrupting intimacy? Watch the provocative discussion!
Inspired by the Humans of New York, a popular blog by photographer Brandon Stanton, Vassar first-year student Imrul Islam began Superhumans of Vassar, a photo blog of people he’s met since coming to Vassar.
African American veterans serving in post-WWII Europe couldn’t help but notice the freedom they had overseas—a stark contrast to the Jim Crow laws back home in the U.S. The tale of their struggle is documented in the film Breath of Freedom, modeled after the book of the same name by Vassar Professor of History Maria Höhn.
Marine Corps veteran Jack Eubanks ’17, director Emily Breeze ’14, and several other drama majors present Beyond the Wall, a semi-autobiographical play coauthored by Eubanks
Twelve years after creating Modfest with her husband, Vassar Professor of Music Richard Wilson, Adene “Dee” Wilson talks about her inspiration how the festival has changed over the years from. A trained violinist and music major, Wilson’s goal is to bring 20th and 21st century art to today’s students.
Friends, colleagues, and admirers of author Mary McCarthy ’33 assembled on Manhattan’s Upper East Side this January to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth and the 50th anniversary of her influential and controversial novel The Group. (McCarthy is shown here in Paris with son Reuel.) Read remembrances of the author known for her formidable intelligence, style, and wit—and see images from the event.
Vassar ranks seventh on Princeton Review's 2014 Best Value list for private colleges reported the Poughkeepsie Journal
The New York Times remembers Martha Beck '60, museum curator and founder of the Drawing Center in SoHo
Audio producers Isaac Kestenbaum ’03 and Josie Holtzman ’06 used their production talents to bring tales of winter to life on the website Winters Past. The duo brings together narratives about everything from ice yachting on the Hudson River to ice harvesting in Connecticut, with interviews and sound clips relating to climate change.
President Catharine Hill was among the higher education leaders to attend a White House summit on access to education Thursday, January 16. During the event, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, higher education experts, along with 100 college and university officials, confronted the challenges of expanding college opportunities for low-income individuals. Read more about the White House's Call to Action and see remarks by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund head Sherrilyn Ifill '84 talks about over-criminalized discipline policies at U.S. schools on PBS Newshour
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing inspires the current generation of aspiring scientists
Neither Asia Bryant ’14 nor Vivian Chen ’15 nor Stephanie Zhu ’16 planned to take a computer science class when they came to Vassar, but all three are now computer science majors, thanks in large part to their mentor, associate professor Jennifer Walter.
Jake Hoffman ’07 and Peter Winne ’07, two-thirds of the folk trio Tumbling Bones, talk about their music, their inspiration, and the significant part Vassar played—and still plays—in their success. With a U.S. and European tour behind them, the group—which also includes Kyle Morgan—will release its first album early in 2014.
The first rugby team to reach the Final Four in Vassar history, the Brewers lost to Notre Dame (OH) College, 34-19, in the semifinals Dec. 7 but rebounded the next day to defeat Kutztown (PA) State, 24-15, for a third-place finish at the national level.
Like many Vassar sports teams, the women’s tennis team is actively engaged in community service, from serving meals at a local soup kitchen to “adopting” a Poughkeepsie family for the holidays to running a food drive in February.
A rambling, all-night discussion in a London hotel room between Jonas Cuaron ’05 and his father, writer and director Alfonso Cuaron, evolved into a movie about two astronauts marooned in space hundreds of miles above the earth—Academy Award contender Gravity.
Michael “Mooch” Mucciolo ’06 didn’t want a regular 9-5 job, so he joined forces with three fellow alums to start A Different Spin, a professional troupe that performs fire dancing, juggling, baton twirling, acrobatics, and comedy. Members of the group, all former Barefoot Monkeys, recently showcased their talents on the Quad.
A longtime fan of the New York Jets, Isaac Solotaroff ’93 began to see football in a new light when brother Paul, a contributor to Rolling Stone magazine, began writing about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—brain damage brought on by repeated concussions—suffered by former NFL players.
Vassar women’s basketball team defeats previously undefeated Montclair State, ranked third in the nation
In its second game since achieving a Top 25 ranking for the first time, the women’s basketball team defeated third-ranked Montclair (NJ) State University, 63-58, on Dec. 11 before a spirited crowd at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
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Two Vassar students are studying the behavior of some robots this summer in what biology professor John Long calls the “Evolutionary Olympics.” And while the project, conducted as part of Vassar’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI), is still in its early stages, Long and his students are demonstrating that robots do have the capacity to evolve.
- Associate professor of history Quincy Mills was featured on public radio's "Marketplace" program discussing his book about the history of black barber shops, Cutting Along the Color Line (Posted 1/29/2014)
- Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater Training Program seeks applicants (Posted 1/29/2014)
- President Hill is quoted about the White House summit on accessibility to higher education in Inside Higher Ed (Posted 1/15/2014)
- The Tampa Bay Times takes note of Vassar's involvement as the first college to partner with the Posse Foundation, admitting eleven vets as members of the class of 2017. (Posted 1/13/2014)
- Trustee Christianna Wood on Institutional Investing (Posted 5/20/2013)