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2019 The Year in Review

The Vassar community witnessed some remarkable events and achievements in 2019, from the new partnership with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to a record reunion gift of $16.3 million from the class of 1969. Here are some of the highlights from the year. (Photo by Karl Rabe: Members of Vassar’s first New Americans cohort painted a 90-foot mural on a barn at Vassar Farm.)

In the Media

  • Tight, by Torrey Maldonado ’96 (pictured), was named a best book of 2019 by NPR.

    Suffragette and Civil Rights activist Crystal Eastman, class of 1903, is the subject of a biography, Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life,” as noted by the Wall Street Journal.

    Amitava Kumar, author and Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a Columbia Journalism Review article about how fiction can defeat fake news. He also wrote a New Yorker article about author Perumal Muruan.

    Dr. Christine Yu Moutier ’90, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, appeared June 2018 as a co-host on the Anderson Cooper 360 townhall Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis. This special was recently awarded an Emmy Award for “Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis.” She also appeared on CBS New York.

    Peter Korzenik ’82 and Give Back Global, which he founded, were the subjects of a Connecticut Insider article.