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On Campus - October 2012 Preview

UC Berkeley professor Paul Alivisatos.

Wednesday, October 3

The college presents the annual URSI Symposium, highlighting summer science research projects. The keynote address will be “Nanoscience and the Future of the Carbon Cycle,” by UC Berkeley professor Paul Alivisatos.

Thursday, October 4

The Art Department presents “Dürer’s Prints and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge,” a lecture by Harvard University Art Museums’ curator of prints Susan Dackerman ’86.

The Psychology Department presents “Behavior Genetics: Understanding Our Own Genes,” a lecture by University of Virginia psychology professor Eric Turkheimer.

Friday, October 5

The Multidisciplinary Learning-Living Community and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development present the “Vassar College Inaugural Conference on Food and Agriculture.” Continues on Saturday, October 6.

MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) presents a MEChA de Vassar conference, “Bridging the Gap: Race, Higher Education, and Activism.” Continues on Saturday, October 6.

Saturday, October 6

The Music Department presents the Vassar College Orchestra.

Sunday, October 7

The Music Department presents Zakir Hussain on tabla and Rakesh Chaurasia on bamboo flute for a program of Indian classical music.

Monday, October 8

The Philosophy Department presents “The Place of Language: Heidegger and the development of language in children,” a lecture by Boston University philosophy professor Daniel Dahlstrom, part of Vassar’s Philosophers Holiday lecture series.

Tuesday, October 9

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents adjunct drama instructor Shona Tucker considering several works by Picasso, part of the Artful Dodger informal lecture series.

Wednesday, October 10

MICA (Moderate Independent Conservative Alliance) presents “Why Target Iran?,” a lecture by Justin Raimondo of antiwar.com about United States and Iran foreign policy.

The Vassar Islamic Society presents a film screening of “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.”

Thursday, October 11

The American Culture Program presents the Crisis and Critique of Sovereignty lecture series opening talk, by Dartmouth College humanities professor Donald Pease.

Saturday, October 13

A Day at Vassar!

Monday, October 22

The Women’s Studies Program presents a film screening of Budrus, including a “talk back” with producers Ronit Avni and Irene Nasser, and a concert of Arabic music.

The Office of Communications presents a lecture by Sau Lan Wu ’63.

Tuesday, October 23

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents biology professor Mark Schlessman considering two Native American baskets, part of the Artful Dodger informal lecture series.

Wednesday, October 24

The English Department presents a reading and lecture by Curtis Sittenfeld, 2012 William Gifford Visiting Writer.

The South Asian Students Alliance presents a film screening of Queering South Asia.

Thursday, October 25

The History Department presents an artist panel discussion, “Art and War,” featuring Benjamin Busch ’91, Monica Church, Linda Cunning, and Charles Geiger.

The Multidisciplinary Learning-Living Community presents “Corn, Ethanol, and the Environment,” a lecture by Cornell University ecology and agricultural sciences professor emeritus David Pimentel.

The Art Department presents “Untitled Lecture,” this year’s Claflin Lecture, by New York artist Paul Chan.

Friday, October 26

The Music Department presents a faculty and guest recital. The program includes a 100th anniversary celebration of Arnold Schoenberg’s melodramatic and mystical 1912 masterpiece “Pierrot Lunaire,” a setting of 21 poems by Belgian writer Albert Giraud, as well as 20th century works by Claude Vivier and Sebastian Currier.

Saturday, October 27

The Career Development Office presents the second session of VC Squared.

The Music Department presents Grammy winner Christian McBride and Inside Straight for an evening of jazz.

Sunday, October 28

The Music Department presents professor Todd Crow on piano performing sonatas by Joseph Haydn.

Tuesday, October 30

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents anthropology professor David Tavárez considering Frances Bacon’s “Study for Portrait IV,” part of the Artful Dodger informal lecture series.

The Women’s Studies Program, with co-sponsorship from the Africana Studies Program and the Drama Department, presents “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales,” a performance by E. Patrick Johnson.

Ongoing Exhibitions

The Palmer Gallery presents “Sacred Ground: Held in Trust,” featuring the work of pastelist Marlene Wiedenbaum. Through October 13.

The Palmer Gallery presents “Conflict, Destruction, Renewal: Contemporary Artists on War,” featuring the work of Benjamin Busch, Monica Church, Linda Cunning, and Charles Geiger. October 22 through November 16.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents “Sawdust Mountain,” featuring Eirik Johnson’s three-year project photographing Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Through December 9.