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On Campus – April 2013 Preview

Friday, April 5

VHP artist Jerome Polycarpe’s “Menagerie”

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) presents an art exhibit and sale featuring 300 original Haitian paintings, handcrafts, hand-painted silk scarves, and iron sculptures. The artist George Desarmes will be the first of the VHP's artists ever to visit campus in conjunction with the art sale and auction on the morning of Saturday, April 6. 

George Desarmes

The Biology Department presents “Evolution of Eusociality,” a lecture by Harvard professor Martin Nowak.

Sunday, April 7

The Political Science Department presents “What’s Up with Gun Violence in the United States?” a panel discussion with professor Diane Harriford (Sociology, Vassar), professor Eileen Leonard (Sociology, Vassar), and professor Sidney Plotkin (Political Science, Vassar), moderated by visiting professor John Wallach (Political Science, Vassar S’13), Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

The Music Department presents “Love Bade Me Welcome,” a performance by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, featuring works by Walter Watson, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Monday, April 8

The History Department presents a lecture by Ambassador David Scheffer, professor at Northwestern University School of Law and former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues.

The Religion Department presents a lecture by Judith Butler, an American post-structuralist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminist philosophy, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics.

Tuesday, April 9

The Art Department presents “Henri Lefebvre and Architecture: A Manuscript Found in Zaragoza,” a lecture by Lukasz Stanek (Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester) focusing on a recent discovery of an unpublished work by French Marxist philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl

Wednesday, April 10

The Drama Department presents American playwright Sarah Ruhl, who will read her recent work: a series of micro-essays about theater-making, being a mother, Eurydice, and poetry, followed by a Q&A.

The Library presents a lecture about scholarly communication by Bryn Geffert, librarian of Amherst College.

Thursday, April 11

The Asian Studies Program, Sociology Department, and Political Science Department present “History of U.S.-North Korea Relations and Peace in Northeast Asia,” a lecture by professor Jae-Jung Suh of the Johns Hopkins University.

The English Department presents “Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness,” a lecture by Nicole Fleetwood, associate professor of American studies at Rutgers University.

Friday, April 12

The Music Department presents a recital with Robert Osborne (bass-baritone), Blair McMillen (piano), and the Four Nations Ensemble, featuring works by Ibert, Morin, Ravel, and Rodrigo.

Saturday, April 13

The Political Science Department presents “Honoring Wilfrid Rumble,” a panel discussion with faculty members and alumnae/i.

Sunday, April 14

The Music Department presents “Music from the New World,” a performance by the Vassar College Choir, featuring works by Charles Ives, Alberto Ginastera, Eric Whitacre, Pablo Casals, and José Maurício Nunes Garcia.

Tuesday, April 16

The Art Department presents “Color: A User’s Guide,” a lecture by painter Amy Sillman, whose works have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among many others.

Wednesday, April 17

The English Department presents a poetry reading by poet and essayist Leonard Schwartz.

Michelle Fine

Thursday, April 18

The Education Department presents a symposium on public educational reform that explores the possibilities of the ‘critical’ small public schools movement in New York City as a counter-narrative to high-stakes testing, accountability, and the privatization of public schooling. Panel Moderator and Featured Speaker: Michelle Fine, distinguished professor, CUNY Graduate Center. Center Panelists: Anthony DeJesus (CUNY Hunter College), Maria Hantzopoulos (Vassar), Jessica Shiller (Towson University), Rosa Rivera-McCutchen (CUNY Lehman College), and Alia Tyner-Mullings (New Community College at CUNY).

Democracy Matters presents a lecture by NYU professor, scholar, and former president of the Students for a Democratic Society Todd Gitlin, who will examine the links between the student movement in the ’60s and the emergence of Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

The Asian Students’ Alliance presents a lecture on Korean and Japanese pop culture by California State University professor Jung-Sun Park.

Friday, April 19

The Biology Department presents “Evolutionary Ecology of Offspring Size in a Desert Seed Beetle: Fitness Consequences in a Variable Environment,” a lecture by Dr. Mary Ellen Csezak, visiting assistant professor of biology, Vassar College.

Saturday, April 20

The Dance Department presents performances by Ballet Next, a new ballet company founded in 2011 by Artistic Directors Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard. Second performance on April 21.

Monday, April 22

The Cognitive Science Program presents a lecture by Peter Tyack, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Tuesday, April 23

The English Department presents “Feminism, Violence, and the Prison-Industrial Complex,” a conversation with black feminist-activist Barbara Smith, professor Molly McGlennen (English, Vassar), Eve Dunbar (English and Africana Studies, Vassar), and others on the intersections between race, class, interpersonal violence, state violence, and feminist thought. Encore presentation on April 25.

Wednesday, April 24

The American Culture Program presents a lecture by Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, addressing austerity programs and de-democratization.

Thursday, April 25

The Greek and Roman Studies Program presents “Post-Colonial Reception of the Odyssey in Art and Poetry: Romare Bearden and Derek Walcott,” a lecture by Gregson Davis, professor of classics and comparative literature at NYU.

The Art Department presents a lecture by Mirka Beneš, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.

The Music Department presents an evening of chamber music.

Friday, April 26

The English Department presents a lecture by Ellen Garvey, professor of English at New Jersey City University, who will speak about her recent book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance.

The Music Department presents a performance by the Vassar College Jazz Ensembles, conducted by James Osborn.

Saturday, April 27

The Music Department presents a performance by the Vassar College Madrigal Singers, conducted by Drew Minter.

Monday, April 29

The English Department presents a lecture by Cheryl Strayed, author of the recent New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 first selection Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, who will read from her work and discuss her role as a writer in different genres.

And a few dates in May

Wednesday, May 1

Spring Convocation 2013.

The English Department presents a lecture by mixed-lineage mountain Indian Susan Deer Cloud, author and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and a Chenango County Council of the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

Friday, May 3

The Biology Department presents “Transcriptional Activation of the Early Drosophila Genome,” a lecture by NYU professor Dr. Christine Rushlow.

The Music Department presents a performance by the Vassar College Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Navega.

Saturday, May 4

The Vassar Student Association presents the Founder’s Day celebration.