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In the Media - November 2013 Roundup

Noting the recent sale of a Francis Bacon triptych for $142 million, Michael Wolff’s ’75 USA Today opinion piece linked high art prices to those who don’t want to be known for moving “an indecent amount of money,” including “drug lords, oligarchs, money launderers and international vulgarians.” Wolff is a columnist for USA Today and The Guardian.

The pain, drug addiction, and brain trauma suffered by a group of retired National Football League players is the topic of a new documentary web series for directed by Isaac Solotaroff ’93. The series—Casualties of the Gridiron—presents new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks.

Anne Tatlock ‘61 was honored at the New York Stage and Film’s Annual Winter Gala at the Plaza Hotel on Nov. 17 according to Tatlock, is a renowned investment and finance expert, former chair of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, former Vassar College trustee, and passionate supporter of the arts.

Vassar President Catharine Hill offers insight into one the challenges of President Barack Obama's college-rating plan. Including graduates' earnings in a college's rating would penalize some institutions, she says in the Chronicle of Higher Education article.

Liz Gardner ’09 is the new public and interpretive programs specialist at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, reported Gardner received a bachelor’s degree in art history at Vassar with a concentration in American painting in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Matthew Basso ’90

New Books in History interviewed Matthew Basso ’90 about his new book, Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front. The article includes a nearly hour-long audio interview with Basso. The book focuses on the men who were exempted from the draft because they worked in industries vital to the war effort.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, an author and professor of communication at American University, published the article “The Tea Party Luddites,” on the Huffington Post. It includes a historical analogy for the modern Tea Party, as well as a comparative analysis of the opinions of Tea Party members and Millennials.

A Chronicle of Philanthropy article detailed the changing direction of funding by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Simon Greer ‘90. In the story, Greer talks about the two new focuses of the foundation’s grants—reducing income inequality and fighting climate change—as well as his history in social injustice organizations.

Dylan Molho ‘13, right, with Swim Empowerment Rhode Island founder Ray Rickman and local activist Leah William Metts.

The Providence Journal published an article written by Dylan Molho ’13 about his work for the organization Swim Empowerment Rhode Island, which brings swimming skills to thousands of the state’s youngsters, mostly from the African American community. Molho is the organization’s project director.

Justin Long ‘00 was featured in a video short on Funny or Die. In the humorous short, Long’s character calls the World Hunger Group’s donations headquarters seeking to place an order for a tuna sandwich.

In its feature “101 Objects that Made America,” Smithsonian Magazine included the dark matter spectrograph used by astronomer Vera Rubin ’41, who pioneered work on rotating galaxies. The instrument gave humanity its first peek at distant spiral galaxies.

Associate Professor of English Kiese Laymon

Long Division, the novel by Vassar College Associate Professor of English Kiese Laymon, was favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition, Laymon, a contributing editor at Gawker, was named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in 2013 by The Root.

Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine reported that authors Lucas Mann ’08 and Michael Joyce, professor of English, have been nominated for the 2013 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year. Mann wrote Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, while Joyce wrote Going the Distance.

Lucas Mann ‘08

The work of Dr. Jeffrey C. Brenner ’90 was featured in the journal Population Health Management. Brenner was recently awarded a MacArthur Genus Award for his work addressing the needs of the chronically ill in impoverished communities.*

Professor of English Michael Joyce published the article “America’s Angriest White Men: Up Close With Racism, Rage and Southern Supremacy,” by Michael Kimmel ’72. The piece was an excerpt from Kimmel’s book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era.

Vassar College Assistant Professor of Psychology Dara Greenwood published “Hear Me Roar! Kudrow’s Character Tackles Sexism, Head On,” in Psychology Today. The article offers an analysis of Lisa Kudrow’s ‘85 character, Congresswomen Josie Marcus, in the hit series Scandal.

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