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Monday, April 7

The Religion Department will present the Frederic C. Wood Lecture featuring alumna Stacey Floyd-Thomas ’91. Floyd-Thomas is an associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences and executive director of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Black Religious Scholars Group. Her lecture, The Color Line and the Culture Wars: Religion, Education, and Sub-Rosa Morality in the Age of Obama, will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 8

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, Dr. Monique Segarra will give a lecture entitled Challenging Goliaths: How Environmental and Human Rights Movements Take on Corporations and States in Latin America in Taylor Hall 203. Segarra is a visiting assistant professor at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

Juliana Serano, a transgender writer, activist, and spoken-word performer, will talk about gender identity, transgender and transwomen’s issues, queer studies, and biology. The event will take place in the Villard Room, College Center, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Serano has published widely on queer studies and feminist philosophy and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University.

Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma, an Indian-American writer, will read from his new novel Family Life and engage in a conversation with Professor of English Amitava Kumar. Sharma is a graduate of Princeton University and won several O. Henry Prizes and the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his first novel, An Obedient Father. The talk will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm in Sanders 212.   

The Vassar College Studio Art Department Student Exhibition will be on display through May 19 in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center.

Wednesday, April 9

The Chamber Music performance Notes on Art will begin at noon at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The Notes on Art series will bring Vassar music students into the galleries for four noontime performances on Wednesdays in April, including April 16, 23, and 30.

Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, April 10

The Elizabeth Bishop Lecture will feature Natasha Trethewey, the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. The lecture will be held at 6 pm in the Spitzer Auditorium. Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry and the non-fiction book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Saturday, April 12

The men’s volleyball team will play in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Championship Tournament at 9 am in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium. The women’s golf team will play in the Vassar Invitational at Casperkill Golf Club at 11 am. The men’s tennis team will take on Williams College at noon at the Joss Tennis Courts. The men’s lacrosse team will play Rochester Institute of Technology and the men’s baseball team will play SUNY Cortland at noon at the Prentiss Sports Complex.

Vassar Madrigal Singers will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The Program of Psalms will include Handel’s Dixit Dominus with string orchestra and guest leader Linda Quan and a world premiere by faculty member Susan Botti.

Sunday, April 13

The women’s golf team will participate in the Vassar Invitational at 8 am at Casperkill Golf Club. The men’s volleyball team will play in the UVC championships at 10 am at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The men’s rugby team will take on New Jersey Institute of Technology at 11 am at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm, while the women’s rugby team will play Fairfield University at 2 pm.

ZviDance, a New York-based dance company, will perform its new work DABKE at 7 pm at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. DABKE is based on a Middle Eastern folk dance.

Monday, April 14

The Claflin Lecture will feature Swedish artist John Rasimus, who will discuss his work. The event will be at 6 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 16

The women’s tennis team will play Bard College at 4 pm at the Joss Tennis Courts. The men’s baseball team will play Stevens Institute of Technology at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.

Thursday, April 17

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will be performed at 8 pm on April 17 and 19 at the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. The German play, written by Bertolt Brecht, will be guest directed by Ianthe Demos ’00. The story chronicles the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition.

Saturday, April 19

The women’s tennis team will play Massachusetts Institute of Technology at noon at the Joss Tennis Courts. The men’s rugby team will play Hamilton College at noon at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm.

Wednesday, April 23

The men’s baseball team will play Manhattanville College at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.

Friday, April 25

A celebration of the 38th anniversary of the ALANA Center will begin at 1 pm at the Outdoor Space Frances D. Fergusson Quad. ALANA Fest will include activities, food, and performances.

The women’s lacrosse team will play the University of Rochester at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.

A performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place at 8 pm on April 25 and at 2 and 8 pm on April 26 at the Susan Stein Shiva Theater.

Saturday, April 26

The men’s tennis team will play Hobart College at noon at the Joss Tennis Courts, while the women’s rugby team plays Southern Connecticut State University at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm. The men’s lacrosse team will play Clarkson University at 1 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex, while the women’s team takes on Rochester Institute of Technology at 2 pm.

The Vassar College Choir will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.

Sunday, April 27

SASA Fest will begin at noon at the Outdoor Space Residential Quad. The community is invited to the event to share a celebration of South Asian culture, food, music, dancing, and performances.

The men’s baseball team will play Union College at noon at the Prentiss Sports Complex.

Wednesday, April 30

Spring Convocation will take place at 3:30 pm at the Chapel.

—Photo of Akhil Sharma by ©BMillerNY; ALANA Fest by ©Vassar College; Natasha Trethewey courtesy of the subject.