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In the Media - April 2014 Roundup

Seungsook Moon

An Albuquerque Journal article quoted Professor of Sociology Seungsook Moon, who recently presented the lecture Women Political Leaders in Asia: Are They Gender Game Changers? at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center.

Gotham Chamber Opera announced that Fredrika Brillembourg ’82 will star as the mezzo-soprano in Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven. The performance is the U.S. premiere and is part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY Phil Biennial festival.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the Tony Award nomination for Beowulf Boritt ’93 for scenic design in a play for his work in Act One. An Obie Award-winning set designer, Boritt was previously nominated for a Tony Award for set design for The Scottsboro Boys.

Inside Higher Ed published President Catharine Hill’s letter, “A Call for President Obama,” recommending that U.S. News & World Report “include socioeconomic diversity in more meaningful ways in its college and university rankings.” Hill also penned a New York Times letter to the editor, discussing need-blind admissions and curbing college costs for students.

Christian Gabriel ’04 talks about the difficulty of living the American Dream in the Huffington Post.

Jamie Christopherson ’97

Jamie Christopherson ’97 won in the Artists of the Year category of the Annual Game Music Awards, as reported by Game Music Online. Christopherson, a composer and musician, won the Outstanding Contribution-Breakthrough Artist Award for his work in the American, Japanese, and Korean video game markets.

Chronogram interviewed Professor of English Amitava Kumar about his writing, including his newest book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, which focuses on the Indian city of Patna, Bihar; its eccentricities; and its history. The Poughkeepsie Journal also noted the publication of the book.

The artwork of Alexa Meade ’09 was featured on CNN.com. Meade takes photographs of the people and objects she paints, creating 2-D art from 3-D subjects.

Max Kutner ’11

Max Kutner ’11 wrote Newsweek’s cover story for April 18. The article, “Death on the Farm,” is about the high suicide rates of farmers in the U.S. and abroad.

According to the Hudson Valley Press, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named Cydni Matsuoka ’17 to its Division III All-American List. Matsuoka led the Brewers to a third Liberty League title and the team’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. She was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Upstate Region Player of the Year.

Torrey Maldonado ’96

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visited teacher Torrey Maldonado ’96 to announce a new public school program, as reported by Zimbio. Maldonado, author of the novel Secret Saturdays, teaches sixth grade social studies at Middle School 88 in Brooklyn.

The Daily Beast, the Daily Mail, and New York magazine stories about the new book Seven Sisters Style by Rebecca C. Tuite highlight the role of Vassar in helping create the iconic women’s college fashion style. The book says the “preppy” looks worn by college women since the early part of the 20th century inspired top designers such as Ralph Lauren. The Google Cultural Institute feature “Game Changers: Women & Sports” noted Vassar’s sports programs for women, while U.S. News & World Report recognized the college’s low student-to-faculty ratio—8:1—in a recent listing and article.

The New York Times, BroadwayWorld.com, and TheaterMania.com covered the 30th season of Powerhouse Theater. Running from June 20 through July 27, the production lineup includes The Babylon Line, In Your Arms, and The Listener.

The Poughkeepsie Journal announced the reopening of the Juliet Theater as the new college store—scheduled to open in August.

Paula Madison ’74

Paula Madison ’74, former owner of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and primary owner of the Africa Channel, wrote a CNN opinion piece about the “plantation mentality” of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The Inquirer* featured a story about Shored Up, a Ben Kalina ’98 documentary about rising sea levels and superstorms that have wreaked havoc on the Eastern seaboard.

Literal Latte included Dog Trail, a poem by Benjamin Busch ’91, in its Spring 2014 issue. Busch is an author, poet, and essayist.

Rebecca Schuman ’98

Slate magazine and the Chicago Tribune published the essay “The Sad Demise of Collegiate Fun” by Rebecca Schuman ’98. The opinion piece theorizes that college students don’t have enough fun. Slate also published “Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University?” about those who support and loathe the use of technology within the humanities.

Lonna Saunders ’74 cited Vassar and fellow alumna Meryl Streep ’71 in her Huffington Post article “Happy ‘Bridges’ Birthday Kelli O’Hara!” Saunders, an attorney, writer, and broadcaster, writes about the Tony-nominated The Bridges of Madison County musical on Broadway.

The New York Times mentioned dancer Mickey Mahar ’12 in an article about “Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/,” performed at the 2014 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The piece is created by choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and features Mahar.

Elizabeth Vianna ’89, winemaker at Napa Valley’s Chimney Rock, is featured in the PBS series Vintage: Napa Valley 2012.

Dan Bucatinsky ’87 will be honored by Lambda Legal with the Celebrity in the Spotlight Liberty Award, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. The award recognizes individuals whose public advocacy and work has furthered the vision of civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times reviewed We Could Be King, directed by Judd Ehrlich ’93. The documentary film highlights the difficulties of a high school football team that emerge when bitter rivals from two Philadelphia high schools are consolidated into one school. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York Times included Stanford neurologist Michelle Monje ’98 in its story about her husband, Dr. Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The couple attended a recent Society for Neuroscience convention.

Faculty Accolades

Greek and Roman studies professor and chair Rob Brown and history professor and chair Nancy Bisaha co-authored the first English translation of an important 15th-century history of Europe written by Pope Pius II prior to his election to the papacy. The book is featured by the Catholic University of America Press.

Nicholas Adams, professor of art, has received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (APS) to support his comparative study of the influence of new concert halls on the musical life of Gothenburg, Sweden and Buffalo, New York during the 1930s and 1940s. APS has been supporting scholarly research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge since 1933. 

Patricia-Pia Célérier, associate professor of French and francophone studies, has been selected to participate in the 7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race, and Ethnic Relations. This intensive seminar will take place from June 23 through July 4 at the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain), a nonprofit NGO promoting progressive research, education, and public policy.

Laura Streett

Joanna DiPasquale, digital projects librarian, and Laura Streett, archivist, along with their Vassar Libraries colleagues and collaborators at the Seven Sisters colleges, have been awarded a grant from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities to plan and conduct pilot work for an online portal to archival sources pertaining to the history of women’s higher education. 

Martha Kaplan, professor of anthropology, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as a Fulbright Scholar in Singapore for 2014-2015. Kaplan’s research will examine “Water, Nation, and Environmental Imagination in Singapore,” the third site for her book project Water Cultures: Fiji, New York, Singapore. She was also offered a fellowship with the Stanford Humanities Center, which has been a sponsor of advanced research into the historical, philosophical, literary, artistic, and cultural dimensions of the human experience since its establishment at Stanford University in 1980.

Yvonne Elet, assistant professor of art history, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Das Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) in Berlin. Elet will be a resident in the Max Planck Research Group for Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, a collaborative effort of the Freie Universität, the Humboldt-Universität, and the Technische Universität. This multidisciplinary group is writing an epistemic history of art that focuses on the circulation of knowledge in artists’ workshops and in domains more familiar to historians of science, medicine, and technology.

Lydia Murdoch, associate professor of history, was awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship for early mid-career scholars by the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation at Brown University. She will take the fellowship in 2015-2016 to support work on her book project Called by Death: Child Mortality and the Politics of Grief in Nineteenth-Century England

Ronald Patkus, head of special collections and adjunct associate professor of history, has received an honorable mention in the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2014 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards for his bibliography Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press

The work of Harry Roseman, professor of art, is the subject of an exhibition at the gallery of Davis & Langdale Company in New York City. Harry Roseman: Clay Cloth Sculptures and Works on Paper (through May 3, 2014) consists of brightly colored clay cloth sculptures and works on paper ranging in date from 1988 through 2014. A 1990 weave pattern etching as well as a number of finely detailed, geometric ink drawings are also displayed.  

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—Photo of Seungsook Moon by © Vassar College-Amanda Crommett ’13; Max Kutner ’11 and Torrey Maldonado ’96 provided by subject; Laura Streett by © Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Lydia Murdoch by © Vassar College-John Abbott; Paula Madison ’74 by © NBC Universal-Chris Haston.