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In the Media - May 2014 Roundup

Madeline Cohen ’92

Madeline Cohen ’92 was a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show and Democracy Now! regarding the questionable execution methods used on death row inmate Clayton Lockett. Cohen is a federal public defender for the districts of Colorado and Wyoming.

The New York Times featured the obituary of Lois Wallace ’61. Wallace was a literary agent for several notable authors, including William F. Buckley, Jr. and Joan Didion.

Suzanna Andrews ’79 co-authored “The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light” for Vanity Fair. The story describes how former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden managed to go public with U.S. national security secrets.

A recent talk by author, professor, and historian Elizabeth Eisenstein ’45 was highlighted on Philipstown.info. Eisenstein’s lecture focused on the invention of print that aided the progress of the Protestant Reformation, the Renaissance, and the Scientific Revolution.

The Poughkeepsie Journal covered Vassar’s 150th Commencement Ceremony, held on May 25. Bloomberg ranked Vassar second in financial aid generosity among the priciest colleges in the U.S. A New York Times article on women wearing clothes that once belonged to their mothers features a Vassar sweatshirt, plus commentary provided by the daughter of the sweatshirt’s unidentified owner. Audrey Gelman says she has worn her mother’s Vassar sweatshirt since she was in high school.

Elena Gaby ’13

Elena Gaby ’13 wrote about winning the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Student Documentary in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Gaby’s film, Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid, Undeterred, details the plight of undocumented teens in the Hudson Valley.

Min announced the appointment of Laura Goldstein ’82 as digital deputy editor of Money magazine. Goldstein previously served as managing editor at AOL Money & Finance and executive editor for This Old House.

Lizzy Plapinger ’10, of the musical duo MS MR, was profiled in the Fashion & Style section of the New York Times.

The Times Herald-Record reported on Project Animal Rescue, a 30-minute documentary created by Vassar staff members Joan Gerardi and Heidi Eklund and film majors Hunter Furnish ’14 and Cesar Cervantes ’14.

TheaterMania.com, BroadwayWorld.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Hudson Valley Reporter, and other media outlets illuminated the upcoming Powerhouse Theater season, which will include David Hyde Pierce directing Ripcord.

An Elle magazine article on the book Seven Sisters Style by alumna Rebecca Tuite recalled the casual, preppy style popular among students from Vassar and the other Seven Sisters schools.

A PerthNow story discusses newly discovered letters between alumna Jacqueline Kennedy and a confidant, Irish priest Joseph Leonard. Kennedy met Leonard while she was a student at Vassar.

Larry Mamiya

Peter Leonard, director of field work, penned an essay about retiring Professor of Religion and Africana Studies Larry Mamiya for the Poughkeepsie Journal. For the past 35 years, Mamiya, author of the seminal book The Black Church in the African American Experience, has brought students to local prisons for meaningful interaction. A Poughkeepsie Journal article on nine Vassar seniors who interned at Anderson Center for Autism includes interviews with Leonard and Julianna Shinnick ’14.

Ben Ho, assistant professor of economics, contributed an article on the science of apologizes to Vox, including insights into the link between economics and apologies.

A Q&A with writer Mary Beth Caschetta ’88 was printed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.* Caschetta’s new novel, Miracle Girls, will be published in November.

A This American Life recording featured the late Janet McDonald ’77, who spoke about her experiences as an African American woman in Paris. A lawyer and the author of Project Girl, McDonald discusses the different attitudes of Parisians (versus Americans) toward black women.

The Washington Post ran an article entitled “Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger.” Folger—an 1879 graduate—and her husband, Henry, amassed the works of Shakespeare throughout their lives.

An exhibit by Assistant Professor of Art Andrew Tallon, Notre-Dame de Paris: Neuf Siècles d’une Cathédrale, was featured in France Today. The display includes 360-degree interactive panoramas, three-dimensional images, and detailed laser scans of the cathedral.

Grace Hopper ’28

The work of filmmakers hoping to make a documentary about former Vassar mathematics professor Grace Hopper ’28 was reported in ITworld. Along with teaching, Hopper was a computer science pioneer and U.S. Navy rear admiral. The tentative title of the film is Born with Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Story.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dara Greenwood authored an article about misrepresentations of gender and identity in popular culture for Psychology Today, using references from the Disney movie Frozen.

Faculty Accolades

As this year’s long-term fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Assistant Professor of English Julie Park’s research on her second book, Dark Rooms and Moving Objects: Mediating Interior Life in Eighteenth-Century England, has been profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of Folger Magazine.

Harry Roseman

The exhibition of works by Harry Roseman, professor of art, at the gallery of Davis & Langdale Company in New York City was extended through May 3. Harry Roseman: Clay Cloth Sculptures and Works on Paper consisted of brightly colored clay cloth sculptures and works on paper ranging in date from 1988 through 2014.

Debra Zeifman, professor of psychology, has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of the International Infant Cry Conference, a scientific meeting devoted to research on all aspects of infant crying that she is co-organizing with the University of Warwick (U.K.) and the University of Pennsylvania. The conference convenes researchers from diverse disciplines to share recent findings, introduce new methodologies, and spark collaborative research about the role of infant crying in optimizing infant health and enhancing children’s outcomes. 

Jan Cameron, assistant professor of mathematics, received a grant from the Simons Foundation for his project Topics in Operator Algebras: Perturbations, Dynamics, and Bimodules. Cameron’s award originates from the foundation’s Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians program, which supports the “mathematical marketplace” by increasing collaborative contacts between accomplished, active researchers in the U.S.

Paul Kane, professor of English, will be giving readings at the Festival Internazionale di Poesia in Genoa, Italy, this June. He was recently shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize and performed pieces from his CD, Seven Catastrophes in Four Movements, at Bowery Arts + Science in New York City.  

Mary-Kay Lombino

Mary-Kay Lombino, curator and assistant director for strategic planning at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, received First Place for Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue (small museums) from the Association of Art Museum Curators for her publication The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, co-authored and co-edited by Peter Buse, which documents the exhibition of the same name that Lombino curated for Vassar’s art center in 2013. 

Tom Parker, assistant professor of French and francophone studies, in co-authorship with colleagues at Duke University, has received an Emerging Humanities Networks grant—funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—to hold an international conference, a series of public humanities events, and curate an artistic installation on the notion of Subnature and Culinary Culture this fall.  

Michael Pisani

Michael Pisani, professor of music, published his new book Music for the Melodramatic Theatre in 19th-Century London and New York by the University of Iowa Press in the Studies in Theatre History and Culture series. The book draws on old documents of theatrical production, music manuscripts, and newspapers to reveal the prehistory of film music by tracing the crucial role of music in the popular dramas of the 19th century. 

—Photo of Grace Hopper ’28 © Vassar College; Harry Roseman by Benjamin Busch ’91; Elena Gaby ’13 and Mary-Kay Lombino by © Vassar College-Jennifer E. Cole; Michael Pisani and Larry Mamiya by John Abbott Photography.

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