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In the Media - June 2014 Roundup

Peipei Qiu

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Peipei Qiu, professor of Chinese and Japanese and the author of the new book Chinese Comfort Women. The book revolves around Chinese women who were forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan during the mid-20th century.

Peter Leonard, director of field work, authored a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the breadth of experience at Vassar’s 150th Commencement Ceremony. Leonard noted Commencement speaker and physicist Sau Lan Wu ’63 and discussed the accolades of several graduates, including Mariah Vitali ’14 and the aforementioned Iloetonma. The Hudson Valley Press details the ceremony, which took place on May 25.

Olivia Iloetonma ’14

The Washington Post ran an article featuring Shirley Oakes Butler Scholarship recipient Olivia Iloetonma ’14. The story outlines the difficulties facing Nigerian girls who try to get an education. Iloetonma, who double majored in international studies and Latin American and Latino/a studies, is a native of Nigeria. Ms. Butler, a member of the Class of 1951 and a former trustee, established the scholarship for international students.  

Orange Is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner ’92 spoke with CBS Los Angeles about her character, the Netflix series, and her volunteer work with the Women’s Prison Association. Reiner, who plays assistant warden Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on the popular show, was also interviewed by U.S. News & World Report and Shape magazine.

Andrij Dobriansky ’99

Andrij Dobriansky ’99, executive board member and director of media relations for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, was interviewed by several media outlets—including msnbc, Al Jazeera America, BBC*, and NPR*—on the subject of Ukrainian current affairs.

The New York Times reviewed Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial, an exhibition previously on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The Times commends the exhibit, which included works such as Shadow Decoration by Charles Courtney Curran.

Stories surrounding Kyra Sedgwick’s role in Powerhouse Theater’s The Danish Widow appeared in a wide range of publications, including the  Observer-Reporter, Gulf News, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Daily Freeman. Powerhouse Theater was also mentioned in a Daily News article that captures New York’s thriving summer theater season. Meanwhile, Broadway.com published a story about actor Josh Radnor performing there.

The New York Times Magazine described Elizabeth Hawes ’25 as a “genius writer, wry cultural commentator, perverse humorist, gifted artist, and truly modern thinker.” Hawes worked as a fashion designer, New Yorker critic and reporter, stylist, buyer, political activist, labor organizer, and the founder and owner of the custom clothing line Hawes-Harden.

The Providence Journal highlighted a new art installation by Matthew Kramer ’13. Created on vacant land near I-195, the wooden and steel arch frames part of downtown Providence.

Brent Feigenbaum ’82, managing director and department head of marketing communications and investor relations at Centerline Capital Group, penned a piece entitled “Media Relations 101: Preparing for an Interview” in the June edition of Scotsman Guide.

Vera Cooper Rubin ’48

The work of Vera Cooper Rubin ’48 was one of the topics discussed on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s documentary television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. While studying galaxies, Rubin discovered that they violated the law of gravity, which led the scientist to accept the existence of dark matter.

A video and article on Rebuild by Design features Assistant Professor of Art and Urban Studies Tobias Armborst, who had the winning submission in the Rebuild by Design competition run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Armborst’s $125 million project will implement green infrastructure improvements along Nassau County’s Mill River.

Stephen Grant ’63

Collecting Shakespeare, about Emily Folger, an 1879 graduate, and her husband, Henry—and written by Stephen Grant ’63—was the Featured Book of the Month at Amherst College.

Inside Higher Ed’s “Non-Decline of Liberal Arts Colleges” argued against a recent declension narrative concerning liberal arts colleges, pointing to the enrollment growth of Vassar, which went from 1,100 students in 1939 to 2,400 in 2009. The designation of Vassar as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation was published on MidHudsonNews.com. NPR discussed the Bard Prison Initiative, which gives inmates at six New York State prisons the opportunity to study in person with professors from Vassar and other colleges. Vassar was mentioned in a Live 5 News segment about National Fudge Day (June 16). One of the earliest written recipes for fudge was made popular by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, Class of 1892. An NJ.com story about fudge at the Jersey Shore also noted the college and alumna.

American University history professor Leonard Steinhorn ’77 wrote an opinion piece in defense of student commencement protests for the Huffington Post and an article about racial animus and the Republican Party for theHill. In addition, Steinhorn was interviewed by CNN for three episodes of its new series The Sixties.

Laura Paull ’74

The Huffington Post published “After Afghanistan” by Laura Paull ’74, who chronicles a chance encounter with a U.S. Marine veteran while on her way to work in San Francisco.

A video for the new book Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations by Nevin Martell ’97 is posted on YouTube. The Wes Anderson-inspired trailer recounts Martell’s childhood family vacations to places like Vanuatu, Western Samoa, and Fiji.

A Newark Post story on summer interns joining its staff included Erik Halberg ’16, who also serves as the assistant features editor of the Miscellany News.

Nicole Primack Andres ’90 was interviewed by Barron’s* for its Best Advice column. Andres, who works for Credit Suisse Securities (USA), is No. 21 on Barron’s list of Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.

Katherine Eisold Miller ’82 authored a chapter in the recently released book A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Divorce Attorneys in the United States. Miller, a well-known matrimonial lawyer and president of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, presents the benefits of collaborative divorce, mediation, and other alternative divorce proceeding methods.

A San Jose Mercury News story on notable Skyline High School graduates included Tammy Huynh ’18, who will major in philosophy and biology.

Joan Topping Durfee Suwalsky ’66 (left) and Debbi Kent

Joan Topping Durfee Suwalsky ’66 and her book 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts were the topic of articles in several foreign newspapers, including the Korea Herald, the Hankyoreh, and the Korea JoongAng Daily. Suwalsky and her co-author, Debbi Kent, both adopted Korean children more than 20 years ago and learned about Korean crafts while teaching their children about their native culture.

A video featuring Dan Flynn ’13, a City Year Boston AmeriCorps program participant, is posted on YouTube. City Year offers help in public schools, teaching, mentoring, and performing other related tasks.

The Hudson Valley Press ran an article on Amanda Moody ’13, a new board member of Family Services Inc. Moody is the community and online organizer at Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley.

Photo of Vera Cooper Rubin ’48 ©Vassar College; Laura Paull ’74, Joan Topping Durfee Suwalsky ’66 and co-author Debbi Kent, Andrij Dobriansky ’99, and Olivia Iloetonma ’14 courtesy of subjects; Stephen Grant ’63 by Bruce Guthrie; Peipei Qiu ©Vassar College-Buck Lewis.

*Link no longer available.