Tuesday, October 7
The 2014 William Starr Distinguished Writer, Alison Bechdel, a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, will give a lecture at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was chosen as the freshman common reading for the Class of 2018. The lecture is presented by the Dean of the Faculty, the Freshman Writing Program, and the Vassar First Year Program.
The exhibition Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through December 14. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the exhibit features the works of artists from Augsburg, Germany.
Two Worlds in My Heart, a collection of photographs by Jorge Abel Santos depicting his native Mexico and the Hudson Valley, will be shown in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through October 18.
Wednesday, October 8
Willy Wilkinson, a mixed heritage Asian American trans man, author, and social movement leader, will perform at 5:30 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium, as part of the Queer/Trans Performance Series. The performance is co-sponsored by Women’s Studies and the LGBTQ Center.
Thursday, October 9
Patricia Phagan, curator of prints and drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, will give an informal discussion of the Imperial Augsburg exhibition at 3:30 pm at the Art Center.
Becky Thompson, a writer, activist, and professor of sociology at Simmons College, will give a lecture sponsored by the Sociology Department at 5:15 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium.
Sponsored by the History Department, United States Ambassador to Poland Lee A. Feinstein will speak at 5:30 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) will discuss his experience in Congress and ways to move the Hudson Valley forward. Presented by the College Democrats, the lecture will take place at 7 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium.
Friday, October 10
The women’s field hockey team will play William Smith College at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Saturday, October 11
The Vassar College Orchestra will perform a concert at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The conductor will be Eduardo Navega.
The women’s field hockey team will play Union College at 2 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, October 12
The men’s rugby team will take on SUNY New Paltz at 11 am at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm, while the women’s rugby team will play Rutgers University at 2 pm.
Monday, October 13
At 5:30 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium, Hamza Yusuf, an American Muslim scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College, will give a lecture presented by the Religion Department.
Tuesday, October 14
The English Department will present a literary reading by novelists Edmund White and Michael Carroll at 6 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium.
Wednesday, October 15
A performance of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will begin at 4:30 pm at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. The event will include performances of initial sketches of new student choreography, followed by a discussion with faculty and possibly members of the audience. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 437-5541.
Lisa Diamond, professor of psychology at the University of Utah and researcher of human sexuality, will speak at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium. The talk is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program.
Friday, October 17
The women’s soccer team will play Clarkson University at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Saturday, October 18
The men’s rugby team will play Marist College at 1 pm at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm. The women’s soccer team will take on St. Lawrence University at 2 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, October 19
The women’s rugby Conference Quarterfinals will begin at 9 am at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm.
Wednesday, October 22
The women’s soccer team will play William Paterson University at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Saturday, October 25
The women’s rugby Conference Semifinals will begin at 9 am at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm. The men’s soccer team will play Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 2 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, October 26
The women’s rugby Conference Quarterfinals will begin at 1 pm at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm.
Monday, October 27
World of Shojo Manga!: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires, a traveling exhibition of Japanese Shojo manga art, will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through November 21.
Tuesday, October 28
The women’s soccer team will play Bard College at 3 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
The Gifford Lecture, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, will begin at 6 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. Eugenides, author of the novel Middlesex, is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.
Wednesday, October 29
A screening of the documentary Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Madison ’74 will be at 5 pm in the Nora Ann Wallace Auditorium, Blodgett Hall. A Q&A session with Madison will follow the screening. The event is sponsored by the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.
Divahn, an all-female Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) ensemble led by Galeet Dardashti, will perform at 7 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. The group is known for its fresh take on Jewish music; eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion; lush string arrangements; and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic.
The men’s soccer team will play Union College at 3:30 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Thursday, October 30
The History Department will present a lecture by Barbara Keys, professor of historical and philosophical studies at the University of Melbourne, at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium.
Friday, October 31
Jeffrey Douma, professor of conducting at Yale University, will be the keynote speaker at a series of lectures, conducting master classes and choral concerts. Douma will speak at 7:30 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Presented by the Music Department and the New York Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, additional performers include the eVoco Voice Collective, a professional choral ensemble directed by David Fryling; the Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir, Mary Clementi, conductor; St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Bel Canto Chorale, Jared Berry, conductor; and the Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus, Christine Howlett, conductor. Concerts are free and open to the public. Lectures, master classes, and interest sessions require registration at nyacda.org.
-Photo of La Senora del Basement ©Jorge Abel Santos; Experor Maximillian I on Horseback courtesy of the National Gallery of Art; Hamza Yusef courtesy of subject; Jeffrey Eugenides ©Gasper Tringale; Alison Bechdel ©Elena Seibert; women's rugby ©Vassar-College-John Abbott; Machiko Satonaka courtesy of Kodansha Comics.