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In the Media - March 2015 Roundup

In the Media - March 2015

Professor Robert Rebelein

Economics professors Paul Johnson and Robert Rebelein urged caution on greater Congressional involvement in Federal Reserve policymaking on CNBC.

Health care advocate Vijay Das ’06 was interviewed on CNBC about the King v. Burwell case—regarding the Affordable Care Act—taken up by the Supreme Court.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley ’71 was featured in Chronogram. Smiley has a new trilogy, The Last Hundred Years, in the works. The first in the series, Some Luck, was published in 2014 and the next book, Early Warning, is coming out in May.

Thompson Memorial Library

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted the participation of more than 100 Vassar students at a “Christmas in February” celebration at the Castle Point Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System. The Journal also highlighted Vassar’s Urban Education Initiative, in which Vassar students help teach literacy skills to Poughkeepsie City School District students. A campus lecture by New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson was mentioned in the Daily Freeman. President Catharine Hill authored a letter to the editor in the New York Times. The letter was in response to a NYT article about colleges offering tuition deferment. Hill was quoted by Inside Higher Ed and Syracuse.com in stories regarding the closing of Sweet Briar College and took part in a discussion on the future of liberal arts colleges on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. An Education Week story on wider access to education included comments from Hill. The American Heart Association Heart Walk, held at Vassar, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article. A WGBH story on the founding of Smith College included a mention of Vassar. The 43rd annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition at Vassar was noted in the Poughkeepsie Journal. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians illuminated the extraordinary collection of rare architectural books housed in Vassar’s library.

Zachary Moon '04

Commentaries on the film American Sniper and its relationship to current veterans’ issues, written by school and military chaplain Zachary Moon ’04, were published in the Huffington Post.

The New York Times’ “Anatomy of a Scene” featured the film While We’re Young, written and directed by Noah Baumbach ’91

The Special Collections Library exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was summarized in the New York Times.

Damien Duffy, left, and John Jennings

Philipstown.info informed readers of paleontologist Neil Shubin’s lecture at Vassar. The scientist and author led a discussion following the screening of a PBS series based on his bestselling book Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. A Daily Freeman article noted the upcoming guest speaking engagement of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson. The lecture is the inaugural event of the Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society. Graphic novelists and cartoonists/illustrators Damian Duffy and John Jennings, who hosted a talk on media and social issues at Vassar, were featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Upcoming campus lectures by Middle East expert Steven Cook ’90 and New Jersey City University Associate Professor of Mathematics Karen Morgan were noted in the Daily Freeman.

Barbara Brooks ’77, founder of the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, was interviewed by the Star Tribune about the company, which is celebrating its 20th season.

English professor Kiese Laymon was quoted in a New York Times article about the newest release from rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Professor Kiese Laymon

A story on Stacy London ’91 and her new TLC television show Love, Lust, or Run appeared in People magazine. Previously, London hosted What Not to Wear for 10 years.

In its 2015 Forty Under 40 honorees list, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce included Angela DePaolo, an event coordinator in the President’s Office, Elizabeth Celaya '02, and Jennifer Henion '98, as reported by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Meryl Streep ’71 and her daughters, Grace Gummer ’08, Louisa Gummer ’13, and Mamie Gummer, were featured in a Yahoo! Celebrity story on the three sisters modeling for the new advertising campaign for the H&M-owned store & Other Stories. Makers also wrote about Streep, whose upcoming film, Suffragette, tells the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the UK. Streep was part of a star-studded introduction for The Late Late Show, as reported by CNN.

Hannah Scranton ’07 was interviewed by The Gastrognomes about her espresso bar and bakery in Lima, Peru. 

Professor Maria Mitchell

Former astronomy professor Maria Mitchell was noted by TakePart for her role in advocating for women’s rights.

Professor and violinist Jessica Lee, who received the first-prize award from the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, was noted in a Long Island Exchange story about her upcoming performance at Farmingdale State College.

An article written by Natalie Nixon ’91 about becoming a good business connector was published in Inc. magazine.

Astronomer Vera Rubin ’48 and computer guru Grace Hopper ’28 were included on the list of 17 women who changed the face of physics on Kinja.

Leah Goodridge '04

Leah Goodridge ’04, an instructor at Medgar Evers College, was chosen to serve as a Fulbright specialist at the University of Malta, as reported by the City University of New York. During the three-week residence, Goodridge will teach social entrepreneurship and assist the university in developing a social enterprise program.

The annual Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performance at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House was listed as a “Top Pick” by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Faculty Accolades

Gabrielle Cody, professor of drama on the Mary Riepman Ross ’32 Chair, is co-editor (with Meiling Cheng) of Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres, forthcoming from Routledge in July 2015. The book explores intermedial, multidisciplinary, and cross-platform performance in the 21st century.

Professor Katherine Hite

Katherine Hite, professor of political science on the Frederick Ferris Thompson Chair, was awarded a 2015-2016 Research and Teaching Fulbright Fellowship in Santiago, Chile, where she will be a scholar-in-residence at the Universidad Diego Portales, conducting research on empathic unsettlement in spaces of memory in Latin America and teaching a seminar on the politics of memory.

Harry Roseman, professor of art, is one of 40 contemporary artists whose work will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets) in New York City during the Academy’s 2015 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.

-Kiese Laymon, Katharine Hill, and Katherine Hite©Vassar College-John Abbott; Leah Goodridge ’04 ©Vassar College; Damian Duffy and John Jennings ©Vassar College-Stockton Photo Inc.; Robert Rebelein by ©Vassar College-Tamar M. Thibodeau; Zachary Moon '04 courtesy of the subject.


Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 30, 2015