AAAVC Gives Advice to Freshmen at Inaugural Event
In late October, the African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) hosted its inaugural “What I Wish I’d Known As An Undergrad,” which brought members of AAAVC to Vassar’s campus to engage first-year students of African descent. Along with an advice-offering panel discussion, students got to know members of AAAVC and were even given a care package with lots of goodies.
What were some of the kernels of wisdom handed out?
Take advantage of everything Vassar has, from Sunset Lake and Shakespeare Garden, to the athletic facilities and library. — Karen Clopton ’80
Study abroad; it offers a great opportunity to advance your experience and language skills. — Kyle Kenny ’07
Don’t let your pride keep you from asking for help from professors, friends, or others. — Lisa Thompson McDow ’86
AAAVC plans to make the event an annual tradition.
Friday, November 6
The Asian Art at Vassar exhibition will be on display in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Project Gallery through December 20. The exhibition will feature, among other works, 1825 Indian sketches depicting a Rajput king, a 16th-century Chinese scroll, a Tibetan painting on fabric, and a Japanese folding screen. Also on view in the Landing Gallery from mid-October through mid-December will be contemporary Japanese photographs from the permanent collection, including works by Michiko Kon and Naoya Hatakeyama.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, an exhibition of Parks’ work and commentary on the importance of his photographs, will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through December 13.
The exhibition Quasibotanics: From Apocalypse to Now, featuring the paintings of Charles Geiger will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through November 30.
A performance of The Drink and the Elephant, an original drama/thriller written and directed by Sam Rebelein ’16, will begin at 8 pm at the Susan Stein Shiva Theater. The play tells the story of an eccentric English teacher and horror film lover, his wife, and the news that a serial killer is loose in his small town.
Saturday, November 7
The Music Department is presenting a performance of the Henry Purcell opera Dido and Aeneas at 8 pm at Skinner Hall. A companion lecture by early music experts Frans and Julie Muller will take place at 7 pm at the same location.
The annual conference Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities: Teaching, Learning, and Research in the Hudson-Mohawk Region will begin at 8 am in the Villard Room, College Center.
The women’s field hockey team will compete in the Liberty League Championships at 8 am at the Weinberg Turf Field, Prentiss Sports Complex. The men’s soccer team will compete in the Liberty League Championships at 8 am at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex. The women’s soccer Liberty League Championships will follow at 2 pm. The men’s and women’s squash teams will compete in the Hudson Valley Individual Championships at 10 am at the Kenyon Hall Squash Courts.
Sunday, November 8
The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble will perform at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. James Osborn will conduct.
Monday, November 9
Wendy Doniger, a world-famous religion scholar, will discuss “The Mythology of Women and Their Jewelry” at 5:30 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium. Doniger has written more than 30 works and is the editor of the journal History of Religions.
Tuesday, November 10
Journalist Guillermo Fesser will discuss “Surfing Between Reality and Fiction” and screen his award-winning film Bienvenidos at 6 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium. The documentary chronicles a project to equip schools in Peru with laptops.
Thursday, November 12
A performance of Richard II by the Merely Players will begin at 7:30 pm at the Susan Stein Shiva Theater. Directed by Max Fine ’17, the story recounts the fall of King Richard II of England and the rise of King Henry IV of England. Encore performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14.
Sunday, November 15
College organist Gail Archer will perform an all-Russian organ recital at 3 pm in the Chapel. The concert will feature the works of Cui, Gubaidulina, Mussorgsky, and others.
Monday, November 16
The women’s basketball team will play Montclair State University at 11:30 am in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium.
Thursday, November 19
The History Department Charles C. Griffin Memorial Lecture with Harvard University professor Alejandro de la Fuente, titled “Racial Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the Cuban Revolution,” will take place at 5:30 pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium.
Rita Charon will speak about writing as a healing art at 6 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium. Charon is a professor of clinical medicine and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Britomartis will present The Salon, the group’s latest piece of theatre that explores the concept of “museum,” at 7 pm on Thursday-Saturday, November 19-21 in the Aula, Ely Hall.
Friday, November 20
The women’s basketball team will play the College of Mount Saint Vincent at noon in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium.
Saturday, November 21
The Vassar College Orchestra will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Eduardo Navega will conduct.
The men’s and women’s swimming teams will compete against New York University at noon at Kresge Pool, Walker Field House.
Sunday, November 22
“The Power of Love: Fireworks from Handel & Vivaldi” will begin at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The performance will feature conductor Jeannette Sorrell and soprano Amanda Forsythe.
The men’s and women’s fencing teams will compete in the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invite at 8 am at Walker Field House.
Tuesday, November 24
The women’s basketball team will play SUNY Geneseo at 1 pm in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium.
“Birdland” by Charles Geiger, Alejandro de la Fuente, Amanda Forsythe, Frans and Julie Muller, and Wendy Doniger courtesy of subjects; Gail Archer ©Buck Ennis-Crain’s New York Business; Vassar College Orchestra ©Vassar College;