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In the Media - January 2021 Roundup

Vassar College’s plans for the Spring Semester were included in Poughkeepsie Journal and Observer-Dispatch stories, which quoted President Elizabeth Bradley. Allison Dunne of WAMC’s Midday Magazine interviewed Bradley on the same topic, and the president also joined Marist College Executive Vice President Geoff Brackett in a Midday Magazine discussion about both colleges’ plans. Bradley wrote a Forbes article about free speech on college campuses. The College was mentioned in a “Now & Then” article in the Times Herald-Record.

Jeh Johnson

The Poughkeepsie Journal noted the passing of Jeh Vincent Johnson, who taught architectural design in the Art Department at Vassar for 37 years, from 1964 to 2001. Johnson also designed many buildings on the Vassar campus, including the ALANA Center and the Susan Stein Shiva Theater, as well as faculty residences. As a pioneering Black architect, he was a strong and tireless champion of women and people of color in architecture, a field where they were and continue to be underrepresented. He co-founded the National Organization of Minority Architects, served on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Commission on Urban Problems, and chaired the National Committee on Housing for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows, the highest honor for any practicing American architect, and was awarded a special citation from the New York chapter of the AIA for his advocacy on behalf of equal opportunity and housing issues.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibition Women Picturing Women: From Personal Spaces to Public Ventures was the subject of a Hudson Valley Press story.

Writer, producer, and director Shaka King ’01 talked to Variety about his new film, Judas and the Black Messiah.

Dr. Seiji Hayashi ’91 was interviewed for the Economist podcast Checks and Balances for a segment on equitable vaccine distribution.

China Daily reports that environmentalist Charlene Ren ’13 was named one of seven Young Champions of the Earth by the UN Environment Programme. 

John Inwood ’81

John Inwood ’81 and Bruce McCleery ’82 were recently admitted into the film and television industry’s prestigious American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), as noted by the ASC. Inwood’s credits include ScrubsParks and Recreation, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. McCleery’s credits include Terminator: Dark FateBlack PantherStar Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, and Star Trek.

CBS News aired a live report by Chip Reid ’77 amidst the chaos of the attempted siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Multimedia artist and environmentalist Mira Lehr ’56 talked about her new series, Planetary Visions, with Art Daily.

Associate Professor of Psychological Science Dara Greenwood talked to Forbes about why we enjoy rooting for anti-heroes. 

Ilyse Hogue ’91

On the Daily Beast podcast The New Abnormal, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue ’91 discusses attempts to restrict women’s reproductive rights over the last few decades. 

Army Major Ralph Geraci ’88, a physician assistant and Army Reservist, and his return from a second tour in Iraq in December, was the subject of a Rome Sentinel story.

Benjamin Ho, author and Associate Professor of Economics, talked about why trust matters in an interview with Columbia University Press.

Krystle McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was highlighted in a Chemistry World story about how the pandemic changed the way chemists live and work. 

Nora Zaki, Advisor for Muslim Student Life, and her thoughts on forgiveness were mentioned in an Independent story on whether forgiveness can be achieved without an apology.

Patricia Daly-Lipe ’64 was chosen as the Author of the Decade by the International Association of Top Professionals, as noted in a Digital Journal story.

Shanlon Wu ’80

Lawyer and CNN legal analyst Shanlon Wu ’80 wrote a Daily Beast article about how to ensure Capitol rioters aren’t pardoned and a CNN op-ed about the need for Joe Biden pick a person of color for attorney general. Wu was interviewed on CNN about the Capitol riots; discussed the second impeachment attempt of President Trump on CNN; and talked about the political and criminal case against President Trump on CNN. He was interviewed on Fox News about a client, a student who withdrew from her college after a four-year-old video of her using a racial slur was released to the public by a former classmate.

Nancy Bush Ellis ’46, former head of the New England division of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the sister of President George H.W. Bush, was remembered by The Hill.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a Wire story about New Yorker author Ved Mehta and the impact his writing had on him.

The work of artist Tona Barkley ’68, on display at the Otrera Arts virtual gallery, was the subject of a State Journal story.

Sammi Katz ’14 and Olivia McGiff ’14 wrote a New York Times story about the history and future of tiki bars in the United States.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, talked to ABC News about a $40 million scholarship program the organization launched. 

Paula Williams Madison ’74

Author, entrepreneur, and former NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison ’74 and Dr. Pat Jordan ’72 talked with NBC4 about watching the history-making inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris along with members of “The Big Girlz”—a group of female Black executives who’ve been meeting for 40 years. Madison and Circa Yolanda Sabio ’73 were also interviewed by NBC4 for a second segment about the inauguration of Vice President Harris.

New York County Supreme Court Justice Lisa A. Sokoloff ’80 is the recipient of the Kay Crawford Murray Memorial Award presented by the New York State Bar Association’s Women in Law Section, as noted by the NYSBA

Fay Gardner Lawton ’45, a poet, singer, and teacher, was remembered by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lucy Robinson-Griggs, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, was quoted in a New York Times story about Sonia Raman, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology women’s basketball coach who was hired as an assistant coach by the N.B.A.’s Memphis Grizzlies.

Karina Strange ’07

Karina Strange ’07 is one of two individuals to receive the first Foundation for Academic Nursing Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leadership Scholarship, as noted by Newswise.

The appearance of award-winning playwright and screenwriter Chisa Hutchinson ’02 on Keen Company’s Keen After Hours was noted by 

Nell W. Stanley ’65, a private school teacher, was remembered in the Baltimore Sun.

Abigail Coplin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society, was quoted in an NPR article about Russia and China’s efforts to be COVID vaccine leaders.

Photo credits: Jeh Johnson by Yassine el Mansouri; Shanlon Wu, courtesy of CNN; Paula Madison Williams, John Inwood, Karina Strange, and Ilyse Hogue, courtesy of the subjects.