Monday, September 12
The If Color Could Kill exhibition will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through September 15. Curated by Jeff Frederick ’91, If Color Could Kill features the work of seven artists: Paul Behnke, Trudy Benson, Patrick Berran, Robert Otto Epstein, Brooke Moyse, Gary Petersen, and Craig Taylor. The exhibition explores the power of color in abstract paintings.
The Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project exhibition will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through December 11. Dion is a visual artist known for his “cabinets of curiosities” that incorporate found objects into site-specific installations. The objects will be comprised of items drawn from the collections of the Art Center, Special Collections, and Vassar College Artifacts Project.
The opening lecture of the Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s from the Steven and Susan Hirsch Collection exhibition will take place at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Hall 102 Auditorium and a reception will follow in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Atrium. Gerald Markowitz, distinguished professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will deliver the opening lecture. Markowitz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has written several books on American social history and public health.
The William Starr Distinguished Lecture will feature Rob Dunn, author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies, the Freshman Common Reading for the Class of 2020. The lecture will be held at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center.
Wednesday, September 14
The men’s soccer team will play SUNY New Paltz at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Thursday, September 15
Diversity expert Yavilah McCoy will discuss "Faith, Race, Power, and Privilege" at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room. The talk will explore several topics including best practices for navigating multi-faith, multiracial, and multicultural differences.
Saturday, September 17
The women’s tennis team will compete in the Vassar Scramble at 9 am at the Joss Tennis Courts. The women’s soccer team will play SUNY Oneonta at noon at the Prentiss Sports Complex. The women’s field hockey team will play Ramapo College of New Jersey at 1 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, September 18
The women’s tennis team will compete in the Vassar Scramble at 9 am at the Joss Tennis Courts.
“Who Wants Love? The Cabaret and Film Songs of Franz Waxman” will be performed by Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, and Richard Gordon, piano, at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
Monday, September 19
Margee Ensign, president of American University of Nigeria, will discuss her institution's extensive relief efforts for refugees from the Boko Haram uprising in her talk, "A University and Social Change — Dealing with a Humanitarian Crisis," at 5:30 pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. Ensign's university spearheaded the Adamawa Peace Initiative and helped feed and house more than 400,000 refugees.
Tuesday, September 20
As part of the Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences program at Vassar College, Middle East scholar Steven Cook '90 from the Council on Foreign Relations will interview foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens from the Wall Street Journal on the topic “Why I Support Israel and Why You Should Too,” on Tuesday, September 20, at 5:30pm in the Villard Room of Main Building.
The Thompson Memorial Library’s Shakespeare exhibition opening will be held at 5:30 pm in the Class of 1951 Reading Room. The event will include readings, music, and a brief talk.
The men’s soccer team will play Elmira College at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Wednesday, September 21
The women’s field hockey team will play Montclair State University at 7 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Friday, September 23
All Families Weekend will take place on campus through Sunday, September 25. Planned activities include museum and campus tours, performances, panels and discussions, the Vassar Haiti Project auction and sale, and more.
Saturday, September 24
The Julian Lage Trio will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Heralded by the New York Times as “one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity,” Lage will perform selections from his latest album, Arclight, joined by trio members Scott Colley, double bass, and Kenny Wollesen, drums.
The women’s volleyball team will compete in the Liberty League Tri-Match at noon at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The women’s soccer team will play Skidmore College at 2 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, September 25
The men’s tennis team will play alumni at 11 am at the Joss Tennis Courts.
The 2016 Urban Wilderness Festival and Environmental Fair, a joint celebration hosted by the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council, will take place at 1 pm at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. The fair will feature outdoor activities, including guided walks on the preserve, a kids’ table, a geocaching workshop, and tables and activities from numerous Hudson Valley environmental organizations such as the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners.
Professor of Music Todd Crow will perform Schubert sonatas in G major, D. 894, and B-flat major, D. 960, at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
Wednesday, September 28
The women’s field hockey team will play Hartwick College at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Thursday, September 29
The women’s volleyball team will play Hunter College at 7 pm in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.
Friday, September 30
The women’s soccer team will play Clarkson University at 4 pm at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
-Photo of Wade by Brooke Moyse courtesy of the artist; Professor Todd Crow ©Vassar College-Nancy Crampton; Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project courtesy of the artist; All Families Weekend ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Bret Stephens ©Jason Smith; Steven Cook '90 courtesy of the subject.