On September 20, Vassar played host to Cheng Hong, professor of English at Beijing’s Capital University of Economics and Business and wife of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Professor Cheng’s special area of study is American nature writing, and specifically the work of John Burroughs (1837-1921), who resided in the Hudson Valley and had a great deal of interaction with Vassar during his lifetime. While on campus, she viewed rare items from the Library’s Special Collections; met with several Vassar professors and a student; and toured the Art Center’s Hudson River School collection. Vassar was honored to be the only college or university Professor Cheng visited on her tour of the U.S.
Thursday, October 6
High-wire artist Philippe Petit will present a lecture at 5:30 pm at the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Petit’s most famous performance was his 1974 walk on a cable stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
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.
Creative Arts Across Disciplines’ exhibition Seeing Shadows, Hearing Echoes will be on display in the Environmental Cooperative Barn Multi-Purpose Room from 7-9 pm on October 6 and 7. The installation uses audio and visual stimuli to engage visitors with classic philosophical questions outside the traditional realms of lecture and literature.
Saturday, October 8
The women’s field hockey team will play the University of Rochester at 1 pm at the Weinberg Turf Field, Prentiss Sports Complex. The men’s soccer team will play Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 2 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
A women’s alumnae lacrosse game will take place at 4 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex, and a men’s alumni baseball game will begin at the same time at the Prentiss Baseball Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
The Vassar College Orchestra will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
Sunday, October 9
The men’s rugby team will play SUNY Oneonta at noon at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm, followed by the women’s rugby team playing Stony Brook University at 1:30 pm.
Monday, October 10
The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will present initial sketches of new student choreography at 4:30 pm at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall.
Tuesday, October 11
An Artist’s Book Symposium will take place at 5 pm in the Thompson Memorial Library’s Class of 1951 Reading Room. German artist Barbara Beisinghoff will be on hand to discuss When Light Touches Paper, along with speakers Werner Pfeiffer, Tatana Kellner, Ann Kalmbach, and Ron Patkus as part of the Creative Arts Across Disciplines program. A reception will follow.
Wednesday, October 12
Robin Coste Lewis will present the 2016 Elizabeth Bishop Lecture at 6 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium. Lewis is an American poet known for her book, Voyage of the Sable Venus.
Thursday, October 13
The women’s volleyball team will play The Sage Colleges at 7 pm in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.
Friday, October 14
The men’s soccer team will play Rochester Institute of Technology at 4 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
Saturday, October 15
The men’s soccer team will play Hobart College and the women’s field hockey team will play Skidmore College at 2 pm, both at the Prentiss Sports Complex.
Sunday, October 16
The women’s rugby team will play West Chester University at 2:30 pm at the Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm.
Thursday, October 20
The women’s soccer team will play Ramapo College of New Jersey at 3:30 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex. The women’s field hockey team will play Union College at 7 pm at the Weinberg Turf Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
Saturday, October 22
The men’s soccer team will play the University of Rochester at 2 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
Tuesday, October 25
The women’s soccer team will play Bard College at 3:30 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
Wednesday, October 26
The men’s soccer team will play Union College at 3:30 pm at Gordon Field, Prentiss Sports Complex.
Thursday, October 27
Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney will present an interactive and informative presentation on children’s literature and its impact at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. The talk will examine how books for young people are written and illustrated; the importance of diversity, representation, and inclusion; and how to cultivate a joy for reading in children.
Dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley will be accompanied by Frank Cassara on percussion and Ralph Farris on viola for a performance at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education, a film by Dorothy Fadiman, will be shown at 5 pm in the Taylor Hall 203 Auditorium.
Saturday, October 29
The Halloween 5K Fun Run will begin at noon at the Outdoor Space Residential Quad. Registration will begin at 11 am and costumes are welcome.
The women’s volleyball team will play Ramapo College of New Jersey/Lehman College at 11 am in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.
Sunday, October 30
A performance featuring mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger, soprano Dominique Labelle, and pianist Sara Laimon will take place at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
-Photo of Philippe Petit ©Matthew Bannister & Keith Bomley, dBOX; Barbara Beisinghoff, House for a Clair Voyante, 2000; Robin Coste Lewis ©Kate Flint; Andrea Davis Pinkney courtesy of the subject.