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In the Media - August 2017 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in a New York Times story about the success of public high schools dedicated to the arts. The college was included in College Magazine’s “Top 10 Colleges for Aspiring Women Leaders.” Vassar College was included in an Education Dive story about higher education institutions increasing access for high-achieving, low-income students. The college was mentioned in a Maroon column about the historical and systemic oppression of women. Vassar, which hosted the African American Policy Forum, was mentioned in a Repository story. President Elizabeth Bradley was the subject of a New Britain Herald story and her meeting with Israeli Deputy Consul General Amir Sagie was noted by Mid-Hudson News Network. The expansion of the Vassar College LibrariesSpecial Collections available online was mentioned in a Hudson Valley News Network story. First-year students from several colleges, including Vassar College, penned a letter of support to the University of Virginia following the violent protests that took place on its campus in Charlottesville, as noted in the Washington Post. The Resolute, a play about the women who were in Vassar College’s first class, will be performed at the third annual Wyoming Theater Festival, as noted in the Sheridan Press. The college was mentioned in a SustainableBusiness.com story about EDF Climate Corps summer fellowships, a St. Louis Jewish Light story about St. Louis internships, and a Sun Chronicle op-ed about Estelle Lauder, who championed women’s and children’s rights. The Vassar Haiti Project was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal article. The exhibition Art on the Farm at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater was mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter story about the musical workshop The Secret Life of Bees, starring Uzo Aduba. Powerhouse was included in a Huff Post story about things to do in the Hudson Valley.

Sherrilyn Ifill '84

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, penned a New York Times op-ed about the Department of Justice’s plans to challenge affirmative action at colleges and universities. Ifill was interviewed on MSNBC about possible Congressional actions to deter white supremacy and spoke to Rachel Maddow about the possible political ambitions of racist groups. She was also interviewed by the Washington Post about the federal election integrity commission.

Jason Blum ’91, CEO and founder of Blumhouse Productions, will receive the Gotham Independent Film Awards’ Industry Tribute, as noted in the Hollywood Reporter.

President Emerita Catharine Bond Hill was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the future of higher education.

Alexandra “Alexa” Kim ’93 was named Vice President of Technology at Maryland Institute College of Art, as noted in the Daily Record.

Robert Brigham

Robert Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, penned a New York Times op-ed about the Vietnam War.

Liz Graves ’05 was named managing editor of the Mount Desert Islander, as noted by the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander.

Adjunct Instructor in German Studies Eric Trump penned a Poughkeepsie Journal column about the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments.

Josephine (Nicky) Benz Carpenter '57

The Star Tribune remembered Josephine “Nicky” Benz Carpenter ’57, who served the college in many capacities, including the AAVC Board of Directors—she served for nine years, four of which as AAVC Trustee on the Vassar College Board.

Author Christina Kelly ’94 and her novel Good Karma were mentioned in a Coastal Illustrated story.

Dror Ladin ’05, a staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project, penned a Common Dreams story about a court case against the two U.S. psychologists who designed the CIA torture program created during the war in Iraq.

Ilyse Hogue '91

Ilyse Hogue ’91, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, penned a Cosmopolitan column critical of contemplations by the Democratic Party to be more flexible on abortion rights.

Bedrock Wine Co., owned by winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson ’03, purchased Evangelho Vineyard, as noted in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Robin Lam ’14 was chosen as a member of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation’s 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. Lam teaches mathematics at George Washington High School in Chicago.

Laura Rosenbaum '06

Novel, a swimwear design firm owned by designer Laura Rosenbaum ’06, was the subject of a Lingerie Journal story and was mentioned on WPIX.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, was interviewed on BYU Radio about his research and forthcoming book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto.

Susan Dackerman ’86 was appointed director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, as noted in the Mountain View Voice.

Architect Jeh Johnson, who lectured at Vassar for more than 30 years, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Katie Sedgeman ’34 celebrated her 105th birthday, as noted by the Bradenton Herald.

Aoying Zhang ’15 was quoted in a SupChina story about Chinese students returning home to begin their careers.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was quoted in an Indian Express story about his latest novel, The Lovers.

Edward Pittman '82

Edward Pittman ’82, Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity, gave a talk at the 2017 KIPP College Partners Convening about the importance of developing a sense of belonging on campus.

Clifford Krauss ’75 penned a New York Times story about the devastation the city of Houston has endured due to Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Lisa Kudrow ’85 was mentioned in an Independent story about the film Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, in which Kudrow played a title role.

Kathy Kelsey Foley '74

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, run by executive director Kathy Kelsey Foley ’74, received the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Vassar’s first professor, astronomer Maria Mitchell, was mentioned in Atlantic, Time, Biography, Providence Journal, Weekly Villager, Mic, Undark, the Arizona Republic, Jackson Hole News & Guide and FiveThirtyEight stories about the total solar eclipse of 1878 and a HuffPost story about women who have played a key role in observing solar eclipses. Mitchell and Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and Department Chair, were the subjects of a Chronicle of Higher Education story.

Óscar Gil-García ’99

A documentary by Óscar Gil-García ’99, Assistant Professor in Binghamton University’s Department of Human Development, about the struggle for legalization among stateless indigenous Mayans from Guatemala, was selected for a CENTER exhibition, Art & Oppression. The documentary, titled Guatemalan Forced Migration, was the subject of stories in the Conversation and Confluence magazine.

Karen Ackman ’88, co-founder of the Pershing Square Foundation, was named one of the 50 most powerful women in U.S. philanthropy by Inside Philanthropy.

Jen Waite '06

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal, by author Jen Waite ’06, was the subject of stories from several media outlets, including the New York Times, the New York Post, Time’s Motto, Today, Vice’s Broadly, ChumpLady.com, and Scary Mommy.

Tony Award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt ’93 was mentioned in a Deadline.com story about the new play 20th Century Blues.

Dalia Rahman ’03 was listed as one of 10 inspiring Arab-American leaders to watch in HuffPost.

Kelly Harrington, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, was quoted in a Westchester Magazine story about the SAT and ACT.

Nora “Miki” Garcia ’94 was named director of the Arizona State University Art Museum, as noted by ASU Now.

Catherine “Jane” Becker ’01 was named Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Revenue, as reported by the Lane Report.

Sara Roche ’03 was mentioned in a HamletHub story about her upcoming exhibition.

Emma Lowe ’12 penned an Alma column, “What it Means to be Jewish in Trump Country.”

Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam ’55, founder of the Student Conservation Association, was mentioned in a Peninsula Daily News story about the association awarding its Founder’s Medal to Olympic National Park.

Elizabeth “Liz” Graves ’05 was named managing editor of the Mount Desert Islander, as noted by the weekly newspaper.

It’s My Country Too, by author Jerri Bell ’85, was the subject of stories in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal* and was featured on C-SPAN.

Suffragette Inez Milholland, class of 1909, was the subject of a Shelter Island Reporter story.

Entrepreneur Ellen Damsky ’91 and her new shop, Lazueli, were the subjects of a Gloucester Daily Times story.

Abigail Baird '91

Abigail Baird ’91, Professor of Psychology, was quoted in a Bustle story about violence among men.

Richard Buxton ’03 was appointed assistant professor at Colorado College.

Yasmin Tomkinson ’92, Executive Director of Cape Fear Literacy Council, penned a WilmingtonBiz.com column about fundraising galas.

Tess Johnson ’10 joined the Solomon Dwiggins & Freer law firm, as noted by Nevada Business Magazine.

Dr. Kelly Lindert ’89 was named Senior Vice President of Clinical Development & Strategy at Lyndra, as noted by Digital Journal.

Chris Friend '79

Attorney Chris Friend ’79 joined as a partner of Jones Walker LLP, as noted by Business Wire.

Britta von Schoeler ’97 penned a Forbes column about her work with the Creative Alliance, which she hopes will bring people together in a politically fractured world.

Hi-Phi Nation, a podcast created by Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was listed as one of the four best new podcasts by PureWow.

Lydia Sisson ’06, founding co-director of Mill City Grows, was named to Massachusetts’ Cannabis Advisory Board, as noted by WCVB.

Public Interest Podcast, created by Jordan Cooper ’07, was the subject of stories on WDVM and WTHU.

Deena LaMarque Piquion ’97 was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Tech Data, Latin America and Caribbean, as reported by SYS-CON Media.

Stuart Kaswell ’76, General Counsel for the Washington-based Managed Funds Association, was quoted in a Bloomberg story.

Nina Vyedin ’11 was quoted in a New York Times story about Democratic political organizing at the Harvard Resistance School, created by students in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis ’51 was mentioned in a Hamptons magazine story about an exhibition of rare photos of the former first lady when she was young.

Sydney Amspacher ’21 was the subject of a buckslocalnews.com story.

Ryan Koronowski ’04, Research Director of ThinkProgress at the Center for American Progress, penned a column for the organization about the grand jury impaneling for the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Steve Micucci ’09 was named to Hinge’s list of “Most Eligible Doctors and Medical Professionals in California,” as reported by Business Insider.

—Óscar Gil-García ’99 ©Manuel Gil; Jen Waite ’06 ©Evynne Morin, Edward Pittman ’82 ©Vassar College-John Abbott; Sherrilyn Ifill ©NAACP LDF; Chris Friend ’79 courtesy of Business Wire; Laura Rosenbaum ’06 and Kathy Kelsey Foley ’74 courtesy of the subjects; Ilyse Hogue ’91 ©Commopolitan; Abigail Baird ’91 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Catherine “Jane” Becker ’01 ©Kentucky Department of Revenue; Robert Brigham ©Seam Hemmerle; Thompson Memorial Library ©Vassar College-Stockton Photo Inc.


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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 6, 2017