Thursday, November 9
A panel conversation between a number of Vassar College professors and visiting academics, “History and Memory after Charlottesville,” will take place at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. The panel will discuss the recent incidents in Charlottesville, VA, and consider the ways in which the United States and other countries are dealing with or are failing to address past injustices, wars, and conflicts.
Saturday, November 11
Argentine bassist and producer Pablo Aslan will perform with his quintet at 8:00pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Aslan plays jazz-infused contemporary tango and other genres.
Sunday, November 12
The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Osborn, will perform at 3:00pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
Monday, November 13
Patience Agbabi, poet of four collections, R.A.W., Transformatrix, Bloodshot Monochrome, and her latest, Telling Tales (2014), will give a lecture at 5:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. Agbabi was born to parents from Nigeria, grew up in Wales, and studied English at Oxford University. Her poems have appeared on radio and television shows around the world.
Wednesday, November 15
Jericho Brown will give a lecture and poetry reading titled “The Blues We Can Use” at 5:30pm in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, room 212. Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal.
The lecture “Confronting Caliphs and Defeating Death: Martyrdom and Islam among the Franciscans,” based on Christopher MacEvitt’s recent book, Rough Tolerance, will take place at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.
Thursday, November 16
The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will perform its final show at 8:00pm on November 16–18 at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. The evening will feature pieces choreographed by faculty, students, and guest choreographers. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 437-5541.
Friday, November 17
The men’s and women’s swimming teams will compete against SUNY New Paltz at 6:00pm at Kresge Pool, Walker Field House. The women’s basketball team will play Simmons College at 6:00pm at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Kit Yan, critically acclaimed poet, will perform “Queer Heartache” at 7:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. The show aims to inspire productive dialogue regarding identities that are marginalized and oppressed.
The Barefoot Monkeys will perform their Fall Indoor Show at 8:00pm on November 17 and 18 in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, room 212.
Saturday, November 18
The Brentano String Quartet, featuring current Artists in Residence at Yale University, will perform at 8:00pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Known for especially imaginative projects combining old and new music, the program will include works by Gesualdo, Brahms, and Shostakovich.
Sunday, November 19
The Vassar College Chamber Singers (formerly the Madrigal Singers), directed by Drew Minter, will perform at 3:00pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
Tuesday, November 21
The women’s basketball team will play Mount Saint Mary College at 6:00pm at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Tuesday, November 28
The men’s basketball team will play Williams College at 7:00pm at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Thursday, November 30
John Freeman, editor of the literary journal Freeman’s and author of the new poetry collection Maps, will give a lecture and reading at 6:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. Freeman is the editor of the anthology Tales of Two Americas and a former editor of Granta magazine. His writings have been published in over 200 magazines and other publications all over the world.
-Launcher by Stephen Niccols; Pablo Aslan by Nan Melville; Jericho Brown ©Harvard University News Office-Stephanie Mitchell; Brentano String Quartet by Juergen Frank.