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In the Media - November 2017 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in a Ventura County Star column about the FDR Presidential Library & Museum. The college was hailed for its dedication to the Posse Veterans Program in an Inside Higher Ed column. The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences received the AIA New York Committee on the Environment’s Merit Award. President Elizabeth H. Bradley was mentioned in a China Daily story about a meeting with American students at the Chinese Consulate General in New York and she talked with Xinhua News Agency about the value of a liberal arts education and the benefits of international students, both in the United States and China. A Brown and White story noted that the first time Leslie Odom Jr. saw Hamilton performed, it was at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was mentioned in ARTnews and Apollo stories as one of the recipients of Art Dealers Association of America Foundation funding. Hudson Valley One mentioned Internal Architecture: Paintings by Stephen Niccolls, an exhibition in the James W. Palmer III Gallery. President Emerita Catharine Hill penned a New York Times letter to the editor about the negative effects of the House Republicans’ tax reform bill, which seeks to tax some endowments at colleges and universities and she was quoted in a Global Citizen Year story about gap years.

Karin Tanabe ’02

The Gilded Years, by Karin Tanabe ’02, will be made into a feature film by Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya (who will also star in the film), as noted by several media outlets, including Variety,, Elle, HuffPost, W magazine, Billboard, and Teen Vogue. The Gilded Years tells the story of Anita Florence Hemmings, class of 1897, the first African American woman to graduate from Vassar.

Ethan Slater ’14

Ethan Slater ’14, who plays the title character in the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants, was the subject of a New York Times story. Slater and co-star Lilli Cooper ’12, who plays Sandy Cheeks, were mentioned in Backstage and New York Times stories about the musical.

Tracy Behar ’84 was named Editor-in-Chief of a new Little, Brown and Company imprint devoted to health, lifestyle, psychology, and science, as noted in Publishers Weekly.

Meryl Streep ’71 and her latest film, The Post, about the battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, were the subjects of stories appearing in several publications, including the Guardian, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and the Hollywood Reporter. She was one of the subjects of an American Theatre magazine story that examines the stage work of Streep and Sam Shepard. Streep was quoted in HuffPost and Daily Beast articles about her appearance at the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Awards.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History at American University, penned a History News Network (HNN) op-ed about the recent Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War. He also wrote an article for HNN and the Chicago Sun-Times about the Vietnam War and President Trump and was featured in a National Press Club podcast about the media’s failure to forecast a Trump presidency.

Author Noah Rothbaum ’00 co-hosted a Life Behind Bars podcast about the rise and fall of Prohibition.

Author Linda Fairstein ’69 penned a Washington Post column about the character Nancy Drew and how she is a role model for girls and boys.

A new eco-chic fashion line, LIVARI, co-founded by actress, producer, and writer Alysia Reiner ’92 debuted at New York Fashion Week, as noted in Bustle and on NBC News New York.

Karen Clopton ’80

Karen Clopton ’80 penned a Teen Vogue article about the impact of federal judges in the United States.

Alma Kimura ’76, a world record-holding powerlifter, was the subject of a KUOW story.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, penned an Aeon column, “Western Philosophy is Racist.”

Rabbi Ken Spiro ’81, Senior Lecturer at Aish HaTorah, was the subject of a HuffPost story.

Ethnobotanist and Florida Atlantic University professor Maria Fadiman ’91 was the subject of a Bridges Unite story.

Linda Civitello ’71

Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking, the latest book by author and food historian Linda Civitello ’71, was included in Smithsonian magazine’s list of the 10 Best Books About Food of 2017.

Paula Williams Madison ’74 and her journey to find her Chinese grandfather’s family—which was chronicled in her book and documentary Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China—were the subjects of a South China Morning Post story.

The New York Times remembered renowned photographer Mel Rosenthal, who taught at Vassar for several years.

Let’s Pretend We Never Met, by author Melissa Walker ’99, was chosen as one of the best children’s books of 2017 by the Washington Post.

Barry Lam

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and his podcast Hi-Phi Nation were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Hudson Valley podcasts.

Actress and entrepreneur Tanya Wright ’89 discussed the similarities between acting and business in the Lehigh Valley Insider.

Author Joan Blos ’50, whose historical novel A Gathering of Days won her a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, was remembered by

Patrick DeYoung ’18

Patrick DeYoung ’18, a former Army sergeant who served two tours in Afghanistan, a Posse Veterans Program member, and one of the founders of the Vassar Refugee Solidarity initiative, was quoted in an NPR story about the opposition to refugee arrivals.

Lynn Povich ’65, journalist and author of The Good Girls Revolt, was the subject of a New Jersey Jewish News story.

Aimee Cox ’94 was named Associate Professor of African American Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, as noted by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Frances Rome ’33, who founded the Women’s Committee at the Baltimore Museum of Art, was remembered by the Baltimore Sun.

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Guardian story about the portrayals of educated, wealthy black women on television.

Nancy Adams ’69 penned a Medium column about a recent visit to Alumnae House, reminiscing about her first days at Vassar prior to attending.

Sharon Adongo ’14

Sharon Adongo ’14, co-founder of Uwazi Technology Consulting, was the subject of an Ayiba magazine story.

Scott Baskin ’71 was named CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, as noted in the Daily Herald.

Mary “Mimi” Ryan Cecil ’53, owner of the Biltmore Company, was remembered by WSOC-TV and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Miriam Rossi, Professor of Chemistry on the Mary Landon Sague Chair and Department Chair, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the Monastery Christmas Festival Fair.

Lance Ringel

In Love with the Arrow Collar Man, penned by Senior Writer Lance Ringel, was the subject of a Gay City News story.

Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen ’42 was mentioned in a Westport News article about a United Nations Thanksgiving Day dinner held at her family home 50 years ago.

An annual event to celebrate the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards, class of 1870, the first woman admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the subject of a Kansan story.

A project by photographer Caleb Stein ’17, “Down by the Hudson,” was featured on PetaPixel.

Patricia Ann Neely ’75

An Accent* story mentioned an upcoming panel featuring cellist Patricia Ann Neely ’75 at the Chamber Music America’s 40th Anniversary Conference in 2018.

A talk by Dr. Chris Magryta ’92, “The Human Microbiome: The Next Frontier in Human Health,” was the subject of a Salisbury Post story.

Alana Gunn ’01, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Binghamton University, was quoted in a Press & Sun-Bulletin story about how students are affected by incarcerated parents.

Bronwen Pardes ’95 and her book Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex were mentioned in a School Library Journal article about puberty and sexuality books.

Kathy O’Byrne ’74, former director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning, was remembered by the university.

T.C. Morrow ’99, a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, was the subject of a Cape Gazette story.

Dr. Sheila Loanzon ’02 penned a Miami Herald story about sexually transmitted diseases.

Denise Walen

Denise Walen, Professor of Drama and Dean of First-Year Students, was mentioned in a Pillar story about a Shakespeare colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Brennan Kearney ’96, a Rhinebeck Town Board member, was mentioned in a Daily Freeman story about local officials running unopposed.

Faculty Accolades

Leah Isseroff Bendavid, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was awarded a Visiting Faculty Program Fellowship in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading basic research institutions. Bendavid’s fellowship will support a four-month visit to join the research group of Professor Leeor Kronik, during which she will use first-principles calculations to investigate the structural, electronic, and optical characteristics of molecular solids.

Photo of Karen Clopton ’80 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Linda Civitello ’71 ©Vassar College-Kevin Lock; Karin Tanabe ’02 and Leonard Steinhorn ’77 courtesy of the subjects; Patrick DeYoung ’18 ©Vassar College-Roman Iwasiwka; Denise Walen and Vassar campus ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Lance Ringel ©Vassar College-Evan Abramson ’00; Ethan Slater ’14 ©Vassar College-Samuel Stuart; Patricia Ann Neely ’75 ©Terry Gruber; Barry Lam ©Duke Photography-Megan Mendenhall.

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