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In the Media - January 2018 Roundup

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Vassar College was included in a CNBC story about the top 10 colleges for financial aid and a Poughkeepsie Journal story about free bus service to the college’s students and staff. The college and Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd ’32 Chair, were included in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance. Vassar’s Modfest was mentioned in a BroadwayWorld.com story about actress and singer Ali Stroker, who will perform and discuss her work at the annual celebration. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibition People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol was the subject of WAMC and Poughkeepsie Journal stories. Vassar’s Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers classes to area residents age 55 and older, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story. The college, Historian and Dean Emeritus Colton Johnson, and former trustee Florence Cushing, class of 1874, were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the piece of Plymouth Rock that is built into New England Building’s façade. President Elizabeth Bradley, one of the world’s foremost experts in the relationship between social services and health, discussed the subject in a Politico story.

Many media outlets, including the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, NPR, HuffPost, the Star Tribune, the Republic, the Aspen Times, and the Economist, offered rave reviews of the novel The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin ’10.

Meryl Streep ’71 was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress—for a record 21 Oscar nominations—for her role as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham ’38 in The Post, as noted by several media outlets, including Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC News, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and the Poughkeepsie Journal. She was also mentioned in a Tryon Daily Bulletin story about the 1991 film Defending Your Life, in which she starred, and she will star in the second season of the award-winning HBO show Big Little Lies, as noted by Vogue and Heavy.com. Streep also spoke with the New York Times about her new film, The Post, co-starring Tom Hanks, and the #MeToo movement.

Karin Tanabe ’02

Variety and the Hollywood Reporter were two of several media outlets to report that Sony’s TriStar Pictures received the rights to A White Lie, a film based on the life of Anita Florence Hemmings, class of 1897, the first African American woman to graduate from Vassar. The film, produced by Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya (who will also play the starring role), is based on the book The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe ’02. Tanabe’s book and the subsequent film were the subjects of a Washington Post story.

Ethan Slater ’14, who is the lead performer in the new Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants, was the subject of a Newsday story and a Washington Post story, which also appeared in the News-Times.

Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and Department Chair, received the George Van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

Author and columnist Michael Wolff ’75 discussed his new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, on multiple news programs, including CBS This Morning and Today.

John McCormick ’89 was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, as noted by Chief Investment Officer Magazine and citybizlist.

Brigitte Adams ’94 was mentioned in a National Post story, reprinted by the Edmonton Journal, NewsCaf.com, and NewsDog, about the difficulties faced by women trying to conceive with frozen eggs.

Author Howard Winn ’50 and his new book, Acropolis, which tells the story of Vassar opening its doors to World War II veterans, were the subjects of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Dara Greenwood, Associate Professor of Psychological Science, wrote a Psychology Today column about speaking out against sexist humor.

Russell Goldman ’02 wrote a New York Times News Service story about the origin of the term “nuclear button” and the actual steps a president must take to launch a nuclear weapon.

Paula Williams Madison ’74

Former NBC executive, author, and entrepreneur Paula Williams Madison ’74 will be the special guest at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 105th Founders Day, as noted by the Michigan Chronicle.

Dr. Christine Moutier ’90 was interviewed on Fox 5 News and Today about teen suicide.

Laurel McGiffert ’70, a Plunkett Cooney partner, was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Michigan’s 2017 “Notable Women Lawyers,” as noted in the Flint-Genesee County Legal News.

Chris Galli ’06

Chris Galli ’06 was named Vice President of Relocation and Agent Services at Dickson Realty, as noted in Nevada Business magazine and Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern ’84 was the subject of People magazine and the Fix stories.

Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger will be on display at Pérez Art Museum Miami through March 4, as noted in Vogue and Artforum. Dara Friedman ’90 is an artist whose work includes film and video.

Meg Taylor ’12

Meg Taylor ’12, Executive Director of Capitol Squash, was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list.

The Wall Street Journal, the Plain Dealer, and the Cleveland Jewish News reflected on the life and career of designer Joan Luntz ’44.

Computer pioneer and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 was mentioned in a RealClearMarkets story about the need for more women and minorities in STEM fields.

Ada Ferrer ’84, author, Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University, and co-curator of Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom, was included in a Bomb magazine story about the exhibition.

Cynthia Hallahan ’57 was one of the subjects of a Pittsburgh Quarterly story about the keys to a happy retirement.

Erin Lewenauer ’05 wrote a Star Tribune review of the book Still Me by Jojo Moyes.

Sarah Craig ’11 co-wrote a KQED News op-ed about the increased instances of rhetoric about nuclear weapon usage.

Leonard Steinhorn ’77

Leonard Steinhorn ’77, author and Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History at American University, talked about race relations in the United States on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

A speaking engagement featuring Dr. Bonnie Gordon Flickinger ’54, a Distinguished Professor of Languages, was mentioned in a Junior League of Buffalo publication*.

Historian Rick Shenkman ’76 discussed President Donald Trump’s first year in office on MetroFocus.

Sima Sarrafan ’86 was appointed to the Bellevue School Board, as noted by the Bellevue Reporter.

Emily Rosenbaum ’85 was named Executive Director of the Worcester Jewish Community Center, as noted by the Telegram.

Sandra Bourgeois ’69 joined Shakespeare & Company’s board of trustees, as noted on iBerkshires.com.

Photo of Chloe Benjamin ’10 ©Nathan Jandl; Chris Galli ’06 courtesy of Northern Nevada Business Weekly; Ada Ferrer ’84 and Karin Tanabe ’02 courtesy of the subjects; Meg Taylor ’12 courtesy of Connecticut Magazine; Paula Williams Madison ’74 ©Vassar College-Samuel Stuart; Leonard Steinhorn’77 ©Vassar College.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, January 15, 2018