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In the Media - September 2018 Roundup

David Wong Louie ’77

David Wong Louie ’77, UCLA professor emeritus and internationally recognized literary pioneer in Chinese-American writing, recently passed away, as noted by the university and the New York Times.

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12, founder of the hedge fund Polychain Capital, was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story.

The New York Times and the Guardian published positives review of Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair.

Katherine Merriman ’08, a PhD candidate in Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gives free Muslim-history tours of Harlem and was the subject of stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Philip Jefferson ’83

Philip Jefferson ’83, Centennial Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College and Vassar Trustee, talked about the economics of poverty and labor and his new book, Poverty: A Very Short Introduction, with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Author and former head of Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Bureau Linda Fairstein ’69 was quoted in a Washington Post story about the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Blair Bess ’80 wrote a USA Today op-ed about the lack of women holding elected office in the United States.

Shanlon Wu ’80, former federal prosecutor and founding partner of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PPLC, cowrote a Washington Post column about sexual assault and the vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Curtis Dozier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and director of “Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics,” a blog devoted to documenting and responding to appropriations of ancient Greek and Rome by hate groups, was included in a Baffler story about the use of classical references by white nationalists, men’s rights groups, and alt-right leaders. Dozier also talked about the misuse of an ancient Roman acronym by white nationalist groups in a Hyperallergic story.

Lynn Povich ’65

Lynn Povich ’65, award-winning journalist and author of The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace, was featured by The Muse in its new series, “I Was the First (or Only) at Work.”

Anuradha “Anu” Duggal ’01, who launched the venture capital company Female Founders Fund, was featured in an MSN story about six women who left prestigious jobs for entrepreneurship.

Poet Mikko Harvey ’13 was the subject of an NPR Only a Game story.

Louisa Castner ’84 was selected as poet/lyricist for a residency with the Giving Voice Chorus—a group comprised of people with dementia and their caregivers—as noted by CBS This Morning, the Minnesota Star Tribune, and Classical MPR.

AC Dumlao ’13

AC Dumlao ’13, program manager for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was interviewed by the Daily Beast and Broadly, and was quoted in a Daily Beast story.

The Vassar Haiti Project, its annual Art Auction and Sale, and the valuable skills students learn from participating in the program were the focus of a Poughkeepsie Journal story that quoted Ruoyu Li ’19 and Paarul Sinha ’17. The project’s annual Art Auction and Sale was the subject of a Hudson Valley One story.

Author and cosmology scholar Laird Scranton ’75 was interviewed by Radnor Patch about Skara Brae, a Scottish village that dates back to approximately 3,200 BC.

Sukari Jones ’05

Playwright Sukari Jones ’05 and the musical The River Is Me—for which she was the screenwriter and lyricist—were mentioned in a story.

Torrey Maldonado ’96 and his book, Secret Saturdays, were the subjects of a School Library Journal story.

Computer pioneer Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 was the subject of an Interesting Engineering story. and Campaigns & Elections wrote about the startup GroundUp, created by Eli Stein ’12 and Jeremy Gottlieb ’12. The new company uses cutting-edge technology to round up purchases by participants. The goal is to fund Democratic candidates in contested "red state" races across the country.

Kate Gold ’09, an alumna of Holton-Arms School (the alma mater of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford), helped create an open letter with other high school alumnae in support of Ford, as noted by the Washington Post, WAMU, Time, the Washingtonian, and the Cut.

Vassar’s radio station, WVKR, was the subject of a Radio Survivor story.

Bryan Van Norden

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy, was interviewed by the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast.

Christopher Oldi ’02 was promoted to Pro Bono Director of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as noted by White Plains Patch.

Melissa Silberman ’94, Head of School at Broome Street Academy, a New York City charter school, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the school.

Nicole Coady ’89

Filmmaker and Trident Fantasy Films co-founder Nicole Coady ’89 was the subject of a New York Business Journal story.

Bram Shapiro ’86 was elected to the Brandeis University Broad of Trustees, as noted by Brandeis Now.

Natalie Keng ’90, owner and founder of Chinese Southern Belle, was the subject of a Gourmet News story.

Marian Frear ’86 was named the new director of the Corrales Library, as noted by the Corrales Comment.

Paula Krasny ’85 joined Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC’s Intellectual Property Group as a partner.

-Photo of David Wong Louie ’77 courtesy of UCLA; Phillip Jefferson ’83 ©Swarthmore College; Lynn Povich ’65 courtesy of the subject; AC Dumlao ’13 ©Marion Aguas; Sukari Jones ’05 courtesy of StarVest Partners; Bryan Van Norden ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Nicole Coady ’89 courtesy of Trident Fantasy Films.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 2, 2018