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In the Media - October 2018 Roundup

An agreement between Vassar College and Dutchess Community College that allows full-time students from either college to take up to two classes per year at the other college, at no charge, was noted by the Poughkeepsie Journal and Vassar was mentioned in an Inside Higher Ed story about schools that offer programs designed to help students “slow down, relax, and learn how to manage problems they’ll face outside of college.” The third annual Taste Against Hunger benefit—which helps support the work of Dutchess Outreach and was held at Vassar—was the subject of a WPDH story. President Elizabeth Bradley penned an Inside Higher Ed article about the benefits gained by students who study the humanities.

Jason Blum ’91

Award-winning producer Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, will receive the 2018 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film and TV Award, as noted by Blum was also the subject of feature stories in the Hollywood Reporter and Town & Country.

Robert K. Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, wrote an Irish Times review of the new book, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945–1975, by Max Hastings.

Roxane Gay

The William Starr lecture, given this year by Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist, this year’s common reading for first-year students, was the subject of Poughkeepsie Journal and Daily Freeman stories.

BBC News named astronomer Vera Rubin ’48 as one of four women who changed the face of physics.

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, wrote a New Yorker story about the lawsuit against Harvard University and its admissions process, some of the people involved with the lawsuit, and the ramifications of the judicial decision, which could lead to significant changes in college admissions policies.

Christine Yu Moutier, MD ’90

Christine Yu Moutier, MD ’90, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, was recently featured in the New York Times and Huffington Post and appeared as co-host with Anderson Cooper on the CNN Town Hall Special Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis. Moutier was also featured in the Larry King Now* episode “Combating America’s Suicide Crisis” and CBS This Morning segment “How to Talk About Suicide.”

Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the films Monsters and Men and The Hate U Give, regarding depictions of African American police officers in film and television.

Sasha Velour ’09, a performer and artist and the winner of season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was the subject of a Rolling Stone article.

Daniel Alexander Jones ’91

The new musical, Black Light, and its star and creator Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 (performing as his stage persona, Jomama Jones), was the subject of a Rolling Stone story.

The debut video for “No Fun,” by singer and songwriter Mara Connor ’13, was the subject of a story. The single was the subject of a Rolling Stone story and was also included in a segment of Rolling Stone’s “This Week in Music.”

Ben Ho, Assistant Professor of Economics, and his research on the value of an apology were mentioned in a Fox News story.

Xiaoyuan (Charlene) Ren ’13

Xiaoyuan “Charlene” Ren ’13, founder and director of MyH2O, an organization that monitors water quality in rural China, was the subject of a Women of China story.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg ’99 is featured in the documentary Netizens, which was a Woodstock Film Festival pick, as noted by Chronogram.

Bill Maurer ’89, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology and Law, and Director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine, was named Filene Research Institute’s Center for Emerging Technology’s lead research fellow, as noted by CUInsight.

Ethnobotanist Maria Fadiman ’91 spoke to Frontier’s “Into the Wild” about her conservation work, her favorite places to travel, and her passion for plants.

Chukwudi Eze ’78

Chukwudi Eze ’78, author of the book The Return of Half-Something—which was short-listed for the 2018 Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prize—discussed his book with the Nation.

Dr. Stephanie Heck ’95, host of the radio show The (Not So) Hidden Agenda, was interviewed by Chestnut Hill Local.

Playwright, actor, and performance artist Yael Haskal ’19 was mentioned in a Register Citizen story about writers welcomed to Torrington’s International Playwrights Festival.

Sophia Siddique Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair of Film, was mentioned in a Prestige story about the film Shirkers, which Harvey produced.

Pamela Harris ’92

Pamela Harris ’92, who is running for elected office in Oakland, California, was endorsed by the Oakland Post.

Attorney Jennifer S. Echevarria ’05 was selected for the Leadership Award by the Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County, as noted by the Warwick Advertiser.

Andrea Roberts ’96, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, started a project to provide comprehensive documentation of the “Freedom Colonies” in Texas, as noted by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Director and choreographer Jen Wineman ’00 is part of the creative team behind the new musical Game On, as noted by

Louise Serio ’13 joined the Reservoir Communications Group as a health-care advocacy and media relations expert, as noted in the Business Journals.

Henry P. Johnson ’88

Vassar Trustee Henry P. Johnson ’88 was honored at the Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner in New York City on October 18. During the formal gala, museum director Ian Wardropper presented Johnson with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co. in recognition of his loyal support of the Frick, renowned for its collection of distinguished Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts.

Guitarist Jackson Martel ’16 was quoted in a story about his band, Superteen.

Francesc Martí ’06 was named Director of Legislation at the California Housing Finance Agency, as noted by Buffalo Business First.

Ellen Swallow Richards, class of 1870, the first female student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the subject of a story.

Kathleen “Kathy” Cohen ’91 was honored with the Mosaic Circle Ruach award by the Rashi School, as noted by Needham Wicked Local.

Bob Annibale ’81

Bob Annibale ’81, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance, was recognized as a champion of global-impact banking by Euromoney.

Artist Jaleesa Johnston ’11 was mentioned in a story about the Emerging Artist Residency program in the Pacific Northwest.

Ann Northrop ’70, a pioneering AIDS activist and journalist, was profiled by QNotes.

Óscar Gil-García ’99, Assistant Professor of Human Development at Binghamton University, will share his story in an exhibition, From Stateless to Citizens: Indigenous Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico, as noted by the Cornell Chronicle.

Joseph Nevins, Professor of Geography and Director of Independent Program, was quoted in an India Currents story about voting and migration facts and fears.

Mary Gertrude Seiberling Huhn ’41, a vocal antiwar and antinuclear activist and supporter of environmental causes, was remembered by the Akron Beacon Journal.

Martha Rivers Ingram ’57, Chairman Emerita of Ingram Industries, Inc. and a champion of educational, civic, and arts organizations, was mentioned in a story.

Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, was interviewed for a University of Houston-Victoria story.

Carney Heavey O’Brien ’89 was named head of school at the Washington Montessori School, as noted in the Greater New Milford Spectrum.

Barbara Namkoong Gooby ’80 was a contestant on a recent episode of Jeopardy!*.

Betty Maguire ’41 was mentioned in an Observer-Reporter article about Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service uniforms from World War II.

Virginia “Ginnie” Kozak ’69, Planning Director for the Lowcountry Council of Governments, was quoted in a Walterboro Live story about a bus transportation pilot project.

Poet and writer Gerardo Lamadrid ’20 was named a columnist for the newspaper El Nuevo Día.

Sandra (Borkum) Bertman ’58, author and founding director of the Medical Humanities Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Award at the 14th annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS and Aging.*

*Link not available.

-Photo of Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 ©César Cervantes '14; Jason Blum ’91 ©Wall Street Journal; Roxane Gay, Pamela Harris ’92, Bob Annibale ’81, and Christine Yu Moutier, MD ’90 courtesy of the subjects; Xiaoyuan “Charlene” Ren ’13 ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe; Vassar campus ©Vassar College-Tamar Thibodeau; Chukwudi Eze ’78 ©The Nation.