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On Campus - September 2019 Preview

The Barefoot Monkeys' fire show, part of Families Weekend Sept. 21.

Thursday, September 12

At 5:00pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Associate Professor of American Culture and Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan, will present a lecture and performance titled “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip-Hop in the United States.” The event is part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Vassar College Africana Studies program.

Friday, September 13

At 11:30am, a public-health symposium featuring students and faculty from Columbia University and Vassar College will take place in the College Center Villard Room.

At 3:30pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, Mandy Barrington, Senior Lecturer in Costume at the Arts University of Bournemouth in Bournemouth, England, will give a lecture titled “Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body.”

Monday, September 16

At 3:00pm, the Ford Scholar Symposium will take place in the Library Class of ’51 Reading Room.

Tuesday, September 17

The first weekly Free for All dinner will take place at 6:00pm in the Main Building Gold Parlor. The dinner is held by the Episcopal Church of Vassar College and occurs every Tuesday at 6:00pm.

Thursday, September 19

Professor Quincy Mills

At 5:30pm in the Library Class of ’51 Reading Room, Quincy , Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Abrianna Harris ’21 will present a lecture titled “Radical Resistance, Radical Joy: A Reflection on the Legacy of Black Life at Vassar.” The lecture is in conjunction with the Africana Studies 50th Anniversary Exhibition on display in the Library.

Friday, September 20

Families Weekend begins on Friday, September 20, and continues through September 22. Visitors are invited to participate in dozens of activities, including campus and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center tours, receptions, the Vassar Haiti Project Art Sale and Auction, the Arlington Street Fair, athletic competitions, and more. More information can be found here: https://families.vassar.edu/events/weekend/.

At 12:00pm, the Annual Haitian Art Show will open in the College Center Multipurpose Room 223. The weekend event will include the sale of 350 original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including hand-painted silk scarves, iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods.

At 4:30pm in Taylor Hall Room 102, there will be a lecture and reception for the exhibition Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The photography exhibition will be on view through December 15.

Saturday, September 21

At 7:30pm, the Barefoot Monkeys will have their fall fire show on the Residential Quad.

Sunday, September 22

The third day of the Annual Haitian Art Show commences at 10:00am. See above.

At 1:00pm, a walking tour of the Ecological Preserve—part of the Hudson Valley Ramble—will take place, beginning in the Environmental Cooperative Barn Multipurpose Room.

Professor Michael Pisani

At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a memorial service for Michael Pisani, including both music and stories. A reception will follow in the Bridge for Laboratory Science Building.

Monday, September 23

At 5:30pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, there will be a screening of the film Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue, followed by a discussion with Miki Dezaki, Director and Producer. Sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Vassar Asian Students Association, and Film Department.

From September 23 to October 18 in the College Center Palmer Gallery, Steven Caras: A Dancer Captures Dance, an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed dancer and photographer Steven Caras, will be on view. An artist reception will take place on September 26, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. The Steven Caras Residency at Vassar College is presented by the Dance Department and The Palmer Gallery. It is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty Office and the Media Studies and Art departments and conceived and underwritten by Margaret Wellington ’69 and Robin Woodard ’69.

Wednesday, September 25

The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) symposium will take place at 3:00pm in the College Center Villard Room, beginning with a keynote speech by Paul E. Turner, the Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and faculty member in Microbiology at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Turner’s keynote address is titled “Harnessing Virus Biodiversity to Solve Human Problems.”

At 7:00pm in the Kenyon Hall Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, dancer and photographer Steven Caras will present a lecture titled “Survival Instinct: A Dancer’s Story of Self-Reinvention.” Caras will speak about his personal and professional milestones and setbacks during his time with the New York City Ballet. The lecture is part of the Steven Caras Residency at Vassar College.

Thursday, September 26

From 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Main Building Palmer Gallery there will be an artist reception for the exhibition Steven Caras: A Dancer Captures Dance.

At 6:30pm there will be a screening of the film Hope on the Hudson in the Environmental Cooperative Barn Multipurpose Room.

Friday, September 27

At 1:30pm there will be an information session with Eunice Roberts, Dean of the British American Drama Academy, in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film Martel Theater.

Sunday, September 29

At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a faculty recital featuring award-winning guitarist Yenne Lee.

Monday, September 30

At 5:30pm in the College Center Villard Room, Tommy Orange will give the 2019 William A. Starr Distinguished Lecture, titled “The Writing Process and There There.”

Thursday, October 3

At 6:00pm in the Sanders Classroom 212 Spitzer Auditorium, poet Mark Doty will deliver the Elizabeth Bishop lecture. Doty, who won the National Book Award in 2008, is the author of My Alexandria and Deep Lane. He currently serves as the Distinguished Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Rutgers University, Newark.

Friday, October 4

At 8:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players will present A Tale of Two Italian Cities.

Saturday, October 5

Professor Larry Mamiya

From 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Aula in Ely Hall, there will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Larry H. Mamiya, Professor of Africana Studies and Religion. Contributions in his honor can be made to the Larry Mamiya Fund for Activism and Justice through the Vassar College website. Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the Religion Department.

Sunday, October 6

At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall there will be a performance by the Aizuri Quartet.

Wednesday, October 9

At 6:00pm in the Sanders Classroom 212 Spitzer Auditorium, Mary Dockray-Miller ’86, Professor of English at Lesley College and Vassar English major, will present a lecture titled “Afrisc Meowle: Layers of Interpretation in the Old English Exodus.”

Friday, October 11

At 1:00pm in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences Room 217, Brian Mailloux, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College, will give a lecture titled “Paired RNA Radiocarbon and Sequencing Analyses from Aquifers in Colorado and Bangladesh.” The lecture is open to all students, and is of special interest to those in chemistry, biology, and ENST.

Information on upcoming athletic events can be found at: https://www.vassarathletics.com/.

Photos: Barefoot Monkeys, John Abbott;  Mills, Stockton Photo, Inc.; Pisani and Mayiya, Karl Rabe

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 11, 2019