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On Campus - October 2019 Preview

 

Danny Lyon's photo is part of the Shape of Light exhibition.

Monday, October 7

The exhibit Steven Caras: A Dancer Captures Dance will be on view in the College Center Palmer Gallery until Friday, October 18. The exhibit features the photographic work of acclaimed dancer and photographer Steven Caras, and is part of the Steven Caras Residency at Vassar College.

Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will be on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center temporary exhibition galleries, the Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery, and a portion of the 20th-century gallery until December 15. The exhibition, curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, represents a survey of the Art Center’s renowned collection of nearly 4,500 photographs, and will be the centerpiece of the 2019 celebration of 20 years of commitment and generosity from the Loeb’s Advisory Council for Photography, which supports both acquisitions and programs.

At 5:00pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, New York–based artist Keltie Ferris will deliver a talk. Ferris covers her mostly large-scale canvases with layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields, creating the effect of brightly colored digital screens dissolving into pixels. While Ferris’s work frequently evokes references to Tron, The Matrix, and other sci-fi movies, the use of technology is mostly absent from her painterly, hands-on process.

Tuesday, October 8

 At 12:30pm in Rockefeller Hall Room 307, there will be a colloquium with Emily King of Colorado State University titled “Combinatorics and Group Symmetry in [Hilbert Space] Frame.”

At 5:30pm in the Ely Hall Aula, there will be a Yom Kippur pre-fast meal, followed by a Kol Nidre Service at 6:15pm. Registration is required to attend meals and can be completed here: https://www.vassarjewishlife.org/high-holidays-at-vassar.

At 6:00pm there will be the weekly Free for All dinner in the Main Building Gold Parlor, held by the Episcopal Church of Vassar College. This dinner takes place every Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, October 9

From 11:00am to 1:30pm there will be a Yom Kippur Service in the Ely Hall Aula. At 6:30pm there will be a Neilah service in the Aula, followed by a Break Fast Meal at 7:05pm. Registration for the meal can be completed here: https://www.vassarjewishlife.org/high-holidays-at-vassar.

At 8:00pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, there will be a performance of The Flick by Annie Baker, directed by Darrell James. The performance is a senior project in Drama by Maya Moiseyev-Foster ’20 and Martin Nikolov ’20. It is open to campus guests and requires reservations. Additional performances will be held at 8:00pm on October 10, 11, and 12.

The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering presents Cindy Crusto ’91, Yale University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Crusto’s 1:00pm talk, “Vassar and Beyond: Navigating the STEM World,” will be preceded by a luncheon at 12 noon and followed by a reception at 2:00pm.

Thursday, October 10

At 5:00pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium, Bay Area therapist and activist Ella Ofori will deliver a lecture titled “Self-Care as Liberation Work: A Black Feminist/Womanist Approach to Preservation While Doing the Work in Oppressive Systems.” Ofori will discuss common barriers and share a framework grounded in Black Feminism/Womanism that can help folks move from an individualistic and surface understanding of self-care to a more collectivistic, holistic, nurturing, and personal approach. Sponsored by Africana Studies, Political Science, The Counseling Service, Sociology, LGBTQ+ Center, Women’s Center, ALANA Center, Transitions, and Psychology.

At 6:30pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium, Maestro Akaxe Yotzin will present the lecture “Psychology and Tezkatlipoka: Clinical Applications of Indigenous Knowledge.” Temachtiani Akaxe will discuss mental, physical, and emotional health as practiced in both ancient and contemporary Mexico, and will provide an introduction to the contemplative practice of self-analysis and self-healing. Sponsored by the Vassar College House Fellows program.

Friday, October 11

 At 1:00pm in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences 217, guest speaker 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 only to campus guests.

Saturday, October 12

At 9:00am in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium, there will be the 2nd Annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference, sponsored by the Education Department, Sociology Department, and the Latin American/Latino Studies Program.

At 10:00am and 1:00pm there will be free public walking  of the Vassar College campus led by Associate Professor of History, Leslie Offutt. The tours will start from the front entrance of Main Building and will run for approximately 90 minutes.

At 5:00pm in Taylor Hall Room 102, there will be a lecture titled “Expanding the Canon: Photography in a New Century,” delivered by Carol Squires, curator at the International Center for Photography. The lecture accompanies the exhibition The Shape of Light. At 4:00pm, preceding the lecture, there will be a reception held in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Atrium.

At 7:00pm in the Sanders Classroom 212 Spitzer Auditorium, there will be a screening of the documentary Unfractured, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. The film follows biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into an environmental war. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer period with Doug Couchon, an activist featured in the film.

At 8:00pm the Vassar College Orchestra will perform in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, conducted by Eduardo Navega.

Sunday, October 13

 At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a performance by piano duo Milica Jelača Jovanović and Marija Ilić.

Monday, October 14

 At 5:00pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium, Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics at UCLA, will deliver a talk titled “Mathematics of Crime” as part of the 2019 Asprey Lectures in Mathematics. Professor Bertozzi will discuss her participation on the UCLA team that developed a “predictive policing” computer program that zeroes in on areas that have the highest probability of crime. A reception will take place beforehand at 4:30pm.

Tuesday, October 15

At 3:00pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium, Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics at UCLA, will deliver a talk titled “Geometric Graph-Based Methods for High Dimensional Data” as part of the 2019 Asprey Lectures in Mathematics. A reception will take place prior at 2:30pm.

Victoria Ng, Admissions and Enrollment Administrator at Columbia Law School, will be on campus to discuss applying to law school at 4:30pm in New England, Room 105.

Wednesday, October 16

At 6:00pm in the Rockefeller Hall 300 Auditorium, Susana Draper, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and the author of 1968 Mexico: Constellations of Freedom and Democracy, will give a lecture titled “Mexico 1968: Emancipatory Memories 50 Years On.” Draper’s talk will offer a nuanced perspective of the 1968 movement in Mexico, challenging the dominant cultural narrative that has emphasized the October 2 Tlatelolco Massacre and male student leaders. The talk is sponsored by the Barbara Bailey Brown Fund of the Department of Political Science, and is co-sponsored by Hispanic Studies, International Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies.

Thursday, October 17

At 6:00pm in the Blodgett Hall Nora Ann Wallace ’73 Auditorium, New York–based photographer Sean Hemmerle will give a talk titled “Where Lines Are Drawn.” Hemmerle will discuss architecture and landscape images in international conflict zones. Sponsored by the Vassar College Lifelong Learning Institute.

Saturday, October 19

At 10:00am and 1:00pm there will be free public walking tours of the Vassar College campus led by Retired Dean of Students David “DB” Brown. The tours will start from the front entrance of Main Building and will run for approximately 90 minutes.

Several campus walking tours will be held this fall semester.

Monday, October 21

At 3:00pm in the third floor Library Quiet Room, there will be a mindfulness meditation class titled “Mindfulness: A Spiritual Practice.” The meditation will last for 20 minutes.

Saturday, October 26

At 10:00am and 1:00pm there will be free public walking tours of the Vassar College campus led by Professor of Psychological Science, Randolph Cornelius. The tours will start from the front entrance of Main Building and will run for approximately 90 minutes.

Sunday, October 27

At 1:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a collaborative Community Choral Concert, featuring the Concert Choir of Children’s Chorus of Maryland, Susan Bialek, conductor, and Cappella Festiva Treble Choir and Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir, Matthew Zydel, conductor, and Elizabeth Clifton, conductor.

Tuesday, October 29

At 5:00pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, there will be a reading and discussion featuring Bernard Schlink, author of the bestselling novel The Reader. Schlink will read from his recent work, including his 2018 novel Olga. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

At 6:00pm in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences Indoor Café/North Atrium, the Chemistry Department will host the 2019 Vassar College Bowl. Local college and high school AP chemistry students are invited to compete in a chemistry trivia game based on the TV show College Bowl.

Wednesday, October 30 

At 4:00pm in New England Room 105, Kathryn Espiritu ’01 of Fordham Law School and Matthew Dillard ’96 of George Washington Law School will discuss applying to law school and how to make your application stand out.

At 6:00pm in the Main Building Faculty Parlor, poet John Balaban will read from his new collection of poems, Empires. Sponsored by the English and History departments, programs in American and Media Studies, and the Dean of the Faculty Office.

Wednesday, October 30

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall came down, Vassar College has organized a series of events on the theme "Walls, Borders, and Fences." This multidisciplinary program will explore the personal and national trauma that can result from human intervention relating to borders. Events span interactive projects, gallery exhibitions, lectures, discussions, film screenings, and more. The project, which continues through November, kicks off at 5:30pm, when Paul Farber, artistic director of the Philadelphia Monument Lab, discusses his Palmer Gallery exhibition on the Berlin Wall. He will be in conversation with Professor of Geography Joe Nevins and Vassar students Ava McElhone Yates, Carlos Espina, and Ivanna Guerra, who curated an exhibition on the U.S.–Mexico Border wall, located on the 2nd floor of College Center. On November 8, at 7:00 in the Old Bookstore, College Center, there will be an opening for Life After War, an exhibition by noted journalist and photographer Amy Kaslow ‘81; it will showcase portraits and stories of refugees and forcibly displaced individuals from across the globe. The opening is in conjunction with the campus conference "Global Displacement and Mental Health" that will bring together government officials, healthcare providers, academic institutions, NGOs, funders, and social entrepreneurs to envision innovative ways to address mental health concerns brought on by forced migration November 8-9.

Thursday, October 31

At 3:15pm there will be the annual Family Friendly Halloween Party in the Ely Hall Aula. Games, activities, and snacks will be provided. No scary costumes or masks.

At 4:30pm in the Main Building Ordan Meeting Room, there will be a lecture by Mauro Carbone titled “Thematizing the ‘Arche-Screen’ Through Its Variations.” Sponsored by Media Studies.

Friday, November 1

The late Professor Larry Mamiya

“Africana Studies and the Future of Freedom: A Larry H. Mayiya Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Africana Studies at Vassar College” will be held on campus from November 1-3. The opening address will be presented by Saidiya Hartman, who recently earned a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award. Hartman teaches comparative literature at Columbia University. The keynote speaker will be the Scottish-Sierra Leonean writer Aminatta Forna, author of a memoir, The Devil That Danced on the Waterand four novels: Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, The Hired Man, and Happiness. View the full schedule.

Saturday, November 2

At 10:00am and 1:00pm there will be free public walking tours of the Vassar College campus led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Chris Smart ’83. The tours will start from the front entrance of Main Building and will run for approximately 90 minutes.

At 8:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a guest recital featuring Taylor Ackley and the Deep Roots Ensemble.

Sunday, November 3

At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a faculty recital titled “Now I Am Yours: A Spanish, Portuguese, and Latino Songbook.”

Information on upcoming Vassar College athletics events can be found here: https://www.vassarathletics.com/

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 1, 2019