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On Campus - November 2019 Preview

A selection from Leonard Freed's exhibition about the Berlin Wall in the Palmer Gallery.


Monday, November 18

On the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, Vassar’s multi-pronged project “Know Your History and Geography,” organized by Professor of History Maria Höhn, explores walls, past and present. Two exhibitions help tell the stories: Leonard Freed’s Photographs of the Berlin Wall (1961-1989), at the Palmer Gallery, includes a selection of images of the wall by photographers Shinkichi Tajiri, Jonathan Borofsky, and Carol Highsmith. Students, artists, and activists address the U.S.–Mexico border in the Second Floor Gallery in the College Center. Both through November 25.

At 11:00am in the College Center Villard Room there will be a Climate Action Forum. The forum is open to all members of the Vassar community and provides an opportunity to share feedback on Vassar’s sustainability efforts. Feedback from this event will be refined into actionable goals in the upcoming Climate Action Plan.

Tuesday, November 19

At 6:00pm in the Main Building Gold Parlor, there will be the weekly “Free for All” Dinner, a meal and fellowship held by the Episcopal Church at Vassar College.

Wednesday, November 20

At 5:30pm in the Rockefeller Hall 200 Auditorium, Joel Reynolds will deliver the third lecture of the Fall 2019 Philosopher’s Holiday Lecture Series.

A reading about the destruction of cultural monuments during war will take place on November 20.

At 5:30pm in the Library Class of ’51 Reading Room, there will be a screening of the film The Destruction of Memory. The documentary film The Destruction of Memory is about efforts to preserve cultural monuments threatened with destruction in Europe and the Middle East. The event includes a discussion with Tim Slade, the film’s writer, director, and producer. Sponsored by the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education and the Vassar College Libraries.

Thursday, November 21 

At 5:30pm in Taylor Hall Room 203, acclaimed fiction writer and translator Lydia Davis will give a talk titled “Translating Madame Bovary.” Davis will speak at Vassar about her experience translating, generally, and the particularities of translating Flaubert's notoriously complex novel of 1857. Sponsored by the Department of French and Francophone Studies, generously co-sponsored by the departments of English, Italian, German, Russian, Hispanic Studies, and the Dean of Faculty office.

At 5:30pm in the Main Building Rose Parlor, there will be a short recital by students of the Vassar Music harp program, featuring Latin/South American dance music.

At 7:00pm in the Kenyon Hall Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will present “Final Showings.” Performances on Friday and Saturday, also. Reserve tickets.

Vassar Voices, an EPI story-telling series, resumes this semester.

Friday, November 22 

At 1:00pm in the Thompson Memorial Library, there will be another installment of Vassar Voices, a story-sharing series. In addition to stories, there will be conversation ... and food. Sponsored by the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI).

Saturday, November 23 

At 8:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a faculty and guest recital titled “Music for Six Trombones.”

Sunday, November 24

At 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, the Vassar College Chamber Singers will present “American Spirit,” songs of “spiritual praise from early colonial to modern America.”

Sunday, December 5

At 8:00pm in the Skinner Hall Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, there will be a performance by the Vassar College Chamber Music Program, conducted by Eduardo Navega.

Information on upcoming athletic events can be found at

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, November 1, 2019