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In the Media - December 2019 Roundup

Vassar College was named in a Journal News story about the Eileen Hickey Holiday Dinner. The college was mentioned in a The Week story about the feminist history of the cardigan and in a Boston Globe story about the work of composer John Cage. Vassar’s Engaged Pluralism Initiative was the subject of a story written by President Elizabeth Bradley and Candice Lowe Swift, Associate Professor of Anthropology and EPI Director, for Inside Higher Ed. The college’s Department of French and Francophone Studies will host the Tournées French Film Festival, as noted by the Daily Freeman. The Vassar College Urban Education Initiative will receive grants of $50,000 each in 2020 and 2021 from the Dyson Foundation, for its continued work providing tutors and mentors for Poughkeepsie City School District Students, as noted by the Daily Freeman. The college was mentioned in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about economic diversity at Washington University.

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach ’91 talked with the New York Times , Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian about his latest film, Marriage Story. The film was nominated for six Golden Globe nominations, as noted by several media outlets, including Variety.

Trustee Geraldine Laybourne ’69, P’93, an entrepreneur, Oxygen Media co-founder, and the executive who led the team that created Nickelodeon, will be inducted into the 25th Television Academy Hall of Fame Class.

Dorothy Sieberling ’43, an influential arts editor who championed Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe, was remembered in the New York Times and other publications, including the Akron Beacon Journal.

Karen Kessler ’78, co-founder and President of Evergreen Partners, talked to New Jersey Monthly about her work as a public relations expert, including a request to represent former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Jesse Kates ’05

Jesse Kates ’05, Concentric Health Experience Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, talked to MM&M Magazine about his creativity, work, and life.

David DeSteno ’90, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, wrote a New York Times op-ed about the importance of showing gratitude throughout the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

Amitava Kumar, author and Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, wrote a Columbia Journalism Review article about how fiction can defeat fake news. He also wrote a New Yorker article about author Perumal Murugan.

Tight, by Torrey Maldonado ’96, was named a best book of 2019 by NPR.

Dr. Christine Yu Moutier ’90, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, appeared June 2018 as a co-host on the Anderson Cooper 360 town hall Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis. This special recently won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis.” She also appeared on CBS New York.

Brooke Crowley ’02, a University of Cincinnati professor, and her passion for photography and research were the subjects of a News Record story.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy on the James Monroe Taylor Chair, was an American Philosophical Association Fall 2019 prize winner in the Public Philosophy Op-Ed category.

Sheree Thornsberry '90

Sheree Thornsberry ’90, Executive Vice President and Head of Payments at Meta Financial Group and MetaBank, was interviewed by Authority Magazine about the importance of financial literacy.

Artist Mira Lehr ’56 was the subject of an Art Newspaper story on her impact on the Miami art scene.

Peter Korzenik ’82 and Give Back Global, which he founded, were the subjects of a Connecticut Insider article. He was also interviewed on the Medical Group Management Association podcast, Insights.

Sharla Alegria ’05, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and her work studying the career trajectories of women in the technology sector, were the subjects of a University of Toronto story.

Suffragette and civil rights activist Crystal Eastman, class of 1903, is the subject of a biography, Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life, as noted by the Wall Street Journal.

Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and President-elect of the International Astronomical Union, was interviewed by Hudson Valley One about the importance of the discovery of massive galaxies.

Kariane Calta, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, who is a teacher in the Bard Prison Initiative, is featured in the Ken Burns documentary, College Behind Bars.

After five years, Peter Lynn ’88, stepped down as the head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority—which grew exponentially under his lead—as noted by the Los Angeles Times.

Chazy Dowaliby ’71, former Daily Freeman Executive Editor, was remembered by the media outlet.

Hyun Chin Kim ’92

Hyun Chin Kim ’92, Court Attorney for Orange County Judge William DeProspo, will run for county judge, as noted by Mid Hudson News.

Amelia Thompson ’06, Founder of WeDeliverPeriod, and Rachel Weinstein White ’98, Executive Director and Founder of Fig Tree program, were recognized as Repair the World Community Builders.*

Gerri Mason Hall ’81, Chief Diversity & Social Responsibility Officer for Sodexo Americas, was named to the Congressional Hunger Center Board of Directors, as noted by PR Newswire.

Nicholas Adams, Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture, Emeritus, and his new book, Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism, were the subjects of a Medium story.

Bryan Van Norden, Professor of Philosophy on the James Monroe Taylor Chair, was quoted in an ABC News story about racism in modern philosophy.

Christopher Diegez '11

Christopher Dieguez ’11, Youth Coordinator for the Garden City Community Church, lead part of an Advent book study, as noted by The Garden City News.

An academic paper by Justin Touchon, Assistant Professor of Biology, Anne Innes-Gold ’18 and Nicholas Zuczek ’19, was published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Ildikó Fényes ’58, the first woman to teach physics at UCV school of Physics and Mathematics, was mentioned in a Caracas Chronicles story.

-Photos of Jesse Kates ’05 and Hyun Chin Kim ’92, courtesy of the subjects; Christopher Dieguez ’11 courtesy of The Garden City News; Sheree Thornsberry ’90 courtesy of MetaBank; Main Building ©Vassar College.

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