This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

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Linda Nochlin

Wednesday, February 8

Writer-in-Residence Sigrid Nunez—author of six books, including A Feather on the Breath of God and, most recently, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag—will do a reading.

Also, as part of the college’s annual Darwin Days celebration, biology professor John Long presents Darwin’s Devices, a lecture exploring his own biology-inspired robotics research and what it tells us about “the history of life and the future of technology.” His book of the same name is due out in April.

Thursday, February 9

Linda (Weinberg) Nochlin ’51 (pictured) gives the AAVC Award for Distinguished Achievement lecture, “Géricault’s London: Representing Misery after the Industrial Revolution.” The art historian and educator has been a driving force in the art world for more than 40 years, and is perhaps best known for her seminal essay in a 1971 issue of ARTnews magazine, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

Through Thursday, February 9

The Palmer Gallery presents the exhibition Teen Visions ’12, featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by high school students—freshman to senior classes—who participate in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft. The students represent more than 30 regional high schools.

Monday, February 13

Jay Michaelson, author of God vs Gay? The Religious Case for Equality, gives a lecture on homosexuality and religion.

Wednesday, February 15

Bard College political studies professor Omar Encarnacion gives the lecture “The Gay Rights Movement in Latin America.”

Thursday, February 16

Guest soprano Dominique Labelle joins faculty members Jessica Lee (violin), Sophie Shao (cello), and Todd Crow (piano) in a recital featuring the music of Shostakovich and Ravel.

Saturday, February 18

Vassar hosts its second monthly Winter Sun Indoor Farmers Market of 2012. Local farmers will be selling meat, eggs, root crops, cheese, pickles, and more.

Also, the esteemed Avalon String Quartet gives a performance featuring the music of Beethoven and Ravel, as well as “Aqua,” a new piece by Vassar faculty member Harold Meltzer.

Andy Borowitz

Tuesday, February 21

Author, writer, and comedian Andy Borowitz (pictured)—New Yorker contributor, founder of the satirical website, and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News Sunday Morning)—gives the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture.

Wednesday, February 22

Christian Parenti—contributing editor at The Nation, Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, author, and visiting scholar at CUNY—gives the lecture “Climate Change and the Geography of Violence.” On the topic, did you catch “When the Water Ends”—about climate change-induced violence in east Africa—in the spring/summer 2011 issue of the Vassar Quarterly?

Also, Isella Ramirez ’07, co-executive director at East Yard Communities, an environmental justice organization in Los Angeles, gives the lecture “Building Community Power in Toxic L.A.”

Saturday, February 25 – Sunday February 26

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre presents its 30th Annual Bardavon Gala Performance, featuring work by Vassar students and faculty, as well as choreographers George Balanchine, Larry Keigwin, and Ed Liang.

Wednesday, February 29

CUNY professor Sujatha Fernandes gives the lecture “Radio Bemba in an Age of Electronic Media: The Dynamics of Popular Communication in Chávez’s Venezuela,” about youth and popular culture in Latin and Latino/a America.

Through Sunday, April 1

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center features its latest exhibition, the solo exhibition “Marco Maggi: Lentissimo.” Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, the Art Center’s Emily Hargroves Fisher '57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and assistant director for strategic planning, “Lentissimo” is an exhibition of 14 colorful new works Marco Maggi made expressly for the occasion. Born in Uruguay, Maggi lives in the Hudson Valley community of New Paltz.

For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit the Campus Calendar.

Linda Nochlin photo © Matthew Begun. Portrait of Nochlin (background) and Richard Pommer (1968) by Philip Pearlstein.

February 2012

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