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

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Children's Art Show - Palmer Gallery

Thursday, March 1

The Drama Department presents Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

Friday, March 2–Sunday, March 18

Spring vacation.

Saturday, March 17

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

Sunday, March 18

The Palmer Gallery hosts an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “A Celebration of Art: The Annual John Iyoya Children’s Art Show” (pictured, above). Now in its 27th year, the Education Department-sponsored event features the work of students from area participating schools. It is named in memory of John Iyoya ’83, who was known for his creativity and love of children. The exhibition runs through March 24.

Tuesday, March 20

The Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development welcomes historian Barbara Paca to campus to give a lecture about Vassar alumna Ruth Starr Rose, Class of 1910. Rose was responsible for painting/drawing the largest documented collection of art depicting the life of African Americans in the early part of the 20th century.

Wednesday, March 21

The Philosophy Department presents its Philosopher’s Holiday lecture series, featuring Harvard philosophy professor Matthew Boyle.

The English Department presents Tim Lawrence, author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–79 and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973–92. He is a Reader in Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London, and is a founding member of Lucky Cloud Sound System and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research.

Thursday, March 22

The English Department presents a performance by award-winning playwright and hip-hop theater artist Will Power. Power will present excerpts from several of his critically-acclaimed shows, including Fetch Clay, Make Man and The Seven, and engage the Vassar community in a conversation about artistic process, hip-hop culture, contemporary theater, community activism, and the power of storytelling.

Mapping Gothic France

Friday, March 23

The Psychology Department presents Indiana University cognitive scientist and statistician John Kruschke. He will give the lecture "Doing Bayesian Data Analysis." His lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty; the Departments of Biology, Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology; the Cognitive Science Program; the Center for Science and Quantitative Reasoning (CSQR); and the Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (CCAS/HHMI).

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center hosts the opening reception for its new exhibit “Space, Time, and Narrative: Mapping Gothic France” (pictured).

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program presents playwright, screenwriter, teacher, AIDS activist, dramaturg, performer, and journal editor Ricardo Bracho. The event will feature a staged reading of his play Puto. His visit is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, American Culture, the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence, Africana Studies, the English Department, Drama Department, Hispanic Studies, the ALANA Center, and the student organizations Unbound, MEChA, Poder Latino, and the Queer Coalition of Vassar College.

The Music Department presents a Guest and Music Faculty Recital featuring Ethos Percussion Group. Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick, and Vassar faculty member Trey Files will present works for percussion influenced by cultures from around the world, including Steve Reich's classic "Drumming Part One" and "The Guiros Talk," a work written for Ethos by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Files has been a member of Ethos for more than 15 years.

John Moore III

Saturday, March 24

The Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development and the Vassar College Venture Co-op host "VC Squared," an inaugural entrepreneurship program that brings together entrepreneurial alumnae/i and students. They will gather on campus to meet each other and discuss ideas and concerns related to the formation of an entrepreneurship program and network. Right now, students on campus are re-starting the entrepreneurship club while alumnae/i off campus are working to build a stronger and more active networking group focused on entrepreneurship and business education. Alumnae/i are invited to come to campus on that day and help make this event a success. Please visit for more information. (Vassar College Venture Co-op co-founder John Moore, III '07 pictured.)

Sunday, March 25

The Music Department presents a Guest and Music Faculty Recital featuring cellist David Heiss, pianist Warren Jones, and Vassar faculty member Robert Osborne. The program will include songs and arias with cello obbligato by Verdi, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Stravinsky; Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces for cello and piano; and Brahms’s Three Intermezzos, op. 117.

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) hosts its 11th annual Haitian Art Exhibition, Auction, and Sale. VHP supports the welfare of artists and artisans in Haiti, and funds education and sustainable development initiatives in the Haitian village of Chermaitre. Through Wednesday, March 28.

Monday, March 26

The Art Department hosts its annual Claflin Lecture, featuring artist and master printer Craig Zammiello. With 30 years of experience in all areas of printmaking, Craig has authored a studio manual on photogravure and a forthcoming book of interviews with artists he has collaborated with over the past 15 years.

Jemele Hill

Wednesday, March 28

The college features “Locked In: Reckoning with Sports, Gender and Race at Vassar and the Nation.” The event will be a two-hour conversation between ESPN sports journalist Jemele Hill (pictured), Emma Carmichael ’10, and Candice Brown, Vassar’s head women’s basketball coach. Faculty members Molly McGlennen and Eve Dunbar will moderate the conversation. In addition to probing the panelists on issues of sports, gender, race, and resistance, the moderators will also ask the panelists to help attendees think about the role of sports at Vassar College and other similarly situated liberal arts institutions. The event is co-sponsored by Women Studies, American Culture, the Office of the Dean of the College, Media Studies, The Black Student Union, and the Office of Health Education.

Thursday, March 29

The French and Francophone Studies Department hosts a lecture by Madeleine Dobie: "France's History of Slavery and its Postcolonial Legacies in Politics, Literature, and Film."

The Office for Accessibility/Educational Opportunity presents the Hirsch Lecture. This year’s speaker will be writer and education activist Sam Chaltain (pictured, below).

The Library welcomes alumna Meghan Daum '92, who will give a lecture on fellow alumna Mary McCarthy ’33.

Sam Chaltain

Friday, March 30

The Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (CCAS), funded by the College's Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, hosts author and Hunter College/NYU professor Lou Massa. Massa will discuss his latest book, Science and the Written Word: Science, Technology, and Society.

The Music Department presents the Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital featuring Janette Fishell. She has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert venues and has been a featured recitalist and lecturer at five national conventions and five regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Dr. Fishell is a professor and chair of the Organ Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her eclectic recital will include works by Bach, Hindemith, Alain, as well as American composer Calvin Hampton’s “Five Dances for Organ.”

Saturday, March 31

Vassar hosts All Families Weekend, including performances by the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre and a fire show by the Barefoot Monkeys.

Upcoming: Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

The African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College return to campus for the 10th celebration of the AAAVC Triennial. The event will offer an opportunity to reminisce with classmates, network with fellow AAAVC members, meet current students, attend seminars, and party! Highlights include a session on "Africa in the Age of Obama," a conversation with the co-producers and stars of the web series Awkward Black Girl, and a reception in the ALANA Center. Register today by visiting

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

March 2012

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