Get Out’s Jason Blum ’91
Mar. 23, 2017
Jason Blum ’91, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, produced two of the most talked-about movies of 2017—the critically acclaimed Get Out and Split, featuring a terrifying James McAvoy. Blum, a Vassar trustee, talks about his recent films and his upcoming projects.
Julia Lathrop, VC 1880
Mar. 1, 2017
Part of a series edited by historian Carol Berkin called “The Lives of American Women,” history professor Miriam Cohen’s new biography Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government focuses on the aspects of Lathrop’s life that make her a pivotal figure in the Progressive Era.
Nature and Nurture…for Robots
Feb. 10, 2017
Now living on opposite coasts, Aaron Hill ’16 and Jake Brawer ’16 recently had a nice surprise—news that a paper they coauthored based on their research at Vassar has been published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI, a top-ranking open-access journal.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Feb. 2, 2017
Acclaimed poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, came to represent the modern, liberated woman of the Jazz Age, free of the restrictions of the past. A special Vassar exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of Millay’s graduation and the 125th anniversary of her birth offers intimate glimpses into her life. Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop is on view through June 11 in the Thompson Memorial Library and the Art Library.
Jan. 30, 2017
If you’re a sci fi aficionado, or even if you aren’t, you might want to check out ars Paradoxica, now in its second year and one of the best sci fi podcasts in the country, according to Popular Science. Julian Mundy, a Vassar class of 2013 film major, is one of the writers.
Rachel Panitch '06: Violinist at Zion National Park
Jan. 18, 2017
Rachel Panitch ’06, who spent time as an artist in residence at Zion National Park, took part in an amazing PBS video that features her spirited violin playing against the gorgeous backdrop of the park. The combination of parks and artistry goes back many years (most are in the visual arts, making Panitch one of the rare audio artist), and Panitch talks about the different types of inspiration she found that helped influence the compositions she created.
Mariel Carr '04 and Jacob Rivkin '07
Jan. 16, 2017
In Death and Taxidermy, director and producer Mariel Carr ’04 and animator Jacob Rivkin ’07 share interesting facts and stories about the art. The animated and narrated videos range from the tale of a young woman who learned taxidermy by practicing on the dead pigeons and sparrows on the streets of New York to technical details such as the chemicals needed to prepare an animal’s hide.
Seeking Justice in Baltimore
Jan. 6, 2017
Vassar alumna Ellen Silbergeld ’67 did some of the first research on the effects of lead poisoning, and Vassar alumnus Saul Kerpelman ’76 led the legal battle against landlords in Baltimore who continued to ignore the dangers of lead paint for decades, despite the scientific evidence.
Bringing the Farm to the City
Nov. 9, 2016
Seven years ago, Gwen Schantz ’03 and Anastasia Cole Plakias ’05 began their journey to become farmers in New York City. Now Brooklyn Grange has 2.5 acres of rooftop farms, complete with greenhouses, beehives, chicken coops … and stunning views of Manhattan.
An Accidental Historian
Feb. 1, 2016
What started out as a hobby for Alan Paris '81 evolved into a 10,000+ collection of news photographs chronicling major events of the 20th century.
On the Glacier’s Tip
Feb. 1, 2016
For Vassar’s Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, traveling to Iceland had long been a dream. “As a geologist, I’m drawn to any place where the earth is growing, melting, moving,” she says. Iceland, which straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, fits the bill. Volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and hot springs abound, making the land a living laboratory for geology.