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. 20, 2017
Film major Bryce Daniel, Vassar class of 2017, chose artist and sculptor Harry Roseman as the subject for his final project for his documentary filmmaking class. Professor of art and sculpture at Vassar, Roseman takes us on a brief tour of his home studio and offers us a glimpse into his process of making art.
Jan. 20, 2017
Every year, the Office of International Services and the Vassar International Students Association cohost one of the most vibrant events of the fall semester—Kaleidoscope. A celebration of Vassar’s cultural diversity, Kaleidoscope features international cuisine, a dessert contest, a flag ceremony, and a talent show.
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.
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.
Dec. 15, 2016
Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to make landfall in Haiti in decades, left an estimated 1.4 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Three Vassar student organizations—the Haiti Project, the Caribbean Students Alliance, and Jewett House—collaborated on a traditional Caribbean Christmas dinner to raise money for the relief effort.
Dec. 15, 2016
One of Vassar’s few college-wide academic requirements is the Freshman Writing Seminar. First-year students choose from about 50 courses in disciplines ranging from Africana studies to women’s studies. So what do students read and write in a Freshman Writing Seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics? Quite a lot, actually.
Nov. 17, 2016
Start with some flour, sugar, salt, eggs, yeast, vegetable oil and water. Add cheese or chives, garlic or cinnamon, apples or raspberries, or maybe some marshmallows or chocolate chips. Stir in a healthy serving of social consciousness, and what have you got? Vassar’s chapter of Challah for Hunger, a nationwide student group that’s been baking to fight poverty for more than a decade.
Nov. 16, 2016
On March 14, Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of English Tyrone Simpson boarded a train with 10 of his Vassar students. Technically speaking, it was spring break, but instead of making a beeline to sunny beach destinations, students in URBS 303 Advanced Debates in Urban Studies were heading west for nine days in chilly Detroit.