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September Speakers

Robert Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar, will speak at this year’s fall convocation on September 3. Brigham, who spent the last year teaching at University College Dublin on a Fulbright Scholar grant, is the author of many books on American foreign relations including Is Iraq Another Vietnam? and most recently Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American PowerSee Brigham’s work on the Vietnam War online

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Ecology at New York University and the author of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections and Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008, will give a presentation on September 8, sponsored by the American Culture Program. Read Mark Crispin Miller’s blog on the Huffington Post

Literary critic James Wood will speak in Sanders Hall on September 16. Wood is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of a new book, How Fiction Works.Read a review of Wood’s book

Virginia Johnson, editor-in-chief of the dance publicationPointe, will give a lecture in Kenyon Hall on September 17. Johnson was a principal dancer with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theater of Harlem from its founding in 1969 until she retired in 1997. Watch a video of Virginia Johnson dancing the role of Lizzie Borden in Fall River Legend

Jon Fisher ’94 left Vassar in his junior year to start his own software company in Silicon Valley and now he is returning to give advice on “Strategic Entrepreneurism” to students. Fisher has served as CEO of three successful software companies and is currently a lecturer in economics the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management. His presentation on September 22 is sponsored by the Career Development Office. Read Fisher’s blog

Poet Li-Young Lee (pictured) will speak at the Elizabeth Bishop Lecture Series on September 23. Lee has received a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Writer's Award as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of many books of poetry; his most recent work is Behind My EyesListen to Lee read his poem “Station”

September 2008

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