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A Selection of February Speakers

Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, will lecture at Vassar on February 3. His discussion, titled “Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in 2010: A Report from the Ground,” will address his years spent at the Times both in his current position as well as his time as deputy foreign editor with a focus on the Middle East, which he served as for four years. Bronner received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for a series of articles he co-edited about the investigation of al-Qaeda’s role in the 9/11 attacks, and his book, Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, was chosen by The New York Library as one of the 25 best books of 1989 and awarded a Silver Gavel by the American Bar Association. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Taylor Hall, room 102. Read Bronner’s recent articles for The New York Times.

This year’s Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture will bring author and award-winning New York Timescolumnist Frank Rich, pictured, to Vassar on February 9. The annual lecture series invites outstanding American writers and humorists to Vassar. Rich began as a columnist for the Op-Ed page of the Timesin January 1994; his weekly column, which focuses on American politics and popular culture, helped inaugurate the expanded opinion pages that now appear in the Times’s “Sunday Week in Review” section. Rich served as the Times’s chief drama critic from 1980-1994. His book The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s Americacriticized the American media for their support of George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Visit Frank Rich’s website.

Award-winning novelist and Vassar’s 2010 writer-in-residence Mary Gaitskill will give a public reading on February 10. Gaitskill’s stories have appeared inThe New YorkerHarper’sEsquireThe Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She is the author of two novels, Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as three short story collections, titled Bad BehaviorBecause They Wanted To, and, most recently, Don’t Cry. Among her honors, Gaitskill was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for Because They Wanted To in 1998. Veronica was a National Book Award nominee, a National Book Critics Circle finalist, and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year for 2005.Read an interview with Mary Gaitskill.

Robert Storr, curator, academic, critic, painter, and dean of the Yale School of Art, will deliver the Claflin Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Art, on February 10. Mr. Storr served as curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art from 1990 to 2002. He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and is a frequent contributor for ArtforumParkett, Art Press, and Frieze. In addition to his position at Yale, Storr also serves as the Consulting Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Watch Professor Storr’s conversation with Charlie Rose.

February 2010

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