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A Selection of March Speakers

On March 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Taylor 203, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, William F. Vilas Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will deliver a lecture titled “Japanese Cherry Blossoms and the Roses of European Dictators.” Sponsored by Vassar’s Anthropology, Japanese and Chinese, and Asian Studies departments, the lecture will discuss political uses of quotidian symbols. Ohnuki-Tierney’s work seeks to consider “culture through time” through the lens of Japanese history. Read some of Professor Ohnuki-Tierney’s writing.

On March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Sanders Auditorium, author and essayist Shalom Auslander (pictured) will deliver the annual Dr. Maurice Sitomer lecture. His works draw from his Orthodox Jewish childhood in New York, with a humorous and dark point of view. Author Tom Perrotta noted in a review that Auslander “writes like Philip Roth’s angry nephew.” His most recent book, Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir, was published in 2007, and his essays have been featured in The New YorkerThe Guardian, GQ, and the New York TimesVisit Auslander’s website.

On March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Students’ Building, Dr. Edward Hallowell will deliver the ninth annual Steven and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture. Hallowell, a nationally recognized psychiatrist and author of Driven to Distraction, will discuss the nature of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder across the life span. Hallowell will speak about the reality of AD/HD (which he has), explain relevant brain science principles, and explore implications for the classroom and home. He is the author of fourteen books; in 2004, he left his position on the faculty of Harvard Medical School to devote time to his practices, The Hallowell Centers, in Massachusetts. Learn more about Hallowell’s work.

March 2010

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