This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

"Alexa Split in Two." Photo courtesy Alexa Meade.

In the Media

The Guardian, Daily Mail, and Slate all recently covered the life-imitates-art of Alexa Meade ’09 (pictured). To view her latest work, visit her Flickr site.

The Daily Beast posted a video of Meryl Streep ’71 doing a dramatic reading of an Afghan woman’s inspirational journey at the launch of the Women in the World Foundation. CBS News also reported that Streep was a Kennedy Center honoree.

U.S. News & World Report named Vassar #7 in its list of Best Value Schools and #14 overall among national liberal arts colleges.

In a related story, the Chronicle of Higher Education praised Vassar president Catharine Hill’s Inside Higher Ed op-ed about incorporating socioeconomic diversity into the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, American RadioWorks interviewed Cappy on the topic in its weekly education podcast.

Mid-Hudson News reported that Vassar was one of three recipients of the 2011 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award.

Tablet wrote about Aaron Fein ’93, former Vassar artist-in-residence, and his “White Flags” project on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

Crain’s New York noted that Google recently purchased Zagat Survey, founded by Tim and Nina (Safronoff) Zagat ’63.

Discovery News wrote about animal-inspired robots, including those of Vassar biology professor John Long.

Leonard Steinhorn

On the 48th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal interviewed Leonard Steinhorn ’77 (pictured) about the history of race relations in the U.S.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review focused on the work of Jesse Ball ’00, calling his new The Curfew “a spare masterwork of dystopian fiction”

The Poetry Foundation noted that in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service will issue poetry stamps, including one with Elizabeth Bishop ’34.

Broadway World highlighted Sean Chang ’15 in its “I AM THEATRE” series.

The New York Times On Education department featured the investigative reporting of Dale Mezzacappa ’72 and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, an independent, non-profit news service. They uncovered statistics that suggest a state-wide cheating scandal.

The Morgan County Citizen wrote about Adam Fierman ’12 and his formative two-month trip to Jordan.

The Durham (NC) Herald-Sun highlighted Vassar history professor Maria Höhn, who co-curated the exhibit “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany.”

Compiled by Peter Bronski

October 2011

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