Thanksgiving Feasts of Yesteryear

According to the Vassar Online Encyclopedia, “As the students only had a day off for Thanksgiving, very few chose to leave campus. Emma Logan McCoy described the event to her parents in 1872. Apparently, they ate an elaborate turkey feast at dinner, which was followed by a dance. President Raymond then read “The Merchant of Venice” until eight, when the students went to a reception with the teachers in the president’s parlor where the vocal teachers sang and the instrumental teachers played. The students were served ice cream in the dining hall at the rather late hour of ten-thirty before they were told to go to sleep.”

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Linda Fairstein ’69, former sex-crimes prosecutor, wrote a NY Daily News article about the problems of “corroboration” in sexual assault cases.

Mitch McConnell and a cohort of fellow Republican senators announced their plans to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court despite the compelling statement of Christine Blasey Ford, calling her testimony an “uncorroborated” accusation. Former sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein ’69 explains why the use of that term is inappropriate and offensive.

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Vassar receives $2.5 million Mellon Foundation Grant for consortium on forced migration—Bard, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence to share funds

Starting this fall, Vassar will lead a four-college consortium focusing on the global refugee crisis, thanks to a $2.5-million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education, created by Vassar, Bard, Sarah Lawrence and Bennington colleges. The funds, which will be distributed over the next four years, will be used to develop curricula and other programs on the issue of forced migration.

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