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In the Media - March 2019 Roundup

Vassar College was mentioned in Poughkeepsie Journal and Niagara Frontier Publications stories about the Special Olympics Summer Games, which will be played at various locations on campus. Vassar was included in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about colleges and universities with the highest and lowest percentages of tenured and tenure-track professors. The college was mentioned in a New York Times article about presidential candidate John Hickenlooper. A study by President Elizabeth Bradley about health-care spending was mentioned in a Yale Insights article. Policy changes recommended by President Emerita Catharine Hill at the American Council on Education annual meeting were the subjects of an Inside Higher Ed story and she was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story about whether all colleges should become need-blind.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibition, Freehand, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story and the art center was mentioned in a Topeka Central-Journal story about an exhibition of New Deal murals organized by the art center.

Lisa Wardell '91

Lisa Wardell ’91, President and Chief Executive of Adtalem Global Education, was the subject of a Washington Post story.

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater and actors Ethan Slater ’14 and Lilli Cooper ’12 were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Astronomer Antonia Murray, class of 1887, was the subject of a Forbes story that delves into her groundbreaking work and the difficulties she faced begin a woman in a male-dominated field.

Amy Entelis ’71, Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development at CNN Worldwide, was quoted in a Variety story about CNN’s original series. She was also quoted in a Deadline story about CNN Films spurring the documentary boom; a Television Business International story about how to create Oscar-nominated documentaries; and a story about the Innovative TV Conference.

Daniel Alexander Jones '91

Daniel Alexander Jones ’91 received the 2019 Bistro Award for Performance Artistry. He was also nominated in the Drama category of the Lamba Literary Awards and was named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow.

Artist Gang Zhao ’88 talked to Bloomberg about his first foray into the New York art world, his move to China, and his return to New York for a solo art show.

Instructions for a Funeral: Stories, the new book by David Means, Visiting Associate Professor of English, received a glowing review by the New York Times. The book was the subject of a Guernica story.

Marc Michael Epstein, Professor of Religion on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies, has introduced a series of theories about the “Birds’ Head Haggadah,” and is creating a new illuminated manuscript of the Book of Esther, as noted by Tablet magazine.

Caterina Fake ’91, Flickr co-founder, tech investor, and host of the podcast Should This Exist?, talked to NPR about evaluating new technology and its impact on humanity.

Jeanine Liburd '92

Jeanine Liburd ’92, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of BET Networks, was named a Matrix Award winner by New York Women in Communications.

Author David Hagerty ’90 and his work as a writer and as the manager of Disability Support Services at Diablo Valley College, were the subjects of a Daily North Shore story.

Susan Morrison ’53 and her husband, Jim Morrison, and their work to restore, preserve, and promote historic Hancock’s Resolution, were the subjects of a Baltimore Sun story.

Reuben Hoyt Hudson ’09 was appointed to the chemistry faculty at College of the Atlantic, as noted by the Bangor Daily News.

A. C. Dumlao ’13, Project Manager at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was listed as one of the 9 trans rights activists that people should know by Elite Daily. Dumlao delivered a keynote address at the Old Dominion University Breaking the Ice event, as noted by the Virginian-Pilot.

Seamus Carey '87
Seamus Carey ’87, President of Transylvania University, wrote an Inside Higher Ed op-ed about how elite colleges should avoid elitism.

Mariah Cabellero ’19 and a study she is leading that examines the links between herbicides and Parkinson’s disease, was the subject of a Daily Evergreen story.

Xenia Casement, class of 1923, co-founder of the Casement Cattle Company, was mentioned in a Journal-Advocate story.

Lillian Hoodes ’08, co-founder and CEO of TrailFork, was honored as the Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year, and her company was named Social Impact Startup of the Year, by the PRISM Awards, as noted by the Daily Camera.

Anna Deavere Smith and her Poughkeepsie performance, sponsored by Vassar, was the subject of a Poughkeepsie Journal story.

Beth Daidone ’84, co-owner of Babette’s Kitchen, was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about regional female chefs and restauranteurs.

Josephine Roche, class of 1908, smashed norms—including running the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company, as noted in a Library of Congress blog entry.

Heather Cohn ’03 was named Executive Director of En Gard Arts, as noted by American Theatre.

Mary Calderone ’25, the first medical director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was the subject of a University of Rochester news story.

Sasha Velour ’09, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, was the subject of a Fast Company story.

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg ’99, an expert on “revenge porn,” was quoted in several stories about the New York State Legislature’s passage of legislation that would criminalize “revenge porn,” including the New York Times, Newsday, and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Professor Zachariah Mampilly

Zachariah Mampilly, Professor of Political Science, was quoted in an Al Jazeera story about the popularity of hip-hop as a messenger for political commentary among Senegal’s youth. He was also interviewed on Talk Media News about the possibilities of another Arab Spring.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper ’28 was the subject of a Women in Tech story.Mary Louise Carpenter ’33, a WWII nurse, was the subject of a Daily Times Chronicle story. 

Mary Borden, class of 1907, and her volunteer work during WWI, including using her inheritance to equip and staff a field hospital in Belgium, was the subject of a story.

A story by writer Chris Colin ’97, published in Outside magazine, was selected for this year's Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Professor Peter Anteyles

Peter Antelyes, Associate Professor of English and Director of Teaching Development, was mentioned in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story about Native Americans and the use of “redface” in the U.S.

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, was quoted in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about the history of the Second Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie.

Black Bear Life, the independent insurance company cofounded by Tim Stoner ’90, was the subject of an story.

Mara Connor ’13, who made her official SXSW debut, was included as one of the ten LA Artists to Watch at SXSW by, which also named her debut single its favorite song of 2018.

Joseph Nevins, Professor of Geography and Director of Independent Program, cowrote an op-ed for The Hill about the moral responsibility of climate scientists.

An Oregon Public Broadcasting article quotes Mariah Caballero ’19, who talks about her research into a potential link between Parkinson’s disease and a widely used herbicide.

Christine Curtis ’68 wrote a Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences article about her years at Vassar during a time when Yale did not accept women undergraduates.

Jen Wineman ’00 will direct the play Reporter Girl at the Society of Illustrators, as noted by

Steven Koja ’23, who is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Albanian, was honored by the Riverside County Office of Education for his multiliteracy talents, as noted by the Press-Enterprise.

Faculty and Staff Accolades

Olga Bush, Visiting Scholar of Hispanic Studies, was nominated as one of four finalists for the College Art Association’s 2019 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award for distinguished work in art history for her volume, Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial.

Professor Mita Choudhury

Mita Choudhury, Professor of History, is co-editor of Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France, newly published by Liverpool University Press (2019) for its Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series. Co-edited with Daniel J. Watkins of Baylor University, the volume examines how Jansenist belief shaped enlightenment ideas, cultural identities, social relations, and politics in France throughout the eighteenth century. 

Curtis Dozier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, received the 2018 Public Scholarship Award from the Women’s Classical Caucus of the Society for Classical Studies for his website Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics. Professor Dozier’s Pharos platform documents and responds to hate groups’ appropriations of Greco-Roman antiquity and has been covered in the New Statesman, BafflerThe NationPloughshares, and on the podcast “History Talk: Origins.”

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was selected by the Whiting Foundation as a 2019–2020 Whiting Fellow for Public Engagement. The Fellowship will advance the technical and editorial caliber of Professor Lam’s successful philosophy podcast, “Hi-Phi Nation,” and focus an entire season on the myriad philosophical issues surrounding a single American institution: our justice system. 

Dean Edward Pittman '82

Edward Pittman ’82, Senior Associate Dean of the College for Professional Development, has been named a Peer Evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Bojana Zupan, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, was granted an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) by the National Institutes of Health for her project, “Intergenerational programming of dopamine neurotransmission by maternal fragile X protein,” a research effort that may lead to increased understanding of causes of autism and other such disorders. Funded via the National Institute of Mental Health through NIH’s Research Enhancement Awards mechanism, the project will include several Vassar undergraduate students as collaborators in study of the developmental effects of deficiencies in maternal fragile X protein, which has been linked to intellectual instability and other behavioral characteristics related to autism.

Photos: Campus image, top, Tamar Thibodeau; :Lisa Wardell ‘91, ©Washington Post-Youngrae Kim; Daniel Alexander Jones ’91, Joan Marcus for The Public Theater;  Jeanine Liburd ’92, courtesy of BET Networks; Seamus Carey ’87, ©Scout Guide Lexington; Zachariah Mampilly, John Abbott; Peter Antelyes, Stockton Photography Inc.; Bojana Zupan, Karl Rabe; Mita Choudhury, Buck Lewis; Pittman, courtesy of the subject.