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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Kathryn Lofton of Yale University will be discussing, “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture,” as part of the Annual Frederic C. Wood Lecture

Kathryn Lofton, professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, History and Divinity at Yale University, as part of the Annual Frederic C. Wood Lecture, will be discussing “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture.” The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Religion and co-sponsored by the departments of Media Studies, American Studies and Women’s Studies, will take place in Vassar College’s Taylor Hall.


Tipping Points a juried exhibition by Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be held at the Vassar College James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery with the 2018 Society of Photographic Educators North East Chapter Conference.

Tipping Points - The juried exhibition by Paul Mpagi Sepuya will be held at the Vassar College James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery (College Center) in conjunction with the 2018 Society of Photographic Educators North East Chapter Conference. The show will feature approximately 35 works by photographers from the North East United States, many of them connected to colleges and universities.


Media production training will take place for the Environmental Cooperative's upcoming Fall Kill Creek

Join the Vassar Environmental Cooperative on Wednesday, October 3rd at 3:00 PM at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory for a media production training to prepare for AQUABLITZ - a day of engagement with the diverse yet under-appreciated aquatic life in the Fall Kill creek! During Aquablitz, participants will create "Humans of the Fall Kill" audio-visual media projects - and this training will show you how!


The Fall Kill Aquablitz will explore the diverse aquatic life in Poughkeepsie's Fall Kill.

On October 5th, at Malcolm X Park (125 Mansion St.), the Fall Kill Aquablitz will be sampling multiple sites in the Fall Kill throughout the day! Starting at 8:30 AM, volunteers will be helping to collect organisms and photograph what we find. Photographs will be uploaded to iNaturalist, an online app that tracks global biodiversity. We'll also be creating multimedia images with text and audio to record the day and the people involved in a "Humans of the Fall Kill" project. We have free training sessions for both of these projects.


Ninotte Lubin will discuss her work as a Certified Professional Midwife in Haiti and the development of her non-profit organization, Grace Community Birth Center in Grand Bassin, Haiti.

On Wednesday, October 10th, Certified Professional Midwife Ninotte Lubin will be giving a lecture on Haiti’s dire maternal/fetal health outcomes. Ninotte was certified in 2015 after studying childbirth and midwifery following Haiti’s devastating earthquake of 2010. She is currently working on the Grace Community Birth Center, a three-acre plot of land in Grand Bassin, Terrier Rouge where she teaches sex education classes, trains traditional birth attendants and conducts prenatal and postpartum visits.


Tim Youd: The Hudson Valley Retyped exhibition on view at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

At Vassar College in April and May 2018, performance artist Tim Youd retyped The Group by distinguished novelist, essayist, and critic Mary McCarthy (Vassar College, class of 1933). This performance was the 56th novel to be typed in his 100 Novels Project and is one of several that Youd is undertaking in the Hudson Valley during spring and summer 2018. The culmination of these performances is an exhibition in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center focus gallery titled Tim Youd: The Hudson Valley Retyped. The exhibition, on view from August 30 through October 14, 2018, will include a diptych of each novel typed over the summer as well as related drawings and a Remington No. 2, the model typewriter used by Mary McCarthy to type The Group


Vassar gets ‘top performer’ rating in nationwide sustainability rankings

Vassar College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving a ranking of fourth place overall in the Water Conservation category among all colleges and universities. The Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).



Vassar Ecological Preserve is partnering with the Student Conservation Association to help plant trees and remove invasive species as part of the September 11th National Day of service.

On Tuesday, September 11th, the Vassar Ecological Preserve and the Student Conservation Association will be undertaking a land management project to restore forested habitats and improve the condition of trails for visitors. Over 40 SCA members from throughout New York state will come to Vassar and work with volunteers to remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs on the Vassar Ecological Preserve as part of the September 11th National Day of Service.


Scholar and social activist Barbara Ransby will present a lecture on social justice and freedom-making in the 21st Century Sept. 13 in the Villard Room in Main Building on the Vassar campus.

University of Illinois-Chicago Prof. Barbara Ransby will deliver a lecture on social justice Sept. 13 on the Vassar College campus. The event, part of Vassar’s “Social Justice in Question” series, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Villard Room on the second floor of Main Building. The event is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty, and the public is invited to attend.

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