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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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“Imprints” will exhibit collage, painting, prints, and wood assemblage (11/1–11/15)

On November 1st at 10:00am in the College Center, the James W. Palmer ‘90 Gallery will open its “Imprints” exhibit featuring new independent work by Luke Arsenault ’19, Annie Duncan ’19, Saski Plum Globig ’19, Jonah Parker '19, Anja Zhao ‘19, and Diana Rose Smith '19 Exchange from Trinity College. The exhibit will include collage, painting, prints, and wood assemblage. The exhibition dates are November 1–15, and the reception will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 to 7:00pm.

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Roxane Gay, as the 2018 William A. Starr Distinguished Lecturer, will be discussing her best-selling book Bad Feminist.

Roxane Gay is an essayist; contributing opinion writer for the New York Times; best-selling author of numerous books, including Hunger and Difficult Women; and a sought after cultural critic. Her New York Times best-selling book, Bad Feminist, was chosen as the common reading for the Vassar class of 2022. She will present the 2018 William Starr Distinguished Lecture at Vassar College on Wednesday, November 7th starting at 5:30 pm in the Chapel. The title of her talk is “Roxane Gay: With One N."

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Jane Kamensky will discuss her current project, a history of the sexual revolution as revealed by the biography of feminist sex radical Candida Royalle.

Candice Vadala, aka Candida Royalle (1950-2015), worked as a singer and dancer in underground psychedelic theater, as an actress in golden age pornography, and later as a pioneering creator of feminist erotica. But it was her lifelong dedication as an amateur self-archivist, as a pitiless plumber of the self, that most intimately reveals the forces that shaped both her biography and her tumultuous era in history will be held on November, 29th at 5:30PM in Taylor Hall 203.

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