Vassar College Bookstore features conversation with author Brian Farkas, April 30, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Vassar College Bookstore Faculty Author Series will host a conversation with Vassar junior Brian Farkas on his new book Covering the Campus: a History of the Miscellany News at Vassar College (4/30, 5pm) and a talk by physics professor Cindy Schwarz and her book Tales from the Subatomic Zoo: Stories and Poems About Subatomic Particles (5/28 talk will be rescheduled). Both events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the bookstore.

Thursday, April 30, at 5pm
Brian Farkas, editor-in-chief of the college's student newspaper, the Miscellany News, wrote Covering the Campus to document the historical development of the Miscellany News since its inception in 1866. He spent a year poring through the newspaper’s archives and interviewing former editors for the book, which was published earlier this year.

"I wanted people to see, through the book, the kinds of rich historical sources that are buried in [the Miscellany News] archives," said Farkas. "To see what students were thinking on a daily basis throughout history is an incredible resource."

The talk previously scheduled for Thursday, May 28, will be rescheduled. Updates will be posted.
Cindy Schwarz's book, Tales from the Subatomic Zoo, is a compilation of Vassar students' creative expressions on particle physics. The 2002 book features a selection of stories and poems about subatomic particles from an introductory physics class, A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo, Schwarz has taught at Vassar since 1987. As a final assignment for the class, she requires students to write a fictional story or poem.

"I have read these stories at physics teachers meetings and shared them with my physics colleagues and friends for many years now," says Schwarz in her preface. "I finally had the time to collect the very best of them and publish them in this book." The audience for Schwarz’s presentation will include two Poughkeepsie High School physics classes and their teacher, Gwen Saylor.

The Vassar College Bookstore Faculty Author Series began during the 2009 spring semester, when Cathy Black-Benson (bookstore manager) and Sue Vinett (assistant manager) sought to highlight to both on-campus and off-campus students, families, residents, and professionals some of the richness of thought and accomplishment available at the campus bookstore. The series will continue during the summer and fall 2009, schedule to be announced.

If you are a local professional, educator, book club member, service provider, or parent, and would like to discuss an author event for your group, please contact Sue Vinett at (845) 437-5870. The bookstore welcomes the opportunity to work with you.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 23, 2009