Jeffrey Kosmacher

Director of Media Relations
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Press Releases

Press Releases

Writers Edmund White and Michael Carroll to read from their fiction, October 14, 2014

White and Carroll’s extensive combined bodies of work include novels, memoirs, and short stories, including prominent writing on gay subjects.

Screening of the documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq about the famed New York City ballerina struck down by paralysis, September 29, 2014

A muse to both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of her time.

Fourth annual A Day at Vassar opens the college and its beautiful campus to friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley for a day of events, including lectures, art exhibits and a concert, October 18, 2014

The day includes three periods of lectures, access to exhibitions and a concert by the music department.

Hamza Yusuf, president of the U.S.’s first Muslim liberal arts college, to deliver talk, October 13, 2014

Yusuf will speak about the nature, meaning, and significance of Islam and a liberal arts education in his lecture, “The Arts of Freedom: Protecting the Mind in an Age of Mass Media.”

Cartoonist and writer Alison Bechdel will discuss her groundbreaking memoir, Fun Home, the freshman common reading, October 7, 2014

Bechdel began writing, drawing, and self-syndicating the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1983, but she gained wider recognition for her work with the 2006 publication of Fun Home. The book was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and was named Best Book of 2006 by Time magazine. This year Bechdel was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

Vassar tops New York Times report on enrollment of lower income students at leading colleges

A newly published New York Times study evaluates how broadly the nation’s leading colleges and universities enroll students from lower-income backgrounds, and Vassar College proved to be at the top of the list. The Times studied the roughly 100 U.S. institutions of higher education that graduate at least 75% of their students.

New and recent alumnae/i combine to be selected for eight Fulbright fellowships in 2014 along with other major fellowships and awards

African politics scholar Horace Campbell to speak about U.S.-China-Africa relations, October 2, 2014

Campbell’s lecture will analyze the strategic calculations behind the recent United States-Africa Leaders Summit.

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Amy Harmon to give keynote address at symposium for Undergraduate Research Summer Institute, October 1, 2014

Amy Harmon of the New York Times will discuss the divide between public perception and scientific consensus on genetically modified food as the keynote speaker at the URSI symposium.

Poughkeepsie–based photographer considers his Hudson Valley home alongside the Mexican village of his birth in the exhibition Two Worlds in My Heart

Poughkeepsie-based photographer Jorge Abel Santos explores his native Mexico and his Hudson Valley home in the exhibition Two Worlds in My Heart on view at the Palmer Gallery.

Screening of Shored Up, a film about climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, September 29, 2014

Shored Up: When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide, is a documentary by filmmaker Ben Kalina about climate change, sea level rise, and shoreline development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Scholar Peter D. Hershock draws on Buddhist concepts to address value of diversity in lecture, September 25, 2014

Making use of both contemporary social theory and Buddhist conceptual resources, Dr. Hershock’s talk will make a case that valuing diversity as a distinctive relational quality can play key roles both in bringing about more equitable forms of global interdependence and in advancing education.

Author Jess Row to read from his widely-praised novel, Your Face in Mine, September 23, 2014

The author imagines a world in which "racial reassignment surgery" is a reality in this novel that explores race.

Vassar opening new college store on August 22 in the renovated Juliet building, with grand opening activities planned for September 20

The landmark Juliet Theater across the street from the Vassar College campus served generations of Hudson Valley moviegoers from 1938 to 1990. Vacant since 2012, the extensively renovated Juliet building will re-open on Friday, August 22, as the location of the new Vassar College Store to serve the campus and the general public.

Fall music series to span early vocals, Hindustani songs, a contemporary jazz piano duet, and varied chamber music and orchestral performances, September 1-December 7

The Vassar music department’s fall concert series will span fifteenth century vocal works, Hindustani song styles, a contemporary jazz piano duet, a pipe organ soloist, a variety of chamber music and orchestral performances, a Vassar-Bard music faculty collaboration, and an annual holiday service of lessons and carols, September 1-December 7.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to present first U.S. exhibition that explores Renaissance Augsburg’s innovations in works on paper, September 19-December 14, 2014

Organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Imperial Augsburg focuses on prints, drawings, and illustrated books of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Library exhibit examines The Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the most illustrated books of the fifteenth century, August 27-December 10

A new exhibition organized by the Vassar College Libraries looks at the rich history of printing in Nuremberg, Germany and the publication there of the most extensively illustrated book of its time, The Nuremberg Chronicle (August 27-December 10)

Historian to discuss friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and writer John Burroughs that shaped the emerging U.S. conservation movement, on July 15

Historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss "John Burroughs, Theodore Roosevelt, and the American Conservation Movement" on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 pm in Taylor Hall room 203. Burroughs had a profound impact on the emerging U.S. conservation movement both through his nature writings and his friendships with national leaders.

Vassar launches digital version of the college’s prized collection of Albert Einstein’s papers

The Vassar College Libraries have launched the Albert Einstein Digital Collection, an online version of the college’s collection of the famed scientist’s papers. The entire collection has been digitized for open access and ease of use, an ambitious project made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Georgette Bennett.

Powerhouse Theater adds musical and play workshops to its 2014 season, with playwright Beth Henley and director Michael Greif among the talents returning for this year’s 30th anniversary

Vassar College and New York Stage & Film have announced the four workshops—two musicals, two plays—that will be a part of the upcoming 30th Powerhouse Theater Season.

Three paintings tied to the Hudson River School now on rare public view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through May 2014

The general public now has a rare opportunity to see three works by artists directly or closely associated with the Hudson River School, thanks to a loan arrangement between Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the Century Association of New York City. Among the artists is German-born Emanuel Leutze, best known for his iconic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, along with Hudson River School stalwarts Asher Brown Durand and John Frederick Kensett.


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