Vassar College http://wamc.org en "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/your-arms-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>In Your Arms</em> is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of <em>Newsies</em> and <em>South Pacific</em>, and composer Stephen Flaherty (<em>Ragtime</em>, <em>Once on This Island</em>) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.</p><p><em>In Your Arms</em> is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse Theatre</a> season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli joins us.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94619 at http://wamc.org "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse "A Matter Of Rats: A Short Biography Of Patna" By Amitava Kumar http://wamc.org/post/matter-rats-short-biography-patna-amitava-kumar <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.amitavakumar.com/">Amitava</a><a href="http://www.amitavakumar.com/"> Kumar</a> is a novelist, poet, journalist, filmmaker, and Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of <em>A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb</em> and <em>Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel</em>. His new book, <em>A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna</em>, is an entertaining account of his hometown.</p><p>Kumar's ruminations on one of the world's oldest cities, the capital of India's poorest province, are also a meditation on how to write about place. His memory is partial. All he has going for him is his attentiveness. He carefully observes everything that surrounds him in Patna: rats and poets, artists and politicians, a girl's picture in a historian's study, and a sheet of paper on his mother's desk.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90214 at http://wamc.org "A Matter Of Rats: A Short Biography Of Patna" By Amitava Kumar Vassar Modfest 2014 http://wamc.org/post/vassar-modfest-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Vassar College’s <a href="http://www.arts.vassar.edu/">Modfest</a>, now in its twelfth year, is a celebration of 20th and 21st century arts with a series of free programs and performances, January 23-February 7, 2014.</p><p>Modfest 2014 is organized by the Vassar College Department of Music in collaboration with the Departments of Art, Chinese and Japanese, Dance, Drama, English, Film, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, and the programs in Africana Studies, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and the Vassar College Bookstore.

</p><p>All events are free and open to the public. Modfest Director Adeen Wilson and composer and Professor of Music on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair at Vassar, Richard Wilson join us to tell us more.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 82204 at http://wamc.org Vassar Modfest 2014 "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills http://wamc.org/post/cutting-along-color-line-quincy-t-mills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, black-owned barbershops play a central role in African American public life. The intimacy of commercial grooming encourages both confidentiality and camaraderie, which make the barber shop an important gathering place for African American men to talk freely.</span></p><p>But for many years preceding and even after the Civil War, black barbers endured a measure of social stigma for perpetuating inequality: though the profession offered economic mobility to black entrepreneurs, black barbers were obliged by custom to serve an exclusively white clientele.</p><p>In his book, <em>Cutting Along the Color Line</em>, Vassar History Professor Quincy Mills chronicles the cultural history of black barber shops as businesses and civic institutions.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81504 at http://wamc.org "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills “Theater of War” at Vassar College on 11/3 http://wamc.org/post/theater-war-vassar-college-113 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><a href="http://www.outsidethewirellc.com/projects/theater-of-war/overview" style="line-height: 1.5;">Theater of War</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" is a public health project, having produced hundreds of dramatic readings of Greek tragedies for mixed civilian and military audiences to start a conversation about the return of soldiers to civilian life.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.vassar.edu">Vassar College</a> in Poughkeepsie, NY is hosting "Theater of War" for a dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles' "Ajax" on Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 4:00-6:00p in the Vassar Chapel in association with the Vassar College Department of Greek and Roman Studies.</p><p>Bryan Doerries is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Theater of War” and he joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 76648 at http://wamc.org “Theater of War” at Vassar College on 11/3 A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company at Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/musical-inspired-brooklyn-superhero-supply-company-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as their second Martel Musical this <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse</a> season.</span></p><p>Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.</p><p>Director Michael Mayer returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new musical and he joins us along with Peter Lerman (music and lyrics) and Simon Rich (book).</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69735 at http://wamc.org A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company at Powerhouse "When the Lights Went Out" at Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/when-lights-went-out-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.</p><p>The play, by <a href="http://www.mozhan-marno.com/">Mozhan Marnò</a> is the second New York Stage and Film Mainstage show this <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse</a> season at Vassar College. Kate Whoriskey directs and Laura Innes stars. They joins us to discuss the piece.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69228 at http://wamc.org "When the Lights Went Out" at Powerhouse Violence Against Women Act Has Requirements for Colleges http://wamc.org/post/violence-against-women-act-has-requirements-colleges <p>The House of Representatives last week passed an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act after&nbsp;Senate passage earlier in February. President Obama is expected to sign the expanded version of the 1994 Act shortly.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:55:07 +0000 Allison Dunne 59080 at http://wamc.org Westboro Picket of Vassar Draws a Large Crowd http://wamc.org/post/westboro-picket-vassar-draws-large-crowd <p>Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church members picketed Vassar College Thursday, condemning the school for embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student community. Upwards of one-thousand counter-protestors gathered on the Town of Poughkeepsie campus, to affirm social justice and denounce hatred.</p><p>Amanda Moody is a junior at Vassar. She participated in the counter-protest, as did her mother, father, and younger brother.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:58:24 +0000 Allison Dunne 58906 at http://wamc.org Westboro Picket of Vassar Draws a Large Crowd Vassar College celebrates diversity http://wamc.org/post/vassar-college-celebrates-diversity <p>TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.</p><p>They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.</p><p>The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Hank Gross 58863 at http://wamc.org Vassar College celebrates diversity