Be sure to check out all of the fantastic programming happening this week!

Toxic Art: A Collaboration Between Painting II and Toxic Futures (ART 302 and SOCI/ENST 368)

Toxic-Art-2Monday, November 16, 5:00-7:00p


Two classes, SOCI/ENST 368 Toxic Futures and ART 302-01, Painting II, got together around the single problem of toxicity in the environment this fall. In the painting class advanced studio art students explore a range of approaches to painting, while the Environmental Studies class interested in public policy, environmental pollution and the future of the Anthropocene. For two weeks, both groups pooled their knowledge and worked collaboratively to study and visualize a real world problem-the levels and effects of contaminant exposure in the environment. The central questions Toxic Art addresses are: how does environmental theory approach the construction of the future, and how has this construction informed the present debates on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, state building and social movements on the environment? We focused on how environmental thought on toxicity informs different articulations of policy, and its political and epistemological fragmentation, the limits of praxis, as well as its contemporary construction of alternative futures. This exhibition seeks to connect issues confronted within the academy, with larger communities that most likely deal with direct toxic threats in their everyday lives, through the voice of art.

Our Voices: Children of Immigration Narratives

Tuesday-Wednesday, Saturday, November 17-18, 21, 12:00-5:00p

Friday, November 20, 1:00-5:00p


Friday, November 20, 12:00-1:00p

ALANA Center

The Children of Immigration Series is a collaborative series of events by the Sociology Department and the ALANA Center that began in 2014. We strive to bring together and foster a community of students, staff, and faculty who identify as immigrants (first generation) or children of immigrants (second generation) through various discussions, dialogues, and projects. Our Voices: Children of Immigration Narratives is an audio-visual media project that aims to share the complex, rich stories and lived experiences of the members of our community. We hope our voices will complicate, challenge, and broaden the narratives and perspectives that exist within the larger Vassar College community.

Is This the Golden Age of Podcasting? Why Now? What Does It Mean?paulriismandel-01

Wednesday, November 18, 5:00-7:00p

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film 109 (Rosenwald)

A guest to the History of Radio Course FILM/MEDS 282 (supported by CAAD), Paul Riismandel will offer a public lecture during his visit to campus on podcasting. Paul Riismandel is co-founder and operations director of Radio Survivor. He is also the podcasting evangelist for Midroll Media, serving as producer for The Wolf Den podcast. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in non-commercial radio and instructional media. He is a contributing editor for Streaming Media Magazine, covering the education beat.


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