Welcome back to campus, Vassar students and faculty! In addition to everything that the fall season itself has to offer, from apple picking to pumpkin pies to the beautiful foliage of the Hudson Valley, there are lots of exciting events to look forward to from CAAD this fall as well!

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Visiting Artists:

CAAD sponsors artists every semester to enhance students’ academic experiences both in an out of the classroom. Below is a list of artists visiting this semester.

September 29-October 16: Barbara Beisignhoff, When Light Touches PaperThis residency of German graphic artist, Barbara Beisinghoff, will include a display of her works on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, an exhibition of artists’ books in the Vassar College Art Library, a documentary film screening, and a symposium of artist books with local artists Tana Kellner, Ann Kalmbach, and Werner Pfeiffer.

October 1: costa compagnie, CONVERSION_2/ After Afghanistan. Vassar’s History and Dance Departments will present the documentary based dance and performance from Hamburg, Germany directed by Felix Meyer-Christian and choregorapher Jascha Viehstadt. Members of costa compagnie, along with Vassar students and Afghanistan War Posse Veterans will present this full evening multi-media event which captures the draw down of the international NATO-forces from Afghanistan through the view of Afghan men and women as well as German, American and Dutch ISAF-soldiers. The performance will take place at 7:00pm at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. 

October 5-6: Philippe Petit, “the man who walks on air,” is the only living high-wire artist who performs in the world at large, outside the circus. Petit’s feat was the subject of an award-winning 2008 documentary film “Man on Wire”and a 2015 movie directed by Robert Zemeckis, The Walk. The film will be screened on October 5 at 4:00pm in the Rosenwald, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. He will deliver a lecture on October 6 at 5:30pm in the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. 

November 3: Kairos Italy Theater, La mandragola (The Mandrake). The Italian Department is honored to present the Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) company in their performance of Niccolo Machiavelli’s comedy at 7pm in the Aula. 

December 1: Jane Hirschfeld, an award-winning poet, essayist, and translator, will deliver a public lecture at 6pm in Taylor 203. Instructing us on what it means to awaken to the full capacity of attention, Jane Hirschfield’s work ranges from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific, to the subtle and miraculous unfoldings of daily life.

CAAD-Supported Courses:

CAAD is supporting an English course this fall taught by Paul Kane titled Poetry and the Aesthetics of Touch. Drawing on the eighteenth century definition of “aesthetic” as ‘relating to perception by the senses’ (rather than the later usage that concentrates more exclusively on “beauty”), the aim of the course is to explore the experiential dimensions of poetry from literary, philosophical, neuropsychological and physical perspectives.

CAAD Summer Multi-Arts Collectives:

CAAD’s summer multi-arts collectives are an eight week program for Vassar students and their faculty project mentors. Students with majors in different arts departments may collaborate, or arts majors may collaborate with majors from outside the arts. Please visit for more details. 


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