We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Please join us this week for some exciting CAAD-sponsored events!


Monday, November 28-Monday, December 5: You’re the Expert Nominations

You’re the Expert is a live show, podcast, and public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station.The radio show uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping. You’re the Expert is hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Please use this link,, to nominate a member of the Vassar College Science Faculty to appear on a live recording of You’re the Expert at in Skinner Hall on March 9, 2017.

Nominations will be open for one week only from November 28th to December 5th!

Chris Duffy is a standup comedian and improviser who has performed at colleges and festivals from sea to shining sea. He is the creator and host of You’re the Expert, a live show and public radio program on 90.9 WBUR. Chris is also a former fifth grade teacher and a writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wag’s Revue, Makeshift Magazine, and on National Geographic TV.


Thursday, December 1, 6pm, Taylor 203: Jane Hirshfield Lecture

Jane Hirshfield, 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 Hirshfield’s work ranges from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific, to the subtle and miraculous unfoldings of daily life.

Hirshfield has published eight collections of poetry, including The Beauty, After, and Given Sugar, Given Salt.  Her collections of essays on “the mind of poetry”— Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry–are classics in their field.  Her work has been called “passionate and radiant” by the New York Times Book Review, and described by the San Francisco Chronicle as evidencing “the grasp of a master” and “filled with somber, judiciously lit treasures.”

Among Hirshfield’s many honors are The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; and the Commonwealth Club of California’s California Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Harper’s The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Orion, eight volumes of The Best American Poetry (including the 25th anniversary Best of the Best American Poetry volume), and many other publications. In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement by the Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and also named the third recipient of the Donald Hall–Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.


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