2011.Past Events

March 1, 2011, Tue., 5:30 p.m.- Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, spoke about achieving justice for victims of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Touching upon his personal experiences as a special prosecutor in Sierra Leone and Rwanda, Ambassador Rapp examined ways that nations are trying to bring war criminals to justice and deter such crimes in the future.  History Department’s annual C. Mildred Thompson Lecture.  Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

March 5, 2011, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – Academic WorldQuest (AWQ). Interscholastic Competition at High-School level in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, FDR Library, Hyde Park, NY.

March 10, 2011, Thu., 7:00 p.m. – “The Greek Financial Crisis and the Future of the Euro Project,” Dimitri Papadimitriou, Executive Director of the Levy Institute at Bard College. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

March 23, 2011, Wed., 6:00 p.m. – WAC-MHV Members’-only meeting. Youth Ed. Programming re European U.N., Academic World Quest, Oman, Turkey. Escoffier Room, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

April 13, 2011, Wed., 7:00 p.m.Panel on “Crisis and Promise in Southern Africa,” John Peters (Marist College), Ishmael Rashid (Vassar College) and Tim Longman (Boston University). Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

June 6, 2011, Mon., 7:00 p.m. – “The Future of the Smart Grid for Electric Supply,” Cheryl Warren, V. President, U.S. Smartgrid, National Grid Corp. Henry Wallace Visitor Center, FDR Library, Hyde Park, NY.

September 20, 2011, Tue., 6:00 p.m. – “Turkish Arts Through the Ages,” Hon. Prof. Talat Halman, First Minister of Culture of Turkey, formerly of Princeton University, currently Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Turkish Literature and Dean of Humanities and Letters, Bilkent University, Ankara. Presentation by area teachers who participated in Summer Program in Turkey.  Co-sponsor: Dept. of Political Science, Vassar College. Vassar College.

October 4, 2011, Wed., 7:00 p.m. – “Egypt and the Future of the ‘Arab Spring,” Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square. Co-sponsors: Dept. of Political Science and the International Studies Program, Vassar College, and The Gillespie Forum. Villard Room, Vassar College.

October 17, 2011, Mon., 7:00 p.m. – “World Music,” Prof. Peter Schoenbach, The Curtis Institute of Music. Lecture and live performance by gamelan group.  Co-sponsor: Dept. of Music, Bard College. Olin Hall, Bard College.

November 9, 2011, Wed., 5:30 p.m. – “Understanding Islam in Indonesia,” Robert Pringle, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Historian, author of Understanding Islam in Indonesia: Politics and Diversity. Co-sponsors: Dept. of Political Science and the Asian Studies Program, Vassar College. Villard Room, Vassar College.