CAAD is an experimental laboratory for trying out new models of research, pedagogy, and practice, that foreground critical making and doing as complementary activities to critical thinking. CAAD programming is loosely organized around the senses, with 2014-15’s theme of “Vision,” 2015-16’s theme of “Sound,” and 2016-17’s theme of “Touch.”
- Anna Deavere Smith returns to Vassar and PoughkeepsieAward-winning actress, playwright, and educator Anna Deavere Smith will perform as the culmination and centerpiece of the Vassar College Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s “Semester of Storytelling." Free Admission, general seating, reservations are required and can be made at vassarpresents.tix.com For more information about this event contact the Vassar College Box Office: (845) 437-5599 Monday - Friday 10am-4pm.
- Vassar Voices Vassar Voices is a story-telling, community building initiative. This project creates space for the personal narratives of Vassar students, faculty, staff, and administration and facilitates authentic, inclusive conversation. Our goal is to bridge some of the gaps that have appeared within our community and to challenge the devaluation of emotions by encouraging stories to center on mundane yet meaningful aspects of life.
Notes from the Field Screening
On Monday April 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room of the College Center come see NOTES FROM THE FIELD with Anna Deavere Smith. This film screening is being co-sponsored by the EPI Capacity Building and also the EPI Arts work groups with a facilitated panel discussion immediately afterward led by Eloudia Odamy ' 21 (VSA Chair of Equity + Inclusion), Sophie Harvey (Film Professor), and Wayne Assing (Counseling Services). Our film is a lead in to Anna Deavere Smith's one woman show on May 1st. The renowned Ms. Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre- a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”
Apr 19-May 3
- Road Recall at the Trolley BarnMASS Design Group’s Hudson Valley Design Lab, in partnership with Ethan Boote and Morgan O’Hara (Columbia University MS Historic Preservation ‘18), cordially invite your attendance at ROAD RECALL: a pop-up community gallery. Open to the public for two weeks, the interactive display presents archival and contemporary portraits of Poughkeepsie’s North-South and East-West Arterial systems and invites feedback through participatory mapping and audio-recorded storytelling. The closing event coincides with First Friday and will celebrate research completed by Boote and O’Hara as 2018 recipients of the Onera Prize for Historic Preservation.