Events
Upcoming
September 29, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
What does military service and veteran status mean to Black American veterans? Few full-length novels, short-story collections, plays, poetry volumes, memoirs, or non-fiction studies by or about Black American soldiers in the 21st-century have been published to answer the question.

Peter Molin, Rutgers University Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the Writing Program, will share and discuss examples of this writing that he has found in his research.

Readings will be provided prior to the Salon.

This event is free to attend. Zoom details will be emailed upon registration.

Interested in getting involved with VCNY? Find us on social media @vassarclubny or reach us by email at newyork@vassarclubny.org!
October 8, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Vassar Club of New York for an extended discussion on the current real estate market—its career opportunities, challenges and trends during (and potentially after) the global pandemic.

Panelists include…

Stefanos Chen ’08, Real Estate Reporter, The New York Times

Katie Feola ’02, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, The Corcoran Group

Jeff Goodman ’82, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Halstead Real Estate

Ari Harkov ’04, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens; and Principal, The Harkov Lewis Team

Lily Sloss ’14, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Compass

Brian Tormey ’02, President, TitleVest

This discussion will be moderated by David Griffin ’99, Owner & President, Landmark Branding LLC, and longtime member of the VCNY Programming Committee.
October 13, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join the Vassar Club of New York and the Class of 1982 when author Terri Cheney ’82 reads from her new novel, Modern Madness. The program begins at 7:00pm EDT and a discussion of the novel will follow the reading.
Past
September 22, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join the Vassar Club of New York when author Chloe Benjamin ‘10 reads from her novel, "The Immortalists." A discussion of the novel will follow the reading.

This event is free to attend. Zoom details will be emailed upon registration.

Interested in getting involved with VCNY? Find us on social media @vassarclubny or reach us by email at newyork@vassarclubny.org!
September 2, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom
Join VCNY for a conversation with Vassar alumnae/i on the current state of the book publishing industry as it grapples with both the lasting impact of the pandemic and this summer’s national reckoning with racial injustice. Representing all facets of publishing—from marketing to agenting to digital production—our alumnae/i will offer insight into how the industry is responding to and will remember this pivotal moment in history.

Panelists:
Rachel Altemose ’19 is currently an agent's assistant at Salky Literary Management, a small boutique agency that mainly represents literary fiction and narrative-driven nonfiction. As a member of the Vassar class of 2019, she majored in English and drama and completed a semester abroad at Oxford University. While a senior at Vassar, Rachel also interned at Eden Street Literary Agency where she primarily worked with children's, middle grade, and YA authors. Some of the authors she has had the pleasure of working with or for in her short career are Anne Tyler, Ann Petry, Dan Gutman, Matt Norman, Chris Cander, Lois Ehlert, and Gloria Whelan.

Ruth Bolster ’14 has been working at W.W. Norton since graduation. She has held a variety of jobs in a variety of departments, including editorial assistant, digital product specialist, sales representative, and marketing manager.

Christopher Gonzalez ’15 is a queer Puerto Rican writer and publishing professional living in New York. His writing appears or is forthcoming in The Nation, The Forge, Little Fiction, and elsewhere. He currently oversees trade ebook production for Macmillan Publishers.

Kayla Lightner ’18 is a junior agent and assistant at Ayesha Pande Literary. Prior to joining the wonderful team at APL, she worked at Liza Dawson Associates. Kayla is also a member of the We Need Diverse Books Adult Internship Grant Committee. A Georgia native with a BA in English from Vassar College, Kayla worked as a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta before finding her way to publishing. An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. She’s particularly enamored with speculative fiction that centers black voices, humorous essay collections, and compelling family sagas.

Brian McLendon ’92, Vice President, Associate Publisher/Marketing Director of Grand Central Publishing and Twelve at Hachette Book Group, oversees marketing and advertising for the Grand Central Publishing division; leads the franchise author program for such bestselling authors as David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, Preston & Child, and Nicholas Sparks, among others; develops publishing and launch strategies for a wide array of fiction and nonfiction titles across an array of categories and genres; and works closely with Hachette's Marketing Strategy team to develop and implement new marketing initiatives and best practices. He started his career as a bookseller and has worked at both Simon & Schuster and Random House, where he was director of publicity at Ballantine Books.

Jennifer Rappaport ’93 is managing editor of MLA style resources at the Modern Language Association. She received a BA in English and French from Vassar College and an MA in comparative literature from New York University. Before coming to the MLA, she worked as an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press and as a freelance copy editor and translator for commercial and academic publishers.

This discussion will be moderated by Talya Phelps ’19 (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers).

Zoom details will be emailed upon registration.

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August 25, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join the Vassar Club of New York when author Jeff Wallach ’82 reads from his debut novel, Mr. Wizard. A discussion of the novel will follow the reading.

Check out his website for more information about Jeff: jeffwallach.com.

Purchase "Mr. Wizard" at your local bookstore, Open Books, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

This event is free to attend. Zoom details will be emailed upon registration.
Interested in getting involved with VCNY? Find us on social media @vassarclubny or reach us by email at newyork@vassarclubny.org!
August 19, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join VCNY and Vassar in Tech for an all-star panel of Vassar alumnae/i with backgrounds in startups, technology, and business to share their perspectives on how our world is rapidly changing.

How should professionals navigate this period of volatility? What skills will become more relevant?
What opportunities for growth and change arise with people living and working remotely?
How will the next generation of startups grow out of this moment, and what will they look like?
How will a more fragmented international landscape change how companies do business?
Join us for an evening of lively discussion as we share insights and commentary on what is sure to become a period of large-scale disruption and uncertainty.

Panelists:
Ben Braverman, Chief Customer Officer, Flexport
Amanda Miller ’00, Head of Global Corporate Communications, PayPal
Jana Rich ’89, Founder and CEO, Rich Talent Group
Adam Saint-Prix ’94, Head of Technical Account Management, Atlassian
Hunter Walk ’95, Partner, Homebrew Seed Stage Venture Capital

This discussion will be moderated by Daniel Leslie ’01 and Alison Lindland ’00.

This event is free to attend. Zoom details will be emailed upon registration.

Interested in getting involved with VCNY? Find us on social media @vassarclubny or reach us by email at newyork@vassarclubny.org!
February 27, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spritzenhaus33, 33 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Prepare for Leap Year Day with the Vassar Club of New York at Spritzenhaus 33 in Greenpoint! Join us at a 6,000 sq. ft beer garden in a renovated industrial space that features almost 50 German, Belgian, and American craft beers, a cozy fireplace, and a food menu featuring a wide variety of tasty meat and veggie sausages with toppings. Conveniently located just north of McCarren Park, mere steps from the Nassau Avenue G stop, it’s the perfect spot to prepare for the 29th day of February!

Happy hour specials include $7 half-liter beers and well drinks.

As always, the Schmooze is a great opportunity to connect with alumnae/i in a casual environment. There’s no cost to attend and hang out!

Invite us to your neighborhood by sending venue suggestions to Programming Chair Stephanie Goldberg ’14 at newyork@vassarclub.org.