Vassar storytelling night

Two members of the Vassar College faculty and a student will share their personal reflections on climate change in a virtual storytelling event. The show will start at 7 p.m. on April 28 and is accessible by logging on to

Professor of physics Jenny Magnes, psychological science professor Lori Newman, and Vassar senior Wyn Zenni will be the storytellers. Magnes said her story would include memories and observations from her life as a child in Germany and as a scientist in the United States. Without revealing too much about the content of her story Magnes said it focuses partially on “being a woman in physics rather than a man in physics.”

The event will be hosted by the Vassar Grand Challenges Program, a curriculum initiative that calls for students and faculty to examine a series of major global issues, starting with climate change.


Participants for the event were chosen following a workshop on the campus hosted by The Story Collider, an organization that helps scientists and others tell science-related stories. The primary mission of the Grand Challenges program is to foster an inclusive community working together to tackle global climate change.