Vassar is launching a new podcast, Conversations @ The Salt Line, with first guest, civil rights historian Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — princeton university civil rights historian Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. offers his thoughts on the upcoming midterm elections and other topics as an inaugural guest on Vassar College Conversations @ the Salt Line podcast, which debuted today, just a week before Election Day. “We are on a knife edge,” Glaude said. “Democracy is on the ballot.”

Glaude, chair of the department of African-American studies at Princeton and a frequent commentator on nationally televised news broadcasts, was recently on campus as a guest of by Vassar African Studies Program.

The name of the podcast is derived from an ecological phenomenon that occurs near Poughkeepsie on the Hudson River, just a few miles from Vassar Campus. “Here, the mighty Hudson River, an estuary, merges the brackish sea tides of New York Harbor with the original fresh water of the Adirondack Mountains, creating the literal salt line: nutrient-rich waters where young fish are bred to adult fish,” podcast host explained Wesley DixonSpecial Assistant to the President Elizabeth Bradley and secretary of the board of directors Vassar. “Our metaphorical Salt Line seeks to capture that spirit of deliberate collisions, a place where diverse thought meets passionate dialogue. The podcast will emulate the Salt Line, bringing together different perspectives to showcase those distinct voices that may vary while always seeking paths to follow.”

Upcoming guests include Hollywood film and television producer Jason Blum ’91, a Vassar curator; fashion and style columnist and author Stacy London ’91; former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson; and other thought leaders who will discuss a wide range of topics with Dixon. The podcast will be accessible on the Vassar Institute for the Liberal Arts website and many popular podcast streaming platforms; a video version of the podcast can be viewed at by Vassar Youtube channel.

Bradley said the podcast would provide a new platform for the College to promote dialogue on important issues of the day, in line with the goals of the Liberal Arts Institute. “We are delighted to be able to provide this lively and often provocative content to Vassar community and others around the world,” the president said.

Dixon said the idea for the podcast came about during a conversation with Bradley over a year ago. “The College’s mission and vision has been to continue to find ways to demonstrate the impact of the liberal arts on the issues we face today,” Dixon said. “Just as the Institute will host these discussions in the future, the podcast will serve as a way to engage in conversations with people who are doing interesting and important things in the world.”

Planning for the podcast began last fall when Bradley and faculty dean William Hoynes, a media studies professor, taught a class with Dixon about podcasting to a dozen Vassar students.

Dixon said he got ideas and ideas for the podcast from Vassar alum Chris Morro ’93, co-founder and CEO of The Loud Speakers Podcast Network. Founded in 2011, the network currently attracts more than 55 million listeners a year to the productions it has created across the country.

Morrow said he was delighted to see Vassar stepping up its podcast presence. “Podcasts have become an integral part of the media landscape, so it’s important that Vassar is well represented in this space,” he said. “I also think this particular podcast is a great way for the Vassar community to connect with alumni who are doing amazing things in a meaningful way. There is real value in hearing a Stacy London Where Jason Blum share their journeys, especially when you have a talented host like Wesley drawing moments and insights you might not get in another setting.”

Morrow said he hoped Vassar would continue to use podcasting as an educational tool. “I really hope this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Vassar and podcasting,” he said. “When I graduated in 1993, most people interested in media turned to magazines or newspapers. These industries are now a shell of what they once were, but podcasting continues to grow. There are jobs and opportunities. So I hope Vassar will treat audio like any other medium and offer the courses and resources that will enable students to succeed in this space. Ultimately, podcasting is just another form of storytelling.”

About Vassar College

Vassar College – based in Poughkeepsie, New York – is a coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college where perspectives intersect, ideas intersect, and passion burns. Originally founded to provide women with an education equal to that once reserved for men, Vassar was the first all-female college in the nation to go coeducational when it opened to men in 1969. Vassar fosters intellectual openness and independence in students, who meet as equals, and are encouraged to absorb diverse thinking and passionate dialogue that gives them the insight and confidence they will need in a complex world where they will make important contributions. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, Vassar is renowned for its pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curriculum innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

The Vassar campus is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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