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Department of Cognitive Science Symposium

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Vassar offering cognitive science as a major, the program is hosting a two-day event for its current and former faculty and students. From November 16-17, faculty, alumnae/i, and students are invited to attend lectures that each focus on a different path of cognitive science, as well as panels that feature current faculty and past graduates of the major.

“We’re proud of the program and wanted to celebrate that it’s been here for 25 years,” said Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Science Program Gwen Broude. “We wanted to have an opportunity for people who were with the program from the start to come back and mingle.”

Cognitive science at Vassar is a multidisciplinary program studying the mind. Professors from myriad departments, including psychology, English, biology, and dance, participate in the program, but Broude noted “we’re one organism.” Following a series of faculty conversations about a Cognitive Science Program beginning in 1978, in 1982 Vassar was the first institution in the world to offer an undergraduate degree in cognitive science.

November 2007

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