This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

There’s Always Something New to Learn About on Campus

For undergrads interested in pushing their study beyond their regular classes—and sometimes, for residents of Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley eager to continue their own educations—the Vassar campus is always host to a wide array of distinguished writers, speakers, and topics of discussion. Just in the last month, scholars have given lectures on campus about everything from the cultural politics of salsa dancing in Chicago to the interactions between seafloor fauna and geological fault lines at mid-ocean ridges. Mohsin Hamid (pictured) read from his New York Times bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist and discussed the current state of Pakistani politics. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough spoke about “Why History Matters” in conjunction with the Letters of John and Abigail Adams exhibit in Special Collections. Daniel Mendelsohn talked about his acclaimed memoir The Lost: A Search For Six Million and The Nationcolumnist Katha Pollitt lectured on “Living and Writing Feminism.” Economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, discussed his recent book The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time. Read about these and other campus events happening every day on the InfoSite—there’s something to edify everyone.

May 2008

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