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Anita Hemmings, class of 1897, was Vassar’s first African-American graduate, although she had to pass as white to get in. Read the story in the Vassar Quarterly archives.
LeLand Gantt will perform Rhapsody in Black at the Bardavon on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7pm. Tickets are free, and Vassar is providing transportation. Read more.
Beatrix McCleary, VC 1944, Camille Cottrell, and June Jackson, both VC 1945-4 were the first three African Americans knowingly admitted to Vassar College. Read more in this blog post from the VC libraries.
Claudia Lynn Thomas’71 was one of 34 Black female students who took over and occupied Main Building in 1969. Read her account in the VCencyclopedia.
Watch a video of English professor Tyrone Simpson whose current scholarly interest is African American autobiography.
The Age of Alice, a Special Collections exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is on display in the Thompson Library beginning Feb. 12. Visit the website. Illustration: Rossetti, Christina. Speaking Likenesses. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874
Happy Valentine’s Day! Send your sweetie a Vassar valentine! Photo: Karl Rabe
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, scholar and community organizer, delivered the keynote for Vassar's 15th Annual College Day. Check the full schedule of events.
Through a Lens Darkly, a documentary that explores the role of photography in shaping African-American identity, will be screened at the Bardavon on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7pm. Tickets are free, and transportation will be provided. Read more.
NYC-based chamber ensemble Decoda will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Britten, and Hersant as well as a world premiere of “Distractions,” a sextet by Vassar music professor Richard Wilson. Skinner Hall, Saturday, Feb. 21, 8pm. Read more.
Professor Quincy Mills’ book Cutting along the Color Line about the history of black barbershops in America reveals unexpected insights into race relations since the 19th century. Learn more. Photo: John Abbott
Actors from the London Stage are in residence this week, bringing their expertise to classroom visits and workshops and performing Macbeth in the Martel Theater. Read more.
In 1969, Vassar’s first Black Studies Program was housed in Poughkeepsie at the Urban Center for Black Studies. Learn more about the history of this program, now called Africana Studies.
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Starting in 2011, Vassar’s 150th anniversary, the college’s homepages have been available for browsing in this archive. Each image is captioned, and the caption links to related information. Enjoy!