Dr. Irving Lavin, architectural historian at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, lectured on "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa: Bernini's Creation of Heaven in the Chapel St. Teresa in Santa Monica, Vittoria, Rome."  Lavin’s Bernini and the Crossing of St. Peter’s (1968), which established him as a leading theorist about the work of the 17th century Italian painter, sculptor and architect, was followed by Bernini and the Unity of the Visual Arts (1981).

A doctoral student of former Vassar professor Richard Krautheimer at NYU, Dr. Lavin lectured in art history at Vassar from 1959 until 1962.