American historian Professor Carl N. Degler from Stanford University lectured on "Neither Black Nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States."  His book of the same name, published in 1971, received the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Professor Degler was a member of the Vassar history department from 1952 until 1968.  His essay "Vassar College" appeared in American Places: Encounters with History (2000) published by Oxford University Press and edited by William E. Leuchtenburg.