Andrew Meade, Assistant to the Dean of the College, went to Haiti to purchase art ahead of Vassar’s second-ever Haitian Art Exhibition and Sale, which was to be held on April 7, 2004. The sales from the event would go to support the education and livelihood of children living in Chermaitre, a village in Haiti. Although Meade was unable to travel to Chermaitre due to the unstable political climate, he was able to purchase paintings, ironware, figurines, and other pieces of art to sell at the event. 

Stephen Railon, professor of American Literature at University of Virginia, gave a lecture on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin as part of an Archives and Special Collections Department event. The archives exhibit featured a first edition copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from 1952, posters of performances from the 1800s, a handwritten page from Stowe’s manuscript, and Danish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, and Spanish translations of the book from the nineteenth century. The items were loaned to the school from the personal collection of Mary C Schlosser ‘51. 

As part of the Equal Rights Awareness Week, a panel on hunger and homelessness was held featuring representatives from Hudson River Housing, Dutchess Outreach, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and the Vassar Community. The representatives gave talks and answered questions on poverty as it relates to the work each organization does, such as housing and agriculture. The panel put forth the idea that hunger and homelessness results from “political will” as opposed to a lack of resources.

Amnesty International and the South Asian Student Alliance hosted Dr. Riffat Hassan who gave a lecture which focused on the abuse women in Pakistan and other countries face. Other organizations who supported the event, included CARES, the Women's Center, the Feminist Alliance, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a dc Aztlan (MeCHA), the Student Activist Union, Students for a Free Tibet, the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the Vassar Catholic Community (VCC), and the Anthropology Department. Dr. Hassan discussed honor killings in particular and how they could be mitigated. Her program, International Network for the Rights of Female Victims of Violence in Pakistan, created a documentary, A Matter of Honor, which documented the systemic abuse of women in Pakistan. Hassan argued that documentaries like hers were part of the solution as they raise awareness of this very serious issue.. 

During Equal Rights Awareness week, Magdalen Hsu-Li was invited to give the keynote performance, playing the drums and piano. Hsu-Li was recognized by the Miscellany News as “one of the first openly bisexual Chinese American singer-songwriters in the United States.” Her event was meant to inspire conversations about diversity and race.  

The Jewish Alumni of Vassar College held an event over the weekend entitled “Jewish Identities: At Vassar and Beyond.” Around 40 graduates from the last half century joined current students for the program, which was intended to link Vassar’s Jewish history to its present. There were graduate speakers and speakers from the Music, Religion, History, English, and Jewish Studies department as well.