Strain, Professor of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University, will lecture on her experience as a documentary filmmaker of color and woman dedicated to representing issues of race and history in the United States.
Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several bestselling books, including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Free and open to the public.
A poetry reading and conversation on women, home, exile, and identity featuring poet-scholar and activist Saba Hamzah.
Alison Matthews-David of Toronto Metropolitan University will give a talk that investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise.
Campus community only, please.
Sharif is the author of Customs (Graywolf Press, 2022) and Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award. Free and open to the public.
A reception for the Library’s fall exhibition, Elizabeth Bishop’s Postcards, with talks by Head of Special Collections Ronald Patkus and the two co-curators of the exhibit, plus refreshments.
A talk by Eli Gottlieb, author and visiting English professor. This lecture was composed as a response to the current emphasis on narrative medicine, which seeks to deepen the practice of empathy in physicians.
Award-winning author Jennine Capó Crucet will read from her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers. Q&A and book signing to follow.
Deepa Anappara and Taymour Soomro, editors of the new essay collection Letters to a Writer of Color, will talk about race and craft with a multidisciplinary panel of Vassar faculty.
What is a “chapter” and what work does it perform in prose narrative? In this lecture, Dames (Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities at Columbia University) will present work from his book-in-progress, The Chapter: A History of Segmented Life.
Beller, an Associate Professor of English at Tulane University and a regular contributor to the New Yorker, will read from his book Lost in the Game: A Book About Basketball.
A Matthew Vassar Lecture, panel discussion, and workshops by syndicated Black cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Jerry Craft, who will discuss his graphic novel New Kid—and how the text has been weaponized and banned from some libraries and classrooms across the country.
A talk by Ricardo Montez, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the New School.
Kitamura’s most recent novel is Intimacies—one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021 and one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021.
A lecture by Mark S. Cladis of Brown University, presented by the Vassar English Department in celebration of Professor Paul Kane’s long service.
Eugenides is the author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), and other works. This event will be hosted by Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair.
Chabitnoy, a Koniag descendant (Aleut) and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, is an award-winning writer and an Assistant Professor of English at UMass Amherst. Her works include How to Dress a Fish, which addresses the lives disrupted by the Indian boarding school policy of the U.S. government.
Koestenbaum—a poet, critic, fiction-writer, artist, filmmaker, and performer—has published 22 books and received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 2020. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Dr. Square is Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design and a fellow in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He will speak about his present research, which explores connections between histories of enslavement and the fashion system.
Professor Hsy of George Washington University is an expert in medieval literature and contemporary cultural studies; he is especially interested in the intersections of language, race, gender, and disability. This talk is part of his work-in-progress Crip Relations: Life Writing and Disability Justice. Campus community only, please.