Past Events

A grid made up of 20 squares that all contain the same image of a camel galloping.

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.

Cover of a book designed to look like grid of spiral notebooks with the title “Letters to a Writer of Color,” Edited by Deepa Anappara and Taymour Soomro,” and a blurb from Laila Lalami that says, “Electric essays that speak to the experience of writing from the periphery…a guide, a comfort, and a call all at once.”
Apr 18, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

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.

Nicholas Dames standing in front of a bookcase

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.


A book cover featuring pigeons flying around a city basketball court with the words: “Lost in the Game: A Book about Basketball, Thomas Beller”

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.


headshot of Jerry Craft

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.

headshot of poet and UMass professor Abigail Chabitnoy

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.

poet Wayne Koestenbaum seated in front of a table with abstract art works on the wall behind him.

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.

headshot of George Washington University Professor Jonathan Hsy

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.