Past Events

Edna St. Vincent Millay, smiling and wearing a long dress and lacy shawl, reclines in a rocking chair.
Sep 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

A lecture and exhibit with readings commemorating the centennial anniversary of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

A poster with the words “ALANA FEST Multicultural Festival 2023” and drawings of various food items and people picnicking and dancing.
Sep 30, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

ALANA Fest is one of the Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center’s core events, and it makes visible, celebrates, and builds community with students of color at Vassar. Performances, food, and fun!

Music faculty member Trevor Babb playing guitar

Vassar guitar faculty member Trevor Babb will be joined by Matt Sargent, Blair McMillan, Evan Runyon, and Taylor Long in a program of contemporary chamber music written or adapted for modern rock band instrumentation. Free and open to the public.

Portrait of Ellen Kuras

American director/cinematographer Ellen Kuras will speak about her groundbreaking and visionary work. Moderated by Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross Chair. Open to the public.

A watercolor painting of a girl and boy sitting on a rock by the sea as another man looks on.

One of the greatest of all melodramas, presented at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Robert Osborne, bass-baritone; Babette Hierholzer, piano. Free and open to the public.


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.

Man sitting at a table with other children modeling clay and crafts.
Sep 22, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

A celebration of Vassar’s 2023 Community Fellows and community partners at the ALANA Center (Rain Location: Aula).

Sep 22, 8:00 p.m.

The Vassar College Music Department Jazz Faculty perform original and standard jazz! Free and open to the public.

The cover of a US passport, which reads "PASSPORT, United States of America" with an eagle emblem.
Sep 22, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Planning international travel soon? Take advantage of this opportunity to apply for a new passport right here on campus instead of trekking to a passport application facility.

Campus community only, please.

A poster decorated with flowers and an image of a couple dancing, with the words, “Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center in collaboration with ALANA student leaders present: Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff.”
Sep 20, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

A fun-filled evening with a flag ceremony to open the celebration, various student and local community performances, guest speakers, music, delicious food, and more! Please RSVP.

Campus community only, please.

The silhouette of a figure wearing a fez and raising his arms.
Sep 15, 8:00 p.m.

An evening of Sufi music from the Middle East. Free and open to the public.

A decorative logo that reads, “Celebrating 80 years, FDLP” with a drawing of an eagle and an open book.
Sep 15, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Promoting Government Transparency through the Federal Depository Library Program: A talk honoring Vassar’s 80th anniversary as a federal government documents depository. Highlights from the Libraries’ documents collection on view.