Past Events

headshot of Daniela Rus of MIT
Nov 21, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Rus, a MacArthur Fellow, directs the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Reception to follow in the Aula from 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega conducting a performance.
Nov 19, 8:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega, conductor

This concert is free and open to the public.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Professor Jeh Vincent Johnson holds an architectural model.

Join in the celebration as we formally dedicate the ALANA Center building for the late pioneering architect and beloved Vassar professor. The event, which will be followed by a reception, will feature the unveiling of the first phase of Center renovations, including a newly redesigned building facade.

Campus community only, please.

Three dancers onstage support a fourth dancer who is leaning back.
Nov 17, 7:00 p.m. through Nov 19

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre presents three programs of new choreography by guest choreographers Mike Tyus and Amy Hall Garner, as well as faculty and student works. This is a free but ticketed event, reservations required.

Artist Xu Bing seated in a chair looking towards the left.

One of the best-known artists on the world stage, Xu Bing has made real impact in China and abroad. His talk will be given in Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided.

Campus community only, please.

an official portrait of former U.S. Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr., who is wearing a jacket and tie and standing in front of an American flag behind him.

Join communities across the United States in a national conversation on China. Featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, China and Singapore, Jon M. Huntsman Jr.—who will appear virtually—and an on-site discussion facilitated by Vassar professors Yu Zhou, Wayne Soon, and Abigail Coplin.

a closeup of music professor Christine Howlett conducting.

Christine Howlett, conductor

Love Arrives: Music of Debussy, Poulenc, and contemporary compositions by Levente Gyöngyösi, Joan Symko, Tom Trenney, Mari Esabel Valverde, and arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan by Joel Suben. 

This concert is free and open to the public.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Sam Collins III standing in front of a large mural

In search of a more inclusive history, public historian and community activist Sam Collins III will share how he has worked to “fill in the gaps” in our shared story. His scholarship spans U.S. and Mexican history as well as the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The talk is co-sponsored by the Poughkeepsie community organization Celebrating the African Spirit, whose co-chair Carmen McGill will introduce the speaker.

Nov 9, 6:30 p.m.

This panel will explore why veterans continue to seek acts of service after leaving the military when it is no longer a job requirement, and what service looks like both in the military and in the civilian sector. Sponsored by the Vassar Veterans Association, Office of Veterans Admissions, OCEL, CDO.

Two women in red and black Mariachi outfits standing against a red background.

Latin GRAMMY winner Flor de Toloache is New York City’s first and only all­-women mariachi group. Led by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol, the group’s members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds resulting in an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

a black-and-white still from the 1928 silent film "Joan of Arc" featuring a closeup of the character Joan.

An oratorio with silent film combines a performance of Richard Einhorn’s 1994 choral and orchestral work, Voices of Light, with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc. At the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Free tickets are available for Vassar students by emailing  Regular tickets are available for purchase at

Nov 3, 8:00 p.m. through Nov 5

A Drama Department senior project in which the ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Campus community only, please.


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.

headshot of Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

This lecture on the sixteenth-century Spanish historian Fernando González de Oviedo’s seminal work sheds new light on the centrality of Spanish and Portuguese scientific inquiry in the history of science in the Americas as well as in the rival European transatlantic and transpacific empires of the early colonial period.

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.

A black-and-white headshot of Nick Rees-Roberts in profile.

In this lecture, Professor Nick Rees-Roberts of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, mobilizes failure as a critical tool to unpack the structural fault lines of an industry invested in the promotion of success and celebrity in which no one can afford to fail.