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  • In Conversation with Shela Sheikh, Lecturer at Goldsmiths (University of London) has moved from the Main Building, Rose Parlor to the President’s Conference Room. Monday, May 6, 5:00pm

On Campus

Lecture: Eleanor Isaacson, “Surviving the Second World War in Nazi Germany”

Tuesday, April 30
College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Eleanor Isaacson grew up in Hitler’s Germany and witnessed the infamous bombing of Dresden firsthand. Separated from her parents to be raised by her widowed aunt at the age of 2, she vividly recalls the fear, hunger, and pain of those years. At 13 years-old in 1948, she arrived in the United States alone before becoming reunited with her mother. She went on to become a professional singer, fashion model, insurance agent, author, and ballroom dancer. By sharing her personal testimony through the lens of her Christian faith, she will be speaking about her experiences under the Nazi Regime’s rule. Co-sponsored by Vassar Christian Fellowship, the German Studies Department, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices.

Lecture: Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jump-Starting America

Tuesday, April 30
Taylor Hall, room 102

Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a key architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare. Dr. Gruber will talk about his new book, Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream, co-authored with Simon Johnson. Copies of Jump-Start America will be available for purchase before and after the lecture; Dr. Gruber will sign purchased books after the lecture. Sponsored by the Martin H. Crego Fund, administered by the Economics Department.
More information.

Project.Period Table

Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, through May 3
College Center

Vassar community only.
Have you ever wanted to try using a menstrual cup? Project.Period will be tabling from April 25 to May 3 (M, TH, F) 11am-2pm in the College Center. Come sign up to get a menstrual cup, free of charge!

Call for Proposals from Frances D. Fergusson Good Neighbors Partnerships

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1
Grant Application Form
We provide grants to students, student groups, staff and faculty, community members and organizations who work to support innovative ideas in Poughkeepsie. Any student, staff, administration, or faculty member at Vassar, in collaboration with an existing or newly forming community partner organization, may submit a proposal. The proposal need not be jointly written, but it does need to be agreed upon by the community partner. Past grants have supported your ideas in the areas of food systems, the environment, urban gardening, education, mental and physical health, housing, community organizing initiatives, and the arts. For more information, visit the Vassar Good Neighbors website or contact

Survival Stories and Soup: a Holocaust Remembrance

Thursday, May 2
The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Ave.

Join the Vassar Jewish Union (VJU) as we commemorate victims and survivors of the Holocaust by telling their stories over soup. Students from German 355: Dislocated Lives: Refugees and Displaced Persons after World War II, will share accounts from survivors they have interviewed or researched. Other students are also welcome to share experiences they have heard about from family members or elsewhere. Sponsored by the Vassar Jewish Union (VJU) and Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices.

Founder’s Day 5k Fun Run

Saturday, May 4
Ballentine Field

Start off Founder’s Day with the RunVassar 5k run or walk! Food and prizes will be provided after the run. Registration opens at 9:00am, run starts at 9:30am. All are welcome!

Rodeo on the Quad: A substance-free Founder’s Day event

Saturday, May 4
The Residential Quad
  • 10am: The Docking Station in Rocky 300 open for people to hang out, play board games, and chill
  • 12pm: Rodeo Opening
  • 1pm: singer-song writer Dar Williams performance + Bacio’s FREE LUNCH
  • 2pm: Tie Dye (we’ll have white bandannas, but bring anything you’d like to dye)
  • 3pm: Students vs Professors Volleyball Game
  • 4pm: Cowboys vs Aliens Capture the Flag
A cow bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, and popcorn and cotton candy will be available from 12–5pm. This event is free and open to the public. Please email with any questions. Sponsored by Big Night In.

A Conversation with Shela Sheikh, Lecturer at Goldsmiths (University of London)

Monday, May 6
Main Building, Rose Parlor

In the face of ever-increasing environmental violence—more often than not against racialized, gendered and pauperized bodies—how are we to think the planetary from the embodied space of the classroom? How to formulate, teach and enact the relation between the local and the global—an articulation crucial to transnational alliances, in particular, decolonial, feminist and environmental—and to do so from the locality of the university? Sponsored by the Media Studies Program.

Lecture: Marie Guerda Nicolas, University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, “Culturally First: Working With Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant Populations”

Monday, May 6
Taylor Hall, room 203

Professor Marie Guerda Nicolas is a clinical psychologist at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development. Her work focuses on culturally effective mental health intervention for people of color, with a specific focus on immigrant children, adolescents, and families. She will speak about developing ethnically and culturally sensitive research methods and interventions, utilizing a Culturally Authentic Scaling Approach (CASA). Sponsored by the Psychological Science Department, American Studies Program, Africana Studies Program, Sociology Department, Urban Studies Program, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program.

Coloring Meditation Session for Employees

Through May 9
College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Unwind and Color! Just like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. Stop by (even for 15 minutes) to any of the open coloring sessions:
  • Tuesday, May 7: College Center, Multi-Purpose Room, anytime between 12:30pm–2pm.
  • Wednesday, May 8: Alumnae House, Dining Room, anytime between 11am–12:30pm.
  • Thursday, May 9:  AULA, anytime between 10:30am–12pm.
Prizes! All participants will be entered into a raffle to win Neck & Shoulder Heating Wraps. Sponsored by the Employee Wellness Program.

Technology Workshop - VR Stress-Buster

Wednesday, May 8
Main Library, Collaboration Studio

Explore first-hand the potential VR and 360 video have to offer on our various interactive VR devices and 360 video viewers. Brainstorm and discuss ways this can impact teaching and learning. Or just come to relax and have fun! Sponsored by Academic Computing Services, organized by DiSSCo.

Vassar Voices

Wednesday, May 8

Main Library

Vassar Voices is a story-telling, community building initiative. Our goal is to bridge some of the gaps that have appeared within our community and to challenge the devaluation of emotions by encouraging stories to center on mundane yet meaningful aspects of life. This project strives to center the personal narratives of Vassar students, faculty, staff, and administrators and create space for authentic, inclusive conversation.

At this event, small groups will disperse from the Reading Room for 30-45 minutes at a time. In each room, one or two storytellers will tell a story, followed by a facilitated discussion. Sponsored by Engaged Pluralism Initiative and Creative Arts Across Disciplines.

Accessibility Summit

Thursday, May 9
Taylor Hall, 203

Students and employees will engage with accessibility issues on Vassar’s campus and dialogue with others about our concerns, ideas, and pathways to move forward. The goal for this summit is to develop campus awareness of accessibility/disability issues and create a common vocabulary to address these concerns. We hope to better understand the needs of the campus community in order to remove physical, social, and cultural barriers to full access and inclusion. Sponsored by The Committee on Disability Issues, the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, The Capacity Building EPI working group, the Inclusive Pedagogy and Curriculum EPI working group.

Free Public Walking Tour of the Vassar College Campus

Saturday, June 1
Front entrance of Main Building

Free public walking tours of the architecturally renowned Vassar campus will be held on Saturday, June 1. The tour will leave from the front entrance of the college’s Main Building, and run for approximately 90 minutes. Highlights will include such historic locations as Main Building, Thompson Memorial Library, and the Vassar Chapel. The tour leader will be Leslie Offutt, Associate Professor of History. To sign-up or for more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (845) 437-7400.
More information.


Markazi: A Camp at the Crossroads

Through Sunday, May 12
Old Bookstore

MARKAZI, a collaborative photography project by Nadia Benchallal and Nathalie Peutz, aims to draw attention to the conditions of mobility and immobility in Yemen and the Horn of Africa. It does so through a focus on everyday life in the Markazi refugee camp in northeastern Djibouti, the world’s only camp for refugees from Yemen. A selection of the moving photographs on display have been taken by the refugees themselves. The exhibit will be on display in the Old Bookstore from through Sunday May 12, 2019.

Sponsored by the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Anna Deavere Smith, Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition

Wednesday, May 1
Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, formerly the Mid-Hudson Civic Center

Award-winning actress, playwright, and educator will perform Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition, as the culmination and centerpiece of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s “Semester of Storytelling.”
More information.

Vassar College Chamber Ensembles

Thursday, May 2
Skinner Hall of Music

Eduardo Navega, director. Sponsored by the Music Department.

Vassar College Orchestra

Friday, May 3
Skinner Hall of Music

Eduardo Navega, conductor. Sponsored by the Music Department.

Pre-Founder’s Day Craft Night

Friday, May 3
College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Feeling crafty? Join us for Pre-Founder’s Day Craft Night in! Try your hand at friendship bracelet-making, shrinky-dinks, mixed-media crafts, and play some board games. We’ll also have snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options. If you have any questions, please email us at Sponsored by Big Night In.

Back to the Future: Andrew Tallon’s Vision

Thursday, May 23–Sunday, June 16
College Center, James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, 5pm–7pm

This exhibition is in memory of Andrew Tallon, Professor of Art at Vassar College, 2007-2018. The photographs on view were made to illustrate the book John McAndrew’s Modernist Vision: From the Vassar College Art Library to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, edited by Mardges Bacon with contributions by Molly Nesbit, Susan Donahue Kuretsky, Thomas E. Hill, Tobias Armborst, and Elizabeth Nogrady.

Sponsored by Campus ActivitiesDean of Strategic Planning and Academic ResourcesFrances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Vassar College Libraries with support from the Deknatel Endowment. More information


Additional information is available at Athletics Schedule

Women’s Soccer vs. Marist College

Friday, May 3
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field

Field Hockey Alumnae Game

Saturday, May 4
Prentiss Sports Complex, Weinburg Turf Field

Women’s Soccer Alumnae Game

Saturday, May 4
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field

Men’s Rugby Alumni Game

Saturday, May 4
Vassar Farm, Rubgy Field 

Women’s Rugby Alumnae Game

Saturday, May 4
Vassar Farm, Rubgy Field 

Men’s Soccer Alumni Game

Saturday, May 4
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field


Farm Fest & Plant Sale

Saturdays, May 4 and May 11
Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 51 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY

Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project at the Farm Fest & Plant Sale! Enjoy live music, food, farm tours, kids’ activities, a craft farmer’s market with local vendors, and of course 100+ varieties of perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vegetable starts. We hope you’ll join us for this free, family-friendly event!

The Mothers Project presents: Exploring Motherhood

Saturday, May 11
Trolley Barn, 489 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY

“Exploring Motherhood” focuses on the mothers of Poughkeepsie and the community surrounding them. The event will feature a short documentary and a discussion involving residents of the Poughkeepsie community, Vassar College, and others. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP by contacting Setse Bush.

The Ride for Mental Health

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
New Paltz, NY

The Ride for Mental is one of the first rides in the country to benefit mental health. Showcasing the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. The Ride for Mental Health offers a variety of routes in a stunning setting. Volunteers are welcome. Register and find out more at


Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays–Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities can be found on the Accessibility and Educational Opportunity website.

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