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Revisit the Vassar Classroom from Wherever You Are!

A thought-provoking collection of short talks by Vassar faculty on a variety of intriguing topics is now available on demand through the Vassar Classroom Revisited. Offerings include “What Happens When You Don’t Recover from a Viral Infection,” by David Esteban, Associate Professor of Biology and the Pauline Newman Director of Science, Technology, and Society; “Black Judges, Police Encounters, and the Administration of Justice,” by Taneisha Means, Assistant Professor of Political Science on the Class of 1951 Chair; and “The Climate Challenge: International Cooperation, China, and Learning from the Field,” by Yu Zhou, Professor of Geography.

Kate Susman, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology, is one of 17 faculty members to offer talks as part of the series.Photo: John Abbott

The collection now stands at 17 lectures but will continue to grow, according to John S. Mihaly ’74, Associate Vice President for Regional and International Programs. “We are so fortunate to have such an extraordinary and dedicated group of scholars who are willing to make their time available in this way, especially now, after they had to pivot from the classroom to teaching remotely this past semester,” Mihaly said.

The Vassar Classroom Revisited video collection is a virtual adaptation of the popular in-person lecture series by the same name. When the pandemic forced cancellation of this year’s in-person programs, Mihaly consulted with a group of alumnae/i on how the College could best serve this important constituency. “To a person, they wanted to be connected to the College through our faculty,” he said. “This didn't surprise me, since their experience in the classroom was central to their Vassar experience.”

Kate Susman, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology, is no stranger to the Vassar Classroom Revisited. She has participated in numerous in-person events around the globe. “A silver-lining of our new mode of being during this pandemic is that we can bring our classrooms into the living rooms of even those alums who cannot travel to see us,” she said. “It's a great way to keep in touch.”

Mihaly agreed. “The entire Vassar community worldwide can now participate,” he noted.

Watch now and look for new topics coming later this fall!