Past Events

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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.

Portrait of Ericka Hart

Learn about the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression impact the lives of individuals navigating them. Reception to follow. This event will be livestreamed.

Campus community only, please.

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.

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. 

headshot of queer activist Anahita Sarabhai

Anahita Sarabhai, a queer performing artist, activist, poet, and educator currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal, will speak about their wide-ranging experiences with activism.

a woman at a protest, viewed from the back with her arms in the air.

Moderated in person by Professor and Chair of History Mita Choudhury and Director of Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies Paulina Bren. Remote panelists include: Fatemeh Sadeghi, Kelly Shannon ’03, Kirsten Wesselhoeft. Light refreshments will be served. Attend in person or remotely.

headshot of women's rights activist Brenda Feigen '66

Feigen, a prominent feminist activist, lawyer, and author of Not One of the Boys: Living Life as a Feminist (Knopf 2000, 2020), will be honored with the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College’s Spirit of Vassar Award immediately after her talk. Attend in person or virtually.

In 1908, Vassar students held a suffrage rally in the cemetery across the street from the present-day location of  Kenyon Hall. This site has been selected as one of 2,000 to be marked as part of the National Votes for Women Trail, a national public/private initiative.

Actress Selina Jones as Medea in the Khameleon Productions film of Euripides's Medea
Mar 21, 5:30 p.m.

Shivaike Shah, Visiting Artist and Producer/Founder of Khameleon Productions (UK), will discuss the making of Khameleon’s upcoming short film on the figure of Medea, based on Khameleon’s stage production of Euripides’s Medea at Oxford in 2018, which reimagined the ancient Greek tragedy with an all-global majority cast and crew. Campus community only, please.