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Vassar's Sesquicentennial: A Year in Review

Sesquicentennial In Review Video


If you missed any festivities, or want to relive any of the fun, this is the place. The video above is a journey through the year, hitting many of the highlights.

Do you remember the “Can You Say Sesquicentennial?” video, which challenged members of Vassar’s community to pronounce—and even spell—the name of the celebratory year?

Perhaps you were part of one of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations held in places such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, London, Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, or Chicago (and beyond). You’ll find hundreds of photos in Vassar’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Flickr photostream.

There were plenty of on-campus events, too, including a performance of “Vassar Voices,” a centerpiece of many of the celebrations. Playground: The Hallie Flanagan Project—a new work commissioned by the Drama Department about Vassar’s legendary professor—was part of the festivities, as was the Vassar Sukkot Project 5772, in which students designed and built two sukkot as part of the eponymous Jewish holiday (read more about the project in the forthcoming Winter 2012 issue of the Vassar Quarterly). In addition, the Undergraduate Summer Research Institute (URSI)—which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011—brought Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel to campus for the URSI Symposium.

Vassar’s celebration of its 150th anniversary included many educational events, as well, including the Liberations and Contradictions history lecture series. And during A Day at Vassar, the college opened its doors to the Poughkeepsie and greater Hudson Valley community.

On the lighter side, Vassar hosted Iron Pastry Chef, a Sesquicentennial-themed baking competition for students. The college also debuted Matthew’s Follies, a new twist on an old faculty variety show.

Plus, the Vassar Quarterly took a commemorative look back at Vassar over the past century and a half.

It was a year to remember.

February 2012


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