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Angus Deaton

Thursday, April 5

In cooperation with Amnesty International, the college presents the film Occupation Has No Future, a documentary exploring the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The Economics Department presents the annual Crego Lecture, which this year welcomes Princeton University professor Angus Deaton (pictured), who will give the lecture “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

The Hispanic Studies Department presents a “Festival of Mexican Cinema,” including a screening of Y Tu Mamá También.

Saturday, April 7

The Africana Studies Program presents the annual Green Haven Reunion, a day-long gathering for Vassar’s prison programs that brings together formerly incarcerated persons, Vassar alumnae/i, students, faculty members, and community activists.

Monday, April 9

The Greek and Roman Studies Department presents Blegen Fellow Matthew Wright, who will give the lecture “A Life in Fragments.”

Tuesday, April 10

Campus Life LGBTQ Programs and ALANA Programs present a lecture by Rutgers professor Jasbir Puar, “Homonationalism Gone Viral: Discipline, Control, and the Affective Politics of Sensation.”

Wednesday, April 11

CARES presents a lecture by Miriam Perez, editor of, about how social justice movements can work to end sexual violence.

Thursday, April 12

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life presents a lecture about US/Mexico border issues, by Presbyterian activists Rick Ufford-Chase and Gretchen Larson-Wolbrink.

The Art Department presents the annual Claflin Lecture, featuring the Museum of Modern Art’s Barry Bergdoll, who will give the lecture “Good Neighbors: The Museum of Modern Art and Latin American Architecture, 1933–1955.”

The Drama Department presents “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov (with additional performances on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14). Reservations open two weeks before opening night.

Mehretu Art

Friday, April 13

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents a lecture by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89 about the Art Center’s latest exhibition, “Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu” (pictured).

The Music Department presents the Vassar College Jazz Ensemble. 

The College Democrats welcome Daily Show correspondent and stand-up comedian Wyatt Cenac.

The African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College return to campus for the 10th celebration of the AAAVC Triennial. The event will offer an opportunity to reminisce with classmates, network with fellow AAAVC members, meet current students, attend seminars, and party! Highlights include a session on "Africa in the Age of Obama," a conversation with the co-producers and stars of the web series Awkward Black Girl, and a reception in the ALANA Center. Runs through Sunday, April 15. Register today by visiting

Saturday, April 14

The Music Department presents the Vassar College Choir, revisiting pieces from the choir’s recent tour of England and France.

Monday, April 16

The Physics and Astronomy Department presents University of Chicago professor Laurie Butler, who will give the lecture “From Quantum Mechanics to Atmospheric Chemistry.”

The Philosophy Department presents University of Salerno (Italy) professor Francesco Vitale, who will give a lecture about French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

The Miscellany News presents a screening of the film Living for 32. The film tells the story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Held on the fifth anniversary of the shooting, the film screening will be immediately followed by a live-stream conversation and Q&A with Goddard.

Thursday, April 19

The Vassar Greens presents a discussion and film screening focused on clean energy and the environment.

The college presents Benjamin Busch ’91, who will give a lecture and read from his new memoir Dust to Dust. The event is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities office and the departments of history, English, film, and art.

The Vassar Jewish Union commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with a memorial service, luminaria labyrinth, and other events.

Saturday, April 21

The college hosts its monthly Winter Sun Indoor Farmers Market. Local farmers will be selling meat, eggs, root crops, cheese, pickles, and more.

John Carlos

Monday, April 23

The Athletics and Physical Education Department presents a lecture by U.S. Olympic medalist John Carlos (pictured), one of two silent protestors on the medal podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.

Tuesday, April 24

The Art Department presents the Ribicoff Lecture, featuring art historian Susan Vogel, who will give the lecture “El Anatsui’s Marriage of Painting and Sculpture: A New Art from Africa.”

Wednesday, April 25

The English Department presents a poetry reading by Rutgers University professor Evie Shockley.

Thursday, April 26

The Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics presents a lecture by City University of New York professor Frances Fox Piven about grassroots social movements in American politics.

Dancing with the Professors

Friday, April 27

The Asian Students’ Alliance presents a lecture by Columbia University professor Charles Armstrong about U.S./North Korea relations.

The Ballroom Dancing Club presents the fourth annual Dancing with the Professors competition (pictured), which pairs students and professors in a dance competition modeled after Dancing with the Stars.

The Music Department presents the Vassar College Orchestra, featuring performances by student winners of the Concert Competition.

Saturday, April 28

Founder's Day!

Sunday, April 29

The Music Department presents a performance by the Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.

For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit the Campus Calendar.

Angus Deaton image courtesy Princeton University, by Anne Case. Mehretu art image © Julie Mehretu, by Gene Pittman. John Carlos image courtesy the subject. Dancing with the Professors image © Vassar College / Buck Lewis.

April 2012

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