Jan. 30, 2020
Andrea Roberts ’96, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Texas A & M University, is focusing her research and much of her teaching on the thousands of historically black settlements, often called “freedom colonies,” that sprung up in Texas and almost every other state in the nation following the Civil War.
Dec. 13, 2019
Vassar alumna Diana Pearson ’78 has donated more than 80 manuscripts and other material from her late husband’s rare book and manuscript collection to Special Collections at Thompson Library. Some students in a medieval history class spent an hour viewing one of the manuscripts, and more students and scholars will benefit from the generous donation in the future.
Nov. 18, 2019
Alumnae/i, students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered for the Larry H. Mamiya Memorial Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Africana Studies at Vassar College in early November. Several alumnae who participated in the three-day occupation of Main Building in 1969, widely credited for helping to secure support for the college’s new Black Studies program, were in attendance.
Nov. 1, 2019
From November 1 to November 3, the college will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program with a conference, “Africana Studies and the Future of Freedom.” The event will feature noted scholars, current and former faculty and staff, and current and former students—including some who helped create the program 50 years ago.
Jul. 30, 2019
In conjunction with a New York-based social impact investment firm, the family and friends of educator Dan Mindich ’87, who died in 2014, will donate $2.25 million to Vassar, contingent on $1.25 million in matching funds, to help the college continue to provide training and mentoring for Vassar students planning to become teachers.
May. 16, 2019
Emily Janoski ’20 and three of her friends recently spent an entire weekend crunching data about the Canadian Rugby 7s Senior Women’s Team—and they weren’t alone in this curious pursuit. At DataFest, an annual event for statistics and data science aficionados in colleges around the country, about 60 Vassar students and more than 2,000 others analyzed the same information.