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A celebration of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman to obtain a doctorate that includes a visiting lecture and an original theater piece by Kairos Italy Theater.

2018 marks the 340th anniversary of the conferring of a doctorate degree to a woman for the first time in history. On June 25th, 1678 Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, member of a Venetian patrician family, brilliantly defended her dissertation in front of university professors, political dignitaries, and common folks. This milestone in the history of women’s achievements has been immortalized in the central stained-glass window of the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, at Vassar College.


Join the Vassar Underground for the Red Sand Gala, a night of art, education, action, and solidarity against human trafficking, Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5pm. Tickets available online and at the door.

A gala in the Aula to raise awareness of the ongoing and critical issue of human trafficking worldwide to be held 4/27 5–8pm in the Aula. Vassar students can get tickets in advance in the College Center through 4/26 9am–3pm for $8 and at the door for $10. For general admission, tickets are $28 on Eventbrite and $35 at the door. Dinner will be provided, and semi-formal wear, specifically red, is not required but encouraged. Hosted by the Vassar student organization known as the Underground in collaboration with Give Way to Freedom and Vassar College’s Amnesty International, Sexual Assault and Violence Protection, Davison house team, and the Education Department.

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