A Day at Vassar opens the college to its neighbors, October 12, 2013.

For the third year, the college opens its doors—and its campus—to friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley for A Day at Vassar.

This free event takes place on Saturday, October 12. The schedule includes three periods of lectures (two before lunch and one in the afternoon) by distinguished members of Vassar’s faculty. Thirty lectures spanning the arts, humanities, and sciences will be offered, including some related to current news events. These lectures cover wide-ranging topics from “Human Rights and the Middle East Crisis” to “The Art of Bookbinding” to “Journalism in the Digital Age” and “New Thinking About Robots.”

“Vassar places great emphasis on being a good neighbor,” says John Mihaly, senior director of regional programs and organizer of the event. “That is why we are thrilled to offer this event for a third time, providing our Hudson Valley neighbors with the opportunity to experience the college as our students do.”

A Day at Vassar also includes exhibition viewings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Thompson Memorial Library, the Palmer Gallery, and Ely Hall’s Warthin Museum, as well as campus tours and a Music Department concert. An exhibit of Japanese woodblocks, “Genji’s World,” is currently on view at the Loeb Art Center while the Palmer Gallery is showing an exhibition of photographs from the 1963 March on Washington.

A Day at Vassar is free but pre-registration is required by Friday, October 4. Participants must be 15 or older. Lunch is also available to registered participants.

For a schedule, course descriptions, and to register (required in advance), visit this page. On October 12 registrants should check in at Main Building’s Villard Room. Questions? Contact

Vassar is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 26, 2013