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Nobel Prize-winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel will discuss “Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality” at the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute symposium, October 1, 2011.

Columbia University neuropsychiatrist Eric R. Kandel, a 2000 Nobel Prize winner for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) symposium on Saturday, October 1, at 3:45pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. The overall symposium (2:30-6:15pm in the Villard Room) showcases collaborative experiments, explorations, and critical analyses conducted by Vassar students and faculty during this past summer’s annual ten-week URSI program. All activities are free and open to the public.


Sociologist Salvador Vidal-Ortiz discusses individuals who practice Santería, an Afro-Cuban religious cultural practice, February 17, 2010.

Sociologist Salvador Vidal-Ortiz will present the lecture "From Racial Minorities to Sexual Minorities: Santería & the Multiply Minoritized in New York City, 2000-2005" at Vassar on Wednesday, February 17. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, (Room 200). The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Sociology, Latin American and Latino(a) Studies, Women’s Studies, American Culture, Africana Studies, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Hispanic Studies.


Peace Week will feature film screening, lectures, panels, and a peace vigil, September 21-25, 2009.

The Women's Studies Program at Vassar College has organized "Peace Week" (9/21-25) in celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21, in order to bring attention to peace activism around the world and in the Hudson Valley and Vassar communities. Among the speakers will be Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker and Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee, recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award All the events are free and open to the public.


Vassar to hold free events to celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday and commemorate the 150th anniversary of his publication of On the Origin of Species. January 26 - February 19, 2009

"2009 marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, whose profound insights into evolution still form the basis of our knowledge of life on earth; in addition this is the 150th anniversary year of the publication of On the Origin of Species, one of the most ground-breaking books of all time," noted Rick Jones, a lab technician and collections manager of Vassar’s Earth Science and Geography Department.

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