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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.

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Roxane Gay, as the 2018 William A. Starr Distinguished Lecturer, will be discussing her best-selling book Bad Feminist.

Roxane Gay is an essayist; contributing opinion writer for the New York Times; best-selling author of numerous books, including Hunger and Difficult Women; and a sought after cultural critic. Her New York Times best-selling book, Bad Feminist, was chosen as the common reading for the Vassar class of 2022. She will present the 2018 William Starr Distinguished Lecture at Vassar College on Wednesday, November 7th starting at 5:30 pm in the Chapel. The title of her talk is “Roxane Gay: With One N."

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