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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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Jane Kamensky will discuss her current project, a history of the sexual revolution as revealed by the biography of feminist sex radical Candida Royalle.

Candice Vadala, aka Candida Royalle (1950-2015), worked as a singer and dancer in underground psychedelic theater, as an actress in golden age pornography, and later as a pioneering creator of feminist erotica. But it was her lifelong dedication as an amateur self-archivist, as a pitiless plumber of the self, that most intimately reveals the forces that shaped both her biography and her tumultuous era in history will be held on November, 29th at 5:30PM in Taylor Hall 203.

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