Contemporary trends in art, literature, music, cinema and dance were discussed with Vassar students by some of those involved in creating the trends at a Contemporary Arts Conference, held in observance of the centennial. Jonas Mekas, film critic for The Village Voice lectured on New Cinema and William Rubin, art collector and historian—later, curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art—lectured on "American Avant Garde Painting Today." Poets Kenneth Koch, James Merill and Barbara Gatson Higgins read and discussed their work, and novelists Saul Bellow, Paul Goodman, and Elizabeth Harwick Lowell discussed the contemporary novel. A lecture by American modern dance pioneer Helen Tamiris and her husband and dancing partner Daniel Nagrin on “Trends in Modern Dance” was followed by a discussion on modern dance, and rising young pianist Howard Lebow gave a piano recital of contemporary music on the conference’s closing night. A round table discussion the following day closed.