Vassar held a "Philosophical Film Festival," at which avant-garde film theoretician and historian P. Adams Sitney from Yale University lectured on "Postulation of the Self in Avant-Garde Cinema," and Columbia University aesthetician and critic Arthur Danto lectured on "Moving Pictures: Semantical Aspects of Cinema."

Reviewing Sitney’s Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde in May 1974, New York Times film critic Vincent Canby found the book “Extremely informative and dense with associations that give it an importance beyond the immediate subject matter.”

Professor Danto lectured at Vassar in 1972 on “Art Works and Real Things.”