Elizabeth Eisenstein ’45/4, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan, lectured on “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change” in a program dedicated to the late C. Mildred Thompson ‘03, Eisenstein’s former dean and history professor. Eisenstein’s two-volume The Printing Press As An Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe (1979) established the parameters of modern print culture studies.

Dr. Eisenstein visited Vassar again in 1981 and 1988.