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. 

Professor Thompson died on February 17, 1975, at the age of 93.  Dr. Eisenstein visited Vassar again in 1981 and 1988.