Victor Lloyd Tomseth, one of the 52 hostages held in Iran for 444 days, lectured on "444 Days in Captivity: Why America Was Held Hostage" in the Chapel. Senior Political Officer at the United States Embassy in Tehran, Tomseth was taken captive when Islamic students and militants stormed the building on November 4, 1979. Released on January 20, 1981, just as President Reagan was being inaugurated, Tomseth "held a Vassar audience captive," wrote Carl Strom '82 in The Miscellany News, with the vivid account of his ordeal.  "I had no idea of the emotional involvement of Americans in the hostage crisis," Tomseth said, "until I got out of Tehran," adding that he thought the overall handling of the incident by the Carter administration was "by and large very good."