Past Events

September 2019

September 30, 2019
4:30pm Liturgy Symposium: Margot Fassler

Dialogue Drama in the Late Liturgical Sequence: “Say, Mary, What Was the Annunciation Really Like?”


Open to: General Public
September 28, 2019
11:30am Private Exhibit Tour: When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Join YaleWomen Connecticut on a private guided tour of the exhibit at Sterling Library: When the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Coeducation in Yale College. Co-curator Michael Lotstein will provide a tour of the new exhibit on the 1969 transition to co-education at Yale College. This exhibit highlights the academic, logistical, and social challenges faced by the first women undergraduates at Yale. In September 1969, the first undergraduate women arrived on campus — 230 women matriculated in the Class of 1973, 151 transfer students joined the Class of 1972, and 194 transfer students joined the Class of 1971. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of coeducation in Yale College, the display includes photographs, memorabilia, university records, and the students’ own words from their replies to questionnaires and surveys, and from written accounts of their experiences. Please RSVP to Brittany Connolly at brittany.a.connolly@gmail.com.


Open to: YaleWomen members
September 26, 2019
4:00pm Gallery Talk: Jessica Thompson on “What a Neanderthal’s Rubbish Bin Can Tell Us About How They Lived”

Old bones and stones are often all that is left at sites where we know Neanderthals once lived. What can these tell us about our ancient relatives? And were they really that different from ourselves? Jessica Thompson specializes in human evolution, and especially those aspects that can be revealed through the analysis of ancient animal bones found at archaeological sites (zooarchaeology). She leads the Malawi Ancient Lifeways and Peoples Project in Malawi, central Africa, where she has maintained a field site since 2009.


Open to: General Public
September 25, 2019
6:00pm Yale professor Karen M. Teoh on her book Schooling Diaspora: Women Education, and the Overseas Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore

Hear Karen M. Teoh discuss her book Schooling Diaspora: Women Education, and the Overseas Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore.

Schooling Diaspora looks into the motivations and strategies of missionaries, colonial authorities, and Chinese reformists and revolutionaries for educating girls, as well as the impact that this education had on identity formation among overseas Chinese women and larger society.


Open to: General Public
12:00pm Three Centuries of Women Working for Yale: Tea with Judith Schiff

Join the Women’s Working Network for a tea honoring the achievements of women staff, volunteers, and benefactors in the history of the university and the community. Please register for this event.


Open to: Yale Community
September 22, 2019
6:00pm Author Talk: Anne Perkins ’81 B.A., Author of “Yale Needs Women”

In Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 B.A. shares the stories of five Yale alums in the early years of coeducation. “In September 1969, the women’s movement was just beginning. The phrase ‘sexual harassment’ had not yet been invented. The Black Power movement was changing how Americans saw race. The youth movement was forcing the nation to take notice of how the next generation saw the world. And into that moment stepped the first women undergraduates of Yale.”


Open to: General Public
September 21, 2019
1:00pm Author Talk: Anne Perkins ’81 B.A., Author of “Yale Needs Women”

In Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 B.A. shares the stories of five Yale alums in the early years of coeducation. “In September 1969, the women’s movement was just beginning. The phrase ‘sexual harassment’ had not yet been invented. The Black Power movement was changing how Americans saw race. The youth movement was forcing the nation to take notice of how the next generation saw the world. And into that moment stepped the first women undergraduates of Yale.”


Open to: General Public
1:00pm Special Halftime Show at Yale-Holy Cross Football Game

The halftime show by the Yale Precision Marching Band will be dedicated to Women at Yale in honor of 50WomenAtYale150. The show will feature songs by female musicians within the 20th and 21st centuries and will discuss the history of women at Yale.


Open to: General Public
September 20, 2019
7:00pm Directed by Yale Women – Treasures from the Yale Film Archive

Join us for an evening of films and filmmakers in honor of the anniversaries of coeducation at Yale College and the Yale graduate schools. “Directed by Yale Women: A Celebration of Women Filmmakers at Yale” presents films made by Yale alumnae, from pioneering animator Mary Ellen Bute ’26 DRA, to Alexis Krasilovsky ’71, whose film END OF THE ART WORLD includes legendary artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Phyllis Chillingworth ’69 ART will present animated shorts she made as a student in the School of Art and Architecture, as well as the master’s thesis shorts of her late friend, Carolyn Lamont ’70 ART. Hosted by Sandra Luckow ’87, who will present her own short film, the evening showcases Yale women behind the camera, and shines a spotlight on their contributions to narrative, documentary, and animated film. Prints from the Yale Film Archive.


Open to: General Public
September 20, 2019 to January 18, 2020
12:00pm The First University Art School: 150 Years of the Yale School of Art

Curated by Miko McGinty (’93 BA, ’98 MFA) and Mar González Palacios, this exhibit celebrates the 150th anniversary of Yale’s opening of the first university art school in 1869. Through a combination of early photographs, departmental records, and student work, “The First University Art School” presents a timeline of the School of Art, its faculty, and its students.


Open to: General Public
September 19, 2019
5:00pm Yale Women’s Center Celebrates 50 Years of Coeducation

The Yale Women’s Center was founded in 1970. This reception will honor women from the classes of ‘71, ‘72, and ‘73 and feature the founders of the Women’s Center, Elizabeth Spahn and Kit McClure. Refreshments will be served.


Open to: Yale Community
5:00pm Mory’s Reception Honoring Yale’s First Women Undergraduates and Mory’s Cup Award to Elga Wasserman ’76 J.D.

The Mory’s Board of Governors is delighted to host a reception to honor Yale’s first women undergraduates. These trailblazing women changed the face of Yale, both literally and figuratively, and their efforts in those early years have benefitted the generations of students who have followed.

The 50th anniversary of coeducation is a fitting time to honor another pioneer.  During this reception, Elga Wasserman ’76 JD will be posthumously awarded the Mory’s Cup, which will be presented to her family.


Open to: Women in the Classes of 1971, 1972 & 1973
September 19, 2019 to September 22, 2019
(All day) The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend (PDF)

The 50th Anniversary Committee has been charged with planning a special commemorative event for September 19-22, 2019 - a first-ever gathering of women in the classes of 1971, 1972 and 1973 and those who matriculated in the fall of 1969. This weekend is a way for the university to honor the trail-blazing women in these three classes and to engage with them in a series of thoughtful discussions about their role in transforming Yale College.


Open to: Women in the Classes of 1971, 1972 & 1973
September 12, 2019
4:00pm 2019 Gruber Distinguished Lecture on Women’s Human Rights featuring Ruth Rubio Marín

Women’s rights expert Ruth Rubio Marín will give a lecture “On Constitutionalism and Women’s Citizenship.” The lecture will be followed by commentary from distinguished jurists attending the Global Constitutional Seminar, and a discussion moderated by Professors Judith Resnik and Reva Siegel.


Open to: Yale Community; advance registration required
12:10pm The Promise of Women’s Enfranchisement: The 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution, 1920-2020

This panel will consider how women’s quest for voice changed the shape of our political and constitutional understandings, and the unequal forms of membership that persist. Featuring: Fatima Goss Graves ’01, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center; Jill Lepore, and David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University. Moderated by Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, and Tomiko Brown-Nagin ’97, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School.


Open to: Yale Law School Community; advance registration required
11:45am Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs at Yale

School of Management Dean Kerwin Charles, The Program on Entrepreneurship and WE@Yale are delighted to kick off Yale SOM’s celebration of women at Yale by hosting the first event in a series of 50WomenAtYale150 events for the 2019-2020 school year. We will hear remarks from Dean Charles, Jennifer McFadden, Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Programs and Co-Founder of WE@Yale, and enjoy pitches from a number of female founders at Yale.


Open to: Yale Community; advance registration required
September 12, 2019 to December 15, 2019
(All day) The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition

This display highlights recent paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977), focusing on her portrait-like studies of characters drawn from the world of fiction, found images, and imagination. Curated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als in collaboration with Yiadom-Boakye and the Yale Center for British Art.


Open to: General Public
September 11, 2019
6:30pm Author Talk: Anne Perkins ’81 B.A., Author of “Yale Needs Women”

In Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 B.A. shares the stories of five Yale alums in the early years of coeducation. “In September 1969, the women’s movement was just beginning. The phrase ‘sexual harassment’ had not yet been invented. The Black Power movement was changing how Americans saw race. The youth movement was forcing the nation to take notice of how the next generation saw the world. And into that moment stepped the first women undergraduates of Yale.”


Open to: General Public
September 10, 2019
7:00pm Author Talk: Anne Perkins ’81 B.A., Author of “Yale Needs Women”

In Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 B.A. shares the stories of five Yale alums in the early years of coeducation. “In September 1969, the women’s movement was just beginning. The phrase ‘sexual harassment’ had not yet been invented. The Black Power movement was changing how Americans saw race. The youth movement was forcing the nation to take notice of how the next generation saw the world. And into that moment stepped the first women undergraduates of Yale.” Please register for event.


Open to: General Public
September 9, 2019
6:30pm Author Talk: Anne Perkins ’81 B.A., Author of “Yale Needs Women”

In Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 B.A. shares the stories of five Yale alums in the early years of coeducation. “In September 1969, the women’s movement was just beginning. The phrase ‘sexual harassment’ had not yet been invented. The Black Power movement was changing how Americans saw race. The youth movement was forcing the nation to take notice of how the next generation saw the world. And into that moment stepped the first women undergraduates of Yale.” Please register for this event.


Open to: General Public
September 8, 2019
2:00pm Directed by Women – Orlando

Join us for a free 35mm screening of Sally Potter’s ORLANDO, starring Tilda Swinton in the gender-bending title role. Adapted from a novel by Virginia Woolf, this two-time Oscar-nominated drama spans centuries, and takes its hero/heroine from the English countryside to Constantinople. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.


Open to: General Public
August 16, 2019 to December 15, 2019
(All day) Peterloo and Protest

Starting with the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 in which an armed and mounted militia attacked a large but peaceful demonstration for political reform outside Manchester, this exhibition follows the history of public protests in Britain through 1969. Featuring the role of women reformers at Peterloo, the campaigns of Christabel Pankhurst and the British suffragettes, and the actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave’s momentous public protests against the American-led war in Vietnam in the late 1960s, this topic has deep resonance with recent history and events of the present day.


Open to: General Public
July 22, 2019 to October 18, 2019
(All day) The Walls are Tumbling Down: Coeducation in Yale College

As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation in Yale College, this exhibit seeks to highlight this journey along with the academic, logistical, and social challenges faced by the first class of women undergraduates in Yale College.


Open to: General Public
June 17, 2019 to January 31, 2020
(All day) Aperture: Portraits of Women Faculty in Medicine

Many of the portraits included in Aperture were commissioned as part of the celebration commemorating 100 Years of Women at the Yale School of Medicine in 2018 and donated to the school by photographer Robert Lisak, MFA ’81. Included in the exhibit is a recently unveiled oil portrait of the late Carolyn Walch Slayman, PhD, who was deputy dean for academic and scientific affairs, Sterling Professor of Genetics, and professor of cellular and molecular physiology. A second set of portraits of women faculty will replace those currently on display sometime in August, with a celebratory event planned for September.

Read more about this exhibition


Open to: Yale Community
May 13, 2019 to October 4, 2019
(All day) The Courtroom, The Couch, and the Archive: Janet Malcolm’s Journalism

The Courtroom, the Couch, and the Archive examines Janet Malcolm’s engagement with three of the central spaces her works took place in—the lawyer’s courtroom, the psychoanalyst’s couch, and the biographer’s archive.


Open to: General Public