Past Events

October 2019

October 28, 2019
6:00pm Jessica Stockholder ’85 M.F.A. on “Hinging: How to Put It in the World”

Since graduating from Yale School of Art’s M.F.A. program in 1985, Jessica Stockholder’s work has been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others. She returns to Yale this fall to discuss the development of her work over time, as well as her interest in themes such as relational aesthetics, context, boundary, autonomy, dependence, and coherence. Her lecture will be followed by a conversation with Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean and Professor of Art Marta Kuzma and writer and cultural critic Lynne Tillman.


Open to: Yale Community
October 26, 2019 to November 1, 2019
8:00pm Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

In a barbaric near-future where the electric grid has gone down for good, a band of survivors huddles around a campfire, retelling an old Simpsons episode. Written by Anne Washburn, directed by Kat Yen ’20 MFA.


Open to: General Public
October 25, 2019
9:00am Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale

The conference is dedicated toward improving the well-being of women through better training of future healthcare professionals. It seeks to center issues of women’s wellbeing in the male-dominated healthcare professions. Features keynote Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues.


Open to: Yale Community
9:00am Women in Composition: Experience in a Cultural Microcosm

Alumni composers Jane Ira Bloom ‘76BA ‘77MM, Loren Loiacono ‘10BA ‘12MM, Missy Mazzoli ‘06MM, and Tawnie Olson ‘99MM ‘00AD explore questions and implications of gender in the field of composition in a discussion moderated by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and Hannah Lash ‘12AD.


Open to: General Public
October 24, 2019
4:00pm Pierson College Tea with Darcy Walker ’71

Darcy Walker was in the first class of women at Yale, and will talk about her life and career. She has lived abroad, worked in numerous firms and has been a consultant.


Open to: Yale Community
3:00pm Yale School of Music Alumni Concert

The alumni concert includes faculty mezzo-soprano and alumna Janna Baty ’93MM who will perform The Old Suffragist, a piece by composer and alumna Juliana Hall ’87MM that celebrates the 100th  anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Alumna Kimberly Foster ’04CERT will perform a movement from Rebecca Clarke’s 1919 Viola Sonata, which Clarke composed for a competition sponsored by musician and philanthropist Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who, along with her mother, Nancy Atwood, provided Yale with the funding to build Albert Arnold Sprague Memorial Hall, which is named after Coolidge’s father, an 1859 Yale graduate.


Open to: General Public
October 22, 2019
5:00pm Edward P. Bass Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Susan J. Mazer ’81 B.S. on “S.O.S. – The Power of Seeds, Observations, and Specimens: Predicting the impact of climate change on plants”

“S.O.S. – The Power of Seeds, Observations, and Specimens: Predicting the impact of climate change on plants.” Wild species are often profoundly affected by climate change, but predicting the long-term consequences remains a major research goal. Dr. Susan J. Mazer will discuss the ways in which herbarium specimens, evolutionary seed banks, and both short- and long-term observations of the seasonal cycles of plants can illuminate the effects of climate change on plants at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

Dr. Susan J. Mazer, Bass Scholar and Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Santa Barbara.


Open to: General Public
October 16, 2019
4:00pm Beecher Lecturer: Nora Tubbs Tisdale

This lecture will be on contributions of women to homiletics.


Open to: General Public
October 14, 2019
7:30pm Yale Jazz Ensemble Presents Works by Women

The fall concert of the Yale Jazz Ensemble will feature the music of Melba Liston, an American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer from Kansas City who was the was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands during the 1940s and 1960s.


Open to: General Public
6:30pm Yale School of Architecture Lecture Series: Alexandra Lange ’94 B.A.

Prominent architecture critic Alexandra Lange ’94 B.A. gives a lecture on “Looking for Role Models in All the Wrong Places,” discussing her research into some of the major figures of twentieth century architecture.


Open to: General Public
October 14, 2019 to May 4, 2020
(All day) Student Research on the History of Women at Yale

In conjunction with the 50WomenatYale150 campus-wide celebration, two Yale College seniors have curated side-by-side exhibits on two different aspects of women at Yale using materials from library collections.

Curated by: Valentina Connell ‘20 and Mariana Melin-Corcoran ‘20

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Open to: General Public
October 13, 2019
2:00pm Directed by Women – Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash tells the story of three generations of Gullah women on an island off the South Carolina coast in DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, screening as part of the “Treasures from the Yale Film Archive” series. Durga Chew-Bose writes that the film’s “impressionistic look at the Great Migration (who will go, who will stay, and at what cost?) combines a corporeal sense of history with poetic, often indirect and allegorical underpinnings.” DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST was the first feature film by an African-American woman to get national theatrical distribution and the first selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.


Open to: General Public
October 12, 2019
7:30pm Yale Symphony Orchestra Presents Works by Women

This Yale Symphony Orchestra performance will include Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman by Joan Tower; Brio by Augusta Read Thomas; and Ethiopia’s Shadow in America by Florence Price. Please register for this event.


Open to: General Public
October 10, 2019
7:00pm David Reinfurt: A New Program for Graphic Design

David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer in New York City. His new book, A *New* Program for Graphic Design, is a do-it-yourself textbook comprised of courses on Typography, Gestalt, and Interface, written with the aim of providing a visual literacy education to readers from any discipline. From Benjamin Franklin to the Macintosh computer, A *New* Program for Graphic Design introduces the advanced principles of contemporary design, as well as the history behind them.


Open to: Yale Community
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.”

Dr. Perkins will be joined in conversation by Carolyn Grillo ‘74, who arrived as a freshman at Yale in 1970.  Following the Kramer Books event, we will host a private reception for Dr. Perkins and Ms. Grillo. Tickets are available here; the $8 fee includes unlimited appetizers. There will also be a cash bar.


Open to: General Public
5:30pm Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture: Hilton Als Discusses Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Hilton Als is a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker and Associate Professor of Writing at Columbia University. Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017, as well as Yale’s prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature prize in 2016.

His lecture will explore the works of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, featured in the second of a series of three exhibitions devoted to woman artists. Curated by Als in collaboration with Yiadom-Boakye and the Center, this display will highlight recent paintings by the London-based artist, focusing on her portrait-like studies of characters drawn from the world of fiction, found images, and imagination.


Open to: General Public
4:00pm Gallery Talk: Christina Lutz on “Preparing Fossils for the Peabody Renovation”

Fossil preparators have already begun working on specimens that will be displayed in the renovated Peabody Museum. In this gallery talk, Christina Lutz will provide a glimpse of the work of fossil preparators and the various techniques they employ, and will explain why casts are sometimes utilized in displays in place of real specimens. The presentation will include a sneak peek at specimens slated for display in the updated paleontology exhibits.


Open to: General Public
October 9, 2019
4:00pm Pierson College Tea with Patricia Melton ’83 B.A.

Patricia Melton has been executive director of New Haven Promise, a program which covers in-state college tuition for high-achieving New Haven public-school students, since 2012. She credits her empathy for the students with whom she works from her own experience paying her way through college as an undergraduate at Yale, as well as her 18 years spent working in education.


Open to: Yale Community
October 8, 2019
12:00pm 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
October 4, 2019 to October 26, 2019
8:00pm World Premiere of Girls

OBIE Award winning Yale School of Drama alumnus Lileana Blain-Cruz ’12 MFA directs this electrifying contemporary spin on Euripides’s The Bacchae written by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The world premiere production features a large, predominately female cast—including current Yale School of Drama students.


Open to: General Public
October 4, 2019
7:30pm Yale Concert Band Celebrates Yale’s Year of Women

One of many Yale Concert Band performances this season highlighting women. This one will feature Oeverture by Germaine Tailleferre; La Flor Más Linda by Gilda Lyons, and Labyrinths of Love by Michael Daugherty performed by Gilda Lyons (soprano) and including texts by Sappho, Juana Ines de Crus, Elizabeth Taylor, Mary Shelley and Anne Carson.


Open to: General Public
October 2, 2019
4:00pm Hopper Tea with Matt Krentz '83 and Joanne Lipman '83 on Gender-Diverse Leadership

Matt Krentz ‘83 and Joanne Lipman ‘83, will discuss “Balancing the Equation: What Will It Take to Achieve Truly Gender-Diverse Leadership?”


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 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
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