Past Events

November 2019

November 22, 2019
7:30pm Yale and Harvard Choruses

The Yale Glee Club’s annual joint performance with the Harvard Glee Club will feature, for the first time, a performance by Harvard’s Radcliffe Choral Society. The concert will feature the three ensembles singing individually and together, and among the works performed will be works by recent School of Music alumni.

Open to: General Public
5:00pm Special Reception for Alumnae Athletes at the Blue Leadership Ball

Yale Athletic Director Vicky Chun will host an opportunity for female athletic alums to reconnect and make new friends at a special reception before the Blue Leadership Ball (BLB). There will be one or more female athlete honorees at this year’s BLB awards as well. Please register here for this event.

Open to: Yale women athlete alumnae
12:00pm Women in National Security

Join Yale Air Force ROTC, Yale Veterans Network, and the Working Women’s Network for a discussion on women in national security with Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese. Joan Johnson-Freese is a Professor and the Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Chair of Science, Space & Technology at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, US. She writes extensively on space security, military education, and gender and security. Light lunch will be provided.

Register for the Women in National Security event.

Open to: Yale Community
November 20, 2019
4:30pm Celebrating Aperture 2: Portraits of Women Faculty in Medicine

Aperture 2: Portraits of Women Faculty in Medicine is the second part of a series of photographic portraits of women faculty at the School of Medicine (YSM). Its opening will feature the unveiling of a portrait of distinguished epidemiologist and first tenured female professor at the School of Medicine, Dorothy Horstmann, MD, whose research laid the groundwork for the development of the polio vaccine. The event is hosted by the YSM Committee on Art in Public Spaces, the Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine, and the Yale Women’s Housestaff Organization.

Open to: Yale School of Medicine community
November 18, 2019
4:30pm Her Own Devices

Yasmine Seale is a writer and translator from Arabic and French. Her essays on books and art have appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, Apollo, frieze and elsewhere. Her first translated book, Aladdin, came out from W. W. Norton in 2018 and she is currently working on a new translation of The Thousand and One Nights—the first by a woman–for the same publisher. Her lecture will discuss women, storytelling, craft and craftiness in the Nights. All are welcome: reception to follow.

Open to: General Public
11:45am The Pioneers: Celebrating Women Leaders of Yale SOM

The Yale School of Management invites you to join them for a special panel of trailblazing Yale SOM alumnae who will discuss their careers, provide advice to students, and share tips for navigating pitfalls along one’s career trajectory. Panelists will include Linda Mason ’80, Chairman and co-Founder of Bright Horizons; Jane Mendillo ’84, former President and CEO, Harvard Management Company; and Sandra Urie ’84, Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates. The panel will be moderated by Sharon Oster, Frederic D. Wolfe Professor Emerita of Management and Entrepreneurship and Heather Tookes, Professor of Finance. Register here for this event.

Open to: General Public
November 17, 2019
2:00pm Yale Concert Band Presents Works by Women

Performing with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yale Concert Band will perform Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi, a Chinese violinist and composer of contemporary classical music who was the first Chinese woman to receive a Master of Arts in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. They will also perform Fascinating Ribbons by Grammy-winning contemporary American composer Joan Tower.

Open to: General Public
2:00pm Directed by Yale Women – Home for the Holidays

Yale alumna Jodie Foster ‘84 directs HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, screening in 35mm as part of the “Treasures from the Yale Film Archive” series. The all-star ensemble for this tale of a Thanksgiving family reunion includes Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes, and more. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Open to: General Public
1:00pm Broad Recognition 50/150 Zine Launch Reception

Broad Recognition will be celebrating the release of our 50/150 Zine which celebrates and highlights the history of women at Yale. The Launch Reception will also feature readings of pieces in our Zine, as well as an opportunity to meet the Broad Recognition Staff. Food and drinks will be available.

Broad Recognition’s 50/150 zine was made possible with support from a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50 Women At Yale 150 Celebration.

November 16, 2019
7:30pm Yale Symphony Orchestra Presents Works by Women

This Yale Symphony Orchestra performance will include Disillusioned Dreamer by British composer Hannah Kendall who was noted as one of the “brilliant female composers under the age of 35” in 2015. Please register for this event.

Open to: General Public
November 14, 2019
4:00pm Gallery Talk: Juri Miyamae on “How Movement Across Land and Sea Shaped North America’s Iconic Wildlife”

From the familiar creatures of our local neighborhoods to the great beasts of the untamed wilderness, how many of these animals are true natives of our continent?  The story of North America’s iconic wildlife is one of movement across vast distances driven by changing climates, intermixing of once-isolated populations, and even surprising re-introductions.

Refreshments to follow. Free admission.

Open to: General Public
November 13, 2019
4:00pm Pierson College Tea with Weili Cheng ’77 B.A.

Weili Cheng is the executive director of the Yale Alumni Association. After earning her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale in 1977, Cheng earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and worked as a litigation attorney both in a private practice and for the United States Department of Justice.

Open to: Yale Community
November 11, 2019
12:00pm The Second-Generation (Post-Immigrant) Church: A Conversation with Lydia Shiu

Organized by the Asian Students Association at Yale Divinity School, this roundtable discussion features Lydia Shiu, a PCUSA minister who launched the Progressive Asian American Christian Facebook group as a response to address generational differences between the Asian and Asian American church. The discussion will explore the second-generation experience across different immigrant backgrounds and social justice ministries.

Open to: General Public
November 10, 2019
3:00pm Faculty Artist Series: Works By Yale Women Composers

Concert will feature the world premiere of Hannah Lash’s piece “2 Songs” commissioned in honor of 50 years of coeducation at Yale performed by  faculty member and mezzo-soprano Janna Baty ‘93 MM, harpist Hannah Lash and violinist Wendy Sharp ’82 BA, faculty member at Yale School of Music. Rounding out the program will be works by Clara Schumann, Roy Harris and Charles Ives (Yale College 1898).

Open to: General Public
1:00pm Special Tour Before Renovations

Join Peabody Museum staff for a curator’s tour of Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks, a groundbreaking exhibition that brings the ancient world to life. Visitors will learn about the role of women in the ancient world, explore the galleries, and speak with Peabody staff members about the upcoming renovation. The Ladies First exhibition, curated by the Peabody Museum’s EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program, will also be open in celebration of coeducation, as will the Entomology collection, of which the visitors may take a behind-the-scenes tour. Visitors must register to Susan Lennon at no later than November 3rd, and registration is limited to 30 people. Admission is free.

Open to: Registered Guests
November 7, 2019
6:30pm Yale School of Architecture Lecture Series: Tamara Eagle Bull

Tamara Eagle Bull gives a lecture on “Indigeneity in Contemporary Architecture.” Bull is the first Native American woman licensed architect; she presents her professional experiences and design work.

Open to: General Public
5:00pm O.C. Marsh Lecture Series: Shiyanthi Thavapalan on “Green Skies, Blue Beards, and Purple Sheep: Experiencing Color in Ancient Mesopotamia.”

History books often present the past in black and white. Yale graduate Shiyanthi Thavapalan overturns western, monochromatic aesthetics by restoring color to the objects of the ancient world. Her lecture renders the past—its art, fashion, social codes, and cultural struggles—in all its rich and forgotten colors. Complimentary cocktail reception to follow.

Shiyanthi Thavapalan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University.

Open to: Members
November 6, 2019
7:30pm “PERIOD. End of Sentence” Viewing Party, Q&A, and Packing Party

The screening of the film will feature a Q&A with executive producer Sophie Ascheim herself, as well as a “packing party,” in which participants will assemble kits of menstrual products that will be donated to New Haven agencies to help homeless and poor girls and women in the New Haven area. The kits will be constructed alongside members of PERIOD@Yale, a student chapter of the national PERIOD organization. Participants must register prior to October 30th, and there is a $5 registration fee, although additional donations are also welcome. Participants who wish to attend dinner at Yorkside Pizza before the viewing should email Suzanne Solensky at This event is sponsored by YaleWomen Connecticut.

Register here for this event.

Open to: Registered Guests
November 2, 2019 to November 3, 2019
12:00pm Creativity is the Key

Creativity is the Key is a project by the Concepts Group, a collective of ten women artists ranging in age from 60 to 92, who were all students of Constance Kiermaier. Constance graduated from the Yale School of Art in the 1940’s and dedicated her life to making art and teaching. Before moving to an assisted living home in Maine at the age of 90, where she started an art program, Constance presented her students with an antique key that offered each individual personally crafted words of advice, insight or encouragement. This project presents these keys alongside the artists’ recent work, showing the ways in which Constance’s belief inspired her students to trust their instincts and forge their own paths. To pay this act forward, the Concepts Group is mounting a wall of keys with blank tags that visitors may take, write upon, and gift to another artist who they believe in. The Concepts Group includes: Donna Collins, Carol Conze, Karen Neems, Cate Leach, Pam Lindberg, Jane Lubin, Mary Manning, Lisa Thoren, Meg Tweedy, Cynthia Whalen and Mary Whalen. Kiermaier will be present.

Open to: General Public
November 1, 2019
6:30pm Yale School of Architecture Lecture Series: Judith Raum

Textile artist Judith Raum gives a lecture on “Anni and the Feline: Performative Investigations into Selected Bauhaus Fabrics and Their Design Context,” examining the work of famed weaver Anni Albers who taught at both the Bauhaus and the Yale School of Art. The lecture is a keynote address for the J. Irwin Miller Symposium My Bauhaus: Trans-medial Encounters.

Open to: General Public
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 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
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 19, 2019 to June 30, 2020
(All day) Ladies First Exhibit

This exhibit on the museum’s third floor pays tribute to the accomplishments and discoveries of women in STEM. Two dozen pioneering doctors, scientists, and engineers are highlighted in the exhibition, which was curated by the Peabody Museum’s EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program. EVO provides 120 students from high schools in New Haven and West Haven experiences and instruction meant to inspire a passion for STEM and prepare them for 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.

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Open to: Yale Community