Past Events

January 2020

January 29, 2020
11:45am Critical Encounters Series: Crystal Feimster “‘Plying Her Advocation’: Finding Clarinda Tackert Rasure (aka Julia Dean) in Civil War Archives”

Crystal Feimster is Associate Professor of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Feimster’s academic focus is racial and sexual violence; currently, she is completing a project on rape during the American Civil War. Her book, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, focuses on two women journalists: Ida B. Wells, who campaigned against lynching, and Rebecca Latimer Felton, who urged white men to prove their manhood by lynching black men accused of raping white women.


Open to: Yale Community
January 27, 2020
4:00pm Women of Yale Lecture Series: Art and Disruption

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright and author originally from West Philly with roots in Boriken. Her play Water by the Spoonful won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, will soon be a major motion picture, adapted for the screen by Hudes. Together with her cousin Sean, Hudes cofounded Emancipated Stories, so people behind bars can share one page of their life story with those on the “outside.”

Seating is first come, first served.


Open to: General Public
January 25, 2020
4:00pm Simpson-Hewett Lecture: Marilynne Robinson: “The Prehistory of Congregationalism”

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, National Humanities Medal earner, and faithful Christian and church member, Marilynne Robinson, will offer the Simpson-Hewett Lecture on Congregational History in 2020.

Marilynne Robinson was the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In 2016 she was awarded the Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award in American Fiction, as well as the Dayton Peace Prize’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013, she was awarded South Korea’s Pak Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature.


Open to: General Public
January 24, 2020 to February 15, 2020
8:00pm Manahatta – East Coast Premiere

It’s 2008 and securities trader Jane Snake has landed a lucrative job on Wall Street, where her ancestors, the Lenape, were violently removed four hundred years before, when the Dutch “purchased” the island of Manahatta. Past and present intertwine as Jane is caught in the center of a looming mortgage crisis that threatens financial ruin for millions of families––including her own. Performances at 2pm are also showing on the weekend.


Open to: General Public
January 23, 2020 to May 19, 2020
(All day) Firsts and Founders: Early Women in Drama at Yale

As we celebrate 50 years of women in Yale College and 150 years of women in Yale’s graduate and professional schools, a glance back into the archives shows us that women have been students, faculty, and staff in the Yale School of Drama since its beginnings as the Department of Drama in 1924. Championed by founding chair George Pierce Baker, women made up one-third of the first classes in the Department of Drama and one of the four first teaching faculty. Women have been involved in all aspects of theater production at Yale from the earliest days, and they have brought their talents to teaching, writing, and creating theater around the world. This exhibition, drawn from materials in Arts Library Special Collections and Manuscripts and Archives, highlights just a few of those first women.

Curated by Lindsay King, Associate Director for Access and Research Services, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University


Open to: General Public
January 22, 2020
6:30pm Sheila Levrant de Bretteville & Laura Coombs on gender & design

In continued celebration of its 150th anniversary and its status as a co-educational institution, the Yale School of Art will launch its spring public lecture series on the evening of January 22 with a conversation between renowned designer, Caroline M. Street Professor of Graphic Design, and Woman’s Building co-founder Sheila Levrant de Bretteville and recent alumnus Laura Coombs. In a presentation of her and her students’ work, de Bretteville will touch on her seminal contributions to contemporary feminist design, engaging Coombs and audience members in conversation to reveal a range of perspectives with regard to gender, design, and the diversity of ways designers and artists find, and ultimately become themselves, through their work.

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Open to: General Public
January 21, 2020
11:45am 50WomenatYale150: Developing Meaningful Relationships with Pamela G. Carlton MBA/JD '80

Save the date for SOM’s first 50WomenatYale150 event of 2020! Pamela Carlton JD/MBA ’80  launched Springboard - Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership, LLC after 22 years as an investment banker on Wall Street. Springboard is an executive and organizational leadership consulting firm.

Please register for this event.


Open to: General Public
January 18, 2020
3:00pm Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In Connecticut

The Connecticut Historical Society (located in Hartford, which was front and center in the suffragette movement) has generously offered YaleWomen Connecticut a limited capacity (maximum capacity is 14 people), private tour of “Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage In Connecticut”.

Contact Susan at susan.lennon@outlook.com no later than January 11, 2020 to be put on the wait list.


Open to: Yale Women Alumni
January 17, 2020
7:30pm Catherine Russell, Jazz Vocalist

Ellington Jazz Series - “One of jazz’s most celebrated vocalists, an incandescent performer who can make a century-old blues song as fresh and bracing as tomorrow’s bad news.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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Open to: General Public
January 17, 2020 to January 19, 2020
(All day) APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Yale

APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. The conference empowers numerous undergraduate women to continue physics careers in both industry and academia via alumni mentoring, career and graduate school information sessions, job and internship recruiting fairs, and career development workshops.

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Open to: Yale Community
January 16, 2020 to March 28, 2020
(All day) Contemporary Designer Bookbindings from The Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert

Women’s contributions to the book arts are vast and long-standing, and many of the designer bookbindings in this display were made by women. Neale Albert (Yale JD 1961) is an active supporter of this often underappreciated aspect of the book arts. He was elected in 2014 as an honorary fellow of Designer Bookbinders, the principal society in Great Britain devoted to artistic bookbinding. All of the books included in the exhibition are a promised gift to the Center from Neale and Margaret Albert.


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
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