Past Events

March 2020

March 31, 2020
12:30pm Art in Context: Kate Bunce’s “Musica:” Radical Victorian Women?

Gavi Levy Haskell, PhD candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University, will deliver a thirty-minute gallery talk.


Open to: General Public
12:00pm WWN & YAAA Yale Needs Women Book Talk

Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant is the true story of the challenges and triumphs of the first class of women at Yale College. Through stories and conversation, author Anne Gardiner Perkins and Connie Royster ‘72 will highlight the strength, resilience, and courage of those groundbreaking women and their lasting impact on Yale. Join the Working Women’s Network, Yale African American Affinity Group, and Dwight Hall for this engaging, educational, and empowering event.

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Open to: Yale Community
March 30, 2020
12:00pm The Histories We Carry: What My Grandmother Taught Me About Politics, Race, Feminism, and US Interventions, a talk by Martha Arguello

Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies (CLAIS) Lunchtime Speaker Series presents “The Histories We Carry: What My Grandmother Taught Me About Politics, Race, Feminism, and US Interventions,” a talk by Martha Arguello of Scripps College.


Open to: General Public
March 29, 2020
2:00pm Private Tour of In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut with Beverly Pierz ’80 Med

Join YaleWomen Connecticut in celebrating 50WomenAtYale150 – the 50th anniversary of the coeducation of Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the Graduate & Professional Schools! Beverly Pierz ’80 MED (School of Architecture) will lead a private tour of In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut.

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Open to: Yale Alumni
March 28, 2020
7:30pm Contemporary Music Festival Showcase Celebrating Women Composers

Featuring Missy Mazzoli - Sinfonia for Orbiting Spheres; Hannah Lash - God Music, Bug Music; Hannah Kendall - Disillusioned Dreamer; Jessie Montgomery - Records from a Vanishing City; Caroline Shaw - Entr’acte; and Florence Price - Ethiopia’s Shadow in America. Admission is $3/$6 for students, $12/$17 for general admission. Registration required.


Open to: General Public
March 27, 2020
(All day) Yale SOM Student Conference: FEMPIRE 2020: Running to Win

Fempire2020: Running to Win will bring together female leaders of business and politics for a day of candid, educational, and inspirational conversation. In this unique inflection point in America’s history and politics, it is more important than ever to galvanize a new generation of women to engage with their communities and take charge of their civic duty. We hope to demonstrate the myriad ways in which young women (and allies) can take part in the democratic process, and catalyze the change we hope to see in the U.S. and beyond. Fempire will examine topics including: the many faces of civic engagement, how women can shape policy decisions in the workplace and in the legislature, how to engineer equality in companies and on Capitol Hill, and lessons from the campaign trail.

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Open to: Yale Community
March 13, 2020 to April 4, 2020
8:00pm A Raisin in the Sun

In this new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking, defiantly hopeful drama, an African American family’s dreams and conflicts are amplified by external tensions and prejudice in a country always on the cusp of change. Performances at 2pm are also showing on the weekend.


Open to: General Public
March 12, 2020
6:00pm YaleWomen Leveraging Tech for Social & Environmental Impact

Join us on Thursday, March 12th at 6pm for a discussion with accomplished YaleWomen on how they leverage technology (hardware and software) to achieve social and environmental impact. We encourage all Yalies to attend, bring a friend!  The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Veliz Waweru ‘17 MBA, MEM.  Panelists are Katie DeWitt ‘07, Ali Fenn ‘96 and Meredith Hitchcock ‘10.

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Open to: Yale Alumni
March 9, 2020
2:30pm 2020 Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Join us for the annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The event is free, open to the public, and drop-in/out style. Learn to edit, update, and add articles to Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon is a campaign committed to increasing representation of cis and trans women, gender non-binary people, feminism, and the arts on the internet. Anyone and everyone interested in learning more about editing Wikipedia, regardless of experience, gender, or background, is welcome to attend. These events are held year-round at museums, coffee shops, colleges, community centers, and elsewhere, though the majority of Art+Feminism edit-a-thons take place in March. Art+Feminism is a global initiative addressing the gender gap on Wikipedia by improving content on cis and trans women, gender non-binary people, the arts, and feminism.

Guests must bring their own laptops to the event.


Open to: General Public
March 8, 2020
8:00pm MISS-TIZAJE a senior project in American Studies

Drawing upon the sociological contributions of Michelle De La Torre which identify the Colombian beauty pageant as a stage (both literally and metaphorically) in which national identities are performed, MISS-TIZAJE is an original work which investigates the complex and entangled politics of nationhood and beauty within U.S.-Latina identity. The show explores the racial politics which mark the imaginary of U.S. Latina’s bodies through the form of a fictionalized beauty pageant hosted in honor of Colombian Independence Day in Houston, Texas. Theatrically transforming the way that women’s bodies are used both literally and figuratively to embody a “good face” of the nation, this project deals with the fetishization of women’s beauty and how women manipulate such a flattening of their humanity to achieve their own ends. MISS-TIZAJE is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
1:00pm International Women's Day Craft Sale with Integrated Refugee & Imigrant Services

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Yale’s 50WomenAtYale150 initiative, OISS is thrilled to be partnering with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) for a craft sale where all proceeds will directly benefit IRIS clients.

All of the vendors will be IRIS clients and include refugees and immigrants that have recently resettled in the New Haven area from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, and more! These international designs and projects are handcrafted in the U.S. by women in the IRIS Women’s Sewing, Knitting, and Jewelry-making Groups.

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Open to: General Public
1:00pm International Women’s Day Craft Sale with IRIS

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Yale’s 50WomenatYale150 initiative, the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) is thrilled to be partnering with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) for a craft sale where all proceeds will directly benefit IRIS clients.

All of the vendors will be IRIS clients and include refugees and immigrants that have recently resettled in the New Haven area from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, and more! These international designs and projects are handcrafted in the U.S. by women in the IRIS Women’s Sewing, Knitting, and Jewelry-making Groups.

Please note: No registration required, but it’s helpful for our organizations to know who is interested in attending. Let us know you’re coming by registering here.


Open to: General Public
March 4, 2020
4:30pm CAS Lecture Series: Everyday Miracles & Mysteries: A Poetics of Maternal Death & Survivial in Nigeria

Adeola Oni-Orisan is a medical anthropologist and resident physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine specializing in critical race theory, black feminist studies, and science, technology, and society studies. She has conducted research on issues related to reproductive health, health disparities, religion, secularism, and the politics of knowledge. Her book project, “To Be Delivered: Pregnant and Born Again in Nigeria” is an ethnographic and historical exploration of the lived experiences of pregnant women as they navigate intersecting yet competing systems of care proposed by state, church, and international development organizations in search of successful deliveries. She received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley.


Open to: General Public
4:00pm The Struggles and Triumphs of Bessie Jones, Big Mama Thornton, and Ethel Waters

This is the launching event for the online exhibit titled “The Struggles and Triumphs of Bessie Jones, Big Mama Thornton, and Ethel.” The exhibit was curated for Yale’s Oral History of American Music (OHAM). It highlights the contributions Jones, Thornton, and Waters have made to American music and performance. In addition, the exhibit addresses the challenges these women faced as African American women living through the Jim Crow era. Major moments in the lives and careers of Jones, Thornton, and Waters are highlighted through the online exhibition. The materials featured include excerpts of interviews conducted by Willie Ruff, Anthony Connor, and Richard Neff that are held at OHAM, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The plan is for a 20 minute presentation on the website, a 20 minute discussion with Willie Ruff on his experience interviewing Jones and Waters, and then about 20 minutes for questions from the audience.


Open to: General Public
4:00pm Berkeley College Tea with Vicki Assevero ’73

Ms. Assevero was one the first trail-blazing women to enter Yale College when it became coeducational in 1969. Early in her career, she represented multinational energy companies and international organizations with Duncan, Allen & Talmage in Cote d’Ivoire after working with The Commerce Department and the OECD in Paris. Ms. Assevero shifted to representing developing countries in their negotiations with multilateral banks and investors as a partner at Holland & Knight, and she represented the Bar of the City of New York at Rio+20. She founded The Green Market in Santa Cruz, Trinidad, in 2012 as a practical experiment in community based sustainable development concentrating on changing patterns of food consumption and production. Ms. Assevero received her JD from Harvard Law School.


Open to: General Public
12:00pm Kate Grace on Practicing Excellence: Mastering Mind and Body on the Road to the Olympics

Kate’s talk will cover highlights of her career, providing insight on the key aspects of training for the international and Olympic competition. Preparing for an athletic endeavor is as much about the mind as the body. She will go over her strategies for sustaining work toward long term goals, rebounding from setbacks, and navigating the line between contentment and striving in perpetual high achievers.

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Open to: Yale Community
12:00pm GLC Brown Bag: Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright “DIGITAL GI(RL)S: Mapping Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century”

The goal of Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright’s DIGITAL GI(RL)S: Mapping Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century project is to make histories of black girlhood visible and accessible. Digital GI(RL)S uses GIS mapping technologies and archival sources to trace the movement, lifestyles and cultural activities of black girls living in the Northeast during the 1870’s and 1880’s. By transcribing signatures and inscriptions in black girls’ autograph albums, translating their diaries, and mining program announcements from classical music concerts and performances, Dr. Wright reveals how black girls found freedom through network-building and ephemeral communication practices post-Emancipation.


Open to: General Public
March 3, 2020
6:00pm How to Make a Dress: Domestic Labor, Internationalism, and the Radical Pedagogy of Elizabeth Catlett

In “How to Make a Dress,” Christina Heatherton examines the early life of legendary artist, Elizabeth Catlett. Tracing her lesser known path through Chicago’s South Side Community Arts Center and Harlem’s Washington Carver School during the Great Depression, and later, the Taller de Gráphica Popular, a Mexico City based internationalist art collective, Heatherton observes Catlett’s development as a radical artist and teacher. By teaching and learning from Black working class women in the U.S., and by translating their experiences within a global class struggle, Catlett learned to “make a dress,” and in the process, Heatherton argues, she became a revolutionary. This presentation is part of Heatherton’s forthcoming book Making Internationalism: The Color Line, the Class Struggle, and the Mexican Revolution (University of California Press, American Crossroads Series).


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 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