Past Events

April 2020

April 28, 2020
12:30pm Art in Context Art in Focus: Women From the Center

Courtney J. Martin, Director, Yale Center for British Art, speaks with the artist Joy Gregory via a live video feed.


Open to: General Public
April 26, 2020
4:00pm Julia Wolfe Performance

The Yale Glee Club joins forces with the Yale Camerata and conductor Marguerite Brooks for the world premiere of a major new work by Yale School of Music alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe ‘86 MM, inspired in part by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her Pulitzer prize-winning concert-length oratorio, Anthracite Fields for chorus and instruments, draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, and more to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region.


Open to: General Public
April 24, 2020
8:00pm Chicago

Set in the mid-1920s, CHICAGO explores justice, media, attention, and identity as vaudeville performer Velma, celebrity criminal known for killing her husband, finds herself in jail (and a rivalry) with Roxie, bringing both women into a fight for fame and freedom. Throughout the show, we hear more stories from the other bold, intense characters that build this world of behind-the-bars drama, front page news, and all that jazz. CHICAGO is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 24, 2020 to May 16, 2020
8:00pm Testmatch

Written by Kate Attwell ’13 MFA and directed by Margot Bordelon ’13 MFA, both Yale School of Drama alumni, Testmatch brings together an all-female cast for an energetic, sharp-witted tale of sport, gender politics, and colonialism, interrogating the present by rethinking the past. Performances at 2pm are also showing on the weekend.


Open to: General Public
April 23, 2020
8:00pm Chicago

Set in the mid-1920s, CHICAGO explores justice, media, attention, and identity as vaudeville performer Velma, celebrity criminal known for killing her husband, finds herself in jail (and a rivalry) with Roxie, bringing both women into a fight for fame and freedom. Throughout the show, we hear more stories from the other bold, intense characters that build this world of behind-the-bars drama, front page news, and all that jazz. CHICAGO is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 22, 2020
8:00pm Chicago

Set in the mid-1920s, CHICAGO explores justice, media, attention, and identity as vaudeville performer Velma, celebrity criminal known for killing her husband, finds herself in jail (and a rivalry) with Roxie, bringing both women into a fight for fame and freedom. Throughout the show, we hear more stories from the other bold, intense characters that build this world of behind-the-bars drama, front page news, and all that jazz. CHICAGO is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 21, 2020
8:00pm Chicago

Set in the mid-1920s, CHICAGO explores justice, media, attention, and identity as vaudeville performer Velma, celebrity criminal known for killing her husband, finds herself in jail (and a rivalry) with Roxie, bringing both women into a fight for fame and freedom. Throughout the show, we hear more stories from the other bold, intense characters that build this world of behind-the-bars drama, front page news, and all that jazz. CHICAGO is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 19, 2020
1:00pm Remembering: Stories of Women at Yale

In 1968, Yale said that women would not be admitted to Yale because it would interfere with the University’s goal of graduating 1,000 male leaders each year. In 1969, the first women were accepted into Yale College, transforming the spaces the school and slowly claiming space and a voice on this campus. This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of these women’s revolutionary change. Remembering: Stories of Women at Yale is a devised ensemble performance that will tell the stories, struggles, and triumphs of women and, ideally, gender non-conforming folks over the past 50 years.Remembering: Stories of Women at Yale is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 15, 2020
5:30pm Art in Focus: Women From the Center

As part of the 50WomenAtYale150 celebration and to open the Center’s exhibition Art in Focus: Women From the Center, the artist Rina Banerjee, Yale MFA 1995, will speak to why art is essentially why we feel human. In this lecture, entitled “Irresistible Earth,” Banerjee will reflect on how making and seeing art gives life meaning. This event will be live-streamed.


Open to: General Public
April 14, 2020
5:30pm Literature and Spirituality: Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson discusses “How We Talk About the Present.”


Open to: General Public
2:00pm Annual Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture

As part of 50WomenAtYale150 this year, Angela Barron McBride ’64 MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN will speak on the nursing leadership required to improve health in the US and around the world, at the annual Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture with a reception to follow. Dr. McBride has served as a Dean, President of Sigma Theta Tau International and of the American Academy of Nursing, and is an AAN “Living Legend”. Her award-winning book, Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders, is in its second expanded edition (2020).

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Open to: General Public
April 11, 2020
8:00pm So, Betsy!

So, Betsy! is an original musical about a group of three friends striving to understand what it means to leave a legacy as they embark on new chapters of their lives. They gather together every night to write a musical on a niche topic and tonight, they are writing about Betsy Ross—everything from her stance on the Revolutionary War to her relationship with the man who will eventually become her husband to her grappling with existence in a society that is uninterested in her legacy. The two seemingly disconnected worlds of reality and fantasy musical fuse as the tensions and secrets between the friends echo through Betsy’s story and Betsy’s own act of creation molds the process of the people telling her story. So, Betsy! is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50 Women at Yale 150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
2:00pm So, Betsy!

So, Betsy! is an original musical about a group of three friends striving to understand what it means to leave a legacy as they embark on new chapters of their lives. They gather together every night to write a musical on a niche topic and tonight, they are writing about Betsy Ross—everything from her stance on the Revolutionary War to her relationship with the man who will eventually become her husband to her grappling with existence in a society that is uninterested in her legacy. The two seemingly disconnected worlds of reality and fantasy musical fuse as the tensions and secrets between the friends echo through Betsy’s story and Betsy’s own act of creation molds the process of the people telling her story. So, Betsy! is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50 Women at Yale 150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 10, 2020
8:00pm So, Betsy!

So, Betsy! is an original musical about a group of three friends striving to understand what it means to leave a legacy as they embark on new chapters of their lives. They gather together every night to write a musical on a niche topic and tonight, they are writing about Betsy Ross—everything from her stance on the Revolutionary War to her relationship with the man who will eventually become her husband to her grappling with existence in a society that is uninterested in her legacy. The two seemingly disconnected worlds of reality and fantasy musical fuse as the tensions and secrets between the friends echo through Betsy’s story and Betsy’s own act of creation molds the process of the people telling her story. So, Betsy! is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50 Women at Yale 150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 9, 2020
8:00pm So, Betsy!

So, Betsy! is an original musical about a group of three friends striving to understand what it means to leave a legacy as they embark on new chapters of their lives. They gather together every night to write a musical on a niche topic and tonight, they are writing about Betsy Ross—everything from her stance on the Revolutionary War to her relationship with the man who will eventually become her husband to her grappling with existence in a society that is uninterested in her legacy. The two seemingly disconnected worlds of reality and fantasy musical fuse as the tensions and secrets between the friends echo through Betsy’s story and Betsy’s own act of creation molds the process of the people telling her story. So, Betsy! is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50 Women at Yale 150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
4:00pm Joan Scott “Backlash: Anti-Gender Campaigns in the Service of Authoritarian Rulers”

Backlash: Anti-Gender Campaigns in the Service of Authoritarian Rulers


Open to: General Public
April 7, 2020
5:30pm Literature and Spirituality: Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson discusses “The Ways We Use History.”


Open to: General Public
12:00pm ANY & WWN - Women of Yale: College to Career

This panel event features individuals who identify as both alumni as well as staff, faculty, or affiliates, with a range of backgrounds spanning over recent generations. Join us to hear their perspectives as former students, and now as staff, faculty, or affiliates at Yale, including relevant narratives to the 50/150 celebration.

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Open to: Yale Community
April 4, 2020
8:00pm Y2K: A Survivalist Musical

Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is a senior project in Music for Dylan Schifrin (ES ‘20) that imagines a community of doomsday preppers who fled society at the time of the “Year 2000 Problem,” otherwise known as Y2K. Only, it’s 2020, and none of them got word that Y2K didn’t happen. A comedy exploring themes of fake news, uncertainty, and family, Y2K questions how we can interact with others so different from ourselves in a world where apocalypse is commonplace, and the truth seems harder and harder to come by. Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
7:30pm Yale Concert Band Presents Works by Women

As part of its April performance, the Yale Concert Band will perform two works by women: Cathedrals by contemporary American composer Kathryn Salfelder; and High Water Rising by leading contemporary composer Sally Lamb McCune.


Open to: General Public
2:00pm Y2K: A Survivalist Musical

Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is a senior project in Music for Dylan Schifrin (ES ‘20) that imagines a community of doomsday preppers who fled society at the time of the “Year 2000 Problem,” otherwise known as Y2K. Only, it’s 2020, and none of them got word that Y2K didn’t happen. A comedy exploring themes of fake news, uncertainty, and family, Y2K questions how we can interact with others so different from ourselves in a world where apocalypse is commonplace, and the truth seems harder and harder to come by. Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 3, 2020
8:00pm Y2K: A Survivalist Musical

Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is a senior project in Music for Dylan Schifrin (ES ‘20) that imagines a community of doomsday preppers who fled society at the time of the “Year 2000 Problem,” otherwise known as Y2K. Only, it’s 2020, and none of them got word that Y2K didn’t happen. A comedy exploring themes of fake news, uncertainty, and family, Y2K questions how we can interact with others so different from ourselves in a world where apocalypse is commonplace, and the truth seems harder and harder to come by. Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


Open to: Yale Community
April 2, 2020
8:00pm Y2K: A Survivalist Musical

Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is a senior project in Music for Dylan Schifrin (ES ‘20) that imagines a community of doomsday preppers who fled society at the time of the “Year 2000 Problem,” otherwise known as Y2K. Only, it’s 2020, and none of them got word that Y2K didn’t happen. A comedy exploring themes of fake news, uncertainty, and family, Y2K questions how we can interact with others so different from ourselves in a world where apocalypse is commonplace, and the truth seems harder and harder to come by. Y2K: A Survivalist Musical is made possible with the support of a Women at Yale Arts Grant as part of the 50WomenAtYale150 Celebration.


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 2, 2020 to June 26, 2020
(All day) Twelve Portraits: Studies of Women at Yale, by Tanya Marcuse

The portraits featured in this exhibit are drawn from a larger series of photographs by Tanya Marcuse (MFA ’90). The project was commissioned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in honor of the university-wide 50WomenatYale150 celebration, which aims “to showcase the depth of women’s contributions to Yale and to the world, to celebrate women at the university, and to inspire thoughtful conversation about the future of women at Yale and in the larger society.”


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
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
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