Saturday, January 28, 2012

News from Tracey Capers

I received this not from Tracey Capers:

I was delighted to see and catch up Preston Kevin Lewis in NYC visting from Melbourne, Australia.  I've been chatting with David Pollay hoping that he will visit NYC to speak on Law of the Garbage Truck.  I recently checked in with my friend, suitemate and now opthamologist, Dr. Julia Katz Schonfeld.
Living and working in Brooklyn where I am Executive Vice President for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. I'm working on a personal project that I would like to get the word out about.  Inspired by brother's own illness nearly 20 years ago, I have started Familiar Minds, a blog dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness, one story at time. This blog is the starting point for a book project that will compile essays written by people with mental illness and/or by the family members that support them.  Submissions of abstracts of 500 words are invited on personal perspectives and experiences on mental illness. 

Submission Instructions: email Please add Call for Submissions: Familiar Minds in the subject line.

For more information or questions, email and/or refer to

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reunion Program

Now that Christmas is over, a team of elves has turned to planning our class programs for reunion.  We thought we would let you know where things stand.  Here are some of the Panels we have planned:

The White House -- Jay Carney, President Obama's Press Secretary and Brett Kavanaugh (senior advisor to George W. Bush and U.S. Circuit Court Judge)
Authors -- Bruce Feiler, Amor Towles, Clare Messud, Jane Mendelsohn and Chang Rae Lee
Pro Sports -- David Todd, Bob Kudelski, Chris Dudley and Adam Snow
Science -- Carl Zimmer
How we fixed the economy (or did we break it?): Michael Barr
Greening Yale: Creating a Sustainable University: Julie Newman (Office of Sustainability), Mark Bomford (Yale Farm) with Charlie Lord and Morgan Grove.
College Admissions:  Jeff Brenzel (Yale's Dean of Admissions)

We are also working on some activities for the whole family:

Yale Scavenger Hunt
Walking Tour of Yale
Theater Experience for Everyone

We are still very much in the planning stage.  Want to organize an activity?  Let us know.  Want to participate in the Panels we have already listed?  Let us know.

May 24-27 is going to be a great weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Low Strung – Fix You | YALE University – Community Campus FANBlog

Ok.  This has, as far as I can tell, nothing to do with the Yale Class of 1987.  However, I though it was just cool.  Check it out.

Low Strung – Fix You

Low Strung plays an arrangement of “Fix You” by Coldplay, at their spring 2011 Yale campus concert. (Arrangement: Copyright David Rector) View more information at Low Strung is a group of undergraduate and graduate cellists who have come together over the past six years to break out of normal cello repertoire and venture into the realm of pop and classic rock. Their concerts are filled with thundering arrangements of pieces by the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Metallica, Coldplay, the Who, the Beatles, U2, AC and many, many more artists from the 1950′s to today. An official undergraduate organization at Yale University, Low Strung performs two on-campus concerts annually and goes on tour in March and June. As one of the most unique musical ensembles in the Connecticut area, Low Strung has also become a favorite at weddings, local schools, and other events in the New England and New York areas. You can contact the group at

Low Strung – Fix You | YALE University – Community Campus FANBlog

Monday, January 2, 2012

Reunion -- Summary of Previous Important Posts

There have been lots of posts about reunion lately.  Here is a summary of the information you might need.

  • For a video that will, we hope, bring back some fond memories, click here.
  • For posts on housing at reunion, please click here.
  • To see who has already indicated that they are coming to reunion, click here.
  • To read about the pre-reunion event in Boston, click here.  
  • For the pre-reunion event in Washington, DC,click here.
  • For details of the American Airlines discount, click here.

Don't forget the date:  May 24-27, 2012.

See you there!

Virtual Tour | Yale College Admissions

Don’t know if you’ve seen this.  Yale has put together a virtual tour of Yale.  Click below to check out the campus . . .  if you haven’t been in a while, there have been some changes.  You might find this a fun warm up to coming back for reunion.

Virtual Tour | Yale College Admissions

Shakespeare at Yale - spring 2012 | Shakespeare at Yale

Yale has launched a semester-long celebration of Shakespeare.  Check it out:

Shakespeare at Yale is a multi-venued celebration in the spring of 2012 that will display the extraordinary resources that exist at the University for the study and enjoyment of Shakespeare. From an exhibition of the magnificent collection of early printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays in the Beinecke Library and the Elizabethan Club, to a production of The Winter's Tale at the world famous Yale Repertory Theatre, to the display at the Yale University Art Gallery of the brilliant Shakespearean paintings by the great American painter Edwin Austin Abbey, Shakespeare will be visible everywhere this semester at Yale. There will be performances of plays by student dramatic groups, concerts of Elizabethan music by undergraduate, graduate, and professional performers, opera and musical comedy based on Shakespeare’s plays, a series of Shakespearean films, and remarkable exhibitions of paintings, drawings, prints, artifacts, and medical instruments of early modern England on display at the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, and other campus venues. The exhibitions in galleries and libraries will be accompanied by a permanent web exhibition.  Leading Shakespearean scholars and theater practitioners will be on campus for a variety of lectures, gallery talks, and public conversations. A video will be created which will capture highlights of the festival. Every single day of the term will offer at least one way to participate in this semester-long festival, as we recognize the stunning resources that are here at Yale and the amazing ability of Shakespeare to enrich our lives continually. Truly there is something here for everyone, compelling evidence that Shakespeare is indeed our playwright as much as he was of his own era, “not of an age,” as Ben Jonson wrote, “but for all time

Shakespeare at Yale - spring 2012 | Shakespeare at Yale