Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Broadway Review: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ | Variety

Read about how our Jefferson Mays has knocked them dead again on Broadway.  Click below to read the review about Jefferson’s new play!  This is a Yale packed cast, and also includes Yalie Lauren Worsham (go Morse!). 

Want to go as a class?

Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder November 17, 2013 | 07:30PM PT

This witty and adorably wicked new musical stars the endlessly inventive Jefferson Mays in multiple roles, all of them murder victims.

Marilyn Stasio

How very daring — a witty musical about a serial killer that Stephen Sondheim didn’t write.   Fashioned from the ingeniously absurd plot of the novel that inspired the classic Alec Guinness film comedy “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” proves an ideal vehicle for the versatile talents of Jefferson Mays.   Reveling in his multiple roles, Mays plays eight wacky members of a noble family doomed to die at the hands of a distant heir who covets the family title and fortune.  The English music hall format is the perfect performance style for this adorably wicked show.

Broadway Review: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ | Variety

YaleNews | Alumni assemble to assess New Haven renaissance

Alumni assemble to assess New Haven renaissance

By Michael Morand
November 19, 2013
Photos: New Haven's renaissance

Yale Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development Bruce Alexander ’65 with Toni Harp ’78 M.Env.D., who will become New Haven's new mayor in January 2014, and Yale President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. Both Harp and Salovey came to New Haven for their graduate education at Yale.

The Apple store opened on Broadway two years ago. New Haven was one of just five new retail locations for Apple in the quarter the store opened here.

The popular Claire's Corner Copia has been in the city for nearly 40 years, and is now flanked by newer businesses.

Yale Alumni College

Yale Alumni College

We are again delighted to announce Yale Alumni College’s Spring 2014 semester which will hold courses at the Yale Club in New York starting on Monday, March, 3rd, and at Rose Alumni House on Tuesday, March 4th and/or Wednesday, March 5th. These post-graduate, non-credit courses in New York and New Haven are open to Yale alumni, their family members and friends in seminar format with 10-25 participants.
All of these courses will be conducted by Yale-associated faculty – some of whom are Yale professors emeriti, and others of whom are currently active as Yale faculty members. Each 1½ hour class will run for six sessions per semester with a reasonable amount of reading in advance of each session.
Opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom are available; for example, in the fall of 2012 we journeyed around Manhattan Island on an architectural cruise, in the spring of 2013 we had a terrific experience at the Cloisters with two Yale Ph.D. students as guides. In the fall of 2013 we traveled to the Storm King Sculpture Museum and had an amazing tour lead by a current Yale student and a class participant.
Course information, professor bios, locations, days and times and registration will be available starting Monday, January 6, 2014.
If you have any questions, contact Barbara Burt at the AYA at or 203-432-1990.
See you in the spring!
Yale Alumni College Board of Directors
Marv Berenblum ’56, Chairman
Al Atherton ’59, Finance
Merrell Clark ’57, Governance
Chris Coffin ’74, Communications
Kathy Edersheim ’87, Association of Yale Alumni
Charlotte Hitchcock ’91 MPH, Social Activities
Dan Koenigsberg ’62, Curriculum Development
Ken Inadomi ’76, Faculty Development
Roy Niedermayer ’59, Washington, DC Campus
Burt Strauss ’56, Yale Club Liaison

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yale Alumni Service Corps -- These Trips Are Amazing


Yale Alumni Service Corps

Join us for an inspiring service trip in Nicaragua from March 15-22, 2014!

Dear Alum: 

Do you want to make a difference? Are you looking for a meaningful way to invest your time and talent?

The Yale Alumni Service Corps invites you- alumni, family, and friends – to join us on a truly inspiring service opportunity as we immerse ourselves in a cultural exchange with El Trohilo, a village near New Haven’s own sister city of León, Nicaragua.

This return service trip is an opportunity for you to volunteer in this underserved village and continue the great work to support this community.

Echoing Nathan Hale’s words of “I wish to be useful” – you can serve on projects that reflect your skills and interest. You can: 
  • Teach children in the village school
  • Care for patients in the medical clinic
  • Coach sports to young athletes
  • Work on construction projects
  • Share your business skills with small business owners and the local Co-Op 
You will work side by side with the people of El Trohilo as they strive to improve the quality of their lives. You will build cross-cultural understanding and in the process make friends for life.  We hope you can join us in this opportunity to make a difference in El Trohilo!  This is a wonderful experience for families and individuals to change lives, including your own! Alumni – and their friends and family from all classes, graduate and professional schools are welcome.  We can only accommodate 60 volunteers so please sign up early! The cost is $1,490 exclusive of airfare to/from Managua, Nicaragua. 
For more information, please visit us at or click here to register! 
YASC has more great programs coming up for 2014 with our first trip to India and college mentoring trips to West Virginia and California.
West Virginia & California (tentative): June/July (final dates to be confirmed)In partnership with College Summit – founded by Yale alum J.B. Schramm ’86 – 40 volunteers will spend four days preparing high school students for college by tutoring them in essay writing, reviewing the college application process, and coaching them in leadership skills.

India: July 30-August 14, 2014 (final dates to be confirmed)In collaboration with AFS India, we are embarking on our first service trip to India. We will be serving the community of Kakelav, located in the city of Jodhpur and performing a wide array of projects including arts and education, athletics, business consulting, medical services, and more.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

President Salovey's Inaugural Address

Here is President Salovey's inaugural address:

Our Educational Mission

Salovey said Yale was a "research institution that proudly and unapologetically focuses on our students." (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Inauguration Address by President Peter Salovey, Woolsey Hall, Oct. 13, 2013
With great joy, excitement, and hope, I accept the leadership of this university. I am honored to be granted the stewardship of this venerable institution; grateful for the trust of the Yale Corporation, faculty, and community; optimistic for our shared future.
Today I am reminded of all those who have nurtured and supported me — my teachers along the way. That is why the anthem that will be sung later focuses on the words of the scholar Shimon ben Zoma: “Who is wise?” ben Zoma asks, “The one who learns from all ... I have gained understanding from all my teachers.”


This weekend was an amazing one in New Haven.  Yale inaugurated its 23rd president, Peter Salovey.  What a party!  The fun began on Friday, with seminars and lectures around campus.  Friday night was the celebratory concert.  It was awesome.

Saturday was a campus-wide open house with a gala dinner and parties around campus.  President Salovey and the Professors of Bluegrass played and there was much rejoicing.  Sunday was the big day (more on President's Salovey's speech in another post), and then a big street fair on Hillhouse Avenue.

The weekend saw many in our class enjoying the inaugural celebration.  (A few are pictured below.)  Lisa and I ran into a bunch of classmates: Kara Unterberg, Jason Reese, Darcy Troy Pollock, Meghan McMahon, Cathy Edwards, Pam Thompson, Michael Morand, Tamar Gendler, and Rich Dietz.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

An interesting story about the Yale Club of New Haven

From today's New Haven Register:

Yale Club combines the best of town and gown

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) October 3, 2013 New HavenMembers of the Yale Club of New Haven hold meetings at the New Haven Lawn Club. Pictured here are from left: Jim Malerba and John Caserta both of North Haven, Elaine Piraino-Holevoet of New Haven, B. Patrick Madden, Carl Lindskog and Dan Koenigsberg all of Woodbridge. 

NEW HAVEN >> The last thing the Yale Club of New Haven wants is to become a secret society.
Far from being exclusive and cloaked in mystery, the 104-year-old club is actively recruiting members. And here’s a surprise: You don’t have to be a Yalie to join.
“A big part of our mission has to do with community service in Greater New Haven, which is important to everyone,” said club President B. Patrick Madden.
The Yale Club of New Haven, part of a network of Yale clubs around the world, has about 500 members. The members include Yale graduates who stayed in the area, parents of Yale students, local business people and New Haven natives who earned Yale degrees.
“It’s a way to stay engaged,” said Daniel Koenigsberg, class of 1962 and the club’s assistant secretary, who grew up in New Haven and now lives in Woodbridge. “Once you finish school, you have no formal connection with the university.”

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Watch Peter Salovey's Inauguration Live!

Yale will be live streaming the inauguration of Peter Salovey.  You can watch here live . . .

At Yale, it’s a different breed of inauguration

Check out this piece from the New Haven Register.  Looks like a great weekend coming up.  Don’t miss it!

At Yale, it’s a different breed of inauguration

(Photo by Peter Hvizdak — Register)Kim Goff-Crews, left, and Daniel Harrison, co-chairs of the Yale Presidential Inauguration Committee Friday, October 3, 2013 at Woodbridge Hall on the Yale University Campus with a painting of Elihu Yale who helped found Yale, right.
By Jim Shelton, New Haven Register
Posted: 10/04/13, 8:33 PM EDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago
NEW HAVEN >> Nothing kicks off an Ivy League inauguration like a palaver of campus pooches.
That’s just what New Haven will get on Oct. 12-13, when Yale University officially installs Peter Salovey as its 23rd president. There also will be a monster block party, a community-wide open house, an Instagram challenge and an original poem read by Elizabeth Alexander, the Yale poet who spoke at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
“We’re treading a line between tradition and non-stuffiness,” said Daniel Harrison, a music theory professor at Yale who is co-chairman of the presidential inauguration committee with Kimberly M. Goff-Crews, Yale’s secretary and vice president for student life.
“No black tie,” Goff-Crews agreed. “We wanted to open up Yale for this event.”
What this means to the wider community, including those with no Yale affiliation, is a rare chance to see performances, visit collections and tour residential colleges. Also, because Salovey is a bass player and founding member of the Professors of Bluegrass, there will be plenty of music.

YaleNews | Take part in the Inauguration Instagram photo challenge!

 Check out the latest from social media guru, and Class of 87 member, Michael Morand:

Take part in the Inauguration Instagram photo challenge!

By Michael Morand
September 30, 2013

The Yale campus has been called one of the most popular American universities on Instagram and BuzzFeed has said it is one of most “scenic college campuses that were made for Instagram,” the popular social media photo sharing platform.
On Saturday, Oct. 12 Instagram users on campus and around the community will be encouraged to share their favorite spots at Yale in the first Yale Instagram Photo Challenge.
All are invited to join in the celebration of the inauguration of Yale’s 23rd president by participating in the campus-wide open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. As part of the open house festivities, we invite you to share photos in a special Instagram photo challenge to commemorate the occasion. 
Post your photos so that they are publicly visible on Instagram & tag them #InspiringYale to enter the contest. Photos must be taken, tagged #InspiringYale, and posted on Saturday, Oct. 12, during the Open House events between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
A team of judges from the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC) will select winners. The top prizewinner will be announced at the closing gathering of the day on the Cross Campus at 4:30 p.m. Other winners will be determined and notified as soon as possible via comment on their Instagram photos. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Robynne Chutkan Featured in The Atlantic

Here's a piece from The Atlantic about Robynne Chutkan.  Her first book comes out today . . .

What We Eat Affects Everything

How men and women digest differently, diet changes our skin, and gluten remains mysterious: A forward-thinking gastroenterologist on eating one's way to "gutbliss"
(YvesHerman/Reuters; TobyMelville/Reuters; DeanFosdick/AP)
Robynne Chutkan, MD, is an integrative gastroenterologist and founder of theDigestive Center for Women, just outside of Washington, D.C. She trained at Columbia University and is on faculty at Georgetown, but her approach to practicing medicine and understanding disease is more holistic than many specialists with academic backgrounds. She has also appeared on The Dr. Oz Show (of which I’ve been openly skeptical in the past, because of Oz’s tendency to divorce his recommendations from evidence).

Chutkan’s first book comes out today. You might pick out an Oz-ian air to the title: Gutbliss, A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage. Oz even endorses it on the back of the jacket: “Dr. Chutkan blasts away the bloat as she tastefully explains the guts of our problems.”
Dr. Chutkan helped me reconcile some of this—blast away a little bloat, if you will—on simplifying medicine, subspecialists embracing therapies aimed at overall wellness, why a gastroenterology clinic would be sex-specific, and how to think about the whole gluten-free idea; among other answers to questions I wouldn’t have thought to ask.

Sandra Luckow on 60 Minutes

Our very own Sanrda Luckow was featured the other night on 60 Minutes.  The segment on mental  illness featured an interview with her and her work-in-progress documentary film 'That Way Madness Lies...' It is the second time in her career that 60 Minutes features her film work.  Check local listings for the channel and please encourage others to watch this very important story about a system that is failing us.  More information about "That Way Madness Lies... can be found at

How would you answer these questions?

One of the side effects of doing this blog, is that I get e-mails from all sorts of people. When not being asked to invest in Nigeria or helping a crown prince of some obscure nation liberate money from escrow (for a small processing fee), I often get very real inquiries.

Some time ago, a high school student in Virginia doing a paper on what it is like to go to an Ivy League college. Here are the questions the student posed:

  • Why did you choose Yale over any other schools you were considering?
  • What were your expectations going into Yale? Were they fulfilled? Would you do it again?
  • How has your education at Yale put you ahead of others in your career?
  • What did you receive at Yale that you do not think you would have received at a different college?
  • Are there any valuable experiences that you received at Yale that you do not believe you would have experienced anywhere else?

How would you answer these questions?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pacific Produce: Facing discrimination, they bought straight from farms - San Francisco Business Times

Our very own Sarah Garcia is making things happen in San Francisco . . . .
Women-owned businesses

Pacific Produce: Facing discrimination, they bought straight from farms

Annie Sciacca
San Francisco Business Times
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013, 3:00am PDT

When Sarah Garcia and Jennifer Smith bought Pacific Produce, which offers wholesale produce and other groceries, in 2009, they discovered that the produce business is tough for women. 
The distribution market in South San Francisco, where Pacific Produce had bought produce since its inception nearly 20 years ago, was “old school,” Garcia explained, almost entirely male.
“There were six-foot posters of naked women on the walls behind the cash register,” she said. But that was a minor problem. “They wouldn’t sell to us, or they would say, ‘We want cash first,’” Garcia said. “There was constant hazing.” 
The two women’s presence in the South San Francisco produce community ruffled feathers, and things got uglier when they found sugar in the gas tanks of their trucks and industrial-sized nails in the parking lot near their trucks’ tires. 

YaleNews | Historic $250 million gift to Yale from alumnus is largest ever

Great googly, moogly, that’s a lot of money.  Wow.  Thank you, Mr. Johnson.  Looking forward to the new colleges!

Historic $250 million gift to Yale from alumnus is largest ever

September 29, 2013
The gift from Charles B. Johnson '54 brings the university to within $80 million of the funds needed to break ground on two new residential colleges. (Illustration by Patrick Lynch)
Yale President Peter Salovey today announced a $250 million gift commitment to the university by Charles B. Johnson, a 1954 graduate of Yale College, who retired last year as chairman of the board of Franklin Resources. This is the largest gift in Yale history. The gift brings the university’s goal to expand Yale College within reach. 
“This is an extraordinary commitment from one of Yale’s most loyal alumni,” Salovey said. “It builds on Charlie’s long history of generosity to Yale. Charlie has already done so much to shape our international and athletics programs. This latest gift, in support of the expansion of Yale College, is truly magnificent, and I am deeply grateful. I am thrilled that this gift brings us to within $80 million of the funds needed to break ground on two new residential colleges.” (See Salovey's letter to Yale students, faculty, and alumni.)

Friday, September 27, 2013

John Pogue's newest movie . . .


John Pogue to Helm Ciudad

Sierra Pictures announced today that they are set to finance and produceCiudad, a big screen adaptation of the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel by Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo and Ande Parks and Fernando Leon. John Pogue (The Quiet Ones) is attached to direct with Joe Russo himself providing the adapted screenplay. Production is targeting a spring 2014 shoot in Columbia.

The story follows a weary mercenary, who is hired by a Brazilian drug lord to extract his daughter from one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt cities: Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este.

Dwayne Johnson was said to be eyeing the leading role in the film last year, but he appears to no longer be involved.

Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin are producing the project through the Closed on Mondays Entertainment banner. Joe and Anthony Russo and Closed on Mondays’ Joe Nozemack will executive produce with David Guillod of Intellectual Property Group. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will also executive produce the project. Closed on Mondays’ James Lucas Jones and Steven V. Scavelli will co-produce with Kelly McCormick, Sierra/Affinity’s Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, overseeing.
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In conversation with Claire Messud

Here is a recent interview with our classmate, Claire Messud:

The author of ‘The Woman Upstairs’ on middle age, adages and why being likeable will cost you dear
  • By Alex Clark
  • Published: 21:30 September 26, 2013
  • Gulf News
The nature of Claire Messud’s novels — the elegance of their construction and prose, the wry, precise sentences, her powerfully accurate descriptions — makes it somehow unlikely that she would tell me about a twee sign in a bakery near where she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,” the sign reads, “it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” It just doesn’t seem very Messud in either sentiment or delivery, and indeed she remarks that it is the kind of thing she would once have “scoffed at”. But we have been talking about middle age (she is 46), and about how its consolations — a certain kind of relaxation with oneself, or an improvement in material circumstances — are offset by such harrowing milestones as parental illness and death.
Once those kinds of experience have entered your life, adages start to seem slightly less objectionable on mere aesthetic grounds; as Messud puts it, “super-tacky, but not wrong”.
Messud uses the verb “scoff” at one other point, when she recalls a first-person piece she read in a magazine, some years ago, while killing time in a waiting room. It was about a woman who had only just realised that you weren’t graded at the end of your life. At first it seemed a ridiculous notion but as she read on, it began to dawn on Messud that she half-identified with it. Now, she says, “I still believe on some level that at the end somebody will say: you get an A-minus for your life. And it’s not true. It’s not true.”

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Our classmate, Ira Sachs, has been busy.  Check out how he is shooting his new movie


The official Tumblr for Ira Sachs' upcoming film Love is Strange starring Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Darren Burrows and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei.
MUST READ: Want a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made? Read Ira Sachs’ compelling production blog for insight on the filming of Love is Strange:
MUST READ: Want a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made? Read Ira Sachs’ compelling production blog for insight on the filming of Love is Strange:

A Review of ‘Red Grooms - Larger Than Life,’ at Yale University Art Gallery -

Saw this recently at the Art Gallery.  Very cool.

Yale University Art Gallery/Red Grooms/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery 
“Cedar Bar,” a 1986 work of colored pencil and crayon on five sheets in a wood frame, now on display at the Yale University Art Gallery.
There’s a wild, wild party going on at the Yale University Art Gallery these days. And I don’t mean the happy celebration of painting that can be ascribed to most any art museum. This particular bash — calling it wild is probably understating things — rounds up Rembrandt and Leonardo, Picasso and Stravinsky, cancan girls and the New York Knicks and lets them all loose in a big room with plenty of booze, cigarettes and a large, extremely entertaining bowl of grapes.

Mining for Potential in West Virginia | Constance Spencer

Check out this blog post by Connie Spencer about the Yale Alumni Service Corps trip to West Virginia:
I watched with compassion as a girl dropped her head to hide tears spilling down her face after reading her 10-minute writing exercise to other high school students, and the Yale Alumni Service Corps volunteers who had come to West Virginia to coach them on college applications. The girl's story was a description of anguish and love between a child and her alcoholic mother -- a mother who did not want her child to go to college and leave her behind. The next student nervously read her story which featured the most influential person in her life, her grandmother, a woman who had been a shut-in for 20 years. Another student wrote of a beloved uncle who died young of a drug overdose, leaving behind confusion and grief. These stories represented some of the obstacles that the students in Western Appalachia face when considering their futures, and our task was to help them overcome these roadblocks in order to understand their value and extraordinary potential -- in only four days!

YaleNews | Inauguration weekend Oct. 12–13 to build on tradition and unite community

Check out the Salovey inauguration weekend . . .

Inauguration weekend Oct. 12–13 to build on tradition and unite community

September 16, 2013 
Yale’s long history, current vitality, and future aspirations will all be showcased at the inauguration of Peter Salovey as the university’s 23rd president, with a series of events in the days leading to the formal installation ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
The fellows of the Yale Corporation selected Salovey, who began work in Woodbridge Hall on July 1, as Yale’s new president in late November 2012, following extensive consultations with the Yale community. The trustees and Salovey aim to include all of the Yale community, New Haven residents, and friends around the world in the inauguration events this fall.
The festivities include a campus-wide open house on Saturday, Oct 12 for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and New Haven residents. Sunday’s Inauguration Ceremony will be viewable live online via the Yale YouTube channel. The weekend will conclude with a festive “block party” on Hillhouse Avenue, open to all.
"Yale grew from an institution chartered on Oct. 9, 1701, by a visionary group of men who shared one region, race, and religion,” notes Kimberly Goff-Crews, vice president and secretary of student life, co-chair of the Inauguration Planning Committee with Daniel Harrison, the Allen Forte Professor of Music Theory. “Their collegiate school has been transformed over the centuries into our global university, comprised of women and men with many aspirations and ideas, representing many experiences and beliefs, hailing from many cultures and backgrounds. 
“This inauguration provides an opportunity to celebrate the best of today’s Yale and its traditions, made anew by each successive generation,” she adds.
“President Salovey asked us to conceive a series of events that would highlight the many facets of Yale, its people and their pursuits, and the spirit of inspiration that unites us,” Harrison says. “There is much to celebrate, so the inauguration includes many parts, building to Saturday and Sunday activities accessible by all. We hope everyone in the Yale family will participate and will join us in sharing information about the inaugural celebrations with their colleagues, neighbors, and friends.”
Campus-wide open house on Oct. 12, to focus on “inspiring connections”
In keeping with Salovey’s commitment to make Yale even more unified and accessible, this inauguration will feature an innovation on tradition, with a campus-wide open house that encourages people beyond Yale to connect with the campus and the people at Yale to connect with parts of the university they do not already know.

Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Harvard, Vermont - Yale Bulldogs

Attention all Field Hockey players!
The Yale field hockey huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity) 

Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Harvard, Vermont

The Yale field hockey huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ceremonies Recognize New Coaching Endowment
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – What promises to be a memorable Alumnae Weekend for the Yale field hockey team centers around two games at Johnson Field, as the Bulldogs host Harvard on Saturday and Vermont on Sunday. Saturday's game, the Ivy League opener, includes ceremonies recognizing the program's new coaching endowment -- Pam Stuper is now Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. It is also Yale's chance to notch a fifth straight win in the series against Harvard, something that the Bulldogs have never done before.
Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Harvard, Vermont - Yale Bulldogs

Foodtober: Taste of New Haven, 10/1 | Yale Alumni Association of New York

New Have has some terrific restaurants.  Check them out during the upcoming YAANY Foodtober event  . . .

Foodtober: Taste of New Haven, 10/1

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Come eat up some of the tastiness New Haven has to offer! Taste of New Haven brings six of the Elm City’s most delicious and innovative restaurants here to the Big Apple, where we’ll sample their cuisine at a convivial open-to-all event at the Yale Club (you do not have to be a Yale Club member to attend!). The evening will be peppered with some of New Haven’s cultural institutions and sporting events to ignite conversation as we enjoy our taste of New Haven.

Your ticket price includes savory and sweet food samplings (more than a bite, smaller than an appetizer) from all six restaurants, and a donation for our Foodtober beneficiaries. Reserve yours before the September 24th early bird discount cutoff!

Foodtober: Taste of New Haven, 10/1 | Yale Alumni Association of New York

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Why music? An overture to the Yale School of Music

This video celebrates the Yale School of Music’s mission of cultivating and sharing great music. It was written, directed, and scored entirely by graduates and current students of Yale University, and features musicians from a variety of YSM Ensembles. (Visit for more information)

Yale Alumni Recognition Awards

Alumni Awards and Recognition

The Association of Yale Alumni applauds the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of Yale’s many volunteers. Volunteers give of their time and their talent in so many ways, demonstrating that the best of Yale can be the best for Yale.
While Yale volunteering - whether for your Yale College Class, regional club, graduate or professional school association, shared interest group or other group - is its own reward, the Yale Alumni Association seeks to honor and recognize those individuals and alumni group whose service stands out.

Yale Medal - Yale’s highest honor for individual service
AYA Leadership Awards for Volunteer Innovation and Service for outstanding individual service to the Yale Alumni Association
AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards for superior accomplishment among AYA-affiliated alumni associations
Yale College Class Awards - awarded by class leadership for distinguished service

POV: Interview with John Barker, Founder of Barker DZP | The Agency Post

Recently, The Agency Post ran an interview with our classmate, John Barker, about John’s New York ad agency.  Click the link below for the whole article.
John Barker  

POV: Interview with John Barker, Founder of Barker DZP

By:Jami Oetting Date posted: September 4, 2013
Tell us about Barker DZP and what differentiates it from other agencies.
We call ourselves “The Agency: Reintegrated” because Barker was founded to bring the marketing disciplines back together again. It’s why we have branding, advertising, interactive, social, mobile and content production all under one roof. We came from big agencies, and we saw how multiple profit centers competing for client budgets distracted and sapped the energy out of good people. We are one agency. It lets us focus on the big ideas that make a real impact in the marketplace because we’re not bound by any single discipline, media or genre. And the results can be genuinely enormous. We’re not the kind of agency you hire to get a 4 percent or 5 percent lift; we try to add a zero to that. We’re fairly aggressive.
For more of the interview, click here:

POV: Interview with John Barker, Founder of Barker DZP | The Agency Post

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Flash Sale: Harvard vs. Yale Rivalry on Ice at Madison Square Garden, 1/11/14 | Yale Alumni Association of New York

Check this out . . .

Harvard vs. Yale Rivalry on Ice at Madison Square Garden, 1/11/14

Yale Harvard Rivalry On Ice

Join other Yalies from the tri-state area to cheer on our National Champion hockey team.

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
(Located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station)

Click here to purchase tickets and make sure to type in the promo code “Bulldogs”! Prices are $25, $50, and $60.

These YAANY tickets will have seats together.

This event will sell  out very quickly, so do not delay!

The two Ancient rivals have skated against each other 237 times in games contested at eight different cities. The first meeting of 2014, which brings the Yale and Harvard men’s hockey teams back to the city of the first game in 1900, should have the most fans to ever see the historic rivalry. That’s because it’s being billed as “The Rivalry On Ice.”

Flash Sale: Harvard vs. Yale Rivalry on Ice at Madison Square Garden, 1/11/14 | Yale Alumni Association of New York

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Harvard Business School Case Study - Gender Equity -

Have you read the latest NY Times article about gender equity at Harvard Business School?  It’s an interesting read and, for me, thought provoking.  Over the last several years, I have spent a lot of my time working on gender equity issues in law firms.  I am partner of a BigLaw law firm, and our track record on retaining women is consistent with our peers – which is to say that it is poor.  Over the last few years, we have instituted new initiatives and time will tell if they are enough.  By next year, 75% of our junior and mid-level associates will be women, so we better get gender equity issues right.  The HBS experience might be instructive for BigLaw, and it might be instructive for other institutions.  It does pose a number of intriguing questions:  how does the HBS approach square with/compliment the Lean In message of Sheryl Sandberg?  Will the efforts of HBS mean anything 10 years down the road for these graduates?  And, if so, what?  Do the efforts of HBS administrators address the sorts of concerns expressed by Anne Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic last year?  With changes like those made at HBS, can women “have it all”?

What do you think?

Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity

September 7, 2013

BOSTON — When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visible evidence of the experiment they had undergone for the last two years. As they stood amid the brick buildings named after businessmen from Morgan to Bloomberg, black-and-crimson caps and gowns united the 905 graduates into one genderless mass.

But during that week’s festivities, the Class Day speaker, a standout female student, alluded to “the frustrations of a group of people who feel ignored.” Others grumbled that another speechmaker, a former chief executive of a company in steep decline, was invited only because she was a woman. At a reception, a male student in tennis whites blurted out, as his friends laughed, that much of what had occurred at the school had “been a painful experience.”

He and his classmates had been unwitting guinea pigs in what would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy: What if Harvard Business School gave itself a gender makeover, changing its curriculum, rules and social rituals to foster female success?

Harvard Business School Case Study - Gender Equity -

Morse College Reunion

Last year, Yale started having Residential College Reunions.  The next on tap is the Morse College Reunion -- April 4-5, 2014.  The organizing committee features members of the Class of 1987 -- the best class ever to grace the halls of Yale.   Anyone interested in helping out, should let me know.  And, please, please, please plan on attending.

Gendler appointed deputy provost | Yale Daily News

Tamar Gendler has been busy, busy, busy.  She is now deputy provost, along with her other duties.  Good luck Tamar!

Gendler appointed deputy provost

Tamar Gendler, former chair of the Philosophy Department, steps into her new role as deputy provost for the humanities and initiatives today.

Tamar Gendler, former chair of the Philosophy Department, steps into her new role as deputy provost for the humanities and initiatives today. Photo by Philipp Arndt.

By Sophie Gould
Staff Reporter

Philosophy Department Chair Tamar Gendler will join the Provost’s Office today in the newly created role of deputy provost for the humanities and initiatives.

Gendler will hold her new position for one year, during which she will collaborate with Emily Bakemeier, deputy provost for the arts and humanities, and will also serve as a point person for any “special initiatives” that the University undertakes during Yale President Peter Salovey’s first year at the helm of the University. Though Gendler’s new position is a one-year, part-time role that will allow her to continue her research and teaching, Gendler said philosophy professor Stephen Darwall has taken over the chairmanship of the Philosophy Department as of this morning.

“I am very grateful to [Gendler] for her willingness to contribute her perspective and energy to our office in this year of transition and of major steps forward for the University,” Provost Benjamin Polak said in a memo to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Friday.

Gendler said the creation of an additional position within the Provost’s Office was the result of conversations between Polak and over 50 professors in the humanities over the past several months. The combined arts and humanities portfolio was too large for any single person to manage, she said. Though Bakemeier, who has overseen the arts and humanities since 2009, said she and Gendler have yet to confirm how they will share responsibilities, she said she is “thrilled” to be working alongside Gendler in sharing the humanities portfolio

Gendler appointed deputy provost | Yale Daily News

Emanuel Pastreich: Vagabonds Will Revitalize Detroit

I am, as many of you know, from Detroit.  So, it has been with great sadness that I have watched the city’s decline into bankruptcy. 

One of our classmates, Emanuel Pastreich, was mentioned in a Detroit-related piece the other days, so I thought I would share it.  Here is an excerpt . . .  the whole article is reachable by clicking on the link below:


That’s how New Orleans got on the hipster map, for better or for worse. The invasion indicates a community’s networks scaling globally. On the backs of these migrants come fresh ideas and knowledge, density be damned. New Orleans was re-imagined and experienced transformational change. The same could happen to Detroit and, South Korea:

Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, a long-time resident of Korea who has worked with various Korean academic and government institutions in efforts to increase Korea’s global stature, has recently released a remarkable book that presents the quintessence of his philosophy. Dr. Pastreich is the director of the Asia Institute and a professor at Kyung Hee University, and has penned A Different Republic of Korea about Which Only Koreans Are Ignorant, which has drawn considerable attention. …

… The book is meant as a touchstone to point Korea in the right direction towards its true long-term potential on the global stage. Much of the focus falls on the various hidden treasures in Korean culture itself. Pastreich uses a powerful parable taken from the Lotus Sutra to describe Korea’s relationship with its own culture.

The parable goes like this. A man meets an old friend and they talk until late in the evening. Before dawn, the friend leaves while the man is still asleep. The friend takes a priceless gem and sews it into the lining of the man’s jacket as a special gift to help him, and then he leaves before the man awakes. When the man wakes up he continues on his travels, unaware of the jewel sewn into his clothes. He suffers painful experiences, being subjected to hunger, disease, and terrible poverty. After many years, he meets up again with his friend who tells him that he had had a priceless jewel in his clothes all that time, but had been unaware of it. The point of the parable is that often the most valuable things in our lives we have right with us, but we are completely unaware of their presence. In the case of Korea, there is a profound lack of awareness of the richness of Korean culture itself.

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