Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Haven, CT 06520 (+playlist)

Check out this neat video about New Haven . . . a really nice place!

Yale Alumni Service Corps article from Yale Daily News

Interesting article about the Alumni Service Corps.  Quotes from Yalies of the 80's including Tim Harkness are included:

Yale alumni service expands

Based on the success of its first domestic service trip last year to West Virginia to help high school students from underserved areas in their college search, Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) is now in the process of expanding its program in the United States.
YASC — which started as a service opportunity for alumni, families and friends in 2008 — has organized mission trips to international locations including Nicaragua, Ghana, China, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Alumni and student volunteers engage in projects such as teaching local women about domestic violence and self-defense and bringing medical equipment to treat cervical cancer and kidney failure. The service trips not only allow alumni and undergraduates to develop relationships with each country’s local population, but also with one another. Professions of alumni volunteers include movie producers, judges, educators and business experts. Now, YASC is turning its eye toward programs within America.
Last year, YASC collaborated with College Summit, an organization founded by Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award winner J.B. Schramm ’86 that works with high school students from underserved areas to mentor them in their college search and application process. The trip sold out within 24 hours of opening registration.
“We hadn’t been able to find a good ground partner in the U.S. until we partnered with College Summit. It was an extremely popular and successful trip, and we are expanding this year to go back to West Virginia and add California and potentially New Haven for 2014,” said Constance Spencer, chair of YASC and the producer and leader of several YASC programs.

Yale Alumni Social Media Summit | January 25, 2014

On January 25, 100 members of the Yale alumni community got together to discuss social media -- how it could be used to drive alumni engagement and facilitate connections between and among alumni and alumni groups.  Our MC for the day was the Class of '87's Michael Morand.  Tim Harkness was one of the speakers and other classmates -- Margie Whiteleather and Kather Edersheim -- were there, too.

Above is a summary and below is a video of the keynote discussion.

AYA Yale Day of Service Volunteer Forum

Check out this Yale Day of Service Volunteer forum.  Neat substantively.  Also, I love the format!

Yale Day of Service

May 10, 2014
For the sixth year, thousands of members of the Yale community around the world will be coming together this spring to give back where they live through the Yale Day of Service.  On May 10th, there will be hundreds of opportunities to join other alumni and families and friends to
  • tutor children
  • restore parks
  • provide for the hungry
  • build housing
  • provide career guidance
…and to participate in many other projects that make our communities better because Yale alumni live there.
Learn about many of these great programs and find out how you can get involved at our new website at  Check out the photos, videos and more!
So mark your calendar for the Yale Day of Service on May 10th…though you can also participate in Day of Service projects that will be scheduled for many other dates this spring.
Interested in organizing a site in your area? The Organizer’s Toolbox on the website provides “how to” information and a link to the online form you can complete to have your site included in the online registration database.  The deadline for submitting sites is February 24th.
We invite you to join with alumni from the classes of the 1940’s to 2000’s, from all schools and programs, current students, faculty, staff and Yale family members in your community as we come together to celebrate one of Yale’s most enduring values in leading the way to better communities by sharing our time and talent in giving back. 
Registration for 2014 sites will open in early March…watch your email for the announcement!
Questions?  Contact Alisa Masterson at
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Yale Travel

Our classmate, Kathy Edersheim, has been really stepping things up at Yale Travel since she took over there.  Check out the latest offerings:

The world’s many empires and ancient cultures are steeped in history, myth and legend. Some of these civilizations were titans of history, powerful entities whose dramatic impact still echoes today, while others remain only as enticing mysteries, vanished and largely unknown. Join fellow alumni and leading Yale experts and explore the complex cultural mosaics of these fascinating ancient civilizations.

Copenhagan • Gothenburg • Oslo • Stavanger • Bergen • Lerwick • Stromness • Thorshavn • Vestmannaeyjar • Reykjavik
THE VIKING AGE and its 250-year span left an indelible mark on the cultures of the North Atlantic, Norwegian and North Seas, and beyond. Sail aboard the deluxe Sea Explorer with ROBERTA FRANK, Professor of English, and WALTER GOFFART, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, in the wake of these brave explorers, navigating channels and firths as did the great Viking ships. Admire Nordic art and design at the museums of Gothenburg, and call in Oslo to see its iconic sights, including the Nobel Peace Center. Step ashore in Bergen, and enjoy a private recital at the nearby villa of Edvard Grieg. Cross the North Sea to the Shetland Islands to experience 4,000-year-old Jarlshof, then discover the Neolithic and Norse sites of the Orkney and Faroe Islands. Sail through the starkly beautiful Westman Islands of Iceland.


Yale International Alliance

I thought this looked interesting:

  Yale International Alliance 
Dear Alumni,

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Yale International Alliance’s website, dedicated to connecting Yale alumni and sharing the exciting things that alumni, students and faculty are doing around the world. We will kick-off our virtual lecture series this Tuesday, the 4th of February, with an online, interactive talk with Mark Dollhopf ‘77, the Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni, speaking from New Haven on "Alumni Ambassadors for Yale" and the international alumni community.

Have you seen Yale Alumni College?

Yale Alumni College has been a huge success -- people have loved it.  Here's more information about it for the upcoming Spring.

Keep an eye out -- this is going to expand a great deal over the coming year or so.  

Yale Alumni College – Final Reminder to Register for Spring 2014 Courses 
Reminder - The spring semester of Yale Alumni College begins the first week of March in New York, Greenwich and New Haven, and course registration is proceeding at a fast pace. Please complete your registration by Friday, February 21st, if you want to retain first priority on available space.
Course and registration information is listed below.
Course Information
In New York at the Yale Club of New York (50 Vanderbilt Ave)
Professor Gordon Turnbull’s seminar will be “The European Literary Tradition: Comic Drama.”
Classes will be on Mondays in New York 4:20 – 5:50 pm.
Professor Meir Kryger’s seminar will be on “The Mystery of Sleep.”
Classes will be on Mondays in New York 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Professor Judith Malafronte's lecture course will be on “Shakespeare & Verdi.”
Classes will be on Mondays in New York 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Professor Ted Marmor’s seminar will be on “America’s Misunderstood Welfare State: Myth, Reality, and Social Insurance.”
Classes will be on Mondays in New York 7:40 – 9:10 pm.
Professor Kieke Okma’s seminar will be on “America and the World: the World and America.”
Classes will be on Mondays in New York 7:40 – 9:10 pm.
In New Haven at Rose Alumni House (232 York St)
Professor Traugott Lawler's seminar will be on Joyce’s “Ulysses.”
Classes will be on Tuesdays in New Haven 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
Professor John Stuart Gordon’s seminar will be on “The Artistry and Meaning of American Silver.”
Classes will be on Tuesdays in New Haven 4:40 – 6:10 pm.
Professor Stephen Latham’s seminar will be “Regulating Life: The Law of Bioethics from Before the Cradle to After the Grave.”
Classes will be on Wednesdays in New Haven 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
In Greenwich at the First Presbyterian Church (1 West Putnam Ave)
Professor Judith Malafronte's lecture course will be on “Opera in Cinema.”
The lectures will be on Tuesdays in Greenwich 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Professor Ted Marmor and Doctor John Hughes will team teach a lecture on “The Health Care Crisis: How it arose, and what is to be done.”
The lectures will be on Wednesdays in Greenwich 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Click Here to find out more about our course offerings.
Click Here to view the biographical information about our professors.
Contact Barbara Burt at the AYA at either or 203-432-1990 if you have any questions.

Socioeconomic Class

There's been a lot of discussion about class at Yale.  Socio-economic class.  It is factored into admissions -- just check out the recent articles about it the Yale Alumni Magazine.

Now, it's being discussed on campus and via tumblr: Class at Yale.  What do you think?

You can read more about the tumblr, here.

Here's a recent YDN piece on the issue:

New group to promote socioeconomic discussion

Photo by Victor Kang.

The discussion around socioeconomic class at Yale appears to be picking up steam.
Last night, Yale’s Peer Liaisons — upperclassmen who help connect first-year students to cultural houses and other communities within Yale — hosted a dinner-discussion at the Afro-American Cultural Center centered on socioeconomic class.
The event came over a month after the PLs launched a Tumblr website called “Class at Yale,” which has published nearly 100 anonymous submissions describing students’ experiences with socioeconomic class at the University.
This semester, David Truong ’14 is also spearheading the creation of a new student organization, called the Undergraduate First-Generation Low-Income Partnership, or U-FLIP. The group will center on discussions of socioeconomic class and the unique challenges present for students from low-income backgrounds, though students of all backgrounds are welcome.

Feb Club Emeritus

Feb Club Emeritus, the creation of the Yale Class of 1987, has launched its 7th year.  It's been a great start, so far, with parties both large and small connecting Yalies around the globe.

A new twist this year is the Virtual Feb Club.  On February 28, Yalies should get together with their friends for coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks, whatever works, really.  Take a picture of your event and post it to twitter, Facebook, Instagram -- and then use the #febclub and #yalealumni tags.  That's it.  A bunch of micro-Feb Clubs will be joined up to make one big Feb Club.

Hope you join in.  Even if you don't post a picture, call a roommate, a friend or teammate or castmate.  Reconnect.  You'll be glad that you did.

The Quiet Ones (2014) - Official Trailer [HD]

Check out the latest trailer to a movie by John Pogue.

Here's a synopsis from

On April 25th, 2014, The Quiet Ones opens in theaters nationwide. Based on actual events, the film stars Sam Claflin, Jared Harris, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke and was directed by John Pogue.

A university student (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment -- to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students, led by their determined professor (Jared Harris of Mad Men), are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation. Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

While I no longer find any claim of "based on actual events" easy to believe, I must admit I do like the trailer. That coupled with how much I dig Olivia Cooke's performance in Bates Motel makes me more than just pretty interested in seeing this.

A new gig for Lynn Oberlander

Some big news about our classmate, Lynn Oberlander!  Congratulations, Lynn!

Lynn Oberlander Joins First Look Media as General Counsel 

for Media Operations

A leader in the field of media law and First Amendment rights, 
Oberlander brings stellar credentials and experience, most recently from 
her role at The New Yorker
NEW YORK--()--First Look Media, the news organization created by Pierre Omidyar, today announced that Lynn Oberlander has joined the team as general counsel for media operations.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help launch a brand-new digital news operation that has the First Amendment at its core”
Oberlander comes to First Look from The New Yorker, where she spent the past seven years as general counsel. In her new role at First Look, she will draw from her more than 20 years of experience to provide legal counsel and direction in all aspects of the organization’s media operations. She will provide pre-publication review and strategic legal advice, help to structure syndication and other distribution relationships and leverage her extensive experience in support of efforts to expand First Amendment and other vital protections for all journalists.