AYA Lectures and Tours

90th Anniversary of Chaplaincy at Yale

In honor of the 90th Anniversary of Chaplaincy at Yale we are collecting and archiving oral stories from alumni, past chaplains, current students, faculty and staff. This is your opportunity to be a permanent part of the history of the chaplaincy. We are hosting a listening sessions on Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. You must sign up in advance for a 5-minute time slot. Come ready to share a memory or a brief story that speaks to the impact the chaplaincy had in your life. Please contact University Chaplain Sharon M.K. Kugler (sharon.kugler@yale.edu) to make arrangements by May 15, 2017There are limited timeslots available, therefore early sign ups are recommended.

Friday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Biomedical Engineering and Medicines of the Future

Mark Saltzman, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; Head of Jonathan Edwards College

The practice of medicine has changed dramatically in our lifetimes, and even greater changes are anticipated in the next 20 years. Drug delivery is one area of substantial progress, and engineering principles have played an essential role in this progress. Drugs have long been used to improve health and extend lives, but a number of new modes of drug delivery, which were made possible primarily through the work of engineers, have entered clinical practice recently. In addition, engineers have contributed substantially to our understanding of the physiological barriers to efficient drug delivery such as transport in the microcirculation and drug movement through cells and tissues. Still, with all of this progress, many drugs – even drugs discovered using the most advanced molecular biology strategies – have unacceptable side effects. Side effects limit our ability to design drug treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative, and infectious diseases. This lecture will discuss an alternate strategy for drug delivery, which is based on physical targeting, or placement of the delivery system at the target site. The effectiveness of this approach will be illustrated with examples of new treatments for cancer, cardiovascular, and infectious disease.

Friday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Celebrating 90 Years of Chaplaincy at Yale: Sacred Sites Tour

Learn all about student religious life at Yale ninety years after the founding of the Chaplaincy in 1927 and visit sites on and around Old Campus where many religious groups hold worship and meditation services. Included will be Battell Chapel, Dwight Chapel, Breathing Space, the Hindu students’ prayer room, the Muslim students’ musalla, and ending with the Buddhist shrine in the chapel at the base of Harkness Tower.  Representatives of the Yale Chaplain’s Office will lead.  There will be plenty of walking, some stairs, and removal of shoes will be necessary to enter some of the spaces. Meet at Battell Chapel.

Friday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Room: Sanctuary
Yale's New Residential Colleges

Melissa DelVecchio '98 M.Arch, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

Yale's system of residential colleges, established in the late 1930s and today the cornerstone of its undergraduate experience, was given physical form by architect James Gamble Rogers (B.A 1889), who designed eight of the first ten to be built. Four are red-brick Georgian; the other six, as well as very many other Yale buildings of the period including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Law School, are Gothic buildings of stone and brick, as such contributing to the dominant visual language of the University. Two additional colleges, Stiles and Morse, built in the 1960s to the design of Eero Saarinen (B.Arch. '34), acknowledge Rogers's Gothic but in a Modernist style. Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ Partner Melissa DelVecchio (M.Arch. '98) will discuss how the firm approached the design of Franklin and Murray Colleges, the first two new residential colleges to be built in over fifty years. Designed as fraternal twins, similar in size and palette but each enjoying its own identity and organization, the new colleges will carry forward the legacy of Gothic Yale. Since 2008 the firm has been working with the University to realize this important project.  As we approach the opening this coming fall, Melissa will present the design process and also give a virtual tour of the construction site as the building nears completion.

Friday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Public Interest Environmental Law, Then and Now

Paul Sabin '92, Professor of History and American Studies

At the height of the Vietnam War and during the early years of the Nixon Presidency, environmental activists blamed the government for helping to cause the “environmental crisis.” Reversing an earlier liberal embrace of federal agencies, a new generation of lawyers set out to fight the administrative state. The young lawyers delayed the Alaskan pipeline, defeated a Disney resort proposed for the Sierra Nevada, and pushed the pesticide DDT off the U.S. market. They also sued to block highways, bridges, airports, dams, and urban redevelopment. Now environmental activists again look to public interest litigation as an essential tool. What lessons can be learned from the history of the public interest environmental law movement? What are the limits to law as a tool for environmental action?

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Treatment of Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children

Alan Kazdin, Sterling Professor of Psychology & Professor of Child Psychiatry

Severe aggressive and antisocial behavior (frequent fighting, stealing, destroying property, fire setting) in children is one of the most expensive mental health problems in the United States.  The presentation will highlight the nature of the problem and what we know about risk factors, causes, and life-long outcomes.  The immediate clinical challenges are to reduce these behaviors and markedly improve child functioning at home, at school, and in the community.  At Yale, we have developed effective treatments for these children.  Yet, many contextual features, both in family life and society at large, contribute to the very problems we are trying to change.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Changing Face of Earth: Continents & Supercontinents, Past, Present & Future

David A.D.Evans '92, Professor of Geology & Geophysics; Head of Berkeley College

"Terra firma"is far from rigid.Two hundred million years ago, before the Atlantic Ocean was born, dinosaurs could stroll between Connecticut and Morocco, near the center of the Pangea supercontinent. But Pangea is merely the latest of a succession of supercontinents, perhaps three or four in number, which aggregated and dispersed in patterns that we are only now beginning to decipher. This talk will introduce my laboratory’s methods of measuring magnetism in rocks to map ancient geographies across billions of years. The journey will continue toward speculations on the eventual amalgamation of Amasia, the future supercontinent that is anticipated to rejoin the Americas with Eurasia. These landmasses are of more than academic interest; our planet’s mineral and energy resources, on which industrial society is primarily based, derive from geological deposits that are intricately linked to the supercontinental cycle.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Ten Restaurants That Changed America

Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History

Paul Freedman, a historian of the Middle Ages, also teaches the history of food. He will discuss his recent book, Ten Restaurants That Changed America, a look at American tastes, from elegant French restaurants to farm-to-table via international (Chinese and Italian), African-American and such influential icons as Howard Johnson's.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice

Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Professor in the Child Study Center

Emotions matter. What we do with our emotions is especially important. When perceived accurately and regulated effectively, emotions help us to focus on important tasks, make effective decisions, enjoy healthy relationships, and manage life’s ups and downs. In this presentation, Professor Brackett will describe the theory of emotional intelligence developed at Yale under President Salovey’s direction and share his decades of research on the relationship between emotional intelligence and important life outcomes. He also will discuss “RULER,” the Center’s evidence-based approach to teaching emotional intelligence in school systems, which has been shown to increase academic performance, decrease bullying, and enhance school climates. Finally, he’ll discuss how creating emotionally intelligent communities can help us to build a more happy, healthy, productive, and compassionate society.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Yale Glee Club Singing Workshop

Anyone who loves singing (spouses and guests warmly invited) is invited to a choral workshop in the beautifully renovated Rossi Glee Club Room. You needn't have been a Yale Glee Club member to enjoy this rehearsal, led by Glee Club alumna Stephanie Tubiolo '14. MMus '16. Repertoire prepared during the workshop will be performed (by you!) at the "Celebration of Yale Singing" at Woolsey Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Adams Center - 165 Elm Street
Room: Rossi Glee Club Room
Yale at Rest: The Grove Street Cemetery

Join Tom Gottshall '67 for a tour of the Grove Street Cemetery and a glimpse of earlier Yale by visiting the graves of persons for whom Yale Colleges are named (Trumbull, Silliman, Stiles, Timothy Dwight, etc.) and also the graves of other Yale personages, including Noah Webster, Lyman Beecher, Eli Whitney, Walter Camp, Kingman Brewster, and others. A wreath will be laid on the tomb of Kingman Brewster.

Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Grove Street Cemetery - Grove Street & Prospect Street
Room: tour