AYA Lectures and Tours

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, May 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tour of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

Join us for a guided tour of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Dedicated in 1941, the Library’s unique ‘Y’ shape juxtaposes the historical and modern wings of the library.  The tour includes stops at the beautiful Medical Historical Library as well as the Cushing Center, named for 1891 Yale College graduate Harvey Cushing, M.D., considered the father of modern neurosurgery. The Cushing Center houses nearly 400 jars of patients' brains and tumors, selections from Cushing’s rare book collection, dramatic black and white photographs of his patients, and more.  The tour also includes an in-depth look at the current exhibit, “New Lives for Old Specimens,” which features current medical research using historical specimens from Yale’s collections.  From tumors in the Cushing brain tumor registry and fetal skulls within the Kier/Conlogue collection to 1970s dissection videos featuring the late Yale Professor of Anatomy Edmund Crelin Jr., old specimens are finding new ways into current research and medical education. The tour will meet at the security desk at the entrance of 333 Cedar Street. 

Friday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Yale School of Medicine - 333 Cedar St.
Room: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
"Blues Clues" Architectural Treasure Hunt

A self-guided tour at the Mead Visitor Center for families with children ages 6-11, with clues to fascinating architectural and sculptural details on campus. Also available on Saturday & Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm.

Friday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Visitor Center at Yale University - 149 Elm St.
Looking Closely Using Felt and Yarn

This is a fun self-guided family activity for learning about how artists use lines, shapes, and colors to create works of art. Included in the kit are felt, yarn, and instructions for four activities that families can do together while exploring the Gallery. Also available Saturday and Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

Friday, May 26, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Yale University Art Gallery - 1111 Chapel Street
Yale Center for British Art "BAC Packs"

Families may pick up a "BAC Pack" at the Information Desk in the Entrance Court. Inside will be everything young visitors need to help them explore both the architecture and select objects in the Center. Available Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

Friday, May 26, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Lobby
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, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Room: Sanctuary
America's Constitution, Written and Unwritten

Akhil Reed Amar '80, '84 Law, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

In this lecture, based on his two most recent books, America's Constitution: A Biography and America's Unwritten Constitution, Professor Amar will offer his audience an overview of the grand project of American constitutionalism, past, present, and future, with particular emphasis on America's place in the world.

Friday, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sterling Law Building - 127 Wall Street
Room: Levinson Auditorium
Tour of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Beinecke Library is Yale University’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. A center for research by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, it is one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. It has just reopened after a fifteen-month renovation. Please come for a tour and hear about the myths and legends of a great research library and visit its exhibition spaces, which are always free and open to the public and currently feature a special exhibition, “Happiness: The Writer in the Garden." Oh, and the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s, Birds of America are always on display. Meet immediately outside the library’s revolving door entrance; limited to the first 50 participants. If you can’t make the tour, the Library’s hours will be: Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm.  

Friday, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript LIbrary - Wall & High Sts.
Tour of Evans Hall at Yale School of Management

Edward P. Evans Hall is Yale’s newest landmark, with its soaring glass facade and blue classroom pods. The campus’s striking appearance is a reflection of its ambitious purpose: to enhance the effectiveness of Yale SOM’s programs and extend the reach and influence of the school’s mission. The building was designed around the distinctive, integrated Yale SOM approach to business education, from its first impression of transparency and unity down to such details as the placement of classroom desks to facilitate open discussion. The campus enables faculty, students, and other members of our community to bring the SOM mission to life. 

Note: Tour is limited to 50 participants. Bus transportation provided in front of Sheffield-Sterling Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St., across from Woolsey Hall.

Friday, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Edward P. Evans Hall - 165 Whitney Ave.
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, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Evoutionary Medicine: Why We Must Grow Old and Die

Stephen C. Stearns '67, Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary biology has explained why we must age and die.  Our recent cultural history – the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying Epidemiological Transition – have changed the way we do it.  Understanding why that is the case should help to extend our healthspan, if not our lifespan.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Expressions of the American Ethos in Musical Theater Song

Daniel Egan, Lecturer in the Department of Music and Theater Studies; Coordinator, Shen Curriculum in Musical Theater

Why do we love musical theater songs so much?  What is it about their construction, melodies and lyrics that move us?  In this interactive session, Professor Egan will explore great songs of the American theater as contexted statements of the American ethos, but also as great examples of taut construction and expressive wonder.  From Showboat to Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, all the way to Hamilton, the American Musical Theater mirrors a changing America, while expressing our collective dreams and desires.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tour of Marsh Botanic Gardens

Marsh Botanic Gardens is eight acres of plantings on Science Hill with six greenhouses for teaching and research.  Enjoy a stroll with Manager Eric Larson and staff through the naturalistically designed beds, full of rare plants and plants of historical interest, and explore the glass houses with their special collections of desert plants, carnivorous plants, and edible tropical plants like chocolate, coffee and cinnamon.

Please note: This tour is limited to 25 people and will last approximately one hour and forty-five minutes. Bus transportation provided in front of Sheffield-Sterling Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St., across from Woolsey Hall.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Marsh Botanic Gardens - 227 Mansfield St.
Room: Garden Tour
Yale's Public Art Treasures, from the Old Campus to Science Hill

Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist

A fascinating talk featuring the highlights of public art ornamenting the Yale campus, including works by Beatrix Farand, Lee Lawrie, Roy Lichtenstein, Maya Lin, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenberg and Louis C. Tiffany.

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sterling Memorial Library - 120 High Street
Room: International Room
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, May 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Yale Center for British Art "BAC Packs"

Families may pick up a "BAC Pack" at the Information Desk in the Entrance Court. Inside will be everything young visitors need to help them explore both the architecture and select objects in the Center. Available Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Lobby
Peabody Museum Kids' Activities

The Peabody Museum invites you to a morning of activities for families with school-aged children. Activities include a scavenger hunt in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs (with prizes!), and an opportunity to see the Museum’s current exhibits, including the new and dramatic display of minerals in David Friend Hall.

Note: Bus transportation provided in front of Sheffield-Sterling Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St., across from Woolsey Hall.

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Peabody Museum - 170 Whitney
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, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Building a College Community from the Ground Up

As construction on Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges continues apace, the two new Heads of College have been working since last September to build communities within those brand new walls. Tina Lu, Head of  Pauli Murray College, will tell us what progress has been made on the college insignia; how the transfer of students from other colleges has been organized; and what those students are already doing to build college spirit.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Have Bones Will Travel - A Special Lecture for Children

Linda Honan '89 MSN, Associate Professor of Nursing

In this creative, hands-on program, Professor Honan will educate young participants on the marvels of the human body.  Children will be able to touch lung tissue and see the consequences of smoking and air pollution, hold a human skull and learn why bicycle helmets are so important, and handle bones and examine x-rays. Appropriate for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rosenfeld Hall - 111 Grove St.
Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Yale College During an Era of Transition

Jonathan Holloway '95 PhDDean of Yale Collegewill offer his perspective on his time at Yale.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Future of Yale Libraries

Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian

Ms. Gibbons will discuss how the libraries of Yale are expanding their services to embrace the digital age, while remaining steadfast in their commitment to the physical collections. Meet in the International Room located to the left just inside the Library's main entrance (120 High Street).

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sterling Memorial Library - 120 High Street
Room: International Room
Payne Whitney Gym Tour

Brian DiNatale of Yale Athletics will be on hand to show you some of Yale's most impressive renovation projects, including the Lanman Center, the Brady Squash Center, and the Adrian C. "Ace" Israel Fitness Center.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Payne Whitney Gym - 70 Tower Parkway
Britain in the World: A New Look into the Collections

Amy Meyers, '85 PhD, Director, Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art has recently completed a major project to conserve its iconic building designed by Louis I. Kahn. Within the Center’s refurbished spaces, the Center’s renowned collections have been reinstalled and reimagined to present the complex story of the development of British art from the time of the Protestant Reformation to the present seen within a wider global context. Amy Meyers will present an overview of the project, leaving time to explore the galleries during non-public hours.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Auditorium
Rehearsals for Life: Theatrical Techniques for Better Communication & Collaboration

Evan Yionoulis '82, Professor Adjunct of Acting and Directing; Resident Director, Yale Repertory Theater

With the help of Drama School actors, Professor Yionoulis will rehearse a scene from a short play and demonstrate how various techniques employed by theater directors can help improve real-life communication and collaboration at home, at work, or in any group setting.

Saturday, May 27, 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, May 27, 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, May 27, 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, May 27, 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. Enter through the new entrance to the Adams Center at the rear of Hendrie Hall.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Adams Center - 165 Elm Street
Room: Rossi Glee Club Room
Looking Closely Using Felt and Yarn

This is a fun self-guided family activity for learning about how artists use lines, shapes, and colors to create works of art. Included in the kit are felt, yarn, and instructions for four activities that families can do together while exploring the Gallery. Also available Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Yale University Art Gallery - 1111 Chapel Street
"Blues Clues" Architectural Treasure Hunt

A self-guided tour at the Mead Visitor Center for families with children ages 6-11, with clues to fascinating architectural and sculptural details on campus. Also available on Friday, 9 am - 4:30 pm, and Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm.

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Visitor Center at Yale University - 149 Elm St.
Looking Closely Using Felt and Yarn

This is a fun self-guided family activity for learning about how artists use lines, shapes, and colors to create works of art. Included in the kit are felt, yarn, and instructions for four activities that families can do together while exploring the Gallery. Also available Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

Sunday, May 28, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Yale University Art Gallery - 1111 Chapel Street
"Blues Clues" Architectural Treasure Hunt

A self-guided tour at the Mead Visitor Center for families with children ages 6-11, with clues to fascinating architectural and sculptural details on campus. Also available on Friday, 9 am - 4:30 pm, and Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm.

Sunday, May 28, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Visitor Center at Yale University - 149 Elm St.
Yale Center for British Art "BAC Packs"

Families may pick up a "BAC Pack" at the Information Desk in the Entrance Court. Inside will be everything young visitors need to help them explore both the architecture and select objects in the Center. Available Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

Sunday, May 28, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Lobby
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