AYA Lectures and Tours

Developing Drugs from Bench to Bedside: Tales of a Serial Faculty Entrepreneur

Craig Crews, Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Pharmacology

For the past 23 years, Professor Crews has straddled the fields of chemistry and biology as well as academia and the biotech world. Starting with research from his lab, he launched his first company, Proteolix, which converted his research into the FDA-approved anti-cancer drug Kyprolis for the treatment of multiple myeloma.  More recently, his next company, Arvinas, located in New Haven, is changing how drugs are developed and has drug candidates slated to enter clinical trials soon for breast and prostate cancer. Professor Crews will describe both the science behind his drugs as well as the challenges of translating basic research into new therapeutics. Please come prepared with questions for him.

Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Invisible Biodiversity

Paul Turner, Henry Ford II Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Viruses are the majority of earth’s inhabitants. But their small size caused the incredible biodiversity of viruses to remain invisible to humans until early in the last century. Nevertheless, the course of human history has been impacted by deadly virus epidemics for thousands of years or more. Despite conventional wisdom, however, very few viruses actually make us sick.  In fact, past and present virus infections are essential for human well-being and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems, and in the future a virus may even save your life. This lecture concerns the amazing biodiversity of viruses, their profound impact on the history of life on earth, and recent advances in virus biotechnology that address energy, disease and environmental concerns.

Friday, June 1, 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 1, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Room: Sanctuary
Why Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter?

Tamar Gendler '87, Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy; Professor of Psychology; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

In many arenas, the importance of a liberal arts education has come under attack. Yet Yale and its peer institutions remain committed to this form of undergraduate learning. What do we learn about the value of the liberal arts from the perspective of some its disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences and sciences?


Friday, June 1, 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 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tours of the New Residential Colleges

Current Yale students stand ready to guide you through the two new residential colleges – Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray – with their spectacular towers, elegant dining halls and fine stone carvings and gates.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Problem Framing: A Guide to Making Good Decisions

Paul Bracken, Professor of Management and Professor of Political Science

The difference between a good decision and a bad one can be literally life changing. Whether it's to start a new project, make a career move, buy a new house, or pretty much anything you can think of – there's a pattern for success: learn to "frame the problem," analyze the information, choose a solution, and, finally, execute. Using his widely-acclaimed "Yale Problem Framing" course, Professor Bracken will use business examples to highlight the difference between operations and strategy, and then talk about seeing the customer's viewpoint. Finally, he will discuss how these traditional business practices can be adapted to everyday life.

Professor Bracken is an Association of Yale Alumni Howard R. Lamar Faculty Award honoree for 2015.


Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tour of Wright Laboratory - A Portal to the Universe

For years the Wright Laboratory housed a landmark nuclear accelerator. Recently Wright Lab was transformed into a state-of-the-art facility to study neutrinos, dark matter, and the evolution of the Universe. Come for a tour of Yale's newest "Portal to the Universe," led by Wright Lab Director and Professor of Physics, Karsten Heeger. Enjoy a short but fascinating film about the removal of Yale’s “atom smasher” and learn about how Wright Lab's research is advancing the frontiers of fundamental physics by exploring the invisible Universe.

Note: Walk through Lot 22 behind the Peabody Museum; look for the big blue "Portal" sculpture in front of the lab on your right. Bus transportation provided in front of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St., across from Woolsey Hall.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wright Laboratory - 272 Whitney Ave.
Room: lab
Rampant Creativity at Yale's Center for Engineering, Innovation & Design

Vincent Wilczynski, James S. Tyler Director, Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation & Design; Deputy Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Science

The Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design is the go-to location on campus for students, faculty and staff to design, create new products and solutions. Offering a suite of design classes spanning from medical devices to musical instruments, as well as supporting student innovation and entrepreneurship, the CEID welcomes individuals from all disciplines. This presentation will provide an overview of the space and look at a collection of case studies of how students are using the space to learn and create.

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Newberry Organ Tour

With its 142 stops, 197 ranks, 12,641 pipes, 30,000 pneumatic valves, 1,000 pneumatic motors and 2 turbines, the Newberry Organ is one of the most magnificent orchestral organs in the world and a monument to the state-of-the-art technology of 1928! Come hear this "king of instruments" and take a walking tour behind the pipes, courtesy of University Organist Thomas Murray and Organ Curators Joe Dzeda and Nicholas Thomson-Allen.

Session runs continually to 11:30 am

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Two Decades of Change at the Yale Art Gallery

Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

An illustrated lecture reviewing how the Yale Art Gallery has grown over the past 20 years.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
"For God, for Country and for Yale:" Some Chapters from Yale's Christian Past

A one hour walking tour, led by Jon Hinkson​ of the Rivendell Institute, of some of the sites on campus telling the story of various figures and episodes of Yale's history, from John Davenport and Abraham Pierson and the founding of colony and college, to Jonathan Edwards and Timothy Dwight and the Great Awakenings. Come hear some of the stories behind the names at Yale.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free Speech Off and On Campus: An Overview

David Bromwich '73​, Sterling Professor of English

Focusing on the period from 1948 to 2018, Professor Bromwich's talk will pay particular attention to the Free Speech movement of 1964 and to recent arguments about the desirability of provocative speakers in the university setting.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 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 its Director, Jeffrey Douma, and by Paul Machlin '68, Director of the Colby College Chorale for 38 years. 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 the building.

Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Adams Center - 165 Elm Street
Room: Rossi Glee Club Room
Psychology and the Good Life

Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science

Professor Santos will introduce her new popular class, Psychology and the Good Life, the largest class in Yale's history. In her lecture, Professor Santos will provide a brief précis of her now-famous course, starting with some misconceptions people have about what leads to happiness. She'll then talk about some of the psychological biases that causes these misconceptions and will end with some tips concerning what you should focus on to increase your own well-being.

Professor Santos is an Association of Yale Alumni Howard R. Lamar Faculty Award recipient for 2015.

Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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.

Professor Amar is an Association of Yale Alumni Howard R. Lamar Faculty Award recipient for 2017.

Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 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 2, 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 forthcoming 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 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Yale's Public Art Treasures: From Tiffany to Lichtenstein and Lin

New perspectives on classic and controversial artworks around the campus, offered by Judith Ann Schiff, Chief Research Archivist, Yale Old and New author, and New Haven City Historian.

Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM