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, May 25, 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, May 25, 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, May 25, 10:30 AM - 11:30 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, May 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 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, May 26, 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, May 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wright Laboratory - 272 Whitney Ave.
Room: lab
Building a College Community from the Ground Up

Even before the two new residential colleges, Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray, opened last fall, their Heads of College had been working hard to build communities within those brand new walls. Tina Lu, Head of  Pauli Murray College, will explain how the transfer of students from other colleges was organized; what her students have done to build college spirit; and what it has been like to live and work in a brand new space.

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Searching for Cognitive Enhancers

Paul Lombroso, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychiatry

Forming new memories is a critical aspect of our lives. There are a number of illnesses in which this process is disrupted, including Alzheimer’s disease. This lecture will review how we normally turn short-term memories into long-term memories and what must happen within neurons to strengthen their ability to communicate with each other, something that must happen for memories to form. We will explore what can to wrong in our neurons to disrupt communication between neurons and how research is endeavoring to discover novel drugs that might disrupt this devastating disease.

Saturday, May 26, 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, May 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 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, May 26, 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, May 26, 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 Glee Club Direector Jeffrey Douma. 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, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Adams Center - 165 Elm Street
Room: Rossi Glee Club Room
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, May 26, 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, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 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.

Linda Honan '89 MSN, Associate Professor of Nursing

Saturday, May 26, 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, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
What Solomon Didn’t Know: How to Divide the Pie

Barry Nalebuff, Milton Steinbach Professor of Management, School of Management

Most of you will spend a good deal of your professional life engaged in negotiations of one form or another. Of course, there will be many negotiations in personal lives, as well. The goal of this session is to change the way you look at negotiations. We will present a rational and principled approach toward negotiations that emphasizes one simple idea: what is the pie? When the parties truly understand what is at stake, it makes it possible to cut through the bluffing and clutter, and reach a principled outcome. Here are two links to a preview: http://tinyurl.com/yalealumni1; http://tinyurl.com/yalealumni2.

Saturday, May 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM