From the Quadrangle

February 13, 2024 | Megan O'Donnell
Balkan choral music set the stage for literary translator Angela Rodel (SM ’96) to discuss Bulgarian fiction. The Yale Slavic Chorus filled the Alice Cinema with bright, melodic harmonies sung in Bulgarian, and Rodel, a former member of the chorus...
November 6, 2023 | Shwetant Kumar
“The Earth has its own rhythms: it’s almost as if we’re inside a song, and we’re a bass line or a drum or a voice,” says Snow Raven (SUOR), a performer and entrepreneur from the indigenous shamanic Sakha community from Arctic Siberia. Her audience...
October 27, 2023 | Maria Teresa Borneo
In December 1924, a group of scholars dedicated to the scientific study of language founded the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Among them was Leonard Bloomfield, who later became Sterling Professor of Linguistics at Yale. But how did this...
October 6, 2023 | Mikhail Moosa
“It all started with a tweet.” When Archer Neilson, program coordinator for the Yale Film Archive, posted a photo of Ousmane Sembène on the centenary of his birth, she could not have anticipated the interest it would generate from around the world...
Four panelists engaged in discussion at the front of the Humanities Quadrangle lecture hall. From left to right the panelists are Dean Kathryn Lofton (Yale), George Chauncey (Columbia University), director Craig Bettendorf, and Hussein Fancy (Yale).
October 4, 2023 | Mikhail Moosa
Filmmaker Craig Bettendorf first heard of John Boswell, an openly gay Yale professor and a pioneer of LGBTQ studies, from an unlikely source: an evangelical Christian talk show. A historian of medieval Christianity, much to the chagrin of the host,...
Four photos of a monitor displaying book covers in the front entrance of the Humanities Quadrangle.
August 30, 2023 | Megan O'Donnell
If you’ve visited the Humanities Quadrangle in the past several days, you may have noticed the covers of books by your colleagues displayed on one of the monitors at the front entrance. In a team effort to publicly support and celebrate the wide...
decorative diva
May 12, 2023 | Diane Berrett Brown
I write, briefly, to convince you to come to a free screening of the film Diva (1981) this Friday at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Films at the Whitney. Given the fickle nature of trends, if you were born after, say, 1980, you may have never heard of this...
American Classicisms in the Hudson Valley
April 10, 2023 | Thomas Munro
Up on a hill just above the Hudson River stands a rather strange house. Though the house looks over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and the town of Catskill, New York, its rough stone walls would seem right at home in a Tuscan villa or an English castle....
March 8, 2023 | Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson
Before we can really say what “World Cinema” is, we have to think about a more fundamental question,” explained Marta Figlerowicz. “What do you think a world is?” There are other terms to talk about cinema from more than one place—...
PERCIVAL EVERETT DELIVERS FINZI-CONTINI LECTURE
March 3, 2023 | Megan O'Donnell
Waiting for Percival Everett’s Finzi-Contini Lecture last week, folks in the lecture hall seemed more eager than usual to speak to one another, talking to strangers—sometimes over rows of seats—about stories. “Are you a fan?” asked a man to the...