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Yale for Life Alumni Summer Course Openings

June 14, 2015 | 8:00 am till June 20, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Yale for Life brings alumni and/or their spouses and partners back to Yale in June for a week or more of intensive study and immersion in the life of Yale.  It provides a level of engagement with the University that most of us have not had since our time there as students, and provides, as one student from 2014’s program told me recently, “the greatest intellectual experience of my life.”

We live on campus (in the air conditioned Swing Space) with full swipe-card access to everything; we eat in the colleges (breakfast and lunch; dinner is at fine restaurants around New Haven).  We attend seminar classes – not lectures – for 5 hours per day or more, on a timeless, interdisciplinary subject, with the very best of Yale’s faculty.  The classes are limited to 20 students, so the week produces a bond among the students – and the faculty – that has proven enduring.

This year, we are offering two courses: “Revisiting 1914-1945,” and “The Renaissance.”  Both courses filled within days of registration’s opening, but we have had a rash of health-related cancellations in the Revisiting 1914-1945 course, so there are now 5 openings.  We very much wish to fill these openings, but more than that, this course is so special that we need to make our alumni aware of it, so that those who hear of it and are intrigues will not miss the opportunity to take it.


Yale for Life: Revisiting 1914 – 1945 WWI Centennial and D-Day Anniversary June 14 – 20, 2015

In this course, join two of Yale’s most gifted professors – world-leading experts on the period of World War, and five outstanding guest professors with an astounding range of expertise, for a seven day set of seminars. This intensive, energizing experience will lead students in detailed discussions of a number of literary, philosophical, and historical texts. We will learn not of this era alone – we will learn how it is that one probes deeply into any complex period, and how in doing so, fundamental lessons emerge.

Those enrolled in Yale for Life: Revisiting 1914-1945 participate in three seminars daily: one with each of our two co-professor leads, and a third with the outstanding Guest Professor of the day on a topic that takes a unique angle on the period – from Rhetoric to Classics and beyond. Special events outside the classroom enhance the daily curriculum. These include private sessions with curators from Yale’s collections, film screenings, conversations with faculty members about issues related to the humanities at Yale, and other activities across the Yale campus. The program is limited to 20 students.

A typical day in Yale for Life: Revisiting 1914 – 1945 looks like this:
8 a.m. breakfast 9:00 seminar I
10:15 break 10:45 seminar II
12 p.m lunch
1:15 Guest Professor seminar
3:30 break 4:00 Special event
4:45 free time
6:30 dinner

Course and daily seminar leaders:
Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History
Beverly Gage, Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Alan Mikhail, Professor of History

Guest Professors:
Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History
Paul Bracken, Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science
Katie Trumpener, Emily Sanford Professor of Comparative Literature & English
Maurice Samuels, Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French
Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature

Course materials, including syllabus, will be sent to registered participants well in advance of the course.

Yale for Life Alumni Summer Course Openings


June 14, 2015 | 8:00 am
June 20, 2015 | 6:30 pm
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Andrew Lipka ’78