Pulitzer winner joins writing faculty

September 29, 2009 • 2
Award-winning novelist Michael Cunningham has been hired as a part-time senior lecturer in the English Department, said Michael Warner, the chairman of the department. Cunningham, whose novel “The Hours” received the Pulitzer Prize and inspired an Oscar-winning film of the same name, will teach two courses on creative writing during the spring semester over the »

Univ. may cut classes to save money

September 25, 2009 • 7
By When history professor Abbas Amanat went on sabbatical last spring, Yale hired a visiting lecturer to fill in for one of his classes. She was Joanna de Groot, and she came all the way from the University of York, in Great Britain, to teach Yale’s course on “State, Society & Culture in the Middle »

Yale releases reaccreditation self-study

September 24, 2009 • 0
After a year spent examining the policies and practices of the University as part of the reaccreditation process, administrators have posted an extensive self-study report online, offering an appraisal of Yale on the basis of 11 different standards. The self-study calls for, among other things, more public disclosure, increased scrutiny of the Yale College curriculum »

At the foot of the ladder

September 21, 2009 • 7
When one lecturer in a humanities department first arrived at Yale, he was fresh out of graduate school and hired to teach a seminar. He kept long hours, working until 10:30 p.m., and came into the office on weekends as well. Despite his efforts, he felt unnoticed by senior faculty in the department, who he »

News analysis: Lessons learned from Jovin’s ’99 unsolved murder

September 16, 2009 • 16
More than 10 years ago, the murder of a promising young woman shocked the University: On a cold December night, Suzanne Jovin ’99 was found stabbed on an East Rock street corner, baffling investigators and drawing eulogies in the form of letters and vigils. Administrators moved to calm an unsettled campus in the days that »

Study of food soon may become official

September 14, 2009 • 1
Often associated with dining halls and the Yale Farm, the Yale Sustainable Food Project may soon become a part of curricular life. The YSFP’s academic efforts in conjunction with faculty over the last several years may lead to a Universitywide interdisciplinary approach to the study of food — potentially as a course of study, a »

Freshman advising revised

September 4, 2009 • 4
After re-evaluating the current structure of student advising, the Yale College Dean’s Office has made some changes for this year’s freshmen. Though small, the changes ­— a new, graphical card describing advising resources, a summer academic preparation survey and a web portal for faculty — are the first steps toward further reevaluation of student advisement, »

University reexamines sex policies

September 3, 2009 • 0
A May 2008 report that outlined improvements the University could make to its sexual harassment policy and education was made public for the first time Wednesday. Yale College Dean Mary Miller released the report of the Committee on Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Education in a campuswide e-mail Wednesday afternoon. Among other recommendations, the document »

Film replaces ‘Sex Signals,’ to mixed reviews

September 3, 2009 • 4
In order to better communicate to freshmen the dangers of sexual harassment and assault, the University this year removed “Sex Signals,” an educational performance featuring professional actors, from freshman orientation and replaced it with a short film shot on Yale’s campus presenting fictional scenarios of sexual harassment. “We felt we could create a film with »

New arts dean takes office

August 28, 2009 • 0
As the first associate dean for the arts in Yale College, Susan Cahan has plans to both preserve and improve on Yale’s standing in the artistic world. Cahan began her new duties Monday after being appointed in May, and said she spent the summer thinking about a new vision for undergraduate arts across the University. »

Scully’s teaching days over

August 28, 2009 • 0
After more than 60 years teaching art history and architecture at Yale, Sterling professor emeritus Vincent Scully is stepping away from the lectern and turning his attention to writing and research. At the age of 89, Scully — a New Haven native who over the years has been called Yale’s greatest lecturer and, by the »

With apologies, a legendary lecturer steps down

August 19, 2009 • 15
After more than 60 years teaching art history at Yale, Sterling professor emeritus Vincent Scully is stepping away from the lectern and turning his attention to writing and research. At the age of 89, Scully — who over the years has been called Yale’s greatest lecturer and, by esteemed architect Philip Johnson, “the most influential »