Yale drops plans for Abu Dhabi

April 11, 2008
In a surprising pause in its noted internationalization efforts, Yale has scrapped plans to open an arts institute in Abu Dhabi, citing one irreconcilable difference, University officials confirmed this week. The decision comes as scores of other universities flock to the Middle East, where in several cities American schools have established degree-granting satellite branches. Mere »

Extra space a year away for Hendrie

April 10, 2008
Music students awaiting the renovation of Hendrie Hall, which accommodates several musical organizations, will have to cope with limited space for another year. The renovation of and expansion of Hendrie Hall, which was set to begin this fall, has been postponed until the 2009-’10 academic year because preliminary design took longer than projected, said Michael »

In www.onderland, Alice dances her way to virtual self-identity

April 1, 2008
When Alice follows the White Rabbit down an abyss, it leads her deep into a whimsical world of fantasy. When Yale’s modern dancer falls into that same abyss, it leads to a virtual world — the Internet. A modern dance adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” www.onderland, choreographed by Allegra Long ’08, Celeste »

Petition fails to close curtain on ‘Full Monty’

March 27, 2008
The Yale Dramatic Association’s executive board voted Tuesday night to retain “The Full Monty” as the fall 2008 main-stage musical, despite a petition drafted by two members of the organization protesting the production’s dearth of female roles. Although board members also voted Tuesday to reject a second demand — for new show-selection criteria — they »

Drama-school dean directs Wilde play

March 25, 2008
At the Yale Repertory Theatre premiere of Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” this coming Thursday, the audience will — naturally, perhaps — focus on the melodrama. The enthralling tale of scandal in upper-class society will inevitably overshadow the weeks of preparation that came before opening night. But this is a unique production for »

Expansion may relieve rehearsal-space crunch

March 7, 2008
With an increase of more than 10 percent in students enrolled in Yale College, administrators know that the University will have to add facilities of all kinds in order to transition smoothly to a world of 14 residential colleges. But even before the University expands, students and faculty have bemoaned a shortage of performance and »

Exhibit takes viewers to ’20s

February 26, 2008
Gerald Murphy ’12, a member of the Elizabethan Club, Skull and Bones and the Pundits, held the title “greatest social light, thorough gent and best dressed” in the yearbook the year of his graduation. Sara Wiborg, a glamorous debutante and wealthy socialite, traded formal education for travel and spent her youth absorbing the world’s cultures. »

New Haven: An architect’s hidden mecca

February 22, 2008
It may be easy to miss, but wedged between News Haven and Ten Thousand Villages on Chapel Street sits a door that leads to a world-class architecture firm. It is the office of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the firm of former Yale School of Architecture Dean Cesar Pelli. And just a few blocks away, two »

McClure named as new conservator

February 14, 2008
As the new chief conservator at the Yale University Art Gallery, Ian McClure, who was appointed to the position last month, will foster expansion in the gallery’s behind-the-scenes conservation efforts and oversee the creation of a joint program between the YUAG and the Yale Center for British Art in constructing new conservation and treatment facilities »

Donation to digitize Stalin’s personal archives

February 12, 2008
History scholars have long sought to understand the logic — or lack thereof — behind the notorious purges of Joseph Stalin’s regime. Now scholars can plumb the depths of Stalin’s own mind. Last week the Yale University Press received a $1.3 million donation from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a digital edition of »

Exhibition tells a narrative of artistic change

February 12, 2008
The works on display in the latest Yale University Art Gallery exhibition, “Master Drawings,” are most certainly atypical: They were not necessarily intended for museum — let alone public — view. But the 87 European drawings by artists such as Claude Lorrain, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Edgar Degas provide a window into the centuries-long movement »

Pre-show ‘load-in’ protocols unchanged

February 11, 2008
Two and a half months after a Yale School of Drama student died while unloading a set for an upcoming show at the Yale Repertory Theatre, a committee convened to review safety procedures in school-sponsored productions is still at work. Pierre-André Salim DRA ’09 was killed in November when a 1,100-pound stack of large sheets »