A Tale of Magnificence and Modesty
Japanese folding screens, or byobu, are some of the most storied and traditional pieces of Japanese art. Used in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to enclose and define private spaces in the interiors of Japanese homes, these screens served both functional and decorative purposes. Most of the screens currently on display at the Yale University Art Gallery are from the early seventeenth century, the Edo period of Japanese art.
Counting Cookie Calories
Commons is bustling. Students mill around the salad bars, dessert trays and fruit baskets. One girl moves slower than the rest. She pauses by the baked goods, reaches for a brownie, then glances up, noticing something. She hesitates, frowning, and her hand wavers. She turns away from the tray of chocolaty goodness.
What changed her mind? A menu identifier, one of those white placards with nutritional information and a calorie count that accompany almost every dish served in Yale dining halls. For better or for worse, they influence the way that students eat.