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What We Talk About When We Talk About Activism

March 27, 2015
Barbara Smith is a black feminist, scholar, writer and sociopolitical powerhouse who has spent decades advocating for marginalized communities. Yesterday she came to Yale to give a master’s tea in Pierson College, where she touched on issues of activism and intersectionality. WKND sat down with Ms. Smith to talk history, race relations, and LGBTQ issues in America.
The end of physics. Thank god.

Catching “Particle Fever”

February 27, 2015
Science and math are the bane of my existence: After biology and calculus, it was all downhill for me.
John Sayles wears many hats! Here he wears none.

The Necessity of Independent Voices: John Sayles

December 5, 2014
Q: If someone were to watch all of your films from start to finish what sort of recurring themes would they notice? A: They would see an interest in complex situations and in complex communities. That means that my movies aren’t usually heroic. They’re not about someone saving the day. They’re often about people who »
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Ancient Turkey, Modern Sentiments

October 17, 2014
Often, when normally spoken words can’t reach us, a tune easily can. Music is an international language. These words may sound cliched, but they still have truth to them. Such thoughts must have been on the mind of Turkish musician Latif Bolat during “The Healing Sounds of Ancient Turkey,” his performance of Sufi music this Tuesday at a public event in the Whitney Humanities Center.

A House with Faulty Foundations

April 25, 2014
This January, TIME Magazine published “10 Reasons for Theater Lovers to Leave New York in 2014.” I was intrigued to see “The House That Will not Stand” by Marcus Gardley DRA ’04, now playing at the Yale Repertory Theater, prominently featured on this list. The play takes place in 1830s New Orleans, where obstinate free »
May Day May Day!

Black, White and Blue

February 21, 2014
Walk through the Sterling Memorabilia Room’s new collection of primary documents from the 1970 May Day Rally, and you’ll be transported from the small exhibition space to a more explosive time at Yale, when protests rocked the campus and violence threatened to erupt every day.
Animals have feelings, too.

Between Real and Make-Believe

January 31, 2014
The bits of straw left uncovered by plaster and the bumps on the bronze render these figures unfamiliar, even while we recognize their shapes. Yet this strangeness lends more realism to the sculptures’ textures — moreso, even, than if they had been as smooth as the Greco-Roman busts that also populate the museum.
Don't get caught up in the crowd.

When Evil Pays

November 1, 2013
If you only watched the light-hearted beginning of “The Visit,” directed by Cole Lewis DR ’14, you would never guess how messed up everything becomes when the play hits its stride.
Kind of a dream team.

“Don Jon”: Porn in the morn (and afternoon, and night)

September 20, 2013
With all the news of former-Disney stars trying too hard to be shocking and tent-pole franchises becoming more bloated and more ridiculous with each new announcement, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature-length directorial debut “Don Jon” is a bright spot in current American pop culture. He and his movie are more impressive within the context of his Hollywood career that began when he was just a child.
The Black Men's Union gift to Black Women: roses. D'awww.

BLOGGING WHILE BLACK: No. They. Didn’t. (Again).

April 8, 2013
This is the first post in Patrice Bowman’s new WKND BLOG series “Blogging While Black,” which will feature Patrice’s reflections—from the wry to the optimistic—on the experience of being Black at Yale.   I entered the Ezra Stiles dining hall and saw, to my lower left, a flyer advertising the annual “Black History Month Dinner.” »
She won't get no satisfaction chilling behind that wall

Vibrators, laughs and the rest

April 5, 2013
Whenever I see people clad in stuffy, period costumes, I expect to see one of two scenarios: either one populated by neurotic characters with repression leaking out of their ears or one of those Oscar Wilde-esque works filled with irreverence towards morals and pun-ishing (sorry!) dialogue. The Dramat’s production of “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl is an entertaining and, somehow, emotionally sincere combination of both, although it comes across as too light.
Lincoln: A dude who went from being represented on canvas to becoming a star of the silver screen.

OSCARS ALERT: WKND BLOG considers “Lincoln”

February 23, 2013
Lincoln and “Lincoln” by Scott Stern I was that guy — or, at least, I wanted to be. In the theater. After the movie. The one who walked out going, “They all looked so accurate. Especially Edwin Stanton! And Salmon P. Chase. And did you notice how Lincoln’s body was slanted at the very end? »