Now that his successor has been named, what happens if Harold Hongju Koh fails to win confirmation as legal adviser to the Department of State?
Put it this way: Yale officials really, really don’t think that’s going to happen. It better not, at least, or Koh may come back to find himself working in a much smaller office in the Sterling Law Building.
Before Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 was nominated to the Supreme Court, she was a student at Princeton — and a classmate of Yale College Dean Mary Miller.
Along with four other students, Sotomayor and Miller served on a student search committee for a new assistant dean of student affairs. Frustrated with the process, the group wrote a letter to the editor in the September 12, 1974, issue of The Daily Princetonian.
In the letter, which can be read in full here, the students criticized the search’s focus on selecting a minority candidate and the vague role of the student committee. While Miller is white and Sotomayor is Latina, both were chosen because they are women, at a time when Princeton was largely male.
The University distributed a letter to members of the class of 1999, asking for their help with the ongoing investigation of Suzanne Jovin’s slaying. (Read the story here.) Jovin, a political science and international studies double major, was found stabbed 17 times on the evening of Dec. 4, 1998.
In fact, Salovey’s shout-out in today’s New York Times — for officiating the wedding of Clelia Peters ’00 and Blake Suttle ’97, the son of a deputy provost, Lloyd Suttle, and the coordinator of the residential college seminar program, Cathy Suttle — was hardly his first.
The Times also ran articles noting Salovey’s participation in the weddings of his colleagues’ children in 2003 and 2004. And we reported last fall that Salovey officiated at the wedding of K.C. Mills, his assistant at the time and now the operations manager for Silliman College.
Harvard University announced Thursday that it is creating an endowed visiting professorship in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, staking its claim as the first American university to create such a chair.
The milestone hits a sour note at Yale, given that the University passed up the chance to create such a position more than a decade ago. In 1997, the prominent AIDS activist Larry Kramer ’57 offered Yale funds to create either an endowed chair in gay and lesbian studies or a student center for LGBT students. The University rejected the offer, sparking a major conflict with Kramer that ultimately garnered national media attention.
After some evening thunderstorms on Sunday, we’re left with overcast skies here in New Haven for the University’s 308th Commencement. (Phew.) Curious about who’s going to be receiving an honorary degree today? Check out the list after the jump. Hate to say we told you so.
University President Richard Levin addressed the graduating class and its guests on three separate occasions this weekend as part of the Baccalaureate Service. Here is the full text of his remarks:
The Economy and the Human Spirit
When I welcomed you four years ago, you were exhilarated but apprehensive, excited to be taking on a new challenge, but more than a little intimidated – awed by the imposing architecture of this place, by the grandeur of this hall, by the rumble of its great organ, and by the dazzling accomplishment of your classmates, who all seemed to you to belong here, even if you were not quite sure about yourself. Now, appropriately, you feel as if you own the place; every corner of your college, every face in the dining hall, is familiar to you. You have made close friends, and you have memories you will never forget. While all this happened to you the world around you was flourishing. And Yale was flourishing, too – building and renovating at an astonishing pace, adding new international programs, and enhancing financial aid to make the whole experience a lighter burden on your families.
Who would have imagined, four years ago, that the world economy would collapse? As you leave here, it is hard not to think about this unhappy reality. So, as an economist and as your president, I would like to offer you my perspective on what has happened and what it means for you.
Shearer, the wife of former deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott ’68, served as a personal aide to Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 during the 1992 presidential campaign and then directed the White House Fellows program during the Clinton administration. She came to New Haven in 2001 to serve as the founding director of Yale’s World Fellows program, which allows for emerging leaders from around the world to spend a semester studying at the University.
Alumni on hand for Yale reunions over the next few weeks will have a chance to see a large-scale model and blown-up renderings of the proposed new residential colleges. (Click here for a slideshow.)
University President Richard Levin said in a phone interview that the materials would be made available to alumni so that they could evaluate the plans for themselves — and start thinking about donating funds to support the project. Levin confirmed that the renderings revealed by the News earlier this month are the same ones that Yale will put on display for its graduates. The model and sketches, he said, may be put up in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library.
Some alums, though, have already seen these materials. The University began showing the plans, designed by School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern ARC ’65, to top donors in April.
University President Richard Levin, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in April, will be on hand for this weekend’s Commencement festivities.
Levin has stayed out of his Woodbridge Hall office for most of the past three weeks so that he could focus on recuperating. But, while he will miss a few events this weekend, he will give the Baccalaureate Address and lead Monday’s Commencement ceremony as usual.
“I will be back in action and I will give all of my speeches,” Levin said Wednesday.