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Celebrating Dictionary Day 2023 at the Beinecke Library

The Beinecke Library and the New Haven Museum join forces again to celebrate Dictionary Day, with displays at the museum, 114 Whitney Avenue on Friday/Saturday, October 13/14, 12noon-5pm, and the library, 121 Wall Street, Sunday, October 15, 1pm-4pm.

“Dictionary Day” marks the birthday of American education and language pioneer Noah Webster (born October 16, 1758). During these drop-in display events, visitors can browse primary source materials and publications documenting the life and work of Noah Webster, the Webster family, and New Haven during their time here.

Mondays at Beinecke: Community as Classroom - Reflections on Teaching History Now with Dr. Ann Levett of Savannah

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Dr. Ann Levett recently retired as Superintendent of the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools. She will talk about the issues and opportunities for teaching history now and using the community as a classroom and be in conversation about the ties between Savannah and New Haven.

Mondays at Beinecke: Lineage, Life, and Legacy of John McLinn Ross with Charles Warner, Jr.

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John McLinn Ross was in the Yale College Class of 1916 and was the first Black person to earn an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, in 1935. Born in New Haven, he went to New Haven High School (now Hillhouse H.S.). His grandfather, Charles McLinn, was the head carpenter at Yale for nearly 40 years starting in 1870, and was a notable person around town, elected as New Haven’s first Black member of the Board of Alders.

Yale College New Music Concert

Yale College New Music presents Art Song VII! Our concert features new works for mezzo-soprano, oboe, clarinet, and vibraphone written by Yale College composers and performed by returning vocalist Jennifer Beattie and instrumentalists Zach Pulse, Emily Lichen, and Makana Medeiros. Our composers’ new pieces were written in conjunction with the current exhibit “Art, Protest, & the Archive.” Join us for this exciting concert!

Constitution Day Display

All are invited to a special display in the Beinecke Library reading room to mark Constitution Day, September 17, 2023, from 1pm to 4pm. This event commemorates the 236th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution by the members of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Art & Protest Film Series: Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, 35mm, 120 mins)

Lee’s Oscar-nominated screenplay sets tensions to boil on a hot Bed-Stuy day when a boombox and a pizzeria’s wall of fame spark a tragedy. Siskel and Ebert both named it the best film of 1989. Starring Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Art & Protest Film Series: Medium Cool

Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 35mm, 111 mins)

Robert Forster stars as a TV news cameraman at Chicago’s 1968 Democratic National Convention in what Vincent Canby called “a film of tremendous visual impact, a kind of cinematic Guernica, a picture of America in the process of exploding into fragmented bits of hostility, suspicion, fear, and violence.” 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Art & Protest Film Series: The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966, 35mm, 121 mins)

Set during Algeria’s struggle for independence and scored by Ennio Morricone, Pontecorvo’s Golden Lion-winning masterpiece remains tragically relevant and visually astonishing. “Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it” (Chris Nashawaty). In Arabic and French with English subtitles. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture: Robin Coste Lewis

ROBIN COSTE LEWIS won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus, her first collection of poetry. The book was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and it was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker and The New York Times. Literary Hub named it one of the best books of the last twenty years. Her second book, To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, weaves together poetry with an archival exploration of photographs found in her late grandmother’s home.

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