Graduate And Professional

Mary Berry's Fashionable Friends

An entirely new version of the comedy directed and abridged by Laura Engel.

The Play:

In 1801 Anne Damer, Mary Berry, and Agnes Berry embarked on a remarkable collaboration staging a performance of Berry’s comedy Fashionable Friends as an amateur theatrical production at Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill. Damer and Berry starred in the play as the titular fashionable friends; Damer played the seductive and sly Lady Selina and Berry the sentimental and clever Mrs. Lovell.

The Study of Things: George Kubler in Latin America

The 1962 book “The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things” radically altered how we now think about the history of art. Studying and traveling through Latin America, the author George Kubler (1912–1996) developed a methodology that would expand the scope of art history—moving it away from the study of great works of art and biographies of makers toward a consideration of every intentionally made object.

Bruce Holsinger: Cow, Codex, Collagen: The Many Lives of Parchment

This lecture is adapted from Professor Holsinger’s new book, On Parchment: Animals, Archives, and the Making of Culture from Herodotus to the Digital Age, just published by Yale University Press. The lecture will explore the biomolecular study of parchment objects, theological understandings of the medium in several faith traditions, and the role of parchment in modern and contemporary art.

The Yale Review Spring Festival: Writing Desire with Garth Greenwell and Maggie Millner

Author and critic Garth Greenwell and TYR senior editor Maggie Millner will read from their work and discuss writing as desire. Moderated by TYR’s Editor-in-Chief, Meghan O’Rourke.
Presented as part of The Yale Review’s Spring Festival.
Co-sponsored by the Yale English Department, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

The Yale Review Spring Festival: Reading in an Age of Crisis with Garth Greenwell, Kathryn Lofton, and Emily Bernard

Garth Greenwell, Kathryn Lofton, and Emily Bernard will discuss art, morality, and the ethics of readership. Moderated by TYR’s Editor-in-Chief Meghan O’Rourke.
Presented as part of The Yale Review’s Spring Festival.
Co-sponsored by the Yale English Department, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Lost for Three Hundred Years: Identifying and Explaining an Isaac Newton Notebook

Scott Mandelbrote, Director of Studies in History and Perne Librarian at Peterhouse, Cambridge, will discuss the discovery of Isaac Newton’s notebook from the late 1670s, by John Wickins, Newton’s friend and contemporary at Trinity College, Cambridge. This talk will discuss how the notebook was acquired for the Cambridge University Library, its significance for their collections and the study of Newton’s career in the history of science, and how the book trade uncovers new historical knowledge and importance of collecting for institutions.

A Few Words Worn around the Edges, Pressed into Something Soft: Ten West Coast Women Printers

Women have been involved in the printing and production of books in what became the United States since Elizabeth Glover established a press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1638. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 forced her to flee the United States, Mary Ann Shadd, an African American woman, founded and published The Provincial Freeman, an antislavery newspaper, in 1853 in Ontario, Canada.

Incarceration and Imagination

A symposium at Yale University
Free and open to the public
Prison has become the punitive shadow to all the major institutions of modernity. How has contemporary mass incarceration shaped inner life, public spectacle, moral possibilities? How does writing from inside and outside prison walls help us imagine a future beyond the carceral state. This day-long symposium in the Humanities Quadrangle at Yale—featuring scholars, prison education advocates, writers, and more—is free and open to all.

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