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'In the Company of Scholars'

Dean’s Lecture Series: ‘In the Company of Scholars’

The series, designed to bring students and professors together across the disciplines to hear talks by distinguished faculty members, takes its name from the opening words of Yale: A Short History, by historian George W. Pierson (1904-1993): “Yale is at once a tradition, a company of scholars, a society of friends.”

All talks take place Tuesdays at 4:00 pm in HGS 119 and are followed by a reception in the McDougal Common Room. News articles and videos are available for many of the past events, with links listed at the end of each lecture listed below.

2015-2016 Series

December 1
Stefan Simon, Chemistry
“Are we Losing Our Past or Our Future? - Sustainable Preservation of Cultural Heritage”
View a video of this talk.

February 16
Jennifer Klein, History
“The Politics of Care:  Historical Perspectives on Women, Work, and Welfare in the U.S.”

March 29
Julia Adams, Sociology

Wikipedia and the Enlightenment Project: The Perils of Crowdsourcing Scholarly Knowledge”

April 26
Jonathon Howard, MB&B

​”The Cell's Motors: Nature's Tiniest Machines for Molecular Transport and Assembly”

2014-2015 Series

November 18
Valerie Hansen, History; Mary Miller, History of Art; Anders Winroth, History
“Circa 1000”
View a video of this talk.

January 20
Emily Greenwood, Classics
“How to Write a War: Thucydides and the Literature of the First World War”
View a video of this talk.

February 11
Nicholas Christakis, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science
“Using Social Networks for Good”
View a video of this talk.

April 14
Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics
“Unveiling the Dark Side of the Universe”
View a video of this talk.

Archive Series 2013-2014

February 11
David Evans, Professor of Geology and Geophysics
“Past Movements of Continents across the Earth’s Surface and a Geologist’s Perspective on the Fate of Humankind”
View a video of this talk

March 25
Susan Hyde, Associate Professor of Political Science
“Does Democracy Promotion Promote Democracy?”
View a video of this talk

Wednesday, April 16*
Gary Tomlinson, John Hay Whitney Professor of Music and the Humanities; Director, Whitney Humanities Center
“One Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity”
View a video of this talk

Archive Series 2012-2013

December 3
Jacob Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
“Is American Politics Undermining the American Dream?”
View a video of this talk.

January 22
Beverly Gage, Professor of History
“J. Edgar Hoover and the Rise of Modern Conservatism”
View a video of this talk.

February 19
Kathryn Lofton, Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies
“Religion and the Practice of American Parenting”
View a video of this talk.

April 2
Paul Tipton, Professor of Physics
“Finding the Higgs Boson: What Your Taxes Taught Us about Mass”
View a video of this talk.