FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP

Dear fellow alumni,

For more than 146 years, members of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. have served as the backbone of the Yale alumni community throughout the DMV.  Through this tradition of member support, the Club brings local Yale alumni together to connect, learn, socialize, and serve the communities in which we live.  We currently have 594 contributing Club members whose support allows the Club to serve the approximately 14,000 Yale degree holders, parents, and widows in the greater Washington area.  The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is among the most vibrant of all Yale clubs across the country.  It is thanks to the financial support of our membership that we are able to do so much. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Club membership has started to decline, understandable, in light of its effect on people’s professional lives and livelihoods.  If you would like to be or remain a Club member, but are unable to do so due to financial hardship, please let me know. 

For those of you who are able, we invite you to become a member, if you are not one already.  And for those of you who are members, we urge you to renew your membership, when the time comes.  Being a member directly supports Club operations and activities.  Our Club is more than just a social club.  Our community service options, under the leadership of Maria Whelan, are particularly robust.  We work closely with the Capital Area Food Bank and sponsor multiple community service fellowships a year.  In addition, we offer educational programming focused on matters of urgent public interest, as well as a variety of topics that feature the diversity and achievement of Yale alumni.

In times like these, it is important to remain connected.  We welcome DMV Alumni from Yale College and ALL Yale graduate and professional schools as part of our community!    Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with your thoughts and suggestions, which will be most welcome.  Stay well and healthy.           

Chip Seward '65, Vice President of Membership 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father with David O. Stewart '73 YLS '78

Thursday, March 11, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

A fascinating and illuminating account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America, from award-winning author David O. Stewart, JE '73 YLS '78

 

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Education, Equity & the Digital Divide in D.C.: 
A Conversation with Serve Your City & Community Partners

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

5:30-6:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

As we approach the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 school shutdowns in our region, join us to discuss the educational inequities that persist in D.C., and how local nonprofit organizations are addressing them through the strength that exists already in our neighborhoods.

 

 


 YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT 

 “Understanding People Who (Still) Dress Like Jane Austen”  with Ted Scheinman BK ‘07

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

7:00-8:00pm  

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

On March 16th at 7 p.m., Ted Scheinman (BK '07) will discuss his book Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan (FSG, 2018) with a lively talk about how fandom brings people together.

 

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

The State of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout:
Discussion with Yale Professor Jason L. Schwartz PhD
and Sarah J. Dash, MPH ‘01

Thursday, March 25, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

The Yale Club of Washington, DC invites you to join us for a conversation about the COVID-19 Rollout with Yale School of Public Health Professor Jason L. Schwartz and Sarah J. Dash, MPH ’01, President and CEO at the Alliance for Health Policy.  How did we get to where we are and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead?

 

 


 YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Yale Alumni Virtual Performing Artists Series:
Sunmi Chang MM '06 and Clara Yang MM'06, “A Celebration of Three Women Composers from Different Eras”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

Join the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. for a performance by Yale Alumni celebrating the works of great women composers, including a world premier composition! 

 

 


 YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Yale Alumni Virtual Performing Artists Series:
Denis Petrunin ’10 YSM, Percussion, and Anastasia Petrunina ‘10 YSM, Violin: “Based on Actual Events”

Saturday, April 10, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

Please join the Yale Club of Washington D.C. for a very special concert!  Every piece in this program is closely related to the theme of environmental issues, which is ever crucial these days. The artists’ main goal is to uplift peoples' spirits through their music. This will surely be an evening to remember!

 

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry 
A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Barron, M.D. '16

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

What is Psychiatry and How Can We Improve It?

In the last hundred years, most of the medical sciences have progressed in immense and unforeseeable ways—except for psychiatry, which has somehow remained immune to this progress. Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist who trained at the Yale School of Medicine, asks an important question: What’s holding psychiatry back? Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

Revisionist History:  
What it is, why we have it, how to think about it with 
James M. Banner, Jr. PhD, Yale College '57, Columbia '68

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

In The Ever-Changing Past, award-winning historian James M. Banner, Jr. argues that revision has been the essential task of historians since the time of the ancient Greeks. Despite the human craving for stability and certainty, history has always been a fluid body of knowledge, growing and changing as new evidence, new perspectives, and new methods emerge. Especially in open societies with democratic governments, Banner reminds us, disagreements about history are a sign of a robust, free public life. Closed, totalitarian societies often forbid arguments about their historical pasts. Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

The History of Jews and Yale, with Music by Magevet

Thursday, May 6, 2021

6:30-7:30pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

 

Please join us for an evening of history and song! Dr. Dan Oren ’79, MD’84 will give a presentation on the history of Jews at Yale, while Yale’s Jewish a capella singing group Magevet will entertain us with their music.

 

   

 


YALE CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC VIRTUAL EVENT

How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives:
A Conversation with 
Michael Heller and James Salzman '85 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

6:30-8:00pm 

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration
 

When is it okay to recline your airplane seat? Why does HBO want you to share your password illegally? What do you really own when you click the “buy now” button? And why can’t you sell your spare kidney? In this webinar, Prof. Michael Heller and Prof. Jim Salzman will explore fun, surprising, and often infuriating real-life stories that reveal who gets what in the 21st century. Co-sponsored with the Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. and the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.

 



FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING

Dear fellow alumni,

I write to share an update on the Club's programming plans for the fiscal year.  We will continue to host monthly lectures, virtually for now, and are excited to share plans to broaden the event topic variety offered.  We intend to do so by increasing both the number and subject area of our offerings.  In addition to educational programming, we aim to increase the number of events featuring faculty from Yale College as well as faculty from Yale graduate and professional schools.  We also plan to increase the number of panel events and see this as a key way to engage with material by highlighting the multidimensionality of the issue under discussion. It is our hope to promote valuable connections between the subject matter experts with one another, and with the audience.  One key takeaway from these past months of virtual events is our membership's strong desire to engage with each other and the content during event discussions.  To further this objective, we will host more interactive sessions and use virtual "break-out" rooms whenever feasible to foster discussion in a more intimate setting.  We see this as a way to create community, which stands as a bedrock principal of our Club's purpose and stated goals.  Our planned expansion of the variety of programming types offered will include heritage month events, professional development and Yale alumni career stories, and instructional programming.  Lastly, we are engaging with the greater Yale community to provide artistic programming content.  More information will be coming out soon on this initiative! 

Thank you for being the best part of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions for programming.

Hope to see you soon "virtually" in one of our programs!

Lauren Harris, '14, Vice President of Programming 

FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

THANK YOU! 

As we kick off a new year, I want to share my sincerest thanks to all of the supporters of the Yale Club Community Service Fellowship program. Thanks to the generous contributions of Yale alums, this summer FOUR Yale student fellows will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. They will be placed with local nonprofit organizations: D.C. Youth Orchestra, Capital Area Food Bank, A Wider Circle, and Martha's Table for meaningful internship experiences.

This is only possible because of your support. Without your generous contribution, this fellowship program wouldn't exist. On behalf of the Yale Club, I thank you for your donation to this important initiative.

With gratitude,
Maria Vera Whelan (JE ‘08)
Vice President, Community Service
Yale Club of Washington, D.C.

 


The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is proud to receive a YAA Board of Excellence Award for our programs last fiscal year. Our Club is proud to work with such a brilliant, motivated, caring, and diverse group of alums, and we appreciate everyone who supports our community.  

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