Assembly LXI

The Undergraduate Curriculum at Yale
Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26, 2002
Assembly Chair Marc B. Lockhart '84

“What will a Yale College student need to know upon graduation, and how can Yale ensure that its undergraduates are provided with the best preparation for the future?”

This fall, the Assembly examined the Yale College curriculum in collaboration with the Yale College Dean’s Office. Delegates were asked to complete a Homework Assignment to stimulate critical thinking about the Yale College curriculum.

Last year President Levin appointed Dean Brodhead to chair the first full review of the Yale College curriculum in three decades.Dean Brodhead’s working group has consulted broadly with faculty, students and administrators. During the Fall Assembly, Dean Brodhead and key committee members will brief AYA delegates on their progress to date, lead an exercise in choosing the “ideal” course of study, then ask delegates to reflect in open forum on the principles and practices that should guide an undergraduate course of study at Yale.






Thursday, October 24, 2002

Registration and Lunch
Delegates and guests may register for Assembly beginning at 8:30 am at the Rose Alumni House at 232 York Street. New Delegates will attend the New Delegate Orientation Luncheon to be held from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm in the Presidents' Room in Woolsey Hall. All others who register for lunch will receive tickets to eat in the University Dining Hall of their choice from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Opening Session
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Assembly Chair Marc Lockhart '84 will introduce Assembly LXI. Then, in the opening plenary, Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead '68, '72 PhD will provide an overview of the process that has been set in motion to review the undergraduate curriculum. Dean Brodhead will discuss his committee's charge, outline its process, report on its primary themes as they have emerged so far, and indicate its timetable for producing a final report.

Following the speakers, a panel of faculty, students and recent graduates who are members of the review committee will take the stage to respond to Dean Brodhead's remarks and to offer their own reflections on the review.

Reception, Dinner and Keynote Speech
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Following the opening session, delegates will have some free time before moving to University Commons at 6:00 for a reception and dinner. After dinner, Professor Donald Brown, the Philip R. Allen Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, will make a keynote presentation, reflecting on the nature of the undergraduate curriculum from a faculty point of view.

Reception at Rose Alumni House
9:00 p.m.
After dinner, share in the afterglow with finger desserts and coffee at the Rose Alumni House.


Friday, October 25, 2002

Board of Governors Election Information Session
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Third year delegates interested in learning more about the AYA Board of Governors and the election process are invited to this meeting with members of the Board and AYA staff. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Those who register for continental breakfast will receive tickets for Davenport College.

An Alumni Exercise in Course Selection and Principles of Choice
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This exercise will begin with a short plenary session for instructions. Delegates will then break into groups of twenty to meet with the Associate Deans and Residential College Deans who advise current undergraduates on course selection. In addition to completing the exercise in course selection that was assigned prior to the Assembly, delegates will share their course selections with one another and discuss the principles on which they constructed their "ideal curriculums."

Information Session Luncheon
12 noon to 1:30 pm
Delegates will be assigned to lunches at sites around campus where University administrators will host and provide an informal opportunity to learn about various aspects of the University's operation.

Alumni Town Meeting on the Yale College Curriculum
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm
Using the information provided in the opening plenary, reflecting on Professor Brown's keynote, and incorporating the exercise on course selection and principles, delegates will be asked to participate with Dean Brodhead and members of his committee in an open forum on the undergraduate curriculum. The committee has been conducting moderated open forums with the current campus community and has found them to be a valuable way to solicit feedback and advice on their work. Dean Brodhead will offer a closing summary of his thoughts on the Assembly and Assembly Chair Marc Lockhart will share his closing reflections.

Club Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
All delegates should attend the Club Committee session which will include a discussion of the ways in which the AYA can help Yale Clubs and Associations. Highly successful club programs and events will be discussed. Club, Class, Graduate School, Professional School, and At-Large Delegates should all enjoy and benefit from the session, which will include an opportunity for comments and questions, as well as breakout sessions that will examine club issues based on the size and activity level of your home club.

Dinner in Residential Colleges
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Participants will be assigned a residential college where they will have dinner in the dining hall.

Friday Evening Performances
8:00 p.m.
For those who would like to take in a play or concert in New Haven on Friday evening, following is a list of Yale performances and the information needed to acquire tickets for each event:

The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; Woolsey Hall
Join members of the Yale and New Haven communities for a benefit concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Duke Ellington Fellowship at Yale. This Fellowship brings visiting musicians to children in the New Haven public schools for performances and workshops. Tickets are $15 and $10. Call 203-432-4158. (You must call the box office directly to reserve these tickets.)

Breath, Boom
The Yale Repertory Theatre; University Theater
This powerful new play follows the fortunes of a New York City girl-gang leader over fourteen years. The show will be in previews; more info can be found at Tickets are $30 ($24 for seniors). Call 203-432-1234. (You must call the box office directly to reserve these tickets.)


Saturday, October 26, 2002

Report from the Board of Governors
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Delegates will convene for a short report from the AYA Board of Governors.

Presidential University Update
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Yale President Richard C. Levin '74 PhD will provide an update on University issues of interest to alumni leaders. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Yale College Classes Meeting
9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
At the Yale College Classes meeting, class officers as well as delegates with Yale College degrees will hear about new online initiatives, followed by a choice of several "how-to" workshops on class programs and events.

Graduate and Professional School Alumni Meeting
9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
This is an opportunity for delegates to learn more about and raise issues concerning volunteer activities, programming and communications throughout the year.
At the Professional Schools meeting, delegates will have an opportunity to review and discuss ways in which the AYA can better partner with your school to support your alumni relations efforts.
At this time, the Graduate School Alumni Association Executive Committee will hold its annual Fall meeting.

Lunch at Coxe Cage
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
All delegates are invited to the AYA's traditional fall indoor tailgate to celebrate the many athletic pursuits of Yale's students. After the tailgate, delegates may attend the Yale vs. Penn football game.
Please indicate the number of football tickets you will need when you register.
Later that afternoon, your football ticket stub will get you into the Yale vs. Penn women's soccer game at 4 pm, as well as the men's soccer game against Penn at 7 pm. Also at 7 pm, the Yale Hockey team will play in an exhibition game against Western Ontario. Tickets for the hockey game are $7 for standing tickets purchased at the door, or $10 for reserved-seat tickets which can be ordered in advance by calling the Yale Athletics Ticket Office at 203-432-1402.

Saturday Evening Performances
See Friday night's schedule for information on the Yale Repertory Theatre's performance of Breath, Boom.