AYA Assembly LXXVI: November 10-11, 2016


AYA Assembly 2016




Teaching to Our Strengths:
Yale’s Schools of Art, Architecture, Drama and Music

Among the top research universities in the United States today, Yale is the only one to have as many as four professional schools of the fine arts. And all four of them rank at or very near the top of their peer groups.

What makes these schools distinctive? How do they teach? Why are they so special to Yale, and how they have been able to have such an outsized influence on the arts internationally? This year’s Assembly offered Delegates and guests a behind-the-scenes look at a part of the university that many alumni know only by reputation.

Schedule of events

Wednesday 9 November

6 p.m.
– 8 p.m.

Early Registration/Check-in opens
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

  • Beat the crowds! To help relieve congestion in the registration hall at Rose Alumni House tomorrow morning, we're opening registration for all you early birds this evening. Check in tonight so you can sleep late tomorrow.

9 p.m.
–10:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet at the Temple Bar
Mory’s, 306 York Street

  • If you’re one of the many delegates who wisely arrive in New Haven the night before Assembly begins, join us at Mory’s! At this no-host (cash bar) event, meet many of your fellow delegates, members of the AYA Board of Governors, and new friends from all over the world.


Thursday 10 November

8 a.m.
–5 p.m.

Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

  • Regardless of when you arrive, please stop by Registration first to pick up your name tag, meal assignments, admission tickets for various activities, and late-breaking information on schedule/venue changes. Free continental breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

9:15 a.m.
–9:25 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session (auditorium opens at 8:45 a.m.)
Venue to be announced

  • Opening Remarks: Weili Cheng ’77
         Executive Director, AYA
  • Welcome: Rahul Prasad ’84 MS, ’87 PhD
         Chair, AYA Board of Governors

9:25 a.m.
–9:40 a.m.

“Yale and the Arts”

President Peter Salovey ’83 MS, ’86 PhD will introduce the theme of this year’s Assembly by examining why Yale’s schools of the fine arts are so important to the university and its place in the world.

9:40 a.m.
–10:50 a.m.

Yale’s Schools of the Arts: A Beginner’s Guide

A 15-minute introduction from the leaders of each school about what they do and how they teach.

  • Marta Kuzma
         Dean, Yale School of Art
  • James Bundy ’95 MFA
         Dean, Yale School of Drama
  • Deborah Berke
         Dean, Yale School of Architecture
  • Robert Blocker
         Dean, Yale School of Music

11 a.m.
–12 noon

Voices from the Classroom:
Future Leaders in the Fine Arts

Current students at the Schools of Art, Architecture, Drama and Music share their ideas and experiences though brief presentations on the projects and courses they’re passionate about.

12:15 p.m.
–1:30 p.m.

Various locations

1:45 p.m.
–2:45 p.m.


Faculty from the Schools of Art, Architecture, Drama and Music facilitate conversations with their colleagues, alumni and the audience on current issues in the fine arts. Assembly participants should choose the session that interests them most.

  • ART (I):  Julian Bittiner ’08 MFA, Senior Critic in Art and acting director in Graphic Design, in conversation with Anna Betbeze ’06 MFA, Senior Faculty Critic and acting director in Painting; Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation; and Robert Wiesenberger, Art Historian and Critic in Graphic Design, on The Enduring Legacy of the Bauhaus in Teaching Art Today.
  • ART (II):  John Pilson ’93 MFA, Critic in Art, in conversation with student Matt Leifheit MFA ’17 on Photographs and Publishing in a Post-Photography, Post-Publishing World.
  • ARCHITECTURE (I):  Alan Plattus ’76, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, in conversation with Anna Bokov ’17 PhD on the topic of Form and Content in Contemporary Architecture.
  • ARCHITECTURE (II):  Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture, in conversation with Kyle Dugdale ’15 PhD, Critic in Architecture, on Studio Classes Demystified: How Yale Teaches Architectural Design.
  • DRAMA (I):  Beth McGuire, Director of Speech and Dialects and Associate Professor Adjunct of Acting, in conversation with acting student Lauren E. Banks MFA ’17 on The Actor’s Accent as a Vehicle for Cultural and Human Empathy.
  • DRAMA (II):  Wendall K. Harrington, Head of Projection Design and Assistant Professor Adjunct of Design, in conversation with design student Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez MFA ’18 on The Art and Technology of Projection Design.
  • MUSIC (I):  Paul Berry ’99, ’07 PhD,  Assistant Professor Adjunct of Music History, in conversation with viola student Danielle Wiebe ’21 DMA on the topic of In Search of Authentic Performance.
  • MUSIC (II):  Janna Baty, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Music, in conversation with Douglas Dickson ’88 MM, ’89 MMA on Why Opera Matters.

3 p.m.
–4 p.m.


Yale faculty members and students conduct participatory sessions, backstage visits, walking tours and other hands-on sessions for small groups on various topics in the fine arts. Because of limited space, admission to each session is by specific ticket only, and tickets will be available at Assembly registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Except as noted, all activities are being offered twice, with a repeat at 4:15 p.m.

  • ART 101: Calligraphy Workshop.  A demonstration and hands-on workshop in contemporary calligraphy led by Henk Van Assen  ’93 MFA, Senior Critic in Art, and graphic design student Jacob Hoving ’17 MFA. Limited to 12 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • ART 102: School of Art Tour.  A guided tour of the Yale School of Art’s facilities at Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall and the Yale Sculpture Building, led by Associate Dean Samuel Messer ’82 MFA. Limited to 20 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m. with Lecturer in Art Mark Gibson ’13 MFA leading.
  • ART 103: Woodworking and Metal.  “It Might Get Hot,” a demonstration of how artists use the woodworking and metal shop, led by Brent Howard, Lecturer in Art. Limited to 20 participants. Not repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • ARCHITECTURE 101: Rudolph Hall Tour.  A guided tour of Rudolph Hall (formerly known as the “A+A Building”), the School of Architecture’s flagship facility, with visits to its workshops and prototyping studios. Limited to 20 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • ARCHITECTURE 102: Technology Demo.  A demonstration of the Yale School of Architecture’s cutting-edge prototyping technology, including its 5-axis robots and 3D printers, with a discussion of how these technologies are changing architectural education. Limited to 20 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • DRAMA 101: Costume Shop Tour.  A guided tour of the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theater Costume Shop, with a talk on how a designer’s renderings are crafted into clothing worn by actors onstage. Limited to 20 participants; not handicapped-accessible. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • DRAMA 102: Student Play Rehearsal.  Sit in on a rehearsal in progress for the Yale School of Drama’s production of a new student-written and student-directed play, Bulgaria! Revolt! by Miranda Rose Hall ’17 MFA, directed by Elizabeth Dinkova ’17 MFA. Limited to 20 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • DRAMA 103: Yale Rep Rehearsal.  Sit in on a rehearsal in progress of the Yale Repertory Theater’s professional production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1995 drama Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas ’86 MFA. Limited to 15 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • MUSIC 101: Musical Instruments Tour.  A guided tour of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the largest such teaching museums of rare and historic items in the United States. Limited to 15 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • MUSIC 102: Adams Center Tour.  A guided hard-hat tour of the still-under-construction Adams Center for Musical Arts on Elm Street, which includes both renovations and a major addition to Hendrie Hall. Limited to 10 participants. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.
  • MUSIC 103: “Up Close with the King of Instruments.” An informal, interactive recital on the superb Bozyan Memorial Organ with commentary by Bradley Burgess ’17 MM, who won the Yale School of Music’s Julie B. Sherman Prize for excellence in organ playing last year. Repeated at 4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.
–5:15 p.m.


A repeat of the 3-4 p.m. sessions (except as noted above) to give everyone a chance to choose an additional favorite topic of interest. Again, because of limited space, admission to each session is by specific ticket only, and tickets will be available at Assembly registration on a first-come, first-served basis. See listing immediately above for session descriptions. There will also be one additional session offered only in this time slot:

  • ART 203: “Drawing for Dummies.” In this hands-on workshop, Yale School of Art Associate Dean Samuel Messer ’82 MFA will teach the fundamentals of drawing. No prior experience required. Limited to 18 participants.


5:30 p.m.
–7 p.m.

Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception

  • Join us for a wine and beer reception with hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the presentation of this year’s AYA Leadership Awards for Volunteer Innovation and Service, the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards for alumni groups and programs, and Undergraduate Admissions’ Awards for Alumni Schools Committee service. Together we will congratulate these outstanding volunteers and groups for their efforts on behalf of Yale and their communities.

7 p.m.

Dinner on your own

  • Many Classes, Clubs, SIGs and other constituencies are planning their own by-invitation dinners, cocktail receptions and other events this evening. If you’re free, this will be your opportunity to try one of the many fantastic restaurants downtown that have given New Haven its reputation as a destination for “foodies.”



Friday 11 November


If you did not register yesterday, please check in first at Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, no matter what time you arrive, to receive your name badge and packet of materials before rejoining the Assembly program in progress. Registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

8:30 a.m.
–10:30 a.m.

Workshops and Board Meetings

Attendees will engage with fellow alumni leaders for that constituency and/or activity to discuss topics of mutual concern. In addition, meetings will be held for task forces and boards, as listed below. (Select one session.)

  • Yale College Class Leadership
  • Yale Clubs
  • Shared Identity/Interest Groups (SIGs) and Yale Clubs in Major Cities (New York, Washington, Boston, New Haven, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago)
  • Graduate School Alumni Association, Annual Fall Meeting (Part I)
  • Professional Schools
  • Yale Alumni Service Corps Board Meeting

10:45 a.m.
–11:45 a.m.

University Update with President Salovey

Yale President Peter Salovey ’83 MS, ’86 PhD will share his thoughts on what’s happening on campus, with time for Q&A at the end.

12 noon
–1:15 p.m.

Assembly LXXVI Lunch
Commons at the Schwarzman Center, corner of Grove and College

At lunch we will present the fifth annual Yale-Jefferson Public Service Awards, an honor sponsored by Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), given annually to recognize Yalies — typically one alum, one graduate/professional student, and one undergraduate — who inspire others through service to the greater good.

1:30 p.m.
–2:45 p.m.

Assembly LXXVI Plenary:
Yale Alumni Update

  • The AYA’s new executive director, Weili Cheng ’77, will introduce herself and present an overview of alumni programs and initiatives throughout the past year.
  • Ken Inadomi ’76 and Sheryl Carter Negash ’82, co-chairs of the Alumni Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, will share a status report on this alumni-led effort to increase diversity and inclusion in the full breadth of Yale alumni communities, organizations and programs.

3 p.m.
–4:15 p.m.

Alumni Programs: Information Sessions

These concurrent breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for Assembly attendees to learn more about current AYA programs and to provide input on new initiatives. Session presenters will offer an overview and/or annual report and include time for Q&A, as well as information on how to get involved. Final details will be available at Assembly. Among the sessions tentatively scheduled (select one session):

  • Learn more about serving on the AYA Board of Governors
  • The work of the AYA’s Alumni Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE)
  • The new iModules platform of online tools available free to classes, clubs and SIGs
  • Opportunities for mentoring through the “Careers, Life and Yale” program
  • The AYA’s new Visual Identity (logo) toolkit for alumni organizations

6 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner Reception

7:15 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner
Commons at the Schwarzman Center, corner of Grove and College

  • Every year since 1952, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year’s recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and the ways they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends.



Saturday 12 November

10 a.m.
–12:30 p.m.

Pre-Game AYA Hospitality Tent
Near Portal 17 on the west side of the Yale Bowl

  • Join your friends at the popular “AYA Alumni Village.” This free reception for all Yale alumni and their guests provides a place to meet up with classmates and others before going to the game. There will be free food and refreshments.

12:30 p.m.

Football: Yale vs. Princeton
Yale Bowl

  • Assembly-goers who wish to attend the game should purchase their tickets directly from this special Yale Athletics webpage that offers discounts especially for Assembly attendees. You can also buy your tickets at the box office outside the Yale Bowl (at regular, non-discounted prices).