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The American West       REGISTER HERE

John Mack Faragher, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of History

Mondays, March 6 - April  10, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

This course examines the history of the American West as both frontier and
region, real and imagined, from the first contacts between natives and colonizers in the fifteenth century to the multicultural encounters of the late twentieth century. In my lectures I will be using images drawn from the Yale Collection of Western Americana at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as well as film clips from a century of western movies. There will be ample opportunity to discuss the reading at every meeting.

Suggested Reading:
Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher, Frontiers: A Short History of the
American West (Yale University Press)


March 6: American Colonial Frontiers. Frontiers:1-38
March 13: The Early Republic and the First American West. Frontiers:39-61
March 20: Manifest Destiny Frontiers:62-93
March 27: The Second American West. Frontiers:94-132
April 3: Communities. Frontiers:133-75
April 10: The Twentieth Century West. Frontiers:176-225


John Mack Faragher was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in southern California, where he attended the University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1967), and did social work, before coming to Yale (Ph.D., 1977). After fifteen years as a professor at Mount Holyoke College he returned to Yale in 1993. His books include Women and Men on the Overland Trail (1979); Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie (1986); Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992); The American West: A New Interpretive History (2000), with Robert V. Hine; A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from their American Homeland (2005); and Frontiers: A Short History of the American West (2007), with Robert V. Hine. He teaches the history of the American West and directs the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders.



Austen, Trollope, Hardy          REGISTER HERE

Traugott Lawler, Professor Emeritus of English

Tuesdays, March 7 - April  11, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description: 

Please read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey for the first meeting.  We will then spend two weeks on Trollope's Barchester Towers, two on Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge, and return to Austen to read Persuasion for the last class.  This course has been designed to mesh with the Yale Educational Travel trip "Southern England: Literature and Landscapes," June 2-11--though you can certainly take the course without going on the trip, or go on the trip without taking the course.

**Please try to get the Penguin Classics edition of each book.  They have good introductions and notes, pleasing print, and pretty durable bindings.  Also we can all easily be on the same page.  Plenty of copies at good prices on  But if you have something else and want to use it, that’s OK.**


Professor Traugott Lawler

Traugott Lawler is a specialist in Medieval English literature, and has broad teaching experience across English and European literature.  He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again 1981 until his retirement in 2005.  At Yale he taught Chaucer, Old English, History of the English Language, and various seminars in Middle English, and he regularly taught both English 125, Major English Poets, and English 129, European Masterpieces, as well.  Since retiring he has filled in several times in 125 and Old English, taught a freshman seminar in Austen and Dickens, and taught both Dante and English Religious Poetry in the Divinity School; and he has taught a course in the Alumni College each semester since it began. He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales (1981), one of the editors of the Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works.  In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and is one of five scholars preparing The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  He was master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3.  He is an avid golfer and plays every summer in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.



Opera in Cinema         REGISTER HERE

Judith Malafronte, Lecturer, Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Department of Music

Wednesdays, March 1 - April 26, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

(Classes meet ONLY on the dates listed below)

March 1

March 8

March 29

April 5

April 19

April 26.

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in HD” transmissions of Verdi’s La Traviata (March 11), Mozart’s Idomeneo (March 25), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (April 22), and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (May 13). We will use these four operas as jumping off points in our examination of librettos and source material, as well as the social and musical conventions of opera. We will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production.


There will be relevant readings from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube.


Participants should plan to view these Saturday afternoon broadcasts at a local cinema, or attend a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Information about the broadcasts, as well as a list of theaters, is available at


Judith Malafronte is a Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box.

B.A. Vassar College; M.A. Stanford University.





Portrait Drawing Fundamentals   REGISTER HERE


Lisa Hess Hesselgrave

Thursdays, March 9 – April 13 , 5pm - 6:30pm

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

Working from the live model, we’ll observe the structure of the head and reveal its form through line, mass, and tone. Expressive artistic style will be encouraged when in the service of capturing portrait essentials - proportion, placement, composition, and the effect of light on planar structure. Our goal will be to describe the head as a fully-realized, three dimensional form, and a support upon which to place the features. We’ll find that putting the right-sized pieces in the right-place results in a likeness.


Lisa Hess Hesselgrave’s paintings of figures in interiors and landscapes are recognized for precise color, personal content and evocative compositions. She works in many media including oil, watercolor, pastel and collage. Judy Birke wrote of Hesselgrave’s work, “Her domestic interiors tap into a deep well of emotion where nothing is obvious.” Hesselgrave’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the northeast, including Tatistcheff and Co. and the National Academy of Design in New York City, the John Slade Ely House, in New Haven, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Her work is included in private collections throughout the US and abroad. She has taught drawing, painting, and color theory since 1985. Hesselgrave received her MFA from the Yale University School of Art, and her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2002 and 1992, the Vermont Studio Center, 2014, and at the Seaside Institute, Seaside, Florida in 1996. She is an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven.



How to Use Your Mind to Enhance Your Health    



Wendy Hurwitz, ’83 (Yale),’89 MD (Yale School of Medicine)

Thursdays, March 9 - April 13, 3pm - 4:30pm

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

Up to 90% of all visits to the doctor’s office are stress-related, according to Harvard.  Stress can be considered as much a risk factor for disease as smoking.  Why can two people be in the same situation and respond to stress differently?  Can going through stressful times without stress be a learned skill?  Learn the difference between good stress, bad stress and how stress impacts the body. Drawing from the latest, most up-to-date information, translated into easy-to-understand and accessible information, participants will learn multiple approaches to using one's mind to enhance one's health.

Opportunities to experience different approaches for personal fit.

Everyone will come away with multiple tips and techniques for using our natural capacities to optimize well-being.


About Dr. Wendy Hurwitz:

A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Hurwitz is a nationally recognized expert on stress. A former medical researcher for ABC News, Dr. Hurwitz is an expert in two fields: Mind/Body Medicine and Energy Medicine. She teaches both professionals and students in medicine, psychology, and the allied health professions, and has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, NYU, and Fordham University.  Dr. Hurwitz is the author of the chapter Energy Medicine in the textbook Micozzi, M (ed):  Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, 2001.   She has a forthcoming book on stress.

Dr. Hurwitz is a former member of the Medical, Scientific, and Academic Council of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine; member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; Fellow of the American Institute of Stress; member of the International Positive Psychology Association; member of the American Counseling Association; and an American Red Cross Local Disaster Volunteer.  Dr. Hurwitz helps organizations and individuals achieve peak performance by enhancing vitality and wellness. She translates the latest and most sophisticated scientific research on stress and energy into practical, easy-to-use techniques people can use to maintain and enhance vitality even under the most trying circumstances. Dr. Hurwitz has provided training for AT&T, Unilever, Lowe Worldwide, the FDNY, and has been an invited guest speaker at the United Nations.