New Haven Course Info

Animal Ethics

Stephen Latham-  Mondays, Oct 3 - Nov 7, 4-5:30 pm

Course Description

Animals: what sort of moral status do they have? Do they have rights? Should we eat them? May we experiment on them? Is it wrong for us to keep them as pets, or to keep them captive in zoos? This course will be a philosophical introduction to ethical questions about human relationships with animals. No philosophy background is assumed or required.



Emily Dickinson: 150 Poems

Traugott Lawler-  Tuesdays, Oct 4 - Nov  8, 3-4:30pm 

Course Description

In Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries (2010), Helen Vendler prints and discusses 150 poems.  We will use that book, and go through it at the rate of 25 poems per class.  Vendler's commentaries are stimulating but not exhaustive; they will be a great help to understanding, but leave us plenty to discuss in our classes.  Please get the book (in hardcover, paper, or Kindle; lots of copies are listed on and, and read the first 25 poems for our first meeting, the next 25 for the second, and so on.



Drawing Fundamentals

Lisa Hess-Hesselgrave- Tuesdays, Oct 4 - Nov  15, 5:15-7:15 pm 

Course Description

In this studio course, students will explore basic drawing concepts such as line, shape, composition, and mark-making. These concepts will be expanded and developed as students become comfortable with materials and methods. Specific drawing exercises will be assigned each class. Students will be encouraged to work at their own pace and to develop their individual strengths.

The course will be of interest to beginners, as well as to more experienced artists wishing to develop and refine their drawing practice. A field trip to a local museum will supplement the studio work.



Opera in Cinema

Judith Malafronte- Wednesdays, Oct 5 - Nov 9, 5:30-7pm

Course Description

An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in High-Definition” transmissions. Using these operas as the basis for exploration, course participants will examine librettos and source material, and will be introduced to 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.

This semester's broadcasts include: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin.

Participants should plan to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts on Oct 8, Oct 22, and Dec 10, in Sprague Hall (with current Yale ID) or at a convenient theater location. Find a nearby theater using this link:

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