Yale Alumni College infects close to 1000 alums with the "Learning Bug"

Yale Alumni College has hosted over 90 courses in nine locations, extending the “Lifetime of Learning” for close to 1,000 alumni and their families.

Most attendees return for more topics, and award YACOL high ratings.  With classes capped at 25 students, professors emphasize participation and group discussion—and classes fill up quickly.

Current locations include Atlanta, New Haven, New York City, Princeton, San Diego and Washington DC.

Future plans include Colorado and Chicago.

Save The Date!!!              December 15:  Spring Course Announcements

Professor Spotlight

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His most recent book is "The Return of    History and the End of Dreams" (Knopf 2008). His previous book, "Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its      Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century," (Knopf 2006) was the winner of the 2008 Lepgold Prize and a 2007 finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize. Other books include "Of Paradise and Power (Knopf, 2003), "A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990" (Free Press 1996), and is co-editor with William Kristol of "Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign Policy" (Encounter Books, June 2000.) Kagan writes a monthly column on world affairs for The Washington Post and is a contributing editor at both The Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is listed as one of the world’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff, as principal speechwriter for    Secretary of State George P. Shultz and as deputy director for   policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in American History from American University. This fall Kagan taught a course in Washington D.C. on "America and the Collapse of World Order: Reflections on Past and Present." An excerpt from the course description asks scholars: "What are American interests in the world and what, if any, are America’s responsibilities, to itself and to the international system? How high a price should Americans pay to uphold an international order?"

Scholars enjoy social outing

On October 15th, Yale Alumni College scholars and family members came together for an outing at the Met Cloisters Museum and Gardens in New York City.  With beautiful weather and an eager group, we started with a tour of the Cloisters by fellow Yale Alumnus, Lauren Mancia '11 M.Phil., M.A.; '13 Ph.D..

Following the tour, the group explored the grounds on their own before heading to the Yale Club of New York City for dinner and drinks.  Each semester YACOL holds an outing for anyone who takes a YACOL course.  Our spring outing information will be released in March to the YACOL community.

"Highest praise for the tour guide, who was so generous with her knowledge and made it a fascinating visit. Her delivery style was lively and very personable. I'm still thinking about many of the things I learned; in many ways, it was eye-opening."  -Outing Scholar

Yale Alumni College presents award to dedicated teacher


Yale alumni College is pleased to announce that Traugott Lawler, former head of Ezra Stiles College and a specialist in Medieval English Literature, has been named the first recipient of Yale Alumni College’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  Professor Lawler has taught 10 courses for YACOL since its founding over 5 years ago.  Lawler studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and again at Yale from 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.  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 who prepared The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  Marv Berenblum ’56, Yale Alumni College Chairman and Founder commented, “Traugott Lawler is a treasured member of our faculty who has attracted a devoted following among our Yale Alumni College scholars.  We so much value his invaluable contributions to our forward progress”

San Diego thrives in 2nd semester

In fall 2016 Yale Alumni College broke ground in San Diego with the inaugural course "Pirates: Fact, Fiction and History" taught by Professor Mark Hanna '96. The course and professor received rave reviews.  Word has been spreading through "America's    Finest City". This fall, Professor Abraham Stoll '92, taught; "Kingship and Revolution in the Age of Shakespeare"  which took inspiration from the summer festival in San Diego, where scholars were urged to attend performances of Hamlet at the Old Globe theater and enjoy a picnic dinner with their fellow scholars.  YACOL encourages all scholars and professors to utilize these types of added opportunities for both learning and networking with  fellow alums.

“Professor Abe is excellent and very engaging. His reading selections were challenging and interesting, with a well curated balance between "required" and optional reading so that those with a busier schedule could keep up with class, and those with more time could read more  deeply.” - Fall 17 Scholar

New Course Examines Diversity & Inclusion        


Burgwell Howard, Senior Associate Dean of Yale College/Associate Vice   President of Student Life at Yale, led an impactful course this fall titled, "Facing the Challenge of a New Age: Understanding and Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination".  Howard, along with fellow professors and directors, Rise  Nelson, Stephen Davis, Stephen Pitti, Jennifer Richeson, and Marji Lipshez-Shapiro, defined the psychology of prejudice, discussed the implications of     discrimination on all levels, unfolded personal experiences and explored many current situations to better understand its presence around the world.  The course included a lesson on Yale's D&I atmosphere, bringing in a handful of students to create an intergenerational forum detailing the here and now of the University dynamics.  Our scholars learned about the influence each of them has on society and ways to create inclusive living/learning communities and other steps to break the barriers of prejudice.

Contact Information

Sharon Small

Senior Administrative Assistant

203 436-9213

Association of Yale Alumni

PO Box 209010

New Haven, CT  06520-9010