Yale Alumni College - Spring 2015 New York City

New York City


"The European Literary Traditon: Comic Drama"

Professor Gordon Turnbull - Click here for Professor's Bio

Mondays, March 2nd - April 6th, 4:20 pm - 5:50 pm

Theater, from its inception, has compelled us to laugh, but in strange and complex ways — pleasurably, tearfully, hysterically, nervously, defensively, fearfully, cruelly, and more.  Comic theater offers both the pleasure of delight, and the savagery of satire, and it has both the power to please and the power to laugh at its own audience.  This course will survey these and other aspects of the drama of comedy in a selection of six plays, from classical times to ours



"America and the World: the World and America: 100 years of war, economic, demographic and epidemiological change, social policy and environment "

Professor Kieke G.H. Okma  - Click here for Professor's Bio

Mondays, March 2nd - April 6th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This series of seminars addresses six very broad and interrelated themes, based on a selection of readings
Why did we go to war in the 20th century?
The reasons the United States and other major industrialized nations engaged in foreign wars in the last 100 years.
The world economy in the last century
Major changes in economic and trade positions of the major world powers.
How did we get From 1 billion to more than 7 billion persons on earth?
Demographic Change in the last century
Epidemiological transitions across the world
Changing patterns of disease and death
Social policy orientations in the industrialized world:
Changing Welfare States in North America and Western Europe (and beyond)

Energy and environment issues of the 20th century



"The Roots of Modern Literary Criticism: 1915-2015"

Professor Michael Holquist  - Click here for Professor's Bio

Mondays, March 2nd - April 27th 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Since the First World War, the academic study of literature in Europe and the United States (particularly in New Haven) has gone through a number of disruptive stages.   This has created distance between a general public that reads poems and novels and those professionals who write about them.  This course will be an attempt to bring both constituencies closer together.   It will unfold as a history, from the Russian Formalists, through Prague School Structuralism, French reworking of Structuralism resulting in Deconstruction, Paul De Man, and the current expansion of Digital Humanities.

Classes will consist in lecture/discussions focusing on one or two exemplary essays each week from each school as we proceed from Moscow, Prague, and Paris, to New Haven.  Some of the reading will be a bit dense, but the number of pages read each week will be reasonable for intelligent adults known to be in the midst of demanding careers.



"Opera in Cinema"

Professor Judith Malafronte  - Click here for Professor's Bio

Tuesdays, March 3rd - April 7th, 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

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.

Participants should plan to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted below, at a convenient theater location. Find a nearby theater using this link - click here

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