Yale Alumni College: Past Courses

Yale Alumni College Courses By Subject:


Art & Music

Bach: Composer for God and Kings, Professor Marcus Rathey – Spring 2020, New Haven

Urban Challenges for a Changing Planet, Esther de Costa Meyer Fall 2019, New Jersey

Sex, Blood, and Celluloid: Dracula from Page to Screen, Antonio Barrenechea Fall 2019, Washington, D.C.

Glimmerglass Festival, Francesca Zambello Summer 2019, Cooperstown, New York

Artistic Lateness and the Music of Beethoven, Scott Burnham – Fall 2018, Princeton, NJ

How to Read a Photograph, Professor Michael Jennings – Spring 2016, Princeton, NJ

The Music of the Viennese Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Professor Scott Burnham – Fall 2016, Princeton, NJ

Opera in Cinema, Professor Judith Malafronte – Spring 2015, New York City

Shakespeare & Verdi: Three Masterpieces, Professor Judith MalafronteFall 2015, Rye, NY

The Beatles and Their Legacy, Mark Spicer ’01 PhD – Fall 2015, New York City

The Beatles and Their Legacy part 2, Mark Spicer ’01 PhD – Fall 2016, New York City

In the Beatles Wake, Mark Spicer – Fall 2017, New York City

Architecture, Mark Hesselgrave – Fall 2016, New York City

A History of Christian Architecture, Professor John Cook – Fall 2012, New York City

The Art of Performance in Africa, Professor Frederick Lamp – Fall 2014, Greenwich, CT

The Artistry and Meaning of American Silver, Professor John Stuart Gordon – Spring 2014, New Haven

Drawing the Human Figure, Lisa Hess-Hesselgrave ’85 MFA - Spring 2016, New Haven

Drawing Fundamentals, Lisa Hess-Hesselgrave ’85 MFA – Fall 2016, New Haven

Turning Literature into Opera, Judith Malafronte – Fall 2018, New Haven

Cinema of War, Murray Biggs – Fall 2017, New Haven


The Groups: Women and Society in Austen, Wharton, and McCarthy, Professor Jeff Nunokawa – Spring 2020, New Jersey

Major Figures in the Founding of the United States, James M. Banner Jr. – Fall 2019, Washington, D.C.

"Give me your Tired, Your Huddled Masses": Immigration and Ethnicity in American History, Peter Connolly-Smith – Fall 2019, New York

Yeats, Nationalism and the Masks of Revolution, James Flannery – Fall 2019, Atlanta, GA

Ideas and Inspirations from the 1900s Viennese Coffeehouse, Anna Souchuk – Fall 2018, Chicago, IL

Russian History and Literature, Robert Miller – Fall 2017, Atlanta, GA

Pirates: Fact, Fiction and History, Professor Mark Hanna – Fall 2016, San Diego, CA

Russia Resurgent, Mary Habeck – Fall 2018, Washington, D.C.

America and the Collapse of World Order: Reflections on Past and Present., Robert Kagan – Fall 2017, Washington D.C.

Classics of Historical Thought and Literature, James Banner – Fall 2017, Washington D.C.

Seedtime of the Republic: The New Nation Takes Shape, 1754-1789, James Banner – Fall 2018, Washington D.C.

Reconstruction and the Legacy of the Civil War, Brian Matthew Jordan ’13 PhD – Fall 2014, Washington D.C.

An Introduction to the Civil War Era, Brian Matthew Jordan ’13 PhD – Spring 2015, Washington D.C.

The Founding of the American Republic, 1787-1815: Major Issues, Major Controversies, Professor James M. Banner Jr. – Fall 2016, Washington D.C.

The Age of Einstein, Professor Frank Firk – Fall 2012, New Haven

Vikings at Home and Away, Professor Anders Winroth – Fall 2013, New Haven

The American West, John Mack Faragher- Spring 2017, New Haven

Literature and Poetry

Wuthering Heights and Tess, Priscilla Gilman Fall 2019, New York

American Visionary Literature and Music: Dickinson to Dylan, Dr. Benjamin Barasch Fall 2019, New Haven

Jane Eyre and Rebecca, Priscilla Gilman Summer 2019, New York

Dante's Inferno Part 1of 2, Traugott Lawler – Fall 2017, New Haven

Reading Australia, Paul Kane – Fall 2017, New York City

Jane Eyre and Great Expectations, Priscilla Gilman – Fall 2017, New York City

Paradise Lost, Priscilla Gilman – Fall 2017, New York City

Understanding Today's Ecological Issues: Landscape, Literature and Ecology, Paul Kane – Fall 2018, New York City

Jane Austen, Priscilla Gilman – Fall 2018, New York City

The Art of The Short Story, Professor Walter Reed – Spring 2017, Atlanta, GA

Kingship and Revolution in the Age of Shakespeare, Abraham Stoll – Fall 2017, San Diego, CA

Wordplay, Professor Joshua Katz – Fall 2015, Princeton, NJ

Shakespeare on Love, Leonard Barkan – Fall 2017, Princeton, NJ

Innocence and Experience in British Romanticism, Priscilla Gillman – Spring 2017, New York City

Emerson’s Circle: Transcendentalism in America, Paul Kane – Spring 2017, New York City

Goethe's Faust, Professor Jeffery Sammons – Fall 2014, New York City

The Nature of Narrative, Professor Michael Holquist – Fall 2014, New York City

The European Literary Tradition: Tragic Drama, Gordon Turnbull ’86 PhD – Fall 2014, New York City

The European Literary Tradition: Comic Drama, Gordon Turnbull ’86 PhD – Spring 2015, New York City

Roots of Modern Literary Criticism 1915-2015, Professor Michael Holquist – Spring 2015, New York City

Fiction, the Monstrous, and the Limits of the Human, Gordon Turnbull ’86 PhD – Fall 2015, New York City

What is a Classic? Professor Michael Holquist – Spring 2016, New York City

Hearing Voices: Modern Poets in Disguise, Paul Kane ’90 PhD – Spring 2016, New York City

Great Russian Short Stories, Professor Michael Holquist – Fall 2013, New York City

Walt Whitman Poet of Democracy, Professor Alan Trachtenberg – Fall 2012, New York City

A History of the English Language, Professor Fred Robinson – Spring 2013, New York City

The Canterbury Tales:  General Prologue and Five Tales, Professor Traugott Lawler – Fall 2012, New Haven

Milton’s Paradise Lost, Professor Annabel Patterson – Fall 2012, New Haven

Doomed Loves, Professor Annabel Patterson – Spring 2013, New Haven

The Poetry of Yeats, Professor Traugott Lawler – Spring 2013, New Haven

Ulysses, Professor Traugott Lawler – Spring 2014, New Haven

Emily Dickinson: 150 Poems, Traugott Lawler Fall 2016, New Haven

Jane Austen: Four Novels, Professor Traugott Lawler – Fall 2014, New Haven

A History of the English Language, Professor Fred Robinson – Fall 2014, New Haven

Dickens: Three Novels, Professor Traugott Lawler – Spring 2015, New Haven

Vanity Fair and Middlemarch: Two Nineteenth-Century Blockbusters, Professor Traugott LawlerFall 2015, New Haven

Personal Development: Diversity and Inclusion

Nonprofit Governance and Leadership, Professor Seth Green – Spring 2020, Chicago

Life's Big Questions, Rabii James Ponet – Fall 2019, New Haven

Cases from Clausewitz, Bruce Gudmundsson – Fall 2018, Washington D.C.

An Introduction to the Psychology of C.G. Jung and its Relevance to the Second Half of Life, Kendrick Norris ’77 MDiv – Spring 2016, Rye, NY

How to Use Your Mind to Enhance Your Health, Wendy Hurwitz – Spring 2017, Rye, NY

The Mystery of Sleep, Professor Meir Kryger – Spring 2014, New York City

A Life Worth Living, Professor Matthew Croasmun – Spring 2017, New Haven

Facing the Challenge of a New Age: Understanding and Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination, Howard Burgwell – Fall 2017, New Haven

Politics, Law, Social Justice, Philosophy & Bioethics

Privacy, Health, and Power in the Age of Digital Over-Consumption, Professor Lydia Martin – Spring 2020, New York

Looking Inside the Black Box: How the NSC Makes Foreign Policy, Mary Habeck – Fall 2018, Washington, D.C.

Boundaries, Borders, and Biases: The Law of Citizenship and Race, Kathleen Cleaver – Fall 2018, Atlanta, GA

Current Constitutional Controversies in the Courts, Professor Keith Whittington – Spring 2015, Princeton, NJ

To Stand By Things Decided, Les Fagen and Mitchell Nobel – Fall 2018, New York City

Cities and Social Change, Esther da Costa Meyer – Spring 2017, Princeton, NJ

America’s Misunderstood Welfare State: Myth, Reality, and Social Insurance, Professor Ted Marmor – Spring 2014, New York City

Is There A Crisis in Higher Education?, Professor Michael Holquist Fall 2012, New York City

The Health Care Crisis: How it Rose, and what is to be Done, Professor Ted Marmor and Professor John Hughes – Spring 2013, New York City

Economics, Politics and the Arab World, Professor Paul Sullivan – Fall 2016, Washington, D.C.

A Global Tour of Economics, Politics, Culture and International Relations (Part 1), Paul Sullivan – Fall 2017, Washington, D.C.

America and the World: the World and America, Kieke Okma – Spring 2015, New York City

Regulating Life: The Law of Bioethics from Before the Cradle to After the Grave, Professor Stephen Latham – Spring 2014, New Haven

Philosophical Arguments in Bioethics, Professor Stephen Latham – Fall 2014, New Haven

Animal Ethics, Stephen Latham Fall 2016, New Haven

Telling Right from Wrong: Modern Ethical Theories, Professor Stephen Latham – Fall 2015, New Haven

And In the Beginning…, Hugh Flick – Fall 2018, New Haven