An “Arabian-Nightish” gift to Yale is what Clarence Day, the
author of Life With Father, called the Elizabethan Club.
The Club was the brainchild of his Yale classmate, Alexander
Smith Cochran, Class of 1896, who in 1911 donated a house, a
$100,000 endowment, and his important collection of early
English literature to found it. Its modest purpose was to
provide a forum for undergraduate discussions on literature,
art, or indeed any subject, and to offer a congenial environment
for social and intellectual interaction between junior and
senior members of the University. read more
Maynard Mack Lecture
On September 8, 2014, Tom Stoppard, whose play Arcadia begins the season at the Yale Repertory Theatre, will be the Maynard Mack speaker. The lecture will take place at the University Theatre, 222 York Street, New Haven at 5:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Elizabethan Club administers an annual lecture, which
brings to Yale every year a distinguished theatre practitioner
to speak on a topic of his or her choice. The Lectureship honors
the late Maynard Mack, Sterling Professor of English at Yale,
chair of the Department, and eminent scholar and critic of
Past recipients of the Maynard Mack Lectureship have been:
Dame Harriet Walter (2013), Paul Giamatti (2013), Michael
Grandage (2011), Liev Schrieber (2011), Gordon Edelstein (2009),
Anna Deavere Smith (2008), Michael Billington (2007), Robert
Brustein (2006), Jefferson Mays (2004), Adam Guettel (2003),
Corin Redgrave (2003), Fiona Shaw (2002), Edward Albee, (2000),
Claire Bloom (1999), Arthur Miller (1998).