Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dean’s Lecture Series

Dean’s Lecture Series: ‘In the Company of Scholars’

The series, designed to bring students and professors together across the disciplines to hear talks by distinguished faculty members, takes its name from the opening words of Yale: A Short History, by historian George W. Pierson (1904-1993): “Yale is at once a tradition, a company of scholars, a society of friends.”

All talks take place Tuesdays at 4:00 pm in HGS 119 and are followed by a reception in the McDougal Common Room.

News articles and videos are available for many of the past events, with links listed at the end of each lecture listed below.


Current Series 2013-2014

February 11

David Evans

Professor of Geology and Geophysics

“Past Movements of Continents across
the Earth’s Surface and a Geologist’s
Perspective on the Fate of Humankind”

View a video of this talk.

March 25

Susan Hyde

Associate Professor of Political Science

“Does Democracy Promotion Promote Democracy?”

View a video of this talk.

Next lecture:

Wednesday, April 16*

Gary Tomlinson

John Hay Whitney Professor of Music and the
Humanities; Director, Whitney Humanities Center

“One Million Years of Music:
The Emergence of Human Modernity”

*Please note this lecture is taking place on a Wednesday (not the usual Tuesday) because of scheduling constraints.

Archive Series 2012-2013

December 3

Jacob Hacker

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science

“Is American Politics Undermining
the American Dream”

Read a news article about this talk.
View a video of this talk.

January 22

Beverly Gage

Professor of History

“J. Edgar Hoover and the Rise
of Modern Conservatism”

Read a news article about this talk.
View a video of this talk.

February 19

Kathryn Lofton

Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of
Religious Studies and American Studies

“Religion and the Practice
of American Parenting”

View a video of this talk.

April 2

Paul Tipton

Professor of Physics

“Finding the Higgs Boson:
What Your Taxes Taught Us
about Mass”

View a video of this talk.