2012-13 Fox Fellows Arrive at Yale and Partner Institutions
(September 15, 2012) Sixteen Fox Fellows have arrived and are beginning their work, while eighteen are bound for Yale’s partner institutions abroad. This year’s Fellows on the Yale campus are busy settling into their courses and beginning to make contact with relevant faculty, visitors, and academic workshops on campus. They are also starting to explore New Haven and environs. We are delighted to welcome them!
Fox Program June 15-16 Reunion Sparkles in Paris
(Summer 2012) One hundred former Fox International Fellows and friends gathered June 15-16 in Paris, France for a reunion that marked the Program’s 23rd year. Kicked off by a sparkling evening event at the Residence of U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin (Yale ’84) and his wife Susan Tolson, the reunion continued the following day with a morning conference, an afternoon boat trip on the Seine, and an elegant dinner under the aegis of Sciences Po, Yale’s partner university since 2000. The Fox Family was represented by Lee and Dell Fox, daughters of Joseph Carrere Fox. The next reunion of the Fox International Fellowship Program will be five years hence, in 2017.
Fox Staff Delivers 246-Year-Old Letter
In 1765 Ezra Stiles, American scientist and later President of Yale, asked Benjamin Franklin, then serving as U.S. envoy to France, to deliver a letter to Mikhail Lomosonov, the eminent Russian scientist and founder of Moscow State University (MSU). Lomosonov died before the letter could be delivered, and it was tucked away in Franklin’s papers.
Stiles’ letter, written in Latin, represents the first known attempt at scientific collaboration between America and Russia. Stiles knew that Lomosonov was interested in climate from a published article he had read that was written by Lomosonov. The letter described weather conditions in America and asked Lomosonov to furnish Stiles with comparable data for Russia.
Fast-forward 246 years to November 2011 and the 300th anniversary of Mikhail Lomonosov’s birth in Moscow. Fate finally intervened and Julia Muravnik, Fox International Fellowship Program Coordinator, was able to deliver the letter to MSU President Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichiy.
Because of her role as Fox Program coordinator, Julia was invited to attend the 300th anniversary celebration at MSU. While planning the trip, she recalled a letter that she uncovered during some research she had done in a previous position at Yale. While working in the Slavic Collection on Russian-American relationships, particularly those involving Yale University, she came upon the Franklin Papers at the Sterling Memorial Library. Julia recalled seeing mention of the Stiles letter in them and she was able to locate it in Franklin’s papers archived at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
How fitting that Ms. Muravnik delivered the letter because it embodies the venturesome international spirit that motivated Joseph Fox, YC ’38, in creating the Fox International Fellowship Program at the MacMillan Center. Like Stiles’ letter, the Fox Program represents another “first” – the first educational exchange between the U.S. and Russia.