Maya Lin gives first lecture of ‘Women of Yale’ series

Alumna Maya Lin ’81 ’86 M.A. describes her life’s work as an interplay between art and architecture that emphasizes a strong commitment to environmental protection and justice.

“When I was a kid, I was in the Kroeger parking lot petitioning Japan to save the whales,” Lin said to a crowd of more than 400 people during a campus lecture on Oct. 7. “Then I got to Yale and discovered art and architecture. In essence, though, all of my work is about the environment.”

Lin, who famously beat nearly 1,500 other submissions to design the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., during her senior year at Yale College, presented the inaugural lecture in the “Women at Yale” lecture series. President Peter Salovey described the lecture series as a way to “build momentum leading up to the 50th anniversary of co-education at Yale.”