Four Yalies win Pulitzer Prize; finalists include professor, alumni

Yale professors and alumni were among the individuals honored by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize committee for their works.

Law School professor James Forman Jr. ’92 J.D. is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner in General Nonfiction for his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”

Alumna Martyna Majok, who earned an M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play “Cost of Living.”

Law School alum Ronan Farrow and the New Yorker shared a Pulitzer in Journalism (Public Reporting) with The New York Times for exposing the sexual harassment by top figures in Hollywood and elsewhere. Susan Dominus ’92 was among the reporters who contributed to The New York Times coverage on the issue.

Jake Halpern ’97, a freelance writer and lecturer at Yale, shared a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Editorial Cartooning) with cartoonist Michael Sloan for a series in The New York Times depicting the struggles of family of refugees.

Celebrating Yalie Monica Drake

The New York Times announced today that Monica Drake will join the masthead as an assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects.

In a note to staff, Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, and Joe Kahn, managing editor of The New York Times, said, “Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.”

As a senior editor who runs the Travel section, Monica has developed several ambitious digital projects. She reimagined the annual destination list of places to go into 52 Places, a multimedia feature that created a sensation when it advertised that it was looking for a single reporter to visit every place on the list. Nine thousand people have applied for the job.

Next month, she starts Surfacing, a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.

As Travel editor, she regularly published thought-provoking pieces by literary writers like Deborah Levy, Jacqueline Woodson and Francine Prose. She has worked on newsroom strategy teams that have led to the creation of the Print Hub and various special print sections.

Before becoming Travel editor, Monica worked on The Times’s Culture desk. She started at The Times as an intern in 1998, and was promoted to copy editor in 2001. She is a graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University. She is from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and insists that it is one of the best places in the world to visit.

Yale Club of Ireland – Winter Event, December 8

House Plays image of actors








Our Winter Event (capital W, capital E) is a black-tie theatre-dinner on Friday December 8.

The venue is the landmark townhouse at 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and the event is a special benefit performance in support of An Taisce.

The Yale Club has signed up to be sponsors, which means we’re on the hook for eight (8) tickets, which is not many, especially when the tickets are a steal at only €50. I betcha we could get more tickets if there is demand. If you would like a ticket – or indeed two, as you should bring your partner/spouse/friend/culture-buddy – then e-mail me at

The play is a performance of House Plays, written and directed by Mina Tenison ’92.  The schedule for the evening is:

7:30pm: Doors open & cocktails served
8:15pm: Act I
8:45pm: Act II & III (Three-course dinner served)
10:00pm: Act IV

The storyline? Clare leads the enviable life of big houses & privilege, or so it seems…Raised in a big Georgian house in Ireland in the lap of privilege, Clare is finding that her enviable life is breaking apart at the seams. The story is humorous, bittersweet and a little tragic. The actors – Ken Fletcher and Roisin Rooney – mix with the audience throughout the play, breaking down the “fourth wall.”

If you can sponsor food, wine or a spot-prize for the raffle, then that would be great too, let me know.

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage. An Taisce is an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues.

Twelve Henrietta Street was built between 1730-33 by the property developer Luke Gardiner. It was dramatically altered in 1780 by Richard Boyle, the second Earl of Shannon, who combined two adjacent houses to create a palace for himself. After his death in 1807 the two buildings were divided once again. The first floor features magnificent long windows that were installed by the second Earl of Shannon and shows off one of the grandest entertaining spaces still extant in the city of Dublin. A closer look at the details will reveal the original wood floors and some of the beautiful architectural
elements from 1780s.


Islands are evolutionary cradle for Antarctica marine life

A view of a glacier on Livingston Island.

The largely barren islands reaching north from Antarctica are actually the birthplace of many modern species of marine life — and perhaps will be the first places to be impacted by invading species in the wake of climate change, according to a study by researchers at Yale University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

We used to think diversity was generated on continents and spread to islands,” said Thomas Near, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the Bingham Oceanographic Curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and senior author of the paper appearing July 24 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. “But in Antarctica, it is the islands that hold seeds of diversity and the continent that is home to the youngest species.”

After 16 Years of War, the United States and Afghanistan Ponder Next Steps

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, charged with the task of deciding whether to send more US troops into Afghanistan, must determine the mission, the level of support from allies and other partners in the region, and the readiness of the Afghan government and its forces to withstand an insurgency. Ultimately, Mattis must decide if more military fighting can deliver conditions for peace. Marc Grossman and Tom West support commitment of 5,000 more US troops: “It is not in America’s interests to leave Afghanistan to its current trajectory, with the Taliban controlling ever larger swaths of the country, seeking to topple the Kabul government and allowing growing safe havens for both ISIS and al Qaeda.” Grossman, former US Under Secretary of State and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was a Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale in 2013. West is a former senior US diplomat who served in Afghanistan. Sending troops has risks, and the two writers conclude that any commitment of US troops requires an integrated and whole-government strategy, with cooperation from multiple departments in the United States along with leaders in the wider region. – YaleGlobal