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 ciaran@aya.yale.edu.

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



Philanthropy in Motion is looking for a COO

Philanthropy in Motion (PIM) is an internationally-recognized social enterprise that empowers millennials with the funding, training, and networks to become mission- driven leaders and amplify their social impact.

Founded in 2013 by alumni from Yale College, our core team consists of millennials with diverse expertise in management consulting, international education, development, nonprofit evaluation, and Internet technology. We are looking for a mission-focused, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience leading an effective team, developing a performance culture, and building partnerships for scale.

Please apply by submitting your CV to jasmine@pimchina.org.

You can find the full PIM COO JD on the Yale Club of Beijing Career Jobs Board. Email josephine.b.massey@gmail.com to be added.

Yale to change Calhoun College’s name to honor Grace Murray Hopper

Yale President Peter Salovey announced today that the university would rename Calhoun College, one of 12 undergraduate residential colleges, to honor one of Yale’s most distinguished graduates, Grace Murray Hopper ’30 M.A., ’34 Ph.D., by renaming the college for her.

Salovey made the decision with the university’s board of trustees — the Yale Corporation — at its most recent meeting. “The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values,” Salovey said. “I have asked Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College, and Julia Adams, the head of Calhoun College, to determine when this change best can be put into effect.”


Yale Club of London: Feb Club Emeritus : Mardi Gras!

Feb Club Emeritus strikes again!  Come and join fellow Yalie’s for one of our favourite traditions.

This year we have managed to secure a particularly exciting venue: The Underdog is a versatile gallery and music venue in London Bridge with the vibrant creative hub Bermondsey Street just around the corner.  Your fellow alums and their friends have done due diligence in checking it out (oh, the hardships we endure for Yale…) and it is really good. 
There is no entrance fee and the Yale Club of London is kindly sponsoring the costs of security, but we will need your help drinking to hit the bar minimum, so come along and bring your friends, especially those who might not yet be on the YCL mailing list.
Date: Friday, 24 February 2016
Time: 18.30-23.00
Venue: The Underdog, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, SE1 3 JW
All Yalies and friends welcome.  Registration is free, but strongly encouraged so we know to expect you.

Please contact James Ford if you would like to help out, or if you have any questions.

Event: Feb Club Emeritus : Mardi Gras!
Date: 24 Feb 2017 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: The Underdog, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, SE1 3JW
Registration: Click here to register for this event.

Click here to register for this event!

Cost:  Free! but registration strongly encouraged, including for guests.

We hope to see you there!

A Conversation with Neal Keny-Guyer ’82, CEO of Mercy Corps

Becton Fellowship Program

November 3, 2016, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EDT

A Conversation with Neal Keny-Guyer ‘82

Neal Keny-Guyer ’82, CEO of Mercy Corps, will be on campus for a Becton Fellowship lecture on November 3. The Becton Fellowship Program brings prominent leaders in a variety of industries to the school to share their insights.

Mercy Corps’ mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

The event will be live-streamed at: https://youtu.be/UOBhbD0WOtM

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