World renowned Haitian folk singer Leyla McCalla held an intimate concert in the Davenport Common Room this past Wednesday. With her smoky vocals and manifold instrumental talents, Ms. McCalla’s songs touched on everything from politics, to family and even to whiskey drinking. Over 80 people came out to the performance hosted by Dean Ryan Brasseux and Davenport fellow Jay Gitlin.
The Davenport Dining Hall staff once again put together a festive holiday dinner for our students and fellows. We even had a special appearance from President Salovey! Dinner was followed by the second annual performance of How the Gnome Stole Christmas, written by Isabel Mendia ’18 and Kyle Deakins ’18.
Martini Making Event On Monday night, Head of College John Witt and international man of mystery and Columbia Law School professor, Philip Bobbitt, hosted a Martini-Making Session for seniors. Seniors who attended described it as a “once in a lifetime experience.” The Art of Watercolor: A Student Exhibition Last night, Professor Adam van Doren hosted the gallery opening for his freshman seminar, The Art of Watercolor. This class will again be taught in the spring as […]
Mellon Forum: Lilla Brody and Sam Gurwitt Davenport seniors Sam Gurwitt and Lilla Brody presented their research at the fifth Mellon Forum of the year. They both discussed how they use their other academic interests to inform and inspire their performances. Sam, a History major, is also a very talented clown, who had to decide between coming to Yale and joining a circus conservatory. He is very interested in the role of memory in history. […]
Mellon Forum: Isabel Mendia & Isaak Cuenco-Reyes Davenport seniors Isabel Mendia and Isaak Cuenco-Reyes presented their research at the fourth Mellon Forum of the year. Isaak, a Political Science major, discussed how minorities are underrepresented as the staffers of campaigns, even in progressive campaigns. They explained why this is an important problem to solve, because it turns out that the priorities of campaign staffers (i.e. the people who have the candidates’ ears) strongly influence whose doors […]
Tea with Erin Morley One of today’s most sought after coloratura sopranos, Erin Morley, gave a Davenport College tea and performed this past Tuesday. Morley is a graduate of Julliard and the Eastman School of Music, and she will be returning to the role of Olympia in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 run of Les Contes d’Hoffman. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Morley has sung more than 70 performances at the Met, […]
This past Saturday, 30 Davenport students and staff went to go see the Broadway show, Waitress. For some students, it was their first Broadway show. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a […]
On Thursday, October 12th, our Head of College, J. Witt, opened up his Philly cheesesteak shop, John’s Steaks, in the Davenport Dining Hall during dinner time. TastyKakes were ordered in especially for the event. J. Witt toiled away for 2.5 hours until every student in Davenport was fed. Thank you to our office and dining staff for always putting on the best food events!
A big shout-out to senior Cassie Lignelli, Clare Mellon Fellow Sophia Gatzionis, and Davenport Fellow Adam Van Doren for joining me for a wonderful few hours at the St. Thomas More soup kitchen across the street. The soup kitchen served more than 400 meals in two hours. I’ll be headed over again on Wednesday November 29. Join us then at the end of the month (when the demand is especially high), or just head over […]
Tea and Dinner with Chris Keyser ‘On Monday, Davenport hosted a tea and dinner with seasoned television writer, Chris Keyser. Chris Keyser is a Golden Globe winner, Humanitas Prize recipient, television writer of Party of Five and The Last Tycoon, and former president of the Writers’ Guild of America (West). He was very knowledgeable about the business side of the TV industry, especially the relationship between writers & the studios. He explained how television is the premiere […]