Acting and Dancing and Singing, Oh My!

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Thursday: Artistic Gnomies

Pitches Jam 2018: Harry Pitches & the Sorcerer’s Tones

Featured Gnomies: Rachel Regan ‘18, Anisa Iqbal ‘19, Aditi Kodipady ‘20

come experience the ~magic~ of music
their ~sonorus~ voices will
~lumos~ your evening
~alohomora~ your heart
~wingardium leviosa~ your soul
yer in pitches harry

See them perform: Saturday, April 14 at 8:30p in the Stiles Dining Hall

RB Presents: Impulse

Featured Gnomies: Kacey Jezewski ‘18, Allie Bensinger ‘20, Kesi Wilson ‘21

Come check out Rhythmic Blue, Yale’s first and only hip hop and contemporary dance group, at our Spring 2018 semester show: Impulse. You surely won’t want to miss this epic evening adventure.

See them perform: April 12th at 6:30pm, April 14th at 5:00pm and 8:00pm in the Off-Broadway Theater

Mother Courage and her Children: A Senior Project in Theater Studies for Erin Krebs

Featured Gnomies: Tarek Ziad ‘20, Samantha White ‘21

In life the pathos of war, the horror of war, its death and ruin are as close to hell as we can imagine. In theater, the depiction of war is shaped into something that seems to mean. But what does that mean? Is it the sheer vitality of live actors connecting with live audiences? How do irony, spectacle, comedy, poetry, and music interweave with, intensify, and undercut pathos to hold the audience? And we’ll consider another another question central to Brecht’s theory and practice: What is political theater, and how does it – or doesn’t it – work?

See them perform: April 12, 13, 14 at 8:00pm and April 14 at 2:00pm in the Whitney Theater

Bunny, Godmother of Title IX

Featured Gnomie: Nurit Chinn ‘20

One woman. One hour. 50 Years of History. Come see Rora Brodwin tell the story of her great aunt Bunny – who just so happens to be the Godmother of Title IX.

See them perform: April 12, 13, 14 at 8:00pm in the Hopper Cabaret

Lux Improvitas presents: “Lux Gets Lit (the tech show)”

Featured Gnomie: Tully Goldbrick ‘21

LUX! 💡 SOUND! 🔉 MORE LUX!!! 👭👬
Ever wonder what would happen if you put a handful of improvisers onstage and play with some special effects???
FIND OUT this Friday night at 8pm in the JE Theater! Join them for a night of laughter that will ~light~ up your life. ✨

See them perform: April 13 at 8:00pm in the JE Theater

Carlos Cohen ’19: a “GOAT” of a gnomie

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Carlos Cohen is a junior studying political science.  And he is this week’s gnotable gnomie, nominated not by this DPort employee but by members of the college community.  According to his nominator, Carlos is “really just the GOAT. I really respect his commitment to serving our country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and having him back on campus this semester (and having class with him) is really cool. I love our conversations and I think he really deserves the honor of this award! Thanks for always being you, Carlos!”

Politics at the Center of Davenport Teas

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Tea & Dinner with Reihan Salam

On Monday, Davenport welcomed Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review and a columnist for Slate, to discuss “Color, Class, and the Conservative Future.” Some of the topics he covered included immigration, social security, climate change, and multi-generational politics.

“I thought he was articulate and thoughtful. He definitely knew how to strike a conciliatory tone on these contentious issues. My only small criticism is that he was too vague. For example, he never mentioned Trump once which is remarkable.” — Grant Richardson ’19

“It was a pleasure to sit down in conversation with someone so well-versed in political philosophy, contemporary issues, and political history. In a time of extreme political polarization, it was interesting to hear Mr. Salam’s well-defended positions about how conservatives can continue to prosper in America, as well as his opinions on identity politics and the intrinsically emotional nature of politics.” — Chloe Heller ’21

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Fellows Dinner & Talk with Amy Chua

On Wednesday night, fellows, graduate students, and seniors in the college attended the last Fellows Dinner of the year. The dinner was followed by a talk by Professor Amy Chua, the original Tiger Mother and the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Amy presented on her much-discussed new book, POLITICAL TRIBES: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.  She began her talk by describing three different case studies (Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq) that provided examples of US foreign policy mistakes. She discussed that at the root of these mistakes lay US blindness to group identities.

The second half of her talk focused on the ways in which group identities are now shaping American politics. She believes there are two reasons for this: (1) a demographic shift that has resulted in every group feeling threatened and (2) the emergence of a market dominant minority: coastal elites. She says that class has split the white majority. She describes the solution to dealing with group identities as a super group, an overarching collective identity that doesn’t suppress subgroup identities. For the full Yale Daily news article, click here.

Karen Narasaki: Civil and Human Rights Leader and Davenport Alum

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This week, our featured alum is Karen Narasaki, class of 1980!

Having been influenced as a child by the impact of racial covenants on her family, Narasaki’s passion for civil rights has been evident in her lifelong work as a civil rights leader, human rights activist, and independent consultant.

After graduating from Yale College magna cum laude, Narasaki received a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Narasaki then moved from her attorney position at Perkins Cole to serve as the Washington Representative for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Later, under her leadership as president and executive director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) helped to provide African American, Latino, Native American, and other communities with research, training, and education on discrimination in the voting system.

Narasaki also serves leadership roles in a variety of civil rights coalitions, such as serving as vice chair to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, vice president of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and as chair of the Rights Working Group. Narasaki also serves to promote adult literacy as a member of the National Commission on Adult Literacy.

After advising President Bill Clinton on civil rights issues, Narasaki became a member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age of FCC. In 2014, Narasaki was appointed as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama, and continues her work in impacting positive and integral change for civil and immigrant rights.

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New Blue Presents: The Adventures of Jamcy Drew
Gnomies: Anelisa Fergus ’19, Amrita Iyer ’20

Calling all amateur sleuths! Come join The New Blue as they solve the mystery of their 49th annual Spring Jam: The Adventures of Jamcy Drew! Don’t forget your check list and magnifying glass!

See them perform: Friday at 8:00pm in Center Church on the Green

Ménage à Trois
Gnomie: Charlie Lee ’20

Bear witness to Yale’s first ever coast-to-coast comedy ménage à trois. Join The Fifth Humour and Red Hot Poker as they perform alongside Fourth Quarter All-Stars, a sketch comedy group from USC! Whether you speak the language of comedy, the language of love, or the language of French, you’re sure to have a great time!

See them perform: Friday at 8:00pm in the Hopper Cabaret

Gnomie: Noah Parnes ’21

In Melanie Marnich’s play Quake, time and emotion pass in a warped instant. Lucy crosses state lines and fault lines, exploring the geography of the human heart on a quest for the ‘big love’. Her journey is intertwined with that of an astrophysicist turned serial killer. This play evokes questions about self-exploration, toxic masculinity, sexuality, intimacy, platonic relationships, and the dangers of idyllic love.

See them perform: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00pm in the Yale Repertory Theater



Davenport Seniors Display a Wide Range of Interests in their Mellon Forums

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Mellon Forum: Cara Washington & Kyle Deakins

Davenport seniors Cara Washington and Kyle Deakins presented on their senior projects last week. Cara, a Film & Media Studies major, applied aspects of black film theory to the TV shows Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Insecure. She fielded questions of racial representation as a solution to TV’s various structural problems and about how well those problems can be solved within a market where producers have to attract subscribers and advertisers. Kyle, a Political Science major, discussed voting behavior in Appalachia. He himself he grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He explained to what extent the “culture explains it better than class” idea is correct and how that idea is getting more correct in the Trump era. He fielded questions about what the Democrats did to lose rural areas and how to maybe get them back.

Mellon Forum: Alex Thomas and Eva Branson

Davenport seniors Alex Thomas and Eva Branson presented at this week’s Mellon Forum. Alex Thomas, an Astrophysics major, taught us a bit of astronomy and walked us through his thesis research, which he started this past summer with Dr. Gallagher. He has been researching his hypothesis that Nereid and Triton, two of Neptune’s moons, formed by a Pluto-like system colliding with Neptune. To explore this hypothesis, he has used Fortran to produce 3-D orbit trajectories models. He will attend Notre Dame next year for a Ph.D. program in physics, during which he will continue his research in astrophysics. He hopes to make the subject he loves so much more accessible to people through teaching. Eva Branson, a History major, discussed her thesis which looks into the trial of Margaret Garner. Margaret Garner was slave whose story inspired Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved. Her story brings up dark questions about the horrors of slavery, the Fugitive Slave Act, and sexual violence. Eva’s talk centered around the concept of being forgotten, a theme in Beloved and an important concept in Garner’s story as her trial was forgotten for over 100 years.

Sarah Solovay: A Grammy-Recognized Davenport Alum!

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This week we are featuring Sarah Solovay, Class of ’16!

Prior to attending Yale, Sarah was already a rising young singer-songwriter in the New York music industry, having written the Grammy-recognized single “Gone.” Her music had been used in TV shows like 90210 and The Lying Game and films like Joe Dante’s The Hole. In 2010, she even opened for John Mayer and Train on the “Battle Studies World Tour” and sold out Rockwood Music Hall herself in NYC.  One year later, she was featured in the New York Times.

In 2013, Sarah decided to take a break from her burgeoning music career to attend Yale as an American Studies major with a focus on Audio and Video Performance Culture. During college, she was listed as one of ten finalists in the 2013 Emerging Artist Competition.

Since graduating, Sarah has been featured in Substream Magazine, her single “Trick Me” reached #7 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist, and her single “Rough Draft” has received playtime on Sirius XM.

We can’t wait to see what other amazing things this DPort alum achieves in the future!

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Gnomies Take the Stage

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Prelude to Everything Else

Gnomies: ECR Chen ‘20, Tarek Ziad ’20

Mom and Son find themselves in their beach home in Cannon Beach, Oregon one late-autumn afternoon. After having lost significant others, they share intimate, awkward, and relatable stories for the first time, finding a way on.
Predicating its affective qualities through the poetics of movement, song, and design, the play explores the intricacies of the love—romantic and familial—that the characters hold for each other.

See them perform: March 30 and 31 at 8:00pm, and March 31 at 2:00pm in the Yale Repertory Theater

Groove Dance Company presents: The Future is Female

Gnomie: Cosette Davis ‘21

Groove Dance Company presents their 2018 Spring Showcase: The Future is Female. This semester’s showcase features choreography that pays special tribute to women. Also, Groove will donate a portion of all proceeds from this show to a local women’s shelter. Come out to see a great show and support a great cause!

See them perform: March 30 at 9:00pm, and March 31 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm in the Morse/Stiles Crescent Theater