The Shows Must Go On!

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In the Heights

Featured Gnomies: Isabel Mendia ’18, Eva Branson ‘18, Cara Washington ‘18, Sara Speller ’19

The winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights tells the hopeful story of the tight-knit community of Washington Heights— first generation college students, hairdressers, bodega owners and more— as they navigate the changing landscape of their neighborhood and the summer heat. A collaboration between Pulitzer prize winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights joyously celebrates Latinx heritage, immigrant identities, and black and brown city life.

See them perform: Feb 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00pm and Feb 24 at 2:00pm in the Morse Stiles Crescent

Men on Boats

Featured Gnomies: Lydia Buonomano ’20, Nurit Chinn ’20, Aliaksandra Tucha ’20, Noah Parnes ‘21

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus and featuring a cast of all female and gender non-conforming actors, Men on Boats tells the true(ish) adventure tale of ten dedicated explorers on a 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River. Under the guidance of the one-armed Captain Powell, our explorers set their sights on new ground and fight for their lives, determined not to leave anyone behind. Comically self-aware, Men on Boats is an energetic and empowering romp that questions the way we present our shared history.

See them perform: Feb 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00pm and Feb 24 at 2:00pm in the University Theatre


Featured Gnomies: Karina Xie ‘19

A student asks how to learn. A professor knows not how to teach. Nobody listens. And the silence becomes deafening. Join us in this very timely exploration of toxic power structures in higher education.

See them perform: Feb 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00pm in the Hopper Cabaret

Two Weeks of Mellon Forums

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Mellon Forum: Sara Meyers & Cassie Lignelli

Davenport seniors Sara Meyers and Cassie Lignelli presented on their senior projects last week. Sara, a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major, presented on her Cas-9 and CRISPR research. She explained the implications this research could have for chemotherapy down the line. Sara also walked us through some examples of trial & error involved in this research and what she learned each step of the way. Cassie, an Anthropology major, presented on her senior research involving maternity homes. As a recipient of the Mellon Grant, Cassie was able to spend the summer in Los Angeles interviewing mothers and the staff at one of these maternity homes. She explained how today, these maternity homes are set up to support mothers who are homeless or have been abused, but, in the 1960s, these types of homes were for unmarried, pregnant teens. She discussed some of the problems with the outcomes and set-up of these modern maternity homes.

Mellon Forum: Roger Lopez and Annie Jones

Davenport seniors Roger Lopez and Annie Jones presented at this week’s Mellon Forum. Roger, a Political Science major, presented on his thesis delving into discriminatory practices during natural disasters. He explained how policies and zoning can disproportionately affect low-income and racial minority households. He also compared the case of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Annie Jones, a Art major in the sculpture concentration, described several of her pieces which combined performance and sculpture to push the limits of the female body. One of the projects she discussed, “Angel,” involved her walking the 900 miles of the Camino de Santiago barefoot and silent. For a performance, she lists her medium as time. For the resulting sculpture, she provides a detailed materials list using pointed vocabulary to make the audience think about the meaning of her work.

Davenport Senior Directs Original Play!

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Gnomie, Eva Branson ’18, will be directing Hershel Holiday’s original play, Plaçes at the Yale Playwrights Festival this weekend.

The play will premiere tomorrow at 4pm in the Off-Broadway Theatre!

Also this weekend:

Shades Valentine’s Day Jam, Sat. Feb 17 in Battel Chapel @8:30

Come join Shades for a night of love songs, body rolls, and the cleanest riffs on campus. Guaranteed to have you AND your crush feeling some type of way this Valentine’s Day season. Don’t play yourself. Tell all your people. This is a show you do not want to miss.

Featured Gnomies: Cami Arboles ’21


Harry Hamlin ’74

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This week we’re celebrating Emmy-nominated thespian alum Harry Hamlin, class of 1974!

After graduating from Yale with degrees in drama and psychology, he went on to star as Perseus in Desmond Davis’ 1981 adventure film Clash of the Titans, and was nominated for two Golden Globes for his role as Michael Kuzak in L.A. Law and received an Emmy nomination for his role in Mad Men.

His remarkable career has spanned from television to film, and we are proud of this Davenport alum!

Art Events Galore!

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Young at Heart: Yale Glee Club & YSO
Featured Gnomies: George Gemelas ’18, Kimberly Lai ’18, Monica Barbosa ’19, Sarah Switzer ’19, Sara Speller ’19, Maddie Bogert ’19, Julia Zhu ’19, Dennis Zhao ’19, Hannah Lawrence ’19, Charlotte Winkler ’20, Julia Hossain ’21, Epongue Ekille ’21, Josh Brooks ’21, Eric Liu ’21, Divine Uchegbu ’21

The first concert of the new year is a lilting reminder of simpler times, featuring two pieces portraying the perspectives of children. The Yale Symphony Orchestra presents Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a fairy-tale ballet originally written as a piano duet for two children, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Jessica Pray, said to represent a child’s view of heaven. Featuring Yale Glee Club in the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s “Music in Common Time,” guest conducted by Yale Glee Club director Jeffrey Douma.

See them perform: Saturday, February 10 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in Woolsey Hall

The Christians

Featured Gnomies: Anelisa Fergus ’19, Cara Washington ’18, Annie Jones ’18, Clay Bailey ‘20

Just your average play about a megachurch pastor who one day decides to lead his flock down a (in his eyes) more righteous path. An earnest exploration of belief in America and of the current generation’s attempts to reconcile scripture with modern life.

See them perform: February 8, 9, 10 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm and February 10 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Whitney Humanities Center

Step Up: La Isla
Featured Gnomies: Ashlynn Torres ’19

Come watch some of the HOTTEST groups on campus shake it, stomp it, and work it OUT for a good cause! Tickets are $7 and all funds will be given to the Hispanic Federation to help support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico!

See them perform: Fri, February 9 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Off Broadway Theater

Y Fashion House Presents: Ephemera
Featured Gnomies: George Gemelas ’18, Ale Padin-Dujon ’18

This year’s Y Fashion House Winter Show, Ephemera, will display how fashion has been employed as an art form throughout the years. Featuring New York, Connecticut and Yale student designers as well as student models, the show will take place Friday, February 9th at 10pm in Silliman dining hall. We hope you will join us for an incredible evening of unique style and student performances!

See them perform: Fri, February 9 from 10:00pm to 11:30pm in the Silliman College Dining Hall

Lux Presents: Horcrux Improvitas
Featured Gnomie: Tully Goldbrick ’21

HELLO FRIENDS! Do you love to laugh? Do you love Harry Potter? Are you nostalgic for a childhood that grows more and more distant with each passing day? Are you interested in learning how to perform actually sorcery in order to defeat that DS kid that always talked down to you as a first-year? THEN COME ON DOWN and join Lux Improvitas for two fully improvised plays based on everyone’s favorite(?) boy wizard!

See them perform: Fri, Feb 9 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm in LC 101.

Yale Undergraduate Piano Collective: Suites & Sweets

The Yale Undergraduate Piano Collective is excited to present its second concert of year, with a loosely Valentine’s-Day-themed program of music for two pianos and piano four-hands! Featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Mozart, Barber, and Piazzolla, along with some delicious sweets, this event isn’t one you’ll want to miss!

See them perform: Fri, Feb 9 at 9:00pm in the Davenport Dining Hall

Burden of Proof: a Murder Mystery
Featured Gnomies: Annie Nields ’21, Kai Nip ’21, Becca Rubright ’21

Proof of the Pudding’s annual Jam.

See them perform: Fri, February 9th at 8:00pm in Sudler Hall (WLH). Doors open at 7:45pm (7:30pm for priority seating).

Yaledancers and Whiffenpoofs Valentine’s Day Show
Featured Gnomie: Sara Meyers ’18, Allie Bensinger ’20, Kaylyn Williams ’17

Yaledancers and the Whiffenpoofs present their annual collaboration show this Valentine’s Day! Hear the Whiffs sing while YD dances to your favorite love songs on February 13th at the Hopper Cabaret at 7 and 9pm. Tickets available at ($5 students, $10 adults)

See them perform: Tue, February 13, 2018 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in the Hopper Cabaret

Spring Semester Events Kickoff!

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Mellon Forum: Joe Battles & Sonia Helen Pascale

Davenport seniors Joe Battles and Sonia Helen Pascale kicked off the spring Mellon Forum season. Joe, an Economics & Mathematics major, presented on “The Power, Pitfalls, and Problems of Big Data.” He walked us through examples, some from his own research, of machine learning, modelling, controlled experiments, econometrics, and artificial intelligence. He explained what we can learn by using these methods, but, also, why we should be cautious both in how we interpret the results and in how society uses the results to make decision. Sonia Helen, a Global Affairs major, discussed her senior capstone project with Big Win Philanthropy. She discussed the big picture issues facing both the nutrition community and the development world today, which were at the core of the project. She also explained some of the recommendations her team made and one of the tools she created to help the Ethiopian government improve its Seqota Declaration and end stunting by 2030.

Fellows Talk with Linda Greenhouse

On Wednesday night, following the Fellows Dinner, Linda Greenhouse discussed her new book, Just a JournalistLinda is arguably the leading authority on the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is the long-time reporter on the Court for the New York Times and is now the go-to person for the justices themselves when they want to get their stories out. One famous newspaper editor expressed his belief that it was unethical for a journalist to vote, because the act of choosing one candidate over another could compromise objectivity. Linda Greenhouse disagrees. Calling herself “an accidental activist,” she raises urgent questions about the role journalists can and should play as citizens, even as participants, in the world around them.



The Eagles Won Super Bowl LII!

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The Davenport Common Room erupted last night when the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl 41-33. There were a few disappointed Patriots fans to console, but after a quick read of the room, it was clear that the Eagles were the crowd favorite throughout our viewing party.


This was partly due to the fact that our Head of College, John Witt, is from Philly and was rooting for his hometown team. Go Eagles!



A Pulitzer Prize Winner Comes to Davenport!

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This week, Jennifer Egan came to Davenport to talk about her new and critically acclaimed novel, Manhattan Beach.  Egan is the author of five previous books of fiction, and her A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

At Davenport, Egan read an excerpt from the first chapter of Manhattan Beach, signed copies of the book for Davenporters, and discussed her writing and researching process.  Egan was eloquent and bright, answering every question posed to her by Head John Witt and the assembled guests with thoughtful honesty! The Davenport Common Room was packed full of eager listeners, all enthralled to hear about how Egan spent years researching and exploring World War II New York in order to bring Manhattan Beach to fruition.