Directed Studies 70th Anniversary Celebration - Students

New Haven, Connecticut


Friday, March 31, 2017
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Directed Studies! 

You will be surrounded by favorite faculty, fellow alumni, and current DS students, all gathered for a day of panel discussions and talks about the significance of their experiences in DS. We will indulge in some nostalgia - of course! - but we will also look forward. What can our reflections on DS add to today's debates about the future of liberal education?

We have a truly remarkable program of talks and panels including eminent Yale faculty who teach in DS, prominent journalists, authors of influential books on liberal education, founders of exciting new initiatives in humanities education, college presidents and deans, leaders in non-profit foundations, law and business, and more. Take a moment to click the Agenda and Speakers/Professors tabs (above) to see just how exciting the lineup is.

In addition to listening to these stimulating talks and panels, you will have the chance to gather with friends for lunch at one of the residential college dining halls and to visit the newly-restored Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where you will find student guides waiting to help you appreciate DS-related papyri and manuscripts that have been put on display especially for this occasion. The Beinecke will host an evening reception where you can debate some of the more provocative talks you have heard, catch up with old friends, or talk with current students to see what DS is like today. To cap off the day, Yale President Peter Salovey '86 Ph.D. will host a special dinner in Commons at Schwarzman Center.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Come back to the classroom! DS and Yale for Life, an alumni organization that brings alums “back to Yale” for an intellectual experience characterized by depth, challenge, excellence, and joy, will host more than twenty-five of Yale's most dynamic and accomplished professors. These individuals have agreed to lead DS-style discussion seminars that will draw alumni and current students together into conversations on key texts and fundamental questions about the human condition. A morning panel to kick off the day will include Richard Levin ’74 Ph.D., Yale President Emeritus, and Jane Levin ’75 Ph.D., former Director of Undergraduate Studies for DS.

Whether you choose literature, philosophy, or history and politics (or all three), you'll find yourself around a seminar table again, this time with a group of students that spans the generations. Readings will be provided ahead of time to spark your interest, but we promise not to assign papers... or grades!

There will be three seminar time periods; you can register for all, or some of the periods. All seminars will be capped at 18, just as they are in Directed Studies. Spots will be assigned in the order in which we receive requests, so please register right away.

To register
Space is limited! Please sign up as soon as possible by clicking the "Register Now" button above. Registration closes on March 15. Registration allows you to attend the whole two-day program, or any part of it that you'd like.

The tabs across the top of the page offer more information, including a full list of speakers and professors on the Friday and Saturday programs, special rates on hotels, a constantly updated list of which classmates are coming, and details about The Humanities Program, Directed Studies, and the AYA alumni education organization Yale for Life.


Contact Information

  • Event Information:
    Bre Bologna

    If you are unable to attend, please contact us by
    March 15 at the information above.

Payment Instructions

  • Registration will close on March 15.

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