November 2017 Archives

March 21, 2017

Join us for a 20th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's AMISTAD, with a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgård, and Anna Paquin. 2:00pm Sunday, December 10, in the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street in New Haven. "Treasures from the Yale Film Archive" screenings are always free and open to everyone. Learn more.

Post on November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm |

Clippings relating to Dorothy Hadley’s marriage Malaku Bayen, circa 1931. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 3.

The following post was written by Camila Tessler, Archivist, Manuscripts and Archives.

Clippings relating to Dorothy Hadley's marriage Malaku Bayen, circa 1931. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 3.

Clippings relating to Dorothy Hadley’s marriage Malaku Bayen, circa 1931. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 3.

In 1931, Dorothy Hadley of Evanston, Illinois, married Prince Malaku Bayen of Ethiopia, Nephew of Haile Selassie I. Malaku Bayen was studying to be a doctor at Howard University, and upon the completion of his degree, he returned with Dorothy Hadley Bayen and their son Chip to Ethiopia.

Dorothy’s work was not just of a housewife and a mother, but also as an activist for the Ethiopian and black communities, both abroad and locally. During various times in her life she acted as a fundraiser for the Haile Selassie Fund, working in New York to raise money both from the black and white community. In one letter, she stated that she could easily raise funds in the black community, while the white community was never very generous, leading her to conclude that the natural home for black Americans would be Africa, and that Ethiopia held the future of the unity and the redemption of black people.

Letter from Dorothy Hadley Bayen to her sister, Leora Hadley, page 2, undated but circa 1935. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 1.

Letter from Dorothy Hadley Bayen to her sister, Leora Hadley, page 2, undated but circa 1935. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 1.

Dino Robinson has written an article about Bayen, summarizing her work for the Ethiopian community and the movement that became the Rastifarian religion here. The Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers at Manuscripts and Archives do cover this facet of her life, but they also demonstrate some of the culture shock and cover the adaptation of a woman who grew up in the Midwest to a life in Ethiopia. In several letters, she chronicles everything from the purchase of furniture (expensive in Ethiopia, but of good quality) and the personalities of her servants (from good to bad to drunkards) to life as a newly minted member of what was the oldest royal dynasty on the planet.

Her letters paint a very vivid and detailed picture of life in Ethiopia in the 30s, but the most refreshing part of her letters is her bubbling personality. She chides to Toots and Sam, in a letter dated December 27th 1935, “Why don’t you all write to me and let me know if you are living or dead?” In another letter, this one to her family, she admits that either she, or someone in their family, named her husband’s human skeleton (presumably for anatomy) Mussolini, and laments that her husband bought two rugs that they will be paying off “for twenty years hence!”

Letter from Dorothy Hadley Bayen to her family, page 1, 2 October 1935. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 1.

Letter from Dorothy Hadley Bayen to her family, page 1, 2 October 1935. Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers (MS 1570), Box 1, Folder 1.

What her letters also give us is an outsider-insider view of the Ethiopian Empire. As a member of the royal family, Bayen had access into a place where most people did not, but as an American, she also had a perspective that allowed her to wonder, question, and describe customs and practices that she was not familiar with. She describes meeting the Emperor Haile Selassie:

There are two palaces, or as they are called “gibbee”, the upper, and the lower. The lower is the old palace that was Menelik’s and the new one is that built I think around 1930 when this present ruler was made emperor. It is in the new one that they receive all the important foreign visitors. It is a large two-story gray stone building inside a very huge compound, and there are soldiers and guards standing all around. Her Majesty and Sahai (her daughter) met us in a room furnished with gold and brocaded furniture, Louis XIV style (I think) […] I felt foolish bowing and backing out and so forth, seein’ as I have had so little practice in this sort of thing, and every minute I was afraid I would get my feet all tangled in my long skirt and go sprawling out on the floor. Wouldn’t that have been something? (Dorothy Hadley Bayen to her family, page 2, 2 October 1935. MS 1570, Box 1, Folder 1.)

Through her correspondence with her family in the Evanston, we get a good picture of a person in an extraordinary situation, and a witness to the beginnings of a movement that formed the basis of a new religion. But we also are given the perspective of an outsider to a new culture, a new life, and a new way of thinking.

See the online finding aid for the Dorothy Hadley Bayen Papers in Manuscripts and Archives for additional information about this collection.

Post on November 30, 2017 - 4:09pm |

November 30, 2017

Fashion Photography Archive

Yale Library now provides access to the Fashion Photography Archive, searchable through the Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform (which includes the Berg Fashion Library). This means that 250,000 fashion photographs spanning the 1970s-2000s will now appear in searches alongside encyclopedia entries, academic articles, e-book chapters, and historical fashion images, with more to come in future updates until 750,000 images are included. An interactive timeline displays these images with contemporaneous historical and cultural events and lets you expand to see other images from the same runway collection, designer, etc. Valerie Steele (who got her Ph.D. here at Yale, studying the history of the corset) is the editor-in-chief of the FPA collection, and Niall McInerny, who photographed fashion for four decades, is the photographer.

Post on November 30, 2017 - 1:58pm |

November 15, 2017

LiSA 2017 Food Drive to benefit IRIS

We invite everyone to donate non-perishable food items and personal care items to benefit IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based agency that helps resettle refugees to CT and provide lifesaving support to assist in their transition to life in the United States. Your donations will go toward stocking both the apartments of resettled refugees and the IRIS food pantry.

Donation boxes will be located throughout the following workplaces on campus:

  • Sterling
  • Bass
  • Classics
  • Haas
  • Divinity
  • Medical
  • Law
  • 344 Winchester Ave (YUL Tech Services and BRBL Tech Services/Preservation)

See map here:

Items that IRIS is always looking for:

  • Chickpeas and cannellini beans (canned/dry)
  • Canned tomatoes & vegetables
  • White and brown rice (bagged/boxed) Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice
  • Boxed milk Canned tuna & salmon
  • PastaCooking oil Flour & Sugar
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Coffee filters Salt & Pepper
  • Personal Care Products
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Diapers Toilet paper Facial tissues
  • Cleaning Products (dish soap, sponges, Lysol)
  • Boxes of garbage bags
  • $10 gift cards to Stop & Shop and Price Rite

We CANNOT accept any food products containing meat or pork.

We will also be hosting a Virtual Drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank! Access online giving here.  A few clicks will let you quickly and easily donate “food” and funds.

Please give during this festive time of year!

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email

Post on November 15, 2017 - 5:03pm |

November 13, 2017

Cover of the book Artisanal Enlightenment by Paola Bertucci, Associate Professor of History

Please join us for the Arts & Humanities Book Talk Series on Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France by Paola Bertucci, Associate Professor of History. The talk will be held on November 30, at SML in the International Room. Refreshments will be served at 4:00 pm and the talk will begin at 4:30 till 6 pm. 

What would the Enlightenment look like from the perspective of artistes, the learned artisans with esprit, who presented themselves in contrast to philosophers, savants, and routine-bound craftsmen? Making a radical change of historical protagonists, Paola Bertucci places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment.

At a time of great colonial, commercial, and imperial concerns, artistes planned encyclopedic projects and sought an official role in the administration of the French state. The Société des Arts, which they envisioned as a state institution that would foster France’s colonial and economic expansion, was the most ambitious expression of their collective aspirations.

Artisanal Enlightenment provides the first in-depth study of the Société, and demonstrates its legacy in scientific programs, academies, and the making of Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie. Through insightful analysis of textual, visual, and material sources, Bertucci provides a groundbreaking perspective on the politics of writing on the mechanical arts and the development of key Enlightenment concepts such as improvement, utility, and progress.

Post on November 13, 2017 - 10:38am |

March 21, 2017

Join us for Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, an exploration of James Baldwin's writing on Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 7:00pm Thursday, November 30, in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102, 63 High Street in New Haven. This "Indie Lens Pop-Up" screening is presented by the Yale Film Study Center, CPTV, and the Yale African American Affinity Group. Learn more.

Post on November 12, 2017 - 7:00pm |

November 9, 2017


November 15 at Kroon Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm

Explore mapping innovations with the Connecticut and Yale GIS communities. This day-long celebration–part of international GIS Day, which showcases applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technology worldwide–includes panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and a GIS Day Cake Reception.

The event is open to the entire community. For the full schedule, please visit the official page. To register, please visit the Eventbrite page.

Present at CT GIS Day at Yale

Poster and Story Map Contests
There will be a digital poster session on display throughout the day as well as a digital Story Map contest. Submit your map and you may win an Amazon gift card! Deadline to submit: 11:59pm, November 12.
Submit to the CT GIS Day Poster Contest
Submit to the CT GIS Day Story Map Contest
Google Earth Engine Lightning Talks
Submit a proposal for a 3-minute Lightning Talk on an Earth Engine Project. The talks will be presented during a breakout session at CT GIS Day. You may choose to introduce a spatial analysis project that uses Earth Engine or delve more deeply into a geospatial aspect of the work. Deadline to submit: 11:59pm, November 12.
Submit a Lightning Talk proposal

Post on November 9, 2017 - 11:07am |

November 8, 2017

Lecture on Financial Markets in Theory and Reality by Professor Robert Shiller

Join us at CSSSI on November 16, at 3 - 4:30 pm, for Professor Shiller’s talk about Financial Markets in Theory and Reality.  There will also be an opening reception for the new media wall exhibit titled "Economics Department at Yale: Understanding and Changing the World."

How do speculation, manipulation, and deception shape the economy and economic behavior? Robert Shiller, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics (2013) and Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, will explain his theory of speculative bubbles as illustrated in his best-selling book Irrational Exuberance.

He will provide examples from speculative price movements in the United States and discuss the effects that manipulation and deception have on confidence in the economy. Shiller will also discuss narratives and their epidemic spread in relation to recent real estate prices.


Post on November 8, 2017 - 4:23pm |

November 7, 2017

CT GIS Day at Yale

On November 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, explore mapping innovations with the Connecticut and Yale GIS communities! This day-long celebration–part of international GIS Day, which showcases applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technology worldwide–includes panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and a GIS Day Cake Reception. 
Events include a keynote by Jennifer Marlon (Yale Program on Climate Change), a presentation on crisis mapping in Somalia by representatives of Abaaraha, a variety of workshops and breakout sessions that bring together research and practice, and a “mappy hour” at Mory’s. The complete schedule is available at
CT GIS Day at Yale is organized by Yale University Library, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Connecticut GIS Network. 

Post on November 7, 2017 - 9:20am |

November 7, 2017

Yale University Library has acquired the access to Udndata 聯合知識庫-全文報紙資料庫. The database allows multiple concurrent users and have been added to the Library’s Quicksearch and Chinese Studies research guide-Newspapers. Information of off-campus access to Yale subscribed electric resources can be found through here.

Udndata 聯合知識庫-全文報紙資料庫 provides full-text search for more than 12 million news articles published by the United Daily News Group headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. The contents are updated daily. The 8 newspapers included in the database and their coverage of periods are:

  • 聯合報 United Daily News - 1951 to present
  • 經濟日報 Economic Daily News - 1967 to present
  • 聯合晚報 United Evening News - 1988 to present
  • 美洲世界日報 World Journal – 2000 to present
  • Upaper – 2007 to present
  • 民生報 Min Sheng Daily - 1978 to 2006
  • 星報 Star News - 1999 to 2006
  • 歐洲日報 Europe Daily – 2000 to 2009

To access Udndata requires NetID authentication and log-in using the account and password listed on a Yale Library page as well as entering the random system-generated “valid code” created for each session on the site. The FAQ of the database is available at

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have any questions about this resource.

Post on November 7, 2017 - 8:55am |