Virtual Yale

A conversation with John Darlington about his new book, Amongst the Ruins: Why Civilizations Collapse and Communities Disappear
May 2, 2023

The archaeologist John Darlington shares compelling stories of ruins and lost civilizations, from the Garamantes of ancient northern Africa to Port Royal, Jamaica to Rapa Nui.

at home: Artists in Conversation | Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom
May 2, 2023

Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom in conversation with Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom is a British artist who works across multimedia installation and performance, combining archival materials, moving image, photography, ready-made objects, sculpture, and sound to create installations with multilayered references that highlight cultural collisions. His work incorporates film footage and sound fragments and he often collaborates with musicians for live improvisation. Boakye-Yiadom received a bachelor’s degree in fine art painting with honors from the Winchester School of Art and a postgraduate diploma from Royal Academy Schools, London.

Image: © Hydra Dewachi on behalf of Jerwood Arts ‘Solo Presentations 2019’

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Buddhas, Guardians, and Guides: How to Read Tibetan Paintings
May 2, 2023

Although known as early as the 7th century, there is little visual evidence for Buddhist practice in Tibet until the 11th when paintings and sculptures illustrate an astonishing array of enlightened beings such as buddhas and bodhisattvas, guardians and guides. After introducing the primary types of deities featured in Tibetan practices, Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, highlights a newly acquired, and spectacular, 16th-century Tibetan mandala focused on the protective deity Sitatapatra (White Parasol), a guardian against malign supernatural forces. Recently conserved and on view for the first time, this mandala was produced in Ngor Monastery in central Tibet, famed for its painting workshops. It was commissioned by one of the abbots of this establishment in honor of an earlier teacher. 

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Bulldog Days Live!
May 2, 2023

A live audience of recently admitted students joins Hannah and Mark for a special episode recorded at Bulldog Days, a three-day campus preview program. Special guests Chandler and Marty share insights on how admissions officers plan and execute Bulldog Days with the help of current students and campus partners. Three admitted students reflect on their experience navigating the college search and application processes, and the hosts share dozens of pearls of wisdom submitted by audience members to help future college applicants.

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Cinderella's Secrets: The Unexpected Story of Human Evolution and Ecosystem Change in Africa
May 2, 2023

Pioneering paleoarchaeologist J. Desmond Clark once described what is now the country of Malawi as the “Cinderella of central African prehistory”. Nearly 70 years later, teams led by Yale professor Jessica Thompson are proving it.

In this “Edward P. Bass Distinguished Lecture”, Thompson offers an on-the-ground view of what she’s uncovered in this small nation and, after nearly two decades of research, how much there is still to learn.

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