The 2nd Annual Latina/o Student-Faculty Mixer last week was a great success. The event brought out nine Latina/o faculty from several different departments from American Studies and Astronomy to Spanish and ER&M for a fun night to socialize with many students. While indulging in a delicious meal, the greater Latina/o community was able to connect in a really relaxed and friendly environment. Thanks to all those who came out!

LaToya Ruby Frazier, appointed critic in Photography at Yale School of Art 2012
Grandma Ruby and Me, 2005.

“LaToya Ruby Frazier uses the conventions of social documentary and portraiture to expose untold stories of post-industrial decline in the United States. With her series The Notion of Family, Frazier presents images of herself and family members, with particular emphasis of collaborative portraits created with her mother and grandmother, in their hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Formerly a centre of steel production, the town is now in economic decline. Frazier photographs psychological portraits of three generations of women who have been affected by adverse social and economic circumstances yet share deep and complex ties. Frazier portrays herself, her mother and her grandmother as one, conveying rich emotions both through their faces and bodies and through images of objects in their home. The photographs range from unforgiving and sombre to quietly tender.” (AIMIA

Congratulation to LaToya Ruby Frazier for being recognized for her tremendous work with a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship!

anonymous asked:

Do you have access to car crash data sorted by race?

AFAICT car accident data is hard to come by at that degree of granularity.  You could use median insurance quotes, but that averages over several different types of risk and is difficult to obtain at scale besides.  One fair bet might be to contact the authors of this paper, who hired a firm to collect this data for a bunch of zip codes.  (They probably wouldn’t release the data for exactly that reason, but if you had it, you could then hook the zip codes up with census data. 

Of the ten zip codes in the US with the highest premiums, six are in cities with unusually concentrated black populations (Detroit, Brooklyn, Philly, New Orleans, Baltimore and Miami), two are in cities without large black populations (Providence and LA), one is probably a giant meth lab (Royalton, KY), and the last one has a large population of criminogenic Yale faculty or something (Woodbridge, CT).

But extreme value statistics tend to make for bad inferences.  I’d much rather have zip code data for the whole country.  So I guess my answer is ‘no’.


Amy L. Chua (traditional Chinese: 蔡美兒; simplified Chinese: 蔡美儿; pinyin: Cài Měi'ér, born October 26, 1962, in Champaign, Illinois), is an American lawyer, writer, and legal scholar. She is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School for seven years. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law and is noted for her parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, one of the Atlantic Monthly’s Brave Thinkers, and one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers.[1]



Samia Halaby, associate professor of painting at the Yale School of Art from 1978–82

“… after pursuing her MFA at Indiana University in Bloomington, Halaby became the first full-time female professor at the Yale School of Art. Halaby taught there for ten years until 1982, when, despite having promised her a permanent position, Yale failed to renew her contract — a move which Halaby believes had to do with her gender and her increasing political activism.” (NYMag Q&A)

Joe Scanlan, appointed assistant professor at Yale in 2001 and associate professor of sculpture in 2006.

“The character of Donelle Woolford (fictionally b. 1980; above left; Yale BA in Fine Art, 2003) was created by the middle-aged white artist Joe Scanlan and is embodied by the actress Jennifer Kidwell. Wearing man-drag, she’ll reenact a 1977 stand-up routine by Richard Pryor at the last Whitney Biennial in the old Whitney building.” (New York)

I really enjoyed this exchange about the project.

“Target Practice, USS Peleliu,” 2005
An-My Lê, Yale MFA in Photography 1993; appointed critic in photography at Yale in 2010

“I think about the horizon a lot. Do you want the horizon to be in the middle of the picture? Do you want it to be a third? For me, it’s usually balanced by whatever is below the horizon. Sometimes I feel that a picture needs a lot of air, so I will give it more sky and lower the horizon. It’s not always that much of an issue for me. You know, I see the image upside down on the ground glass and it’s very intuitive how it’s balanced out. It’s always a question of air versus solid ground. Being at sea, you really start paying attention to the horizon and how it’s defined. Sometimes it’s very sharp; sometimes it’s hazy. Sometimes there are residues of colors on the edge. It’s something I was mesmerized with.”An-My Lê


Judith Barry Guidebook Instruction (video by Project Projects)

Judity Barry: initially trained as an architect, New York Institute of Technology MA in computer graphics 1986 / UC Berkeley Ph.D candidate in rhetoric/film studies. 

Appointed critic in painting/printmaking at Yale in 2010.