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!


Check out highlights from This Week at Yale:

On Monday, Yale announced that a recent discovery by Yale School of Medicine researchers may enhance organ transplant survival. Their study found that protein haptoglobin boosts inflammation in transplanted hearts, reducing their survival. The finding could help identify new anti-inflammatory therapies to enhance organ transplant survival. For more information, check out:http://news.yale.edu/2015/04/01/research-news-yale-scientists-pinpoint-protein-affects-heart-transplant-survival.

On Tuesday, Buddhist leader His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited campus and addressed Yale students, faculty, and the local community. He delivered his Chubb Lecture on “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment” through a Tibetan translator and took questions from audience members, submitted in advance, centered on the issue of climate change and how best to take effective action to protect the environment. For more information, check out:http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/04/08/buddhist-leader-extols-environmental-activism/.

On Wednesday, Yale announced that this year’s Class Day speaker will be Vice President Joe Biden. Biden will address the graduating Yale College Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 17 on Old Campus as part of Commencement weekend exercises. For more information, check out: http://news.yale.edu/2015/04/08/vice-president-joe-biden-be-yale-s-class-day-speaker-0.

On Thursday, an undergraduate production of John Logan’s “Red” opens. The play follows the artist Mark Rothko and his apprentice as they work to complete Rothko’s famous Seagram Mural paintings. Through a series of scenes in Rothko’s studio, Red explores the shifting power dynamics between an aging artist who was once seen as revolutionary and his young student, as well as the question of what it means to create lasting, meaningful works of art. For more information, check out: http://yaledramacoalition.org/shows/790.

Today, the first-ever Yale Veterans Summit brings together a formidable cross section of military, government, civic, and academic leaders to address the most pressing challenges and issues facing military service members and veterans today, including PTSD, homelessness, education, unemployment, and long-term healthcare. For more information, check out:http://yaleveteranssummit.squarespace.com/


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.