Pathways to Arts & Humanities News
Jefrey Lopez, whose family hails from Mexico, decided he might vote for Donald Trump because it might result in a free trip back home.
Then he thought better of it.
He made the joke, and then the vote, as he and his 27 classmates in Laura Generoso’s eighth grade class participated in East Rock Community Magnet School‘s mock presidential election Tuesday, one week before Connecticut’s adults cast their own ballots in the official main event.
The election, at least at East Rock School, turned out not to be close.
Democratic Hillary Clinton won in a landslide, with 209 votes. Republican Trump won 19 votes, Green Jill Stein 19; and Gary Johnson 16.
This summer twelve rising seniors from the New Haven public schools were invited to participate in the 2016 seminar from July11th -22nd. Two professors led the seminar, guiding students through discussions of thought-provoking texts by Plato, Thucydides, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Jane Addams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Hannah Arendt, and others. The seminar discussions focused on questions of enduring importance, linking historical writings on civic life to contemporary reflections on life in our city. What is the best way for individuals to live together in communities? How can citizens think critically about their societies? What basic agreements lie beneath our political communities, and what happens when those agreements are broken? What are the origins of ideals such as “freedom” and “equality” and what prevents us from achieving them?
Two summer programs have returned to the New Haven community this year: Pathways Summer Scholars Program and the Ulysses S. Grant Program. The Pathways Summer Scholars Program is a free, two-week long program for 100 high school students, in which current Yale students serve as teaching assistants and mentors. This summer, workshops on green chemistry, web development and coding, neurobiology, consciousness, and more are being offered for the first time. Virtually all the participants are among the 1,077 students who are involved in other Yale Pathways STEM programs during the school year. A more longstanding program, the U.S. Grant Program, which was founded in 1953, is a six-week summer program for talented middle school students. Each morning, current Yale students teach small, single-grade classes of their own design to challenge and excite the students. The program has 77 New Haven students participating this summer.
The Pathways to the Arts & Humanities program was created last year aiming to link young students to programs and opportunities at Yale. Already gaining traction, the Pathways to the Arts & Humanities program has created an infrastructure to allow faculty and students on Yale’s campus to better reach their audiences.
Reporters from the East Rock Community Magnet School newspaper, The East Rock Record, attended a press conference this week, to get the dirt from politicians about New Haven Reads’ new location on Willow St. New Haven Reads is mainly focused around one-on-one tutoring, but also includes a summer program, clubs, and a book bank. Already serving 500 kids with 400 tutors, the program has still been forced to turn away a large amount of kids. Now the program has just been upgraded, with an entirely new location, in a brightly renovated space on the second floor of the old Marlin firearms factory. After its opening in early April, 150 more tutors and their new students from Kindergartners to Fifth Graders will hold sessions there each week. Access to tutors will now be much easier for a large amount of Fair Haven students in the program. At the press conference, East Rock Record reporters grilled speakers, including Mayor Toni Harp, New Haven State Representatives Roland Lemar and Toni Walker, and State Senator Gary Winfield, who were largely involved in securing grants for this space.
This July, Yale’s Humanities Program will kick-off its two-week pilot program “Citizens, Thinkings, Writers: Reflecting on Civic Life,” where twelve NPHS high-school students will live on the Yale campus and participate in the seminar along with supplementary workshops and activities. Here students will connect historical writings on civic life to contemporary life in New Haven. This program is catered to future first-generation college students who are interested in discussing “big human questions.”
Two evenings of plays created by New Haven middle-school students and Yale School of Drama students will be staged on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Off-Broadway Theater, 41 Broadway. The performances mark the culmination of the 2015 Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP), a collaboration between the Yale Repertory Theatre and the School of Drama. Admission is free; seating is available on a first-come basis.
D/EP pairs eight 6th- and 7th-graders from the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, who are selected based on their interest in writing and storytelling, with mentors from Yale School of Drama. During the month of June, the students work one-on-one with their mentors and a teaching artist to learn about theater and playmaking through interactive games and writing exercises. Each student then writes an original one-act play, which is designed, directed, and performed by the same Yale School of Drama artists who have served as teachers and mentors to the young playwrights.
Four plays will be presented each night. Friday’s program features “The Woods” by Justin Threet, “Spy Guy” by Divine Wilkins, “Two New Worlds” by Marielys Bodden, and “The Appearance of Kelly, Queen of Zutarc” by Jalen Chandler. Saturday’s program features “Chipskunk” by Angel Rovira, “Fearfull” by Jamiah Green, “The Unlikely Friendship” by Gianna Pressley, and “It’s Hunting Time!” by Jayden Jimenez.
For the past 10 years, the Science on Saturdays program has given community members insight into the life of Yale faculty and undergraduates. On six Saturdays every academic year, Pathways students and their parents gather on the second floor of Sterling Chemistry Lab for the event. For the first hour, Yale undergraduate and graduate students give hands-on demonstrations on a variety of scientific principles. The crowd then flows into a lecture hall for an hour-long presentation by one of Yale’s many renowned faculty. Science on Saturdays is a joint venture presented by the Yale Scientific Magazine (YSM) and hosted by Kurt Zilm, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering. It is organized by Yale Synapse, YSM’s outreach group, and Yale Pathways to Science.
Previous presentations have spanned topics from “Why Birds Are Dinosaurs” to “The Universe in Your Hands.” The event highlighted in this article featured Stefan Simon, Director of the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, who presented a lecture on how forensic analysis is used to identify art fraud. As an expert conservation specialist, he explained how he uses technology and chemistry to examine pieces of art and to pinpoint fakes. This lecture was followed by two demonstrations outside of the lecture hall, respectively about the separation of components of a pigment, known as chromatography and use of camera filters to see the preliminary carbon sketches of old paintings.
On Thursday, January 30, twenty-six students from local middle schools and high schools will arrive at Yale to compete in the Open Round of the 2014 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). Each student will take a written test consisting of linguistics puzzles. Some of these problems might look familiar from introductory linguistics assignments, while others involve developing a computational procedure to solve a linguistic task, and still others require students to decipher writing, numeral, calendar, or kinship systems. The top achievers across North America will then advance to NACLO’s Invitational Round; the finalists there form teams that compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad. This is the first year that the Yale linguistics department has hosted the competition, organized by professors Raffaella Zanuttini and Bob Frank and two undergraduates, Aidan Kaplan and Tom McCoy, who participated in NACLO in high school and earned gold medals at the International Linguistics Olympiad in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Eight original plays — written by local middle-school students, and designed, produced, and performed by Yale School of Drama (YSD) students — will be staged on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22.
The production is part of the 18th annual Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP), an after-school initiative which pairs the middle-school students with Yale School of Drama mentors, designers, and directors. The students spend the month of June learning about theater and writing original plays. The program culminates in performances of the students’ work at 7 p.m. in the Off-Broadway Theater, 41 Broadway. The shows are free and open to the public.
D/EP 2013 will include students from Augusta Lewis Troup School, who were chosen, based on their interest in writing and storytelling, by school administrators and teachers, along with Boost! Service Corps member Lizzy Anderson. This year’s playwrights include 7th graders Bianca Pagan, Dejae Barnes, Kyasia Sharpe, Synquea Jenkins, and Tah-Janay McKnight, and 6th graders Eliza Rayne Vargas, José Thomas, and Tyrease Pouncey Jr.