President’s Message: Catherine Lafarge PhD ’66

Dear Yale Alums,

This spring our Club sponsored several successful events which brought together Alums from different classes and schools with a variety of interests. In May, we held a Day of Service at Caton Village, and our Annual Meeting on the 52nd floor of the Pyramid Club. On that beautiful sunny evening, with the city of Philadelphia as a backdrop, members enjoyed a reception and a dazzling lecture on “Ancient Secrets of Happiness” by Professor Tamar Gendler, a 1987 graduate of Yale College and the first woman Chair of the Philosophy Department. In mid-June, at a brunch at Milk & Honey in Center City, Club members met and heard Martha Peterson, a retired CIA agent, tell how she gathered information for the United States from a KGB double agent in Moscow during the Cold War and found herself in the Lubyanka prison, fortunately only for a few hours. Her presentation was riveting and the perfect introduction to the exhibit “SPY: the Secret World of Espionage” at the Franklin Institute.

Presently, both our undergraduate and graduate summer fellows are in Philadelphia. Miriam Rock ’14 is a summer teaching assistant at the Russel Byers Charter School, and Isaiah Wilner, a graduate student in history, is doing research on Boas, the founding figure of modern American anthropology, at the American Philosophical Society.

For fall, plans are well under way to have our kickoff event at the Rodin Museum in September, a Halloween Mask Party at the Ethical Society, and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a lecture by Yale Law School Professor Akhil R. Amar in November.

To make all these activities possible we depend on your membership to the Yale Club of Philadelphia. Please renew it now or become a new member. Remember that your dues enable you to benefit from discount rates to all events. And also, if you can, make a donation so we can continue our support of our summer fellows and other programs.

Thank you!

I wish you a good summer and hope to see you at some of our fall events.


Catherine Lafarge PhD’66President