Yale Philly Talks

Let’s move the liberal arts talks from a Yale dining hall to your living room, with a chance to meet and hear from new people remotely–no matter how busy you are.

In collaboration with the Yale Black Alumni Association of Philadelphia, the Yale Club of Philadelphia is starting a new Zoom series, “Yale Philly Talks. It’s an opportunity to review and discuss important topics raised in books, movies, magazines, podcasts, and more. Our focus in 2020 – 2021 will be diversity, equity and inclusion issues, but we can tackle other areas of interest too. We’ll choose new and old works of fiction and non-fiction to challenge our thoughts about history, the world we live in, and the future. 

There should be something for everyone and time to digest the material before the event. If you want to be more than a participant, send us a note at https://yaleclubphiladelphia.org/contact/. Let’s get started!

Yale Philly Talks Event #1  – September 29

Join us for a discussion of the movie, “Do the Right Thing,” a 1989 film directed by Spike Lee, on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7 – 8 PM. Register here for $5 so we can send you the Zoom link.

The film is 2 hours and can be accessed for free on Comcast/Xfinity Peacock or StreamPix through 10/1/2020. You can also view the film for a small fee on YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Books and Movies. Check your local library too. To see why “Do the Right Thing” is still a great movie:  https://nyti.ms/2SEA2nI  – A hot summer day in Brooklyn where interactions–mundane, comic, and dramatic–among Blacks, Italians, Puerto Ricans, and Asians who are young, old and in-between, shop owners, police and neighborhood folk lead to an explosive climax. 

Yale Philly Talks Event #2 – November 10

The book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson has become an instant American classic. The book provides a gripping analysis of history and experiences of racism in the United States that challenges basic constructs and language by examining the comparative context of caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. https://nyti.ms/2Xfu0wc
When – Tuesday 11/10/2020 from 7 – 8 PM; Cost – Register here for $5 so we can send you the Zoom link.

Access – Get the e-book for $14.99 on Kindle, Google Play Books and Movies, Nook – More as hardcover: $19.20 @ Amazon, $26.99 @ Barnes & Noble – Check your local library too. This is a fairly lengthy read, so get your book today.

Special “Freebie” for BOLDS (Bulldogs of the Last Decade) – The first 7 BOLDs–Yale graduates from 2011 – 2020–who register and request a free copy of Caste will actually receive a free e-book version as an incentive to participate. This subsidy is funded by Camp Yale Emeritus.