TD Notes and News – Week of 10/10/22

October 10, 2022

WEEK OF 10/10/22


Dear Red Lions,

I hear we are moving rapidly into playoffs for the Fall IM season and TD is currently in 3rdPlace!!!  Our “photo of the week” from Head IM Secretary, Kaleb Assefa, shows our TD soccer team celebrating its victory over Berkeley!  Way to go!!!

It was terrific to meet and reconnect with so many TD families and friends over the weekend.  Here is one gorgeous photo of the afternoon autumn light catching the families of Hannah Shi and Allan Ding along with Max Yuan sporting the latest hot Mott Woolley designed gear items!
We also had a great tea and dinner with April Koh TD ’16 (middle left) who generously gave her time and attention to share with TDers her journey to her incredibly successful and innovative start-up Spring Health.  We wish April well and look forward to her return to campus!
Fall break is right around the corner and I’m excited to share with everyone theTD Fall Break Guide put together by our TD Outreach Team, Julian Barrera and Emily Xu.  In addition, we have some great Fall break outings planned such as a kayaking at East Rock Park and a trip to the “brain room” and food carts at the Yale School of Medicine.  Please see below for more information.

Here are some more important TD events and dates for the next two weeks:

Thursday 10/13 8-9:30pm SAC Karaoke Night (TD Thompson Room) 

SAC is thrilled to host another TD event… and it will be a KARAOKE NIGHT! Yes, you heard right, a karaoke night! Grab your friends, clear your windpipes, and join us in a night of singing to your favorite artists. We’ll be passing out snacks/movie candy, you won’t want to miss this! I’d also say this is a pretty good break from all that midterm studying, wouldn’t you?

Saturday 10/15 10:00-12pm TD Outing to Wooster Square Farmer’s Market

Looking to explore New Haven? Our New Haven Outreach Aides, Emily Xu TD ‘24 and Julian Barrera TD’ 25, are taking TDers to the Wooster Square Farmers’ Market. Meet them at the TD courtyard at 10 AM to walk over and visit a variety of vendors and locally grown products available for purchase!

Wednesday 10/19 10:30am “Brain Room” tour & Food Cart Lunch (Leaving from TD Courtyard at 10:35am)

Come on a tour of the Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine led by the TD Graduate Affiliates (Caroline - Medical Student & James - Neuroscience PhD Student) and Cushing Center Coordinator, Terry Dagradi.  Located in the Medical School Library, the Cushing Center hosts a collection of thousands of human brain specimens - from whole brains to tumor specimens to microscopic slides!  Meet in the TD Courtyard by 10:30 am to walk over to the Medical School together. After the guided tour of the “Brain Room,” interested students can join the Graduate Affiliates for lunch outside of the Medical School from a variety of delicious food trucks on Cedar Street.  The Cushing Center has a limit of 15 visitors to the room.

Friday 10/21 12:30pm Kayaking on the Mill River (Meet in TD Courtyard)

Due to popular demand, we are offering the fall break kayak trip again!  Kingfisher Adventures are working with us again to offer 18 spots for TD students to paddle in an assortment of single and tandem kayaks.  Life Jackets will be provided and the Mill River is a very calm and shallow river so excellent for first-time or experienced paddlers.  Plan to meet in the TD Courtyard at 12:30pm for our 1pm reservation.  Sign up here to enter the lottery for the trip.

Sunday 10/23 7:00pm Ailey II (Shubert Theater)

We are excited to offer 10 free tickets to see the Ailey II performance at the Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven!  Since 1974, Ailey II has been heralded as one of the most innovative modern dance companies today and feature the youngest members of the ensemble.  Be prepared for their exuberant energy and virtuosic ability.  Sign up here to enter the lottery drawing for a ticket.

Without further ado, here is a word from Dean Mahurin…



Keeping Up
Jay Deshpande

A Kardashian is not to be trifled with.
Each Kardashian, under a leaf-pile
of lush hair, brown and pelted
mantle, contains something hard
and hewn at the core, something
bought and sold in the exchanges
of a difficult spiritual economy.
Each Kardashian is the child of Bedouins
who abandoned her, a crying heap
between hillocks of an empty
landscape, all dirt, then returned to her
quickly, just as soon as that terror
set in. Then they did it again.


Oct. 11
Deadline to apply for spring 2023 Term Abroad, 1 p.m.
Oct. 14
Last day of courses offered in the first half of the fall term.
Oct. 14
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the fall term.
Oct. 14
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Cr/D/F option in a course offered in the first half of the fall term.
Oct. 17
Fall second half-term classes begin.
Oct. 18
October recess begins after last class.
Oct. 24
Classes resume, 8:20 a.m.
Oct. 28
Oct. 28
Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Oct. 28
Deadline to apply for double credit in a single-credit course.
Oct. 28
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-quarter of the term’s tuition.


The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is now accepting applications for its year-long seminar focused on politics, social activism, diplomacy, and public service. The course is open to all current Yale College juniors and all graduate and professional students.
Beginning in January, the two-semester course explores how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in social movements, military conflict, foreign policy, or domestic politics. The course engages questions of grand strategy from a wide range of perspectives, exploring topics in racial justice, global security, economic development, climate change, immigration, and technological advancement, among others. It emphasizes interaction between academics and practitioners, and between participants of differing political views. Grand Strategy aims to develop students’ capacities not only to analyze the past and present, but to act as responsible, thoughtful leaders and citizens of the future. In conjunction with the course, the program hosts a number of events and private dinners with practitioners such as social activists, diplomats, politicians, military personnel, journalists, and media experts. This course is a highly selective and intensive seminar that offers summer research grants to all accepted students.
In 2023 the program will be led by interim Director Professor Michael Brenes, supported by a group of senior Yale faculty, most of whom have taught in the program before, including:
Professor Edyta Bojanowska
Professor John Gaddis
Professor Paul Kennedy
Professor Sam Moyn
Professor Jing Tsu
Professor Arne Westad
Professor Alex Debs
If you are interested about our program, please visit our Q&A on our website for more details. We will be hosting a virtual information session on October 18th at 5:00pm. Please click here to register.
To apply, please clink the link here:
son-program-in-grand-strategy/application/   The deadline to apply is November 4th, 2022 at 11:59pm.


Nonprofit Career Lab for Seniors
Wednesday, October 12 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

CareerEco Virtual Events: Government & Nonprofit Jobs Hiring Event 
Wednesday, October 12 | 11:00am to 3:00pm

CareerEco: Teacher Diversity Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, October 12 | 11:00am to 3:00pm 
Craft & Career: Katherine Lo ’05, producer, screenwriter, President of Eaton Workshop, Parts 1&2
Recorded event
Teach for America Virtual Information Session
Wednesday, October 12 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, October 10 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register here
Truman Scholarship Drop-In Hour
Wednesday, October 12 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Link

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Info Session with Dr. Alexia Belperron
Wednesday, October 12 | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Zoom Link

Imagining Your Summer Info Session #1
In-Person: Poorvu Center, Room 120A 
Thursday, October 13 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register here
Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, October 13 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Register here
Fox International Fellowship Info Session
Friday, October 14 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Zoom link
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals
Monday, October 17 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Register here


Strategies for Reading Literature 
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Reading literature in college presents different challenges for undergraduates. Learn how to tackle dense readings and absorb material effectively for your literature courses at Yale. 
Procrastination: How to Work Through It 
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
This workshop offers strategies for identifying sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track. 
Organize Your Time! 
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8-9 pm, Online 
This interactive workshop offers evidence-based strategies and the opportunity to start figuring out what will work best for you. 
Exam Study Strategies 
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams. 
Public Speaking 
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Professors are increasingly asking students to engage in public speaking, from leading class discussion to more formal presentations. This workshop suggests preparation and performance strategies to help you do your best. 
Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams 
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8-9 pm, Online 
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro math problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams. 
Imagining Your Summer 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 4-5 PM, Poorvu CTL 120A 
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don’t know how to get started? Come to this information session to learn about your opportunities from Yale! 
Reading Analytically for Social Science 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
The workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. 
STEM Navigators: Talking to STEM Professors 101 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 4:30-5:30 pm, Humanities Quadrangle Room 132 
How do I even start talking to professors? Or write emails? Come to this interactive workshop to get started on making those important connections with Yale faculty. 
Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationship with Yale faculty, teaching fellows, and staff. 
Optimize Your Reading 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 8-9 pm, Online 
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essay, or exam preparation.