TD Notes and News – Week of 10/17/22

October 17, 2022

WEEK OF 10/17/22


Dear Red Lions,

Despite the rainy morning, we are headed into a beautiful Fall break week… just in time for us to pause and catch our breaths!  So if you are staying in New Haven, please don’t forget to check out the TD Fall Break Guide that will have lots of suggestions for things to do indoors and outdoors around the city.  For some inspiration, here are TD outreach aides, Julian Barrera and Emily Xu, at the Wooster Square Farmer’s Market with TD sophomores Grace Burton and Mia Rodriguez-Vars.

Our “photo of the week” is from Isaiah Wright TD ’24 who shared this celebratory photo of the Yale Men’s Rugby Club victory over Harvard last weekend.  Also pictured is Johnny Dedyo TD ’26.  Congratulations Isaiah and Johnny on the big win!

Now for the not so celebratory news… we are sadly running out of bowls and cups in the TD Dining Hall!  You have probably noticed the sudden appearance of paper cups in the Dining Hall and some signs asking you to bring back your dishes and flatware as well as not take items out of the dining hall.  Please know that this is a big problem for our wonderful Dining Hall staff.  So please follow the lead of this anonymous TDer bringing back her contraband dishware!

Senior Lions, please sign up for the TD Mellon Forum through this Google Form.  Our Mellon Forum dinner presentations will begin on Monday November 14th.  Please remember that Mellon funding is available on a rolling basis.  To access the application, please go to this link.  Please email me at if you have any questions about Mellon Funding.  For questions about signing up to present, please write Mellon co-coordinator, Alex Werrell, at  For food suggestions, feel free to write Mellon co-coordinator, Devin Lau at

Here are some more important TD events and dates for this break week:

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

Join us 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)

Sign ups are now completed.  Students who received a seat on the trip have been notified and should plan to meet in the TD courtyard at 12:30pm.  We’ll then take the Yale Shuttle to get to the launch point.  

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

The lottery has finished.  Students who received a ticket through the lottery must come to the TD HoC office by this Wednesday 5pm to pick up their ticket.  Any unclaimed tickets will be offered to the TD waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis.

When we come back from break, please note that we’ll be doing our TD Pumpkin Carving event in the courtyard on 10/28 from 3-5pm!!! Come celebrate the season with pumpkin carving and hot apple cider and donuts!  Pumpkins and all carving tools provided.  You just need to bring your creative vision!!!

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



“I think we can learn a lot about a person in the very moment that language fails them.” (Anna Deveare Smith)


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.


October 27, 2pm ET-The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New AmericansNational Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
October 28-The Hertz Foundation Graduate FellowshipNational Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 1-Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute FellowshipNational Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 1-Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young ProfessionalsNational Deadline | Eligible: Undergraduates
November 4, 1:00pm ET-Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate ScholarshipCampus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 4, 11:59pm ET-USAID Donald Payne International Development Graduate FellowshipNational Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 9,1pm ET-Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipCampus Deadline| Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 11,1pm ET-Harry S. Truman Scholarship ProgramCampus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 8pm ET-The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program National Deadline| Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Engineering Grad School Virtual Fair
Tuesday, October 18 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Equal Opportunity Publications STEM Diversity Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, October 19 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Yale/WIX workshop: Creative Portfolio Design
Friday, October 21 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative
Registration opens 9am October 24

The Brady-Johnson Program inGrandStrategy 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 click this linkThe deadline to apply is November 4th, 2022 at 11:59pm.