We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Baker’s Dozen last week, as one of their freshman members is a local! As if a performance by the oldest Yale a cappella group wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, they also had a special guest performance by the Gilman School a cappella group. A huge thank you to Rachel Warschawski for organizing and hosting.

Current members of the Baker’s Dozen, pictured with three of our YAAM board members

Yalies from both Maryland and DC seized the opportunity to see an ancient Greek tragedy, The Oresteia, in its final performance by The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. This rare opportunity to see The Oresteia was also a moment of deja vu for many in the audience who had read The Oresteia during Directed Studies many years before. For those of us who were a bit more STEM-oriented, this adaptation of The Oresteia was both accessible and strikingly relevant as we look at the cycles of violence in our world that are alternately called justice and vengeance. This performance also marked a wonderful collaboration between the Yale Alumni Association of Maryland and the Yale Club of DC, with nearly 30 attendees between the two groups.

Two of our YAAM members pictured with the leading lady

Scalia/Ginsburg at OperaDelaware
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2pm
Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm

at The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

The Yale Club of Philadelphia invites YAAM members to join them in Wilmington, DE on Sunday, April 28, 2019 to attend the following event:

Scalia/Ginsburg, the American comic opera by Yale School of Music alumnus Derrick Wang about the unlikely friendship of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, receives a new production by OperaDelaware in its law-themed 2019 Festival. 

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Could we please make it a constitutional requirement that no one can be sworn into office in the White House or Congress without first having seen Scalia/Ginsburg?”

This production marks the first-ever pairing of Scalia/Ginsburg with Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic one-act courtroom farce Trial by Jury.

It also marks the first production with full orchestra of the revised version of Scalia/Ginsburg, which was updated after Justice Scalia’s passing in 2016, performed at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017, and hailed as “a perfect…jewel”.

For tickets and more information:

  • Online: Visit the OperaDelaware website:
    • For the Sunday, April 28 performance, enter the code YALEPHILA for a 10% discount.
  • Phone: Contact the OperaDelaware Box Office at 302-442-7807 (M–F 9am–5pm ET).
    • For the Sunday, April 28 performance, give the code YALEPHILA for a 10% discount.
  • Email: For inquiries via email, contact boxoffice@operade.org.

On May 4th, 2018, YAAM had the honor celebrating two celebrities – our very own Baltimore Symphony Orchestra maestra, Marin Alsop (Yale ’72-’75, who received an honorary degree from Yale in 2017) and Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of the famous Leonard Bernstein (’66DMus). It was a special night, indeed, as the program was an evening of works by Leonard Bernstein, a master composer and also a mentor of Maestra Alsop. Yalies enjoyed a pre-concert reception with Alsop, Jamie Bernstein, and Ab Sengupta (’94BA), the BSO’s new Director of Artistic Planning. It was a wonderful evening, and one that we hope to repeat in coming seasons.

On Tuesday evening, May 1st, over 80 members of our club turned out to hear the celebrated Yale Law Professor Amy Chua, often known as the “Tiger Mom,” in a wide-ranging talk at the Baltimore Country Club. Professor Chua, whose academic specialties include international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law, led off by discussing some of the key points from her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, which examines how ethnocultural and economically-based rivalries influence relations among ethnic groups both in other countries and within the United States as well. But Professor Chua, who displayed neither teeth nor claws during an engaging and free-wheeling discussion, also talked about the media firestorm surrounding her earlier 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which was triggered when an anonymous editorial editor for the Wall Street Journal retitled (without her knowledge) an op-ed piece based on the book to read “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Professor Chua brought us up to date on how the two talented daughters she wrote about in that book are doing, and also discussed her role in encouraging Yale Law student J.D. Vance to write Hillybilly Elegy, his acclaimed memoir of growing up in Appalachia. Club members also enjoyed socializing with each other and Professor Chua at the cocktail hour in advance of her talk on a lovely spring evening in a beautiful setting.

On St. Patrick’s Day, some 35 Yale alumni and family members gathered just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to tour the National Cryptologic Museum, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) tribute to code-breaking and signals intelligence. We learned about the interception and decoding of Germany’s Zimmerman Telegram, which sought to bring Mexico into World War One against the United States; World War II’s famous German Enigma cipher machine and the three young Polish cryptanalysts who deciphered it; how the U.S. military broke the Japanese naval codes and used the resulting knowledge to win the critical battle of Midway; and the role that eavesdropping and high-level surveillance played during the Cold War. We saw a working Enigma code machine from World War II, a microphone the Soviets secretly installed in a wooden Great Seal in the U.S. mission at the U.N., and a fragment of the U-2 spy plane flown by Francis Gary Powers that was shot down in 1960 (part of the background to the movie Bridge of Spies). A huge thanks to the National Cryptologic Museum for the warm welcome and for sharing their knowledge!

 

What better way to brighten the dark days of February than with the time-honored Yale tradition of Feb Club? This year, we gathered at the Heavy Seas Brewery for a brewery tour, great conversation, and another round of Yale trivia. It was wonderful to see new friends be made as multiple generations of alumni mingled. See you next year!

This year’s holiday event was held at Cosima, a relative newcomer to Baltimore’s restaurant scene. The festive setting made for a cozy gathering of Yalies and other Ivy league alumni. What better way to recap the YAAM year than over delicious appetizers and drinks? The passing of Vincent Scully was another point of our discussions. Most but not all had taken his popular course, and we all held up a glass in remembrance and gratitude for the mark he left on countless students. Wishing everyone Happy
Holidays and a spectacular New Year! Boola Boola.