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June and July Events at the Library

Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living
Wednesday, June 24, 2:45 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
(Part of the 2009 Festival of Arts & Ideas)

Karyl Evans, director and producer, will talk at a screening of her documentary Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living, on June 24 at 2:45 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, following a walking tour of the Grove Street Cemetery. The recipient of five Emmy Awards, Ms. Evans will be introduced by Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist, Yale University Library, the project historian and a commentator in the documentary. Metadata and Emerging Technologies Librarian Daniel Lovins, Grove Street Cemetery Docent and commentator in the documentary, will also participate in the program. The thirty minute film that captures the history and beauty of this National Historical Landmark in all four seasons recently received two Emmy nominations.

The Grove Street Cemetery walking tour will start at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery’s main gate. It will last approximately one hour.

Day Associates Lecture
Friday, July 3, 5:00 p.m.
Niebuhr Hall, Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street

Brian Stanley, Director, Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, will deliver "From the ’Poor Heathen’ to ‘the Glory and Honour of all Nations’: Vocabularies of Race and Custom in Protestant Missions, 1844-1928."

“The Utopian Impulse”: Exhibition Lecture and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
(Part of the 2009 Festival of Arts & Ideas)

The “utopian impulse” is the desire to imagine or create a perfect society. Focusing on examples from the 15th through 18th centuries, this exhibition in the Sterling Memorial Library's Memorabilia Room examines the many ways that Early Modern Europeans at home and abroad expressed the utopian impulse, seeking to fashion and explore new or "discovered" ideal societies, paradises lost and found, and perfect, harmonious built environments. Objects on view include architectural treatises and plans, utopian tracts, travel narratives, and maps of real and imagined places.

"The Utopian Impulse" is a collaboration across the collections of the Yale University Library, featuring works from the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Manuscripts and Archives, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Sterling Memorial Library general collections, and the Yale Map Department . The exhibition was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and curated by Mia Reinoso Genoni, Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow. It will run until August 21, 2009.

After the lecture on July 22 there will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition with the curator.

There is also a short tour being offered as part of the Festival of Arts & Ideas on June 23. Space is limited; please contact the festival at (203) 498-1212 to make a reservation. The tour will meet at the Yale Visitors Center, 149 Elm Street, at 1:30 p.m., and then proceed to the exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, e-mail: atYUL@yale.edu.