Celebrating the Legacy of Edward Bouchet

As part of its Wake the Dream program, Yale University Library Human Resources will sponsor a talk on the life and times of Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American graduate of Yale College and the first African-American to receive a doctorate degree in the United States.

Curtis L. Patton, professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale Medical School, will deliver the talk on Tuesday, February 25, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, 130 Wall St.

Echoing the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Wake the Dream programs and events provide opportunities for all library staff members to come together and learn about different cultural contributions, each other and the breadth and depth of the library’s collections.

Personally inspired by Bouchet, Patton has long advocated honoring his legacy at Yale and has been an organizer of Yale’s yearlong events honoring Bouchet’s 150th birthday. Bouchet earned his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Yale in 1874 and his Ph.D. two years later, in 1876, with a dissertation titled “Measuring Refractive Indices.” During Monday’s celebration of King’s birthday on campus, a ceremony at Saybrook College marked the beginning of a project to inscribe Bouchet’s name on an arch in the newly-built dean’s entryway near the York Street gate.

The talk is free and open to the Yale and New Haven communities. Light refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

For further information, please visit http://www.library.yale.edu/training/ newdream00/Bouchet.html or contact Library Human Resources at 432-1810.

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