The Week Ender: Happenings Sept. 13-15

The Week Ender appears every Thursday in YaleNews and offers highlights of the many activities taking place at the university.


Two toy soliders confront each other over a map of Namibia.

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Experience Jackie Sibblies Drury’s new play, which features six actors in a rehearsal room who come together to present the story of the little-known first genocide of the 20th century, in Namibia, formerly Southwest Africa. Performances will also be held on Saturday. Tickets: $12-$25. Yale Cabaret, 217 Park St. 8 p.m.

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Bishop Karen Oliveto

Transformational Leadership: Public Conversation with Bishop Karen Oliveto

Listen to Karen Oliveto, United Methodist Bishop of Colorado and Wyoming — the only openly LGBT bishop in the United Methodist Church — as she discusses the requirements of prophetic leadership, the possibilities for personal and communal transformation, and the call to challenge unjust powers and principalities. Free. Yale Divinity School, Common Room, 409 Prospect St. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Jares containing brain specimens.

Cushing Center Tour

Browse the brains, view the videos, open the drawers, and light up the vitrines. Dedicated to the work of Dr. Harvey Cushing, regarded as the father of modern neurosurgery, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations and personal diaries, patient photographs, memorabilia, and more. Free. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Free. 333 Cedar St. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Skeleton of a dinosaur under a starry night sky.


Grab your pajamas and sleeping bags and head to the Peabody for a night under the dinosaurs. The evening will include a scavenger hunt, natural history activities, hands-on specimens, and snacks. Continental breakfast will be served on Sunday morning. Open to children 5 years of age and older. Adults and children need to purchase a ticket. There must be at least one adult for every three children. Space is limited. Tickets: $49.50-$55. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 5:30 p.m.-10 a.m.

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Julian Sands

Julian Sands: Keats, Shelley, Ghosts, & Lovers

Enjoy the acclaimed British actor Julian Sands as he explores his favorite poems from the anthology “John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Essential Poems.” Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 2-3 p.m.

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An open Bible on a lectern in a Catholic church.

Made for More: Happiness, Friendship, and the Good Life

Join the Thomistic Institute for a deep exploration into the “Good Life” and human happiness. Four prominent experts will delve into the nature of the human person, contemporary trends in positive psychology, universal human desires, the search for lasting fulfillment, and why the classical understanding of love and friendship is more relevant today than ever. Free. St. Thomas More Chapel & Golden Center, 268 Park St. 2-7 p.m.

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Three white female and one black male students talking outdoors.

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Coeducation in Yale College

Explore an exhibit that highlights the academic, logistical, and social challenges faced by the first women undergraduates at Yale. On display are records, images, letters, and news clippings. Exhibition continues through Oct. 18. Free. Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Robert Quinney

Great Organ Music at Yale

Listen to Robert Quinney, director of the Choir of New College, Oxford, perform classic works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, C.-M. Widor, and Marcel Dupré. Free. Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. 7:30 p.m.

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Still life painting of household objects on a table.

William Bailey: Looking through Time

Examine the artworks of William Bailey ’55 B.F.A., ’57 M.F.A., the Kingman Brewster Professor Emeritus of Art, through a focused survey of his paintings, drawings, and prints. Special emphasis is given to Bailey’s still-life paintings in oil. Exhibition continues through Jan. 5. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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