The Week Ender: Happenings Sept. 20-22

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


Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin

Explore an exhibition that features artist and critic John Ruskin, a pioneering ecological thinker, social reformer, educator, and preservationist. Bringing together diverse materials, including paintings, drawings, literary manuscripts, and memorabilia, the exhibition highlights Ruskin’s impact in his own time and his significance today. On view through Dec. 8, Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Choral Evensong

Savor the sounds of Schola Cantorum as they perform works by Judith Bingham, Orlando Gibbons, Herbert Howells, Bernard Rose, and Thomas Tallis. Free. Christ Church, 84 Broadway. 5:30 p.m.

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What is a Black Play?

Listen to Tavia Nyong’o, professor of theater studies and of American studies, and playwright Young Jean Lee discuss the notion of the “black play,” as well as the performative and visual dimensions of blackness, using Lee’s play “The Shipment” as a case study. Guests will include Raja Feather Kelly, who is collaborating with Lee on a sequel to “The Shipment,” and Mikéah Ernest Jennings, who starred in the original production. Free. Rm. 201, 81 Wall St. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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Museum Day

Bring the family to Museum Day, an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine, that opens the doors to more than 1,000 museums, historical societies, zoos, and cultural centers across all 50 states. This year is designated as “the Year of Music” and Yale’s celebration will feature a special screening of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” as well as a 21% discount on purchases at the museum shop. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Making Space for Resistance

Discover an exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Island Occupation, an act of Indigenous resistance calling for justice and recognition of tribal self-determination and sovereignty. The exhibition, which runs through Oct. 5, highlights past, present, and future visions of Indigenous space connected to objectives expressed during the occupation. Free. Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Drafting Monique Wittig

Examine the papers of Monique Wittig (1935-2003), an influential feminist writer who explored the intersections of gender roles, sexuality, language, and literary form. Exhibition continues through Dec. 15. Free. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. Noon-5 p.m.

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Multicultural Block Party

Celebrate the diversity of the Yale and New Haven communities through interactive music, dance, designs, language, signs and symbols, cultural performances, sampling of ethnic foods and seasonings, and many more cultural expressions. Free. Cross Campus, 110 Wall St. 12:30-4 p.m.

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Contemporary Conversation & Book Signing

Join the conversation at a dinner with Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81, author of “Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant.” Perkins will be available to sign books after the dinner. Free. Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center, 268 Park St. 6-7 p.m.

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Highlights Tour

Take an interactive tour, led by educators and student guides, of the Yale University Art Gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. Tours focus on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view. No two tours are the same. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m.

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