The Week Ender: Happenings Sept. 27-29

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

Friday

A logo featuring the number "10" in red behind a blue represenation of the Capitol dome.

The Affordable Care Act at 10

Attend a conference of leading policy makers, academics, lawyers, and medical practitioners who will gather to assess the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nearly 10 years after its passage. Panelists will examine the goals of health care reform, the politics of enactment and implementation, the impact of the ACA, and the future of health care. Free. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St.

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A variety of wood carvings on shelving.

Tulipmania: The 17th-Century Joined Furniture of the Connecticut River Valley

Take a tour of the new Leslie P. and George H. Hume American Furniture Study Center at the Collection Studies Center. See more than 1,300 examples of American furniture and clocks from the 17th century to the present, as well as an extensive collection of contemporary wood art. Space is limited. Free. 900 West Campus Drive, West Haven. 12:20 p.m.

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Five people walking across a street carrying large letters over white letters over their bodies.

The Yale Public Poem

Experience Alain Arias-Misson’s “public poem” as he leads 16 volunteers carrying letters the size of human bodies that spell the word TRANSCULTURALISM, who will then break apart to form other words. The group will trek past various symbolic sites across the Yale campus and the streets of New Haven. Free. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. 3-5 p.m.

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Saturday

A collage of several women who have worked or studied at the Yale Divinity School throughout its history.

A Herstory of Yale Divinity School: Women at YDS, 1907-today

Learn about the impact that women — as wives of faculty and students, and then as faculty, staff, students, and mentors themselves — have made throughout the history of Yale Divinity School. This exhibit celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of these women to the life and legacy of the school. On view through Dec. 20. Free. 409 Prospect St. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

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Luciano Pavarotti

‘Pavarotti’

View a screening of Ron Howard’s documentary film about the renowned Italian tenor. A light brunch will be served before the screening. Free; open to the Yale community only. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. Noon.

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A gallery at the Yale Center for British Art.

Architecture Tour

Join a docent-led tour of the Yale Center for British Art’s architecture, which includes a look at the Founder’s Room. Free. 1080 Chapel St. 11 a.m.-noon.

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Sunday

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 university 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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Painting depicting household items 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. On view through Jan. 5. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Three stone masks from Ancient Mesopotamia.

Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights of the Yale Babylonian Collection

Wander through an exhibition that celebrates “the Land Between the Rivers” — the birthplace of writing, urban culture, the state, and many other concepts and institutions that shape the world to this day. Tickets: $6-$13; free for members of the Yale community. On view through June 26. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. Noon-5 p.m.

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