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School Notes: Yale College
November/December 2013

Colleges open gates during inauguration

All twelve residential colleges hosted open houses during inauguration weekend in October, inviting the public to attend tours, performances, talks, and exhibits. Offerings included demonstrations of college letterpresses, viewings of student paintings, and live music from a capella group New Blue and Silliman’s bell choir, the SilliRingers.

Professor joins provost’s office

Tamar Gendler (PC ’87), Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy and chair of the philosophy department, was named deputy provost for the humanities and initiatives in September. After graduating from Yale College, Gendler did education policy work for the RAND Corporation before earning her PhD at Harvard in 1996. She taught at both Cornell and Syracuse Universities and then joined the Yale faculty in 2006, where she served as chair of Yale’s cognitive science program until 2010.

Yale undergraduates sweep writing prizes

Half of this year’s 20 Norman Mailer Writing Prizes in nonfiction have gone to Yale students. (No other college had more than one.) Two Yalies were also honored in poetry, one of them the first-prize winner, Amelia Urry ’13, who was also a finalist in nonfiction. Information about the prizes is available at www.ncte.org/awards/student/nmwa.

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