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Moral Judgment in Evaluating Disease: Some Pictures for Discussion

By virtue of its ubiquity, we all practice moral judgment at some degree long before developing an aptitude for clinical evaluation. Ideas of how a "good" person should look and act, reside within us and subtly impact the way that we perceive those around us. This practice is so deeply ingrained that it can carry over into the clinic, leading well-meaning practitioners to perceive patients both clinically and morally. We have organized a collection of prints that encourage the viewer to confront the cultural constructs that underlie moral evaluation. In presenting prints from the 18th, 19th,... Read more

The Play's the Thing: 50 Years of Yale Repertory Theatre
In 1966, Robert Brustein (DRA ’51), Dean of Yale School of Drama, founded Yale Repertory Theatre, a resident professional company that would serve as the equivalent of a “teaching hospital” for theater artists in training. From the beginning, the company has focused on championing new plays alongside productions of classic works. Fifty years later, after winning a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and launching numerous world premieres that have gone on to Broadway and theaters around the world, Yale Rep continues to nurture and challenge daring artists, bold choices, and... Read more

Musical Roots of the Elm City

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Musical Roots of the Elm City highlights New Haven music and musicians with little or no connection to Yale. It features a selection of items from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including sheet music, programs, advertisements, and pedagogical materials, encompassing classical, military, sacred, jazz, popular, and film music.

Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole

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This online resource complements the exhibition,Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain's Empire in the Age of Horace Walpoleat the Lewis Walpole Library by highlighting archival resources in the library’s collections relevant to an immense range of topics relating to Britain and her Empire in the eighteenth century. It includes images of the manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, and prints featured in the exhibit together with label texts and essays written by the curators of the physical exhibition. In addition, in effort to bring greater awareness to the library’s rich research... Read more

“Tomorrow’s Overture is Always Best”: The Music of Kay Swift

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“Tomorrow’s overture is always best, no codas for me—I’m a no-stalgia gal.” —Kay Swift, 1975 Reflecting on her lack of "no-stalgia" at age 78, composer Kay Swift (1897–1993) aptly summarized a long and prolific career in music. In addition to being the first woman to compose the complete score of a successful Broadway musical (Fine and Dandy—1930), Swift wrote music for one of George Balanchine’s first American ballets (Alma Mater—1934), served as a staff composer at Radio City Music Hall, and continued to compose works for stage, screen, and concert hall through to her... Read more

A Riff on Ruff: Yale’s Jazz Ambassador to the World

Since June 2016, the Gilmore Music Library has been undergoing renovations, and our exhibit program has been on hold. With the inaugural exhibit in our brand-new display cases, we are delighted to honor the 85th birthday of Prof. Willie Ruff of the Yale School of Music. A world-class musician on two instruments (horn and bass), a multifaceted researcher, a well-connected impresario, and polyglot world traveler; a Yale alumnus and professor; and a long-time friend of the library, Ruff is truly one of a kind. The exhibit features a variety of items, including photographs, sound recordings,... Read more

Not Reading in Early Modern England

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We think of skimming, scanning, and study aids as the particular intellectual malaise of the internet age, but early modern commentators also worried that tools to faciliate discontinuous reading might enable unacceptable laziness and failures of readerly attention. John Milton complained in 1644 of clergymen who composed sermons with the “infinit helps of interlinearies, breviaries, synopses, and other loitering gear.” Cribs and commonplace books, wrote John Selden in 1618, are "excellent instruments for the advancement of Ignorance and Lazinesse." Others were concerned that people... Read more

Medicine in World War I

In commemoration of the centennial of America's entry into World War I in April 1917 through to the Armistice in November 1918, partner institutions contributing to the Medical HeritageLibrary have developed this collaborative online exhibit on medicine, surgery, and nursing in the war, with texts and images drawn fromthe digital corpus of the MHL. A significant amount of professional medical and surgical literature was produced even as the conflict continued to rage, and many personal narratives of physicians and nurses and histories of hospitals and army medical units were also published in... Read more

Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present
What is deafness? From a medical perspective, deafness is an audiological condition that might be resolved through hearing aids or cochlear implants. But from another perspective, to be Deaf (often spelled with a capital “D”) is to belong to a culture, with a shared language and identity. This exhibit explores how people have understood deaf communication and Deaf culture since the seventeenth century, with displays on the history of education, medical interventions, sign languages, and popular culture.

Our Mothers' Sons: Portrait Photography and Civil War Memory

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In the 1860s, thousands of men walked with death in the United States’ most consuming conflict,the Civil War. Facing rampant death and destruction, soldiers attempted to preserve a record oftheir presence and service through the creation of portrait photographs. These portraits, depictingimages of steely-eyed young men and grinning boys, are now ubiquitous. However, the evolutionof the photographs’ use and curation has impacted perceptions of Civil War memory andhistory. Our Mothers’ Sons: Portrait Photography and Civil War Memoryexplores this relationship between portrait photography... Read more