All Ages

Iraqi Odyssey

May’s Free Friday Films selections are complimentary to the NEA Big Read Program’s 2024 selection, “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui. The book chronicles Thi Bui’s parents’ life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees. Our film selections tell diverse stories about migration and immigration all over the world and the scope of experiences this brings, from hardships and pain to love and unexpected kinship.

Curator's Talk: "Whaling Logbooks: Records of a Maritime Industry" 2024 Senior Fellowship Exhibit

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Whaling Logbooks: Records of a Maritime Industry, on view in the Sterling Library Exhibition Corridor from April 29 to October 6, 2024. Curator AJ Laird ’24 will provide a tour of this exciting exhibition and will be available for questions and conversation over light refreshments afterwards. No registration is necessary.

Whaling Logbooks: Records of a Maritime Industry

For nearly two centuries, the ports of New England were home to the “Yankee” whaling industry. The industry operated from ports such as Nantucket, New Bedford, Mystic, and New Haven. The exhibit centers on the Sterling Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Whaling Logs Collection. Logbooks were essential navigational tools, allowing the captain to consistently track the ship’s position in terms of latitude of longitude. These logbooks also contain extensive documentation of whaling voyages and reveal the complex world of the industry.

MENA x YAAA talk: "Defining MENA"

This talk will examine the Middle East as simultaneously a foreign policy and domestic concern for diaspora communities. Frequently, a site of ambiguity and contention within domestic law and international institutions, the census rollout of the category demands careful attention to historical nuances, long-standing community activism, and the pitfalls of any kind of institutionalization that excludes.

New Haven Composers Spotlight

The New Haven Composers Spotlight, a collaboration between three emergent composers and 15 local musicians, will debut on April 20, 2024. Supported by both the Mellon Foundation and Arts Council of Greater New Haven via the Artist Corps grant, the Composers Spotlight highlights unique and emerging composers in New Haven and to pair these composers with a large ensemble of musicians from across the institutions and musical communities of the city. The performances span genres from swing and jazz to R&B and contemporary classical music.

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