Yale Club of Chicago

July 2016

July / August Events

Jul 10 | 11 am

 Chicago MAY/GALA Eid Brunch



 Venue near Logan Square/Wicker Park |  11:00 am  


Come celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Chicago with the Muslim Alumni of Yale (MAY) and Yale GALA. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a time of celebration and reflection for Muslims across the world.


MAY and GALA look forward to marking the holiday by building bridges across our communities as we struggle for justice and equality. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly brunch.  (You need not be Muslin nor gay to attend). 


WHAT:  Chicago Yale MAY & Yale GALA Eid Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 2016. 11 AM
WHERE: To be announced on websites below.  Chicago, near Logan Square / Wicker Park
COST: No cover.  Pay for your actual meal costs (plus tax and gratuities).
RSVP: Please RSVP to Saqib Bhatti at saqib.bhatti@aya.yale.edu by July 6th so that the brunch reservation can be finalized.
Please visit the Facebook page for this event for the location and any updates.
Click here for more information about MAY (Muslin Alumni of Yale): https://muslimalumniofyale.wordpress.com/
Click here for more info about Yale GALA, Inc.: http://www.yalegala.org/


Jul 14 |6 pm

Community Without Religion: A Conversation About the Yale Humanist Community

 Willis Tower, Chicago | 6:00 m 

Yale is among the first American universities to have a full-time coordinator of humanist life, sometimes referred to as a Humanist Chaplain. According to a Yale Daily News survey, 44 percent of the Yale class of 2019 are atheist, agnostic, or religiously unaffiliated. And now there is an organized community to serve them. Students can use the Yale Humanist Community (YHC) to offer many of the things a religious community might, including: counseling and support, a platform to think about and discuss ethical matters, a sense of meaning and wonder, a call to service, and a supportive social environment. YHC is dedicated to supporting a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Yale. YHC equally welcomes believers, seekers, and the unaffiliated.

Join a conversation between Yale Divinity School alum Esther Boyd and YHC Executive Director Chris Stedman on the origin of YHC, its mission, and its future.


WHAT:  Conversation About the Yale Humanist Community
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2016. 6 PM
WHERE: Dentons, Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 5900, Chicago



REGISTRATION:  There is no cost, but you must  REGISTER here by July 13 for access to the building.  


Chris Stedman is a Davenport College fellow at Yale University and Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community. Previously a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, he is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Details magazine named Chris one of "five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion's status quo" and Mic called him "the millennial who's busting every stereotype about atheists."

July 16 | 9 am to 2 pm







Please join us (come as you are able) to work with The Mission Continues on the Ujima Community Garden at 549 N Central Park in West Humboldt Park in Chicago. We will be planting and preparing the garden for harvest in the coming months.  Children are welcome.  Lunch will be served around noon.


The Mission Continues is a not for profit that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.


RSVP:  Please contact Gail Saracco at Gail.saracco@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

July 30 | 7:30 pm 

 Duriel Estelle Harris in Thingification- An Acclaimed One Woman Show



The Yale Black Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter proudly promotes Yale alumna Duriel Estelle Harris (Silliman; '91) in the Off Loop Premiere of Thingification.

Duriel E. Harris is author of three poetry collections including the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize winning volume No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (forthcoming, 2017). She is also co-founder of Call & Response—a dynamic of Black women & performance—and the avant-garde poetry/performance trio the Black Took Collective. Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Harris is an associate professor of English in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Illinois State University.
WHEN:  Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
WHERE:  Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
COST: $20 per person
Ticket may be purchased from MPAACT Summer Jams.
July 30 | 8:30 pm
Duriel Estelle Harris - Post-Performance Artist Talk and In-Character Showcase
The Yale Black Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter presents Yale alumna Duriel Estelle Harris for a post-performance artist talk and in-character showcase as we join Mistress C for an encore at Brighter Days Soirée.
2221 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Soirée admission is free with Eventbrite registration AND the ticket stub from the July 30th Greenhouse Theater Center performance. 
Space is limited, so please RSVP via Eventbrite by clicking here.
Questions?  please email YBAAPresident@YaleChicago.org

Aug 6 | 2 to 4 pm 

The 2016 Send-off Reception for New Yale Students of African Descent from Illinois


 with special guest

Risë Nelson


Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center and Assistant Dean of Yale College

WHAT:  A Send-off Reception for New Yale Students of African Descent from Illinois

WHEN:  Saturday, August 6, 2016, 2 pm – 4 pm

WHERE:  Hyde Park-Kenwood Home of YBAA-Chicago Board Member

 Please RSVP by July 30 to YBAAChicagoReception@outlook.com, with your name, phone number, and Yale affiliation/year.

Questions?  please email YBAAPresident@YaleChicago.org


Recent Events

Yale Day of Service, May 7

Columbus Park Event: Chicago high school students mentored by Yalies from the Class of 1940 to the Class of 2015.

This was a joint SIG-YDOS Chicago Initiative, organized by YBAA, AYAAA, and YLAA. Twenty-six alumni and friends participated. Shanette Porter, YC '03, was the Site Coordinator. The purpose of the event was to give teens an opportunity to identify and highlight their skills and experiences for colleges and employers; create and critique a resume; and practice interview questions and answers. The event was held in collaboration with After School Matters, an organization that provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities. These and other images for this event can be found at: http://imgur.com/a/Vg9Bj. 

YDOS, Columbus Park  YDOS, Columbus Park


YDOS, Columbus Park  YDOS, Columbus Park  YDOS Columbus Park Event


Yale Black Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter's 3RD ANNUAL SUMMER BBQ

Burnham Park 5491 S. Lake Shore Drive


On June 25, a great turn-out of Yalies and their friends and family joined Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford Chicago Black Alumni Associations for a fun-filled afternoon with delicious food, a live DJ, and tons of entertainment for kids, like face painting, bounce houses, balloon artists and games! 


Yale Alumni Community Service Fellows

The Yale Club of Chicago is proud to again host three undergraduate Yale students as Yale Alumni Community Service Fellows during the summer of 2016. The Fellows are Jillian Eckroate of Massillon, OH, Class of 2019, Laura Prata of Palatine, IL, Class of 2019, and Holly Robinson, Class of 2017. Their internships will be with The Primo Center for Women and Children, Peer Health Exchange, and TEACH. See more information about the summer fellowships here.

Jillian Eckroate  Jillian Eckroate

Jillan Eckroate and Holly Robinson

Other Regional Activities

YaleChicago is occasionally asked to share information about events organized by Yale alumni, family, and associates. We will pass on information when we can. These are not official YaleChicago or SIG events and their inclusion here is not an endorsement.

Chicago Theater Weekend, September 30, 2016

Murray Biggs, former Yale professor who has organized events for Yale Educational Travel, is offering a three-play weekend in Chicago, beginning Friday, September 30, 2016. The plays will include an adaptation of Uncle Vanya at Lookingglass Theatre, Red Velvet at the Raven Theatre, and Wonderful Town at the Goodman Theatre. The weekend will include a variety of related events along with the plays for a group of 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more event information and pricing, you can email murray.biggs@yale.edu.



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