This fall, the Library is pleased to resume its Happy Hour for the Mind series, where we invite experts in different field to engage in discussions with small groups of our members. Capped at 25 people, these events are less like the popular lecture series that make up the bulk of events that take place in the Library and more like the House Teas that many Yalies may remember from their undergraduate days.
Since these events are smaller, they are also usually focused on narrower subjects, which give the presenters and audience time to develop a relationship as they discuss ideas over drinks.
We start this year with a presentation on September 11 from Dr. Stephen Scher, “Heads and Tales: The Building and Disposing of a Medal Collection.” Dr. Scher will discuss examples from his renowned medal collection. Dr. Scher and Janie Woo Scher recently donated a significant portion of his medals to The Frick Collection, where 130 of the masterpieces are on display through September 10. The exhibition is called The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals. Registration for our event will start on September 1, but if you are too excited to wait, we recommend visiting the Frick exhibition to whet your appetite. For out of town members unable to visit either the Frick or hear Dr. Scher’s discussion, there is a wealth of related material available on the Frick website. Dr. Scher gave a lecture about this medals on May 10, which looks at different aspects of the collection’s development: “Heads and Tales: The Odyssey of a Medals Collector.”
We’ll continue the series on October 23 with poet and translator, Peter Cole, who will discuss his work in: “Translating the World: The Poetry of What We Do.” November 13 will welcome Amy Hungerford, Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale. Members can look for more information on these events on the Club’s calendar and in our monthly newsletters.