Yale Blue Green Virtual Exploratory Meeting

2 June 2021 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Yale Blue Green (YBG), a shared interest group of the Yale Alumni Association, is led and supported by Yale alumni and serves as a hub for thought leadership, collaborative action, lifelong learning, and social impact on a range of topics relating to the environment and sustainability. It represents a robust community of leaders, volunteers and members drawn from the entire Yale alumni population. All alumni are welcome to join us.

Yale Blue Green’s alumni members are located across the United States and internationally. Chapters are an opportunity for alums living in major cities to connect with fellow alums where they live and work, and to engage with environmental and sustainability issues that are unique to their area. Join Kerry Rippy ’12 on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 5:30 pm at a virtual meeting to start the ball rolling with establishing a Colorado chapter. Email Stephanie Grilli to receive the Zoom link or to express interest in this initiative:


Professor Joanna Radin: The History of Biomedical Futures

4 May 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet Joanna Raines, Yale Associate Professor of History of Medicine and History, on Tuesday, May 4th. She was recently featured in a New York Times piece that featured the Yale course, “Covid-19. A History of the Present”: “The course was ‘a pilot project to demonstrate that the humanities are an essential part of what a medical education should be — not just a luxury, but foundational,’ Dr. Radin said. One student wrote her final essay on the practice of Judaism during the pandemic. Another wrote a short story about working as a contact tracer in New Haven.”

In the Zoom meeting format, Professor Radin will address these intriguing questions: How have historical ideas about the future of medicine shaped the present? What happens when imagined futures don’t arrive? What happens when they do? In addition, she will share her experiences teaching the history of science and medicine to Yale undergraduates and medical students during the time of COVID-19.

Professor Radin received her PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the social and technical conditions of possibility for the systems of biomedicine and biotechnology that we live with today. She has particular interests in global histories of biology, ecology, medicine, technology, and anthropology since 1945; history and anthropology of life and death; biomedical technology and computing; feminist, indigenous, and queer STS; and science fiction.

She is the author of Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood (Chicago 2017), the first history of the low-temperature biobank and co-editor, with Emma Kowal of Cyropolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World (MIT 2017), which considers the technics and ethics of freezing across the life and environmental sciences. She is also co-editor of the Science as Culture book series for the University of Chicago Press.

This event is also the Colorado Yale Association annual meeting. Professor Radin will join us at 7:00 pm. Colorado Yalies will be admitted at 6:45 pm, so that club business can be conducted. This will be voting on the slate on board members, including president. Zoom registration will have 6:30 pm as the start time, but this is due to their time pull-down not offering quarter-hour increments.

Register HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Direct any questions to Stephanie Grilli:


Feb Club 2021 Goes Virtual

February 2021

With a party somewhere every night, Feb Club started in Yale College as a way to cope with the depths of winter in New Haven. Feb Club Emeritus is for Yalies from all schools and programs to socialize. Colorado holds the record for the most FebClub events in a month, thanks to the efforts of volunteer host throughout the state each year. Last year’s slate was among the very last in-person gatherings CYA has held.

This year, we have scheduled two virtual Zooms for 6:00 pm: Tuesday, February 9th and Saturday, February 20th. No need to get in your car and drive across town or hop on light rail to a local bar or restaurant. Come as you are in the comfort of your own home. While regional quaffs may be missing, connections with Yalies across the state are served up instead.

RSVP to Stephanie Grilli and receive a link before the hour arrives: Even though social-distancing keeps us apart locally, let’s make Colorado still show it knows how to socialize in a big way!


Colorado Black Yale Alumni Social Gathering

15 November 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Last November, a number of black alumni had dinner with members of the YAA staff, the evening before Yale Explores. There was discussion of the Coloradans meeting again and possibly developing a chapter of the Yale Black Alumni Association. This is the 50th anniversary of the Yale Afro-American House, and it seems a fitting time to connect at a virtual social gathering. Daphne Butler ’87, JD ’91 will host a Zoom meeting on Sunday, November 15th, starting at 5:00 pm. Email her to RSVP or to express interest if you can’t attend:

Check out the podcast Welcome to the (AfAm) House, which “that explores stories from the past, present and future told by the Black people who know them best.”


Colorado Latinx Yale Alumni Social Gathering

8 November 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Quintin Gonzalez ’97 MFA, “La Llarosa (The Weeping Woman)” (2020)

Come join David Sanchez ’84 MPhil, ’84 MA, chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Network, Marco Abarca ’85, Isabel Cruz ’17, and Jovan Tafoya ’21 on Sunday, November 8th, starting a 6:00 pm for a virtual social gathering. What would have been a get-together in Marco’s home will now be a Zoom meeting for those who identify as Latino in the Colorado Yale Community, and those who are interested in the mission of YLAN are welcome too. The purpose is getting to know one another, and it will also be an exploratory gathering to see what interest there is in a Colorado chapter of YLAN. Please RSVP to Stephanie Grilli: If you can’t attend but are interested in YLAN, email Stephanie to let her know.

The image above is by Quintin Gonzalez, a graduate of the Yale School of Art and Fine Arts Professor at the University of Colorado whose work is included in the Abarca Family Collection. Marco Abarca ’85 is on the board of trustees of the Latino Cultural Arts Center whose core collection was created by his parents Luis and Martha. The collection is on exhibit at History Colorado through January 20, 2021, in Hecho en Colorado.