Dan Yergin (’68) on Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations  (May 19th)

Gas prices spiking at the pump, war in Ukraine, Russia versus the U.S., new threats of nuclear weapons…. Once again the world is on edge with a global energy crisis.

These dangerous developments come on top of transformative changes in energy markets – fracking and the shale revolution, cost-effective renewables, China and India becoming big-time players, a new race for critical minerals used in new technologies.

All this echoes for Yale Boomers, children of the energy crises and gas lines of the 1970s, imprinted with notions of scarcity and a dystopian future after “peak oil.”

Dan Yergin ’68, energy expert and student of geopolitics, will brief us on what is actually going on – and what it means for us – and answer your questions. Be sure to register now for the May 19th zoominar. [read more]

Dementia Colloquium – Recordings, Transcript and Comments

The Class of ’69 hosted a Class Colloquium addressing Alzheimer’s, dementia and other degenerative diseases and hosted two experts from the staff of Mount Sinai in NYC.  See the original announcement for background on speakers and program.

Here is the video of the event, and the transcript of the talk is here for those who prefer to read.

Losing My Mind … and My Good Health

Something on the order of half of us will deal with dementia — either our own or our spouse’s. Sadly, Alzheimer’s Disease and other degenerative diseases will be a fact of life … and ultimately of death … for some of us.

Fortunately, two physicians on the ’69 Class Council have recruited two nationally prominent experts to discuss the issues with us. They’ve been asked to speak briefly on your likely questions about Alzheimers and what, if anything, you can do to forestall it or care for those suffering from it, including terminal care. For example, some classmates have asked about planning for assisted living, nursing or palliative care during the progression of diseases they or their loved ones might face. But mostly, we’ll listen to these experts, and after their opening remarks, we’ll open the floor for questions.

Click to register for this Yale Boom event, hosted by the Class of ’69.

Rock & Revolution: How The Electrifying Sounds Of Our Youth Transformed America

Those were revolutionary years, the late 1960s and early ’70s, and anyone who grew up then knows how the music we danced to helped galvanize support for then-radical goals like an end to war, Black Power, women’s liberation and even “sex, drugs, rock & roll.” Join us on May 20th as we uncover the radical foundations of some of the period’s most stirring songs, from artists like the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and more.

Our host, Angharad Davis, created and taught the “Music and Revolution” course at Yale Department of Music during the past semester. Davis will focus specifically on American popular music of the time – the shared soundtrack of our lives. How did those songs help, or fail, to drive social change? And what can we learn from them about the revolutionary movements of today, now that we and our classmates are – like all America – divided into camps from left to right? REGISTER NOW.

The Dynamic Duo — Dowling to Hill — Score Again!

“Yale Football managed to span the many differences and lifted us to our better senses during the turmoil of the late ’60s,” an attendee at yesterday’s Zoom session with Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill wrote.  “So too did yesterday’s conversation transport us away from our worries and concerns of the current era.”  That reaction was …

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Brian Dowling & Calvin Hill, Rescheduled, 2/23; Sign Up Now!

“In sports, it’s all about how you get up when you get knocked down,” said Brian in our original planning call.  “Dealing with adversity is the coin of the realm.”

Well, after getting knocked down by technical issues in December, the dynamic duo will reconvene and try again on February 23rd at 3:00 PM EST. The Yale Boom Steering Committee is calling this a “Feb Club” event, thereby joining with later generations in fighting off the Winter blahs with a lighthearted, fun party celebrating the “friendships formed at Yale.” Be sure to Register Now! and get it on your calendar!


The First Yale Boom Event

Note: Welcome Classes of 1967 to 1973 to the Yale Boom group! Our Yale Boom Steering Committee persuaded the Class of ’69 to use an event it already had planned as the inaugural event offered to our six classes. Check it out, and come if you can.

 On October 28th at 1:30 pm ET, we are hosting Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar, a noted constitutional scholar who will talk about the Executive branch and the US Constitution.  This is the Wednesday before the election. Do you think the Constitution will be in the news and of interest? 😉

Click through for details, or register now for the event.  We hope you can make it!


How Yale Boom Came To Be

After its 50th Reunion, the Class of ‘69, in the hopes of drawing in a wider assortment of its highly diverse members, created a new, larger class council.  And one of the first ideas generated was to stage a series of talks by, and subsequent discussion with, some of our more ‘illustrious classmates.’  Titled ‘Class …

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