The Queen is Dead, Long Live the Queen

The queen of the Yale Peabody Museum’s leaf-cutter ant colony is no more.

Queen Victoria of England ruled for sixty-three years, seven months and two days before her death in 1901.  In accordance with her meticulous instructions, the queen’s body was dressed in a white gown and her wedding veil, and beside her were placed the stipulated photographs, locks of hair, and a plaster cast of the hand of Prince Albert. On February 2, her coffin was borne through the streets of London on a gun carriage. With perhaps less fanfare, after a reign of four years, another. . . Read more
Rachel Lipstein
Nota Bene

Taking the wooden chairs of WLH for its pews, Yale’s Sacred Harp singing ensemble continues a centuries-old tradition begun by New Haven’s own Puritans.

Illustration by Ali Abarca Yale New Haven Regular Singing, the University’s Sacred Harp singing ensemble, does not perform. Instead, its members sit in a hollow, democratic square, sopranos facing basses, tenors facing altos. Each singer is a listener, as well as a musician. The group ranges from ten to twenty undergrads, graduate students, and New Haven community members. Founded about a year ago by Ian Quinn, a professor of music theory, the group chatters familiarly as they wait in the hall for a course section. . . Read more
Rachel Lipstein