Coach Class

With one infectious grin, Coach Williams fills a room.

The Yale Bowl wasn’t always near-empty on Saturday afternoons. People didn’t always tailgate past half-time; in fact, the very first game of recognizable American football between two U.S. universities—Harvard and Yale—took place in New Haven in 1875. It was a Yale man, Walter Camp, who later became known as the “father of American football,” transforming a brutal form of rugby into a whole new game. Looking at images of the Yale Bowl in the 1930s and ’40s, Professor Charles Hill says, one gets a sense. . . Read more
Sophie Quinton
Loose Footing

Outdoor enthusiasts struggle for Yale support.

Ragged Mountain stands in a dramatic ridgeline that arcs across Connecticut. It offers a long, challenging hiking trail, some of the most extensive rock climbing in the state, and a view of the vibrant foliage, shimmering lakes, and church steeples of rural New England. It seems a world away from New Haven, yet Yalies can reach the ridgeline in forty minutes—if they have a car. This fall, after a failed scramble for transportation, the undergraduate group Yale Outdoors was forced to cancel plans for a. . . Read more
Sophie Quinton
Continental Drift

As a legendary philosopher concludes his career, the Yale Philosophy Department contemplates its future.

The 1980s and ’90s were troubled times for Yale’s once prominent philosophy department. Fierce infighting—the result of both personal and academic quarrels—resulted in the exodus of almost all of Yale’s continental philosophy professors. Professor Karsten Harries PC ’58 GRD ’62 survived the strife, but most of his fellow continental experts in French and German Enlightenment thought left the department and were replaced with scholars of analytic philosophy, which focuses on logic and language and includes the fields of metaphysics, semantics, and epistemology. Soon, Harries was. . . Read more
Sophie Quinton