Tuesday Tea Talks - The Recordings

On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Kymberly Pinder, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale School of Art, shared with us “Art That is Urgent,” art borne of social upheaval and unrest.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Yale Director of Athletics Vicky Chun paid us a wonderful visit. She spoke to us about the logistics of running her vast department, and shared with us the excitement of the bulldogs heading once again to the NCAA tournament.

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, New York Times technology reporter David Yaffe-Bellany spoke to us about the recent cryptocurrency scandal and Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX.

On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, Professor Marci Shore spoke with us about the deeply human personal costs of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Professor Jonathan Wortzen sat down with us to talk about the roots of the conflict in the Middle East.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, three of our classmates who are lawyers (Alan Caplan, Rick Collins and Bob Mirto) gave us a thorough run-down of the state of former president Donald Trump’s legal jeopardy.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University, discussed with us the history and politics of the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, August 31, 2023, Rachel Fine, daughter-in-law of classmate Tony Hawthorne and the Executive Director of The Schwarzman Center, gave us a tour of the renovation of the entire building and how it is now being used to serve Yale and the public in a wide variety of ways.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, Catherine Crystal Foster, daughter of classmate Ray Crystal, spoke about her work with philanthropy and the details one may be well advised to take into consideration when donating to charitable organizations. She currently leads the San Francisco Advisory team of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, classmate Ed Elmendorf spoke about his journey on leaving Yale for people and institutions across the world. From Adlai Stevenson and Arthur Goldberg in the 1960s during the Vietnam War and from the United Nations to the World Bank, Ed was an engaged participant and sometimes a lonely traveler for global institutions, country development, and health policies in what was widely but incorrectly viewed as the Third World.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Yale Head Basketball Coach James Jones gave us a wonderful talk about building a great team, learning the lessons of sports, and the differences between athletes in our era and those of today.

On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, classmate Ed Burkhardt spoke to us about the railroad system in the U.S. and how regulation might impact its operation.

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, outgoing Yale Chaplain Sharon Kugler spent an hour with us chatting about what her work has been, with the university community.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, classmate Larry Gibbs spoke to us about his career with the IRS.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Schneider provided us with a broad overview of surgery from its beginnings to our current possibilities.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, political expert Lee Verstandig discussed the aftermath of the midterm elections of last month.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, Yale Professor Josh Kalla discussed political persuasiveness – its successes and failures – in our country.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, Professor Amanda Ewington discussed Russia and the war in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2022, Don Dell spoke about sports marketing and more.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Dr. Leo Cooney spoke on “Aging Well.”

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Classmate Jon Blake expanded the talk begun last month by Rick Collins, concerning efforts being made to overhaul the Electoral College.


On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, classmate Rick Collins outlined several ways in which we can improve the Electoral College process.

Rick’s slides from the recording are here, for viewing and downloading.


On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, classmates John Bing and Mike Tappan spoke on the situation in Ukraine, bringing a fresh perspective to a heart-wrenching topic.

John Bing’s newsletter post: Peace – In the Winning there is no Victory

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Read Mike’s Poem, Mariupol


On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, classmate Alan Caplan gave a highly entertaining talk about his unconventional life in law.


On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, classmate Tom Miller spoke about his work in service to other people while participating in humanitarian projects in Vietnam, Cuba, and Afghanistan. A few of the projects have included helping to establish the Peace Corps, the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to treat war injured children in Vietnam, and the Green Cities Fund, all the while practicing law in Oakland, CA.


On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Dr. Sten Vermund was our guest. He discussed the phenomenon of vaccination distrust in certain portions of the population.



On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Professor Sarbani Basu was our guest. She spoke about the volatile nature of our closest star, our sun. We hope you enjoy this recording of the event.


On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, Professor Robert Blocker was our guest. He spoke about the Yale music programs, and at the end, was joined by a highly talented student musician. We hope you enjoy this recording of the event.


On August 13, David Sellers sat down with Peter Knudsen to re-record Dave’s lively, retrospective talk on his career in unique, highly creative building design and construction. We’ve posted it here for your viewing. Enjoy!


On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, we held a “Tuesday Tea” Zoom session during which our classmate Ambler Moss spoke on about key issues that are facing the U.S. today: Climate change and the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference at Glasgow, the January 6th US Capital Insurrection, his perspective on the 2020 Olympics and more. The replay is below.


On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, we held a “Tuesday Tea” Zoom session during which Yale Professor Paul Kennedy spoke on the “Lessons of History.” Here is the recording:


On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, we held a “Tuesday Tea” Zoom session during which Yale Professor Paul Bracken spoke on China. Here is the recording: