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Chartered in 1799 …to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest and happiness of a free and virtuous people…” The Connecticut Academy of the Arts and Sciences is the third-oldest learned society in the United States. Its purpose is the dissemination of scholarly information. For the past 200 years, the Academy has fulfilled this mission through lectures and extensive publications.

The Academy sponsors eight monthly presentations during the academic year (September-May). These provide an opportunity for both the lay person and scholar to hear distinguished speakers discuss current work in the sciences, arts, and humanities. All lectures are free and open to the public and are announced in university calendars, local newspapers, and by direct mail to Academy members. 

Professor Willie Ruff will present an historic documentary that the Yale film archive has recently acquired. It is a forty-five minute film documentary of the 1972...
Photo of Steven Judd
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the The Whitney Center, Hamden, CT.  “ISIS—Medieval, Apocalyptic, or Opportunistic?” was presented by Steven Judd, Professor of Middle East...
In lieu of a formal December meeting, the members and friends of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (CAAS) had the unique opportunity of a tour of Ireland’s Great...
Photo of Kai Erikson, Yale
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Kai Erikson presented “Looking Back at May Day after Forty-five Years” –a reflection on the Bobby Seale/Black Panther trials, the...
Yale graduate students Elisabeth Becker and Zlatko Minev
Graduate students Elisabeth Becker and Zlatko Minev have won the inaugural CAAS Fellowship for 2015-2016. The award was chosen by the deans of the graduate schools and is...
On October 30, 2015, African American Studies at Yale held a festschrift for Robert Stepto in honor of his 40 years at Yale. Professor Stepto has been a long-time member of...
Alan Trachtenberg
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Gray Jr. Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Yale University,  presented “Walt Whitman, Poet of...
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Todd Ahern presented “Family Life and Its Consequences: Insights from Socially Monogamous Prairie Voles” at the The Whitney Center in Hamden...