Some things to keep in mind

Linonia and Brothers reading room in Sterling library at Yale

What place on the Yale campus was especially meaningful to you during your student years? A building, a courtyard, the view from your window, a room, a wonderfully comfortable chair? What made it speak to your heart?

A couple of your classmates, Ben Slotznick and Stuart Cohen, are creating a class of ’70 photo essay and book exploring the role of the Yale campus in our student (and alumni) experience. Especially at a place like Yale, the built environment is more than just the background. It has an impact, and some places surely more than others. What piece of built Yale impacted you enough that you recall it with feeling? Why this place? What did it mean to you then, and does it still have meaning now?

It should be someplace that still exists and can be photographed. Other than that, anyplace that comes to mind is good. Tell the story of your relationship with that unique place. Just channel your inner Vincent Scully! This website includes some examples of the kind of responses we hope to receive.

We expect to receive a few hundred of these, so please keep it brief. Three or four sentences will be plenty. But if you feel moved, you can write more.

Email your comment with “Yale70” as the subject to Stuart Cohen at Or use our Google Form. If you prefer snail mail, send to: Ben Slotznick at PO Box 23, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

We will do our best to include as many comments as we can make fit, but please understand that it is possible that your recollection might not make it into the book, or might be used in one version of the project but not another. If we get a particularly large response, we may have to be selective about which ones to include. We may do minor text editing. For more substantive editing we will contact you for approval.

This is a big project. It could take a couple of years for the photography, organizing, editing, printing etc. We intend to have it finished well before our 50th reunion in 2020. The sooner you send in your recollection the sooner the process can begin. If reading this has triggered a thought about someplace at Yale that evokes a strong memory, please write it down today and send it.