Festival of Ideas & Enrichment

About Yale Alumni Academy

Welcome to Yale Alumni Academy’s first virtual Festival of Ideas & Enrichment! Taking place throughout the month of July, the festival brings you a world of ideas, arts, and exciting places hosted by Yale faculty. Tune in each week with fellow alumni, family, and friends for fun activities and inspiring events. Stay tuned for new announcements in our weekly festival email digest.

Yale Alumni Academy offers you the opportunity to learn online, on-campus, and abroad. We are delighted to partner with Yale Alumni College, which is celebrating its tenth year of bringing in-person small group seminar learning to cities across the US. In response to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Yale Alumni Academy and Yale Alumni College programs are all being held online for the time being. Find out more about Yale Alumni College below.


Glimmerglass YACOL

The Glimmerglass Festival
"It's all in the Details"

Yale Alumni College

Featuring Francesca Zambello
Tuesday, July 28 at 4 p.m. eastern

Watch On-Demand

Festival Films & Book Club

Virtual Tours

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Virtually explore this thriving Arabian Gulf region in the comfort of your own home. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Explore collections at the Museum of Islamic Art, tour the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, read stories and articles, drop in on a lecture by Professor Paul Bracken, and more.

Begin your virtual exploration


Easter Island

A true virtual adventure, traverse the full range of the most southern country on the globe. Between the word’s second-highest mountain range and 2,700 miles of Pacific coastline lies a nation that has sustained generations of inhabitants who were captivated by its beauty and natural resources. Virtually discover the marvels of Chile. 

Begin your virtual exploration



Virtually immerse yourself in the exploration of Japan with a focus on their festival culture. Then on July 29th at 4 p.m. eastern, come with your questions, comments, and curiosities for a conversation and trivia game with Professor Ed Kamens.

Begin your virtual exploration



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Learn in a city near you

Yale Alumni College, having served more than 2,000 alumni, is entering its tenth year delivering small seminars taught by Yale faculty and distinguished alumni in cities across the US, including Atlanta, Chicago, New Haven, New York, Princeton, and Washington, DC. This fall, we will be opening our new Boston campus.   YACOL gives alumni the unique opportunity to return to the classroom, where along with the intellectual enrichment, you can experience the rich social engagement that in-person learning affords. Cultural outings allow students and faculty to get to know one another while deepening their educational experience.  While the pandemic has shifted course offerings online, for the time being, Yale Alumni College looks forward to returning to the classroom as soon as possible. Click below to sign up for early notification of Yale Alumni College’s fall online courses or to learn more about setting up a campus in your city.