Yale University has announced a gift of $50 million toward the planned renovation of its Hall of Graduate Studies that will transform the historic structure into a hub for humanities education and scholarship.
In addition to supporting the renovation, the gift will establish an endowment for humanities programming, with an emphasis on teaching, intellectual life, and events that attract visiting scholars from around the world. The anonymous donors of the gift, which is intended to advance scholarship and teaching and reinforce the place of the humanistic disciplines as a signature strength of Yale, were motivated by their deeply held belief in the university's longstanding commitment to excellence in the humanities.
The gift follows a $25 million gift toward the project from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin ('78) that was announced in March. The renovation plan, which is still under development, is focused on four principles — bringing together shared resources in the humanities and serving as a destination for students, scholars, and the public; sustaining an environment in which each department can retain its own identity and do its best work; creating new opportunities for formal and informal interactions that lead to collaborative approaches in teaching, mentoring, and research; and supporting graduate students and their collaboration, research, and teaching.
"Yale has so many outstanding departments and programs in the humanities, and bringing a core group of them into one building at the heart of campus will make them even stronger," said Yale president Peter Salovey ('86 Ph.D.). "I am so grateful that our donors had the foresight not only to support a world-class facility, but also to supply permanent funding for the innovative teaching, research, and collaboration that will happen within it. The impact of their contribution will be transformative and enduring."