An “Arabian-Nightish” gift to Yale is what Clarence Day, the author of Life With Father, called the Elizabethan Club. The Club was the brainchild of his Yale classmate, Alexander Smith Cochran, Class of 1896, who in 1911 donated a house, a $100,000 endowment, and his important collection of early English literature to found it. Its modest purpose was to provide a forum for undergraduate discussions on literature, art, or indeed any subject, and to offer a congenial environment for social and intellectual interaction between junior and senior members of the University. read more

Maynard Mack Lecture 

The Elizabethan Club administers an annual lecture, which brings to Yale every year a distinguished theatre practitioner to speak on a topic of his or her choice. The Lectureship honors the late Maynard Mack, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, chair of the Department, and eminent scholar and critic of Shakespeare and Pope. The Mack Lecture Committee hopes the next live lecture will take place in Fall 2022.

Past recipients of the Maynard Mack Lectureship have been: Peter Brook (2018), Suzan-Lori Parks (2018), John Douglas Thompson (2017), Dianne Wiest (2016), Sir Tom Stoppard (2014), Dame Harriet Walter (2013), Paul Giamatti (2013), Michael Grandage (2011), Liev Schrieber (2011), Gordon Edelstein (2009), Anna Deavere Smith (2008), Michael Billington (2007), Robert Brustein (2006), Jefferson Mays (2004), Adam Guettel (2003), Corin Redgrave (2003), Fiona Shaw (2002), Edward Albee, (2000), Claire Bloom (1999), Arthur Miller (1998), Sam Waterston (1997), John Barton (1996), Joanne Akalaitis (1995), Lisa Harrow (1994), Carey Perloff (1993), Michael Kahn (1992), Mark Lamos (1991), Tony Church (1989).