YHHAP Distinguished Professor Lunches (2017)

Every Yale Family Weekend, the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project invites distinguished members of Yale's faculty to join students, parents, and other guests for an informal meal and conversation. Lunches are capped at 12-15 guests and meal proceeds benefit YHHAP's work to combat hunger and homelessness around New Haven.

Distinguished Professor Lunches are held in Yale Dining Halls and are $25 for adults (with no meal plan) and $15 for students (with a meal plan). Listed are the professors who will be hosting lunches. Click below to sign-up!


Marvin Chun,

Dean of Yale College, Colgate Professor of psychology

Professor Chun is Dean of Yale College and the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, with secondary appointments in the Cognitive Science Program and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. He leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses functional brain imaging to study how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. Chun’s research has been honored with the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award. He has been recognized with both the Phi Beta Kappa William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College, and the Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He served as the John B. Madden head of Berkeley College from 2007-2016.

Saturday November 4th, 12:30pm; Pauli Murray College Dining Hall


Laurie Santos,

Head of Silliman College, Assoc. Professor of psychology

Professor Santos is director of  the Comparative Cognition Laboratory. She is recognized as a leader in the field of animal cognition and has pioneered studies of economic decision making in primates. Her research has included creating a primate "market economy" with currency and flexible commodity prices for the Yale capuchin monkey population to study the roots of irrational behaviors observed in humans. She has received numerous awards, including the Stanton Prize, and was named a Popular Science magazine "Brilliant 10" Young Scientist. She and her research have been featured at TEDGlobal, Big Think and a NOVA special documentary film on American public television.

Saturday November 4th, 1:15pm; Silliman College Dining Hall (Annex)


Donald Margulies,

Pulitzer-Prize-winning Playwright, ADJ. english professor

Professor Marguiles won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends and was a finalist twice before for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories.  His many other plays, which include The Country House, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Brooklyn Boy, the Tony -nominated Time Stands Still and the Obie Award-winning The Model Apartment, have been produced on and off-Broadway. Professor Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has developed screenplays, teleplays and pilots for HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, Warner Bros., TriStar, Universal, Paramount, and MGM.

Saturday November 4th, 12:30pm; Berkeley College Dining Hall (Swiss Room)


Daniel Esty,

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy,  Yale Law School and forestry & environmental studies

Professor Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy. As a professor at Yale since 1994, he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools with a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the Board of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale, which he founded in 2006.

Saturday November 4th, 12:30pm; Ezra Stiles Dining Hall (Tentative)


Howard Bloch,

Sterling Professor of French

Professor Bloch has written on a variety of topics in and around medieval literature and social history, legal, economic, familial, and political institutions, humor and the fabliaux, gender and the rise of Western romantic love and the history of the discipline of Medieval Studies. Professor Bloch holds a medal from the Collège de France, is an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Saturday November 4th, 12:30pm; Johnathan Edwards Dining Hall (Jr. Common Room)