The Henry Koerner Center for Emeritus Faculty

The Henry Koerner Center is a remarkable, perhaps unique, part of Yale University, designed for the benefit of emeriti faculty, who if they wish may become Koerner fellows. Both a physical facility and a series of programs, the center was made possible by a generous gift from Lisbet Rausing and Joseph Koerner ’80, who thereby honored Joseph’s father, the artist Henry Koerner. The center opened in 2003 and has been a huge success, the envy of other universities.

Intellectually the center offers a rich and vibrant series of lectures, seminars, and autobiographical talks. It also programs special events and offers group visits to theaters, art galleries, museums, and artistic events, in New York and locally. Many of the intellectual events are generated by the fellows themselves, which gives the center an air of spontaneity. An atmosphere of loyal friendship prevails, and interdisciplinarity, usually so hard to achieve, is a living experience.


March 31, 2020
Koerner Fellow Leon Plantinga, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music, released a book entitled Simply Beethoven earlier this month. In the book, Professor ...
February 28, 2020
An exhibition featuring the art of thirty Koerner Center Fellows and Affiliates will be on display at the Henry Koerner Center through May 29, 2020. The center’s director,...
November 6, 2019
A haunting, evocative history of British Empire, told through one woman’s family story “‘Where are you from?’ was the question hounding Hazel Carby as a girl in post-war...