David Alan Richards discusses and signs "Skulls and Keys"


David Alan Richardsat DIESEL, A Bookstore in BrentwoodDIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes David Alan Richards to the store to discuss and sign his new book, Skulls and Keys: The Hidden Histories Behind Yale's Secret Societies on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 pm.

There is a progressive side to Yale's secret societies that we rarely hear about, one that, in the cultural tumult of the 1960's, resulted in the election of people of color, women, and gay men, even in proportions beyond their percentages in the class. It's a side that is often overlooked in favor of sensational legends of blood oaths and toe-curling conspiracies. David Richards, an alum of Yale, sheds some light on the lesser known stories of Yale's secret societies. He takes us through the history from Phi Beta Kappa in the American Revolution (originally a social and drinking society) through Skull and Bones and its rivals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While there have been articles and books on some of those societies, there has never been a scholarly history of the system as a whole.

David Alan Richards, with both undergrad and law degrees from Yale University, was tasked by Yale President Kingman Brewster to write a history of the Yale Corporation to undergird that board's expansion in the 1960's to include previously-excluded women and ethnic and religious minorities. His Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography was nominated for the bibliography prize of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Earlier works include co-editing Kipling and His First Publisher and authoring Rudyard Kipling: The Books I Leave Behind. Residing in Scarsdale, New York, he is Senior Counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He is a longtime officer of New York City's Grolier Club and serves as secretary of the St. Bartholomew's Conservancy and he's on the legal committee of the Yale Club of New York City.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale's Secret Societies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681775173
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 5th, 2017