Mystery of Sleep Class of 2017

CSMC 370

Suman Baddam and I just finished teaching a course at Yale called “Mystery of Sleep”. The students had to do a project that they presented at the last class that expressed from their perspective some of the science they had learned. The results were jaw dropping! Some of the projects were videos, scripts, bound commonplace books, audios of songs they composed, visual art, poetry and short stories. Here are some examples of the projects. (The students gave permission to use their names).

Narcolepsy Dance

Yvonne Ye choreographed and executed a dance depicting narcolepsy. The poem that inspired the dance was written by Emily Ge. .


Elizabeth Zordani created artwork depicting the causes of insomnia

Sleep Treasures at the Beinecke

Leland Stange curated a collection of sleep related treasures in the Beinecke Library

1st Edition of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream
Carl Jung's Red Book

The work of a genius or a mad man?

1st Edition Pickwick Papers

The entire set of 1st edition of Pickwick Papers. 1836

The first Illustration of a dozing Joe the fat boy, who had sleep  apnea

What a thrill to handle a book that Charles Dickens had signed

From Graph to Art

Liana Van Nostrand reimagined a graph showing the effects of aging on sleep, by using a the colors from a painting of a dying Italian Revolutionary hero to create a watercolor painting of the graph. 

Lina Goelzer Reading 
Yale Sleep Disorder Stories - Lina Goelzer
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Gloria del Rosario Castañeda's Presentation

Rosario Castañeda's project was development of a presentation to teach Westport High School students about the importance of sleep. Click on the forward arrow to start, then the > button to progress. To see this full screen CLICK HERE

Karin Nagano: Office design

Karin Nagano, an architecture student, designed an office that includes a sleeping area for those who must spend a great deal of time of time at work. 

Summer Kim: Sleepy Jolene

Summer Kim wrote the lyrics and sang Sleepy Jolene. To hear just the audio, start the player below.

Sleepy Jolene - Summer Kim
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