Local Information

We’re looking forward to seeing you at “Critical Histories, Activist Futures” on February 24 and 25. To help you plan your trip here is some information about getting to and around New Haven. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please e-mail historysciencejustice@gmail.com.

Getting to New Haven

New Haven is served by MetroNorth commuter trains from New York (on the New Haven line – easy!), Amtrak trains, and Megabus, Greyhound and Peter Pan bus services, all at Union Station-New Haven.

If you are driving, New Haven is easy to get to on I-91 or I-95, but watch for heavy traffic, especially during rush hour. Metered street parking is available throughout New Haven. Guests are welcome to park in Yale-operated parking lots for a fee. There are several parking lots close to the School of Medicine.

The closest airport is Tweed Airport-New Haven, which is about a ten-minute taxi ride from Yale (about $15 – $20). Also in the area is Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, about an hour’s drive from New Haven without traffic. Rental cars are available at Bradley.

You may want to consider flying into New York, Boston, or Newark and taking a train or bus to New Haven for more flight options.

Getting Around New Haven

There are many taxi services operating within New Haven, as well as Uber. Try Metro Taxi, (203) 777-7777, for a ride anywhere within New Haven or to Tweed Airport.

Conference attendees can also ride Yale University shuttles. The School of Medicine is served by Yale’s Blue, Orange, and Purple shuttles; you’ll see the names displayed on the front of the buses. If you have a smart phone, you can download the Rider app, which has a map of shuttle service around New Haven and real-time updates of shuttle arrivals.

For more information on getting to and around New Haven, check here.

Conference Location

Saturday’s program will take place in the Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, in the Medical Historical Library. The Medical Historical Library is wheelchair accessible.

Click here to download a map of the School of Medicine and surrounding area.


Attendees are responsible for arranging their own housing, but we have many Yale graduate students who are happy to host attendees in their homes. If you would like to stay with a graduate student you can indicate your interest on the registration form or by e-mailing historysciencejustice@gmail.com.

There are also several hotels within walking distance of Yale’s campus:

Courtyard New Haven at Yale: 30 Whalley Avenue

New Haven Hotel: 229 George Street

Omni New Haven: 155 Temple Street

The Study at Yale: 1157 Chapel Street

While You’re in New Haven…

If you have some extra time, we encourage you to explore New Haven and Yale’s campus! Here are just a few of our favorite suggestions, for more you can check out Yale’s event calendar and this list of things to do in our city.

Cushing Center at the John Hay Whitney Medical Library

Don’t miss the Cushing Center with its famous “brain room” – it’s located in the same building as our conference program. Free tours are offered on Thursdays at 2:00 pm and Fridays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Medical Historical Library

The site of our conference, the Medical Historical Library also houses a variety of exhibitions from the Library’s rich collections.

Yale University Art Gallery

On display during the conference: “Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom,” photographs of the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage on the Washington Mall, precursor to the 1963 March on Washington.

Yale Center for British Art

Permanent collections plus the temporary exhibition, “Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World.”

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

View the Peabody’s permanent displays, and don’t miss their satellite gallery Peabody 2 at 1 Broadway.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

One of the world’s largest libraries of rare books, recently re-opened after an extensive renovation. Catch the temporary exhibit “Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance & The Beinecke Library.”

Dining Suggestions

The tastiest lunches near the School of Medicine definitely come from the food carts that set up outside of the entrance at 333 Cedar Street between noon and 2:00 pm on weekdays (there is a more limited selection on weekends). Don’t worry, if you’re at the School of Medicine around lunchtime, you can’t miss them.

Here are some other restaurant suggestions nearby:

116 Crown, 116 Crown Street (trendy American/hipster cocktails)

Atticus, 1082 Chapel Street (independent bookstore with café serving coffee, sandwiches and brunch)

BAR, 254 Crown Street (delicious pizza)

Barcelona, 115 Temple Street (Spanish)

Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street (vegetarian and vegan fusion, lots of desserts)

Istanbul Café, 245 Crown Street (Turkish)

Rubamba, 25 High Street (South American fusion specializing in arepas)

Thai Taste, 1151 Chapel Street (Thai)

Yorkside Pizza, 288 York Street (Pizza and sandwiches)