Since its founding in 1701, Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations. Yale’s reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city’s community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders. The Merchant in Venice project has received an invaluable contribution by the Yale family with key roles occupied by faculty and alumni, such as David Scott Kastan (advisory board), Karin Coonrod (director), Reg E. Cathey (actor), John Conklin (graphics), Paul Spera (actor) and Jennifer Newman (General Manager).