Fall 2014 Newsletter

This fall semester has been a particularly busy one at the MacMillan Center. Several political luminaries visited campus to present lectures. In September, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission of the European Union, spoke on Europe in the new world order. In October, former...
Raila Odinga
October 15, 2014
On October 9, former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga joined the MacMillan Center before a packed Luce Hall auditorium. Prime Minister Odinga was the honored guest for the annual Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture, speaking on the topic of “Afro-Optimism: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?”...
Photo caption: Summer Institute group together with Laziz Otayarov, the Uzbek guide and Professor Frank Griffel in front of the minaret of the Islam-Khoja madrasa in Khiva. Built in 1910 to a height of 185 feet, it is still one of the tallest buildings in Central Asia.
Last July, the Councils on African, European, East Asian, and Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center hosted a one-week Summer Institute for Educators. Responding to popular demand, the four Councils agreed to offer a summer program on Worlds of Islam: Regional Perspectives on Unity and...
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723-1792, British, Charles Stanhope, third Earl of Harrington, and a Servant, 1782, Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.
On November 7 and 8, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition held its 16 Annual International Conference at the Yale Center for British Art, the culmination of extraordinary collaboration across Yale around the study of the visual culture of British slavery....
On September 25, the MacMillan Center joined the Council for African Studies and the Yale Africa Initiative to host a celebratory reception in honor of Yale and Africa. More than 150 people attended the event – including current African students and alumni, visiting scholars, faculty and others...
James A. Baker III
On November 4, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III joined the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the Yale International Relations Association for a special conversation moderated by Ambassador John Negroponte. Secretary Baker has served an illustrious – and as he notes,...
José Manuel Barroso
On September 22, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission of the European Union, spoke before a full audience at Evans Hall. Hosted by the Yale Program in European Union Studies, the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, and the Yale School of Management, President...
Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University)
Thirty-five scholars from the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and the U.K. gathered at Yale University in early October for a conference on “New Histories of the Cuban Revolution,” convened by Professors Stuart Schwartz and Gilbert Joseph of the Department of History and organized by PhD Candidate...
Elizabeth Bradley
The Ebola virus has ravaged parts of West Africa for months, with the World Health Organization declaring the epidemic to be an international public health emergency. More than 5,000 people have died as a result of this outbreak, with no end in sight. Sierra Leone has admitted defeat, and the first...
Catherine Panter-Brick
Fathers have substantial impact on child development, well-being, and family functioning, yet parenting interventions rarely target men or make a dedicated effort to include them, according to research conducted by scientists at Yale and the Fatherhood Institute in London. The team’s review of 199...
Michael Forsythe
On October 1, New York Times correspondent Michael Forsythe delivered a Poytner Fellowship in Journalism Lecture titled “Guarding Press Freedoms in the New Gilded Age: The Challenge of China.”  The event was co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and Berkeley College....
George Joseph
There are two new additions to the MacMillan Center staff. George Joseph has been appointed the Deputy Director and Rahima Chaudhury joins as Associate Director. George replaces Nancy Ruther, who is leaving the MacMillan Center after 26 years of commendable service to pursue other endeavors. George...
The National Resource Centers program and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) program, both administered by the U.S. Department of Education, have awarded the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies nearly $5.6 million in funding to be used over...
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