Spring 2013 Newsletter

The MacMillan Center has enjoyed an action-packed spring semester. Numerous scholars and luminaries came to campus to speak. Mo Ibrahim, founder of CelTel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies, gave the Coca-Coca World Fund at Yale Lecture on governance in Africa. It’s a...
“If you want politicians to give up power, it’s got to be attractive for them to do that,” stated Yale professor Ian Shapiro on May 9 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which brought together more than 1,000 global business, government, and academic leaders in Cape Town. Shapiro,...
Michael Walzer
Michael Walzer, one of the most distinguished and influential thinkers of our time, was the honored guest in this year’s Henry L. Stimson Lecture Series on World Affairs at Yale University. In the course of four public lectures that took place over a two-week period in April, Walzer tackled an...
Professor Sweet (right) accepting award from Professor David Blight, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale.
James Sweet, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, was selected as the winner of the 2012 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press). The Douglass Prize was...
On February 28, the Council on African Studies hosted a full-day conference on “Corruption, Accountability and Governance in Africa.” The conference was organized and moderated by Susan Hyde (Yale) and Elizabeth Carlson (Yale). The panelists included academics from a variety of social science...
Peter Ammon
Peter Ammon, the German Ambassador to the United States, spoke at Yale University on January 15 on perhaps the most critical issue concerning his post: How does the American-German relationship remain strong amid the multiple crises occurring throughout the world? “What is the future of the...
Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, spoke at a Jackson Institute Town Hall meeting held in the Yale Law School on February 7. In his signature calm and deliberate manner, Annan recounted personal stories during his time in the U.N., and addressed issues from Security...
Former anti-apartheid activist Colin Coleman, who is currently head of Goldman Sachs Sub-Saharan Africa, delivered a public lecture titled “South Africa: How It Won Its Freedom and What It’s Doing with It Now” on March 4 in Luce Auditorium. In it he emphasized the role of civil society and strong...
On April 5, the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, in conjunction with the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University, welcomed an interdisciplinary group of scholars to a two-day conference on postcolonial Goa. The conference sought to draw attention to Goa’s contribution to...
Mo Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies, gave the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on April 23. The title of his talk was “Governance, Leadership, Civil Society, and the Private Sector: An African Perspective” and he began it by rebuking...
A grant of $500,000 to Yale from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will support the “InterAsia Initiative,” a global network of scholars who are taking a novel trans-regional approach to the study of Asian topics. InterAsia Initiative is a collaborative multi-institutional group that includes...
“The art of the statesman,” Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, explained, is to operate at the upper limit of a country’s values and convictions. “If you go past that point, you will crash; if you don’t reach that point, you will stagnate.” Kissinger’s...
On April 17, 2013, the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University welcomed Professor Angela Ki Che Leung to deliver the 53rd Annual Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture. Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong, Professor Leung is...
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