Ecological conservation in China’s northwest brings to light questions about space and power in China. As part of the 57th Annual Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture that took place on April 13, the Council on East Asian Studies at the MacMillan Center hosted You-Tien Hsing, Pamela P. Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, University of California, Berkeley, who spoke on “Surviving Conservation: Herders and Farmers in China’s Northwest.” In her lecture, Hsing explored effects of a series of “anti-desertification” campaigns launched by the Chinese government since the early 2000s.

Hsing began by noting...

During the polarizing weekend that preceded Turkey’s constitutional referendum on April 16, the MacMillan Center, in conjunction with the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, hosted an international symposium on the topic of “Recent Perspectives of Ceremonies, Rituals, and Festivals in the Ottoman World” from April 13 to 15 that included three renowned scholars in the field of Ottoman studies: Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul Bilgi University), Jane Hathaway (Ohio State University) and Leslie Peirce (New York University).

Alan Mikhail (Yale University) gave the welcome speech. The first panel...

Wendy S. Hesford, a Professor of English at the Ohio State University, has spent this academic year as a Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center. While at Yale, she has been working on her research project “Enslaved Girlhoods: Human Trafficking Law, Literature, and Abolitionist Rhetoric,” which is part of her forthcoming book, Exceptional Rhetorics: Regulating Childhood and Children’s Rights. During the fall semester, she taught an undergraduate seminar on feminist perspectives on...

In his recently published book, American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present, Yale professor Philip Gorski explores how the American tradition has both sacred and secular sources and how those sources have been entwined since the founding of New England and the United States.

Gorski, who is professor of sociology and of religion and Acting Chair of the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, believes that this dynamic creates space for people coming from different perspectives to engage with each other on the wide terrain of civil religion. Civil religion,...

The MacMillan Center congratulates David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, and Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Dinakar Singh Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and former chair of the South Asian Studies Council, on receiving the Graduate Mentor Award.

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Assembly collaborate each year to select faculty for the Graduate Mentor Award, which honors their exceptional support of the professional, scholarly, and...