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The InterAsia photo exhibition currently being showcased in the Department of Anthropology at Yale features twenty photographs taken and curated by Debojyoti Das, a postdoctoral fellow in the South...
As the world’s largest Muslim country with a population of 255 million, Indonesia’s commitment to Islam’s position as an institution of civil society and to the cause of a pluralist democracy...
Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, over five million Syrians have left their homes seeking asylum in the nearby countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Jordan has absorbed...
Thanks to funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the MacMillan Center, Nick Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, has been conducting...
In April, Yara Sallam, Director of the Criminal Justice Unit at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, gave a thought-provoking talk on what it’s like to be a women’s human rights defender in...
Francesca Trivellato, newly named as the Barton M. Biggs Professor of History, is a historian of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean, whose interests revolve around a broad set of questions...
On April 26, the European Union Studies Program sponsored a conversation between David R. Cameron, Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Union Studies Program, and João...
China’s “one country, two systems” formula since 1997 has made Hong Kong a unique political space with its own cultural dynamics. Regarded as the first mainstream Canto-pop singer in Hong Kong to...
On Sunday, as the polls predicted, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French presidential election in a landslide, winning 66 percent of the vote. Macron, 39, will...
Yale University and Gateway Community College (GCC) have partnered on an exciting and unique project that benefits students in both institutions of higher learning. The Community College Teaching...
As the United States continues to face security challenges in arenas around the world, the MacMillan Center hosted Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, who presented its annual George Herbert Walker Jr...
Under the theme of “The Next Generation of Humanitarianism and Refugee Studies: Challenges & Opportunities,” the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses at the...
Twenty-four academics and religious leaders gathered at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Accra on March 9-11 to examine the issues of religion, society, and freedom in the context of Africa. The workshop...
The MacMillan Center congratulates Professors David Bromwich and Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak on being awarded 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowships to fund their research projects.  They are among 35 recipients...
As Britain exits from the European Union, other member states are working to strengthen it. The Visegrad Group (V4), a cultural and political alliance of four central European nations (the Czech...
On Sunday evening, as the results in the first round of the French presidential election became known, there was – despite the fact that Marine Le Pen, the head of the Front National, made it to the...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
On April 10 the South Asian Studies Council at the MacMillan Center welcomed Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Womens’ Association (SEWA) and the SEWA bank for women in India. Dr. Bhatt spoke...
On April 7, experts gathered at the Yale Law School for a conference on the current financial crisis affecting Puerto Rico. Hosted by the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the...
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...
“When I began to become interested in Islamic philosophy, which was in the early 1990s, the eternity of the world was considered the most important philosophical question that was discussed by Muslim...
The European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center at Yale hosted a conference titled, “Rethinking Religion in Early Modern Russia,” on April 7-8. “We now know enormously more about the details of...
On Friday, the Venezuelan government, run by the party of the leftist populist Hugo Chávez, banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years. The ban follows a ruling a...
The cultural production of the Arab World and Iran is often viewed through the limiting lens of European and American modes of art theory. “Writing/Curating the Middle East”—a two-day symposium (...
On March 29, the Council on East Asian Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale presented the 18th Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies featuring Ken K. Ito, a professor of Japanese...
Ezzedine C. Fishere, an Egyptian political scientist, novelist, and former diplomat, presented his views on security in the Arab region in a talk titled, “State Fragility and Collapse in the Arab...
The Fox International Fellowship at the MacMillan Center sponsored a panel discussion (view video) on March 6 based on a World Bank report titled, “Competitive Cities: A Local Solution to the Global...
Beginning in 2012, fighting between various factions in the Central African Republic (CAR) caused widespread bloodshed and displaced hundreds of thousands in the Texas-sized nation of 4.7 million...
Last week, almost nine months after British voters decided by a 52-48 margin in last June’s referendum to leave the European Union, the Parliament completed its consideration of a bill authorizing...
Haley J. Swedlund, a visiting scholar in the Council on African Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale and an Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (...
Winning the “hearts and minds” of Afghan civilians is a key component of American strategy in Afghanistan, where war rages more than 16 years after NATO-backed forces knocked the Taliban from power....
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too, covered the earth. This...
Mysteries of nature, modern enchantments, and the curse words of colorful incantations were among the many topics addressed in the two-day symposium “Magic and the Occult in Islam and Beyond,” held...
A symposium on “Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia,” that focused on how religions influence public policy that affects women and religious minorities was held on March 10, 2017 in Henry R...
For most of the campaign preceding Wednesday’s election in the Netherlands, the attention of the media was focused on Geert Wilders, the platinum-pompadoured xenophobe whose Party for Freedom (PVV)...
On Monday, almost nine months after British voters decided by a 52-48 margin in last June’s referendum to leave the European Union, the Parliament completed its consideration of a bill authorizing...
In the face of continued international concern over Russia’s activities in the Black Sea region, the MacMillan Center hosted a panel on the topic of “Challenges for Security and Stability in the...

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