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Frederick Douglass, author, orator, editor, and most important African American leader of the 19th century, was a dangerous illegal immigrant. Well, in 1838 he escaped a thoroughly legal system of...
The College Art Association named Kishwar Rizvi, associate professor in the history of art and member of the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center, as one of 13 individuals honored...
Workshops, talks, demonstrations, and — of course — a lion dance will highlight the celebration of Lunarfest 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lunarfest celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rooster, which...
A new installation of African art at the Yale University Art Gallery presents objects from Africa’s earliest cultures along with pieces that inspired modernist artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri...
The Mexican government has been courteous toward Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now U.S. president. Indeed, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has paid a high political cost at home for his...
As the new U.S. administration settles into the White House, many questions remain regarding its foreign policy stance toward Eastern and Central Europe, especially given President Trump’s ambiguous...
Today the UK Supreme Court ruled, by an 8-to-3 vote, that an Act of Parliament is required to authorize the government to notify the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European...
After more than 50 years of armed conflict, the Colombian government and the largest and oldest guerrilla group in Latin America, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) finally struck...
After the June referendum in which a narrow majority of British voters favored leaving the European Union, Theresa May, campaigning for the Conservative Party leadership to replace David Cameron as...
A genocide is underway against the Rohingya of Myanmar. Chronic tensions and sporadic episodes of violent persecution of the group – an ethnic Muslim minority group based in Western Rakhine state,...
Europeans should take seriously Trump’s proposal for a greater financial contribution to NATO. This is the only way to prevent a catastrophe. Only two years ago, my wife and I spent a year at...
Every year, I take the students from my Islamic architecture course to visit the Islamic art collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York so they can see the cultural artifacts we’ve...
When Prime Minister Theresa May took over as the leader of the British Conservative Party and prime minister of the United Kingdom in July, she famously said, “Brexit means Brexit.” Her words were...
Amidst heightened international interest in United States foreign policy under Trump, Yale professor and diplomat-in-residence Charles Hill met with Cuong Nguyen, First Secretary of the Vietnam...
The Fox International Fellowship organized a panel session on its screening of “Under the Turban,” a documentary about Sikhs living in various diasporas worldwide. The panel consisted of the...
Religion in China is closely managed by legislation. Unlike the U.S., where church and state are technically separate, the Chinese state governs religion just as it governs other areas of life. So...
Luxury and Rubble, a new book by Yale anthropologist Erik Harms, tells the tale of two urban developments in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese city formerly called Saigon. Phú Mỹ Hưng, a luxurious...
The recent U.S. election raises questions about broader movements that allowed Trump – as well as numerous other leaders around the world – gain popularity. Amid these concerns, Yale undergraduate...
Corporations play an increasingly important role in society as actors who influence and govern the wellbeing of citizens, workers, and consumers. In today’s globalized world, then, Corporate Social...
Martijn Vlaskamp, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at the MacMillan Center, has recently published the article “Mandatory due diligence for ‘conflict minerals’ and...
Recent crises around the world, most notably the Syrian conflict, have brought into question the role of the international community in preventing human rights violations and mass atrocity crimes....
Jeff Forret, professor of history at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book Slave Against Slave: Plantation...
The Social Science History Association has awarded the 2016 President’s Book Award to Jonathan Wyrtzen, associate professor of sociology, history, and international affairs. Wyrtzen’s book, “Making...
In 2006 Brown University and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale hosted an international symposium on slavery and public...
Most history textbooks claim that American involvement in World War II began when Congress issued a declaration of war following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Prior to the...
The Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale (LIFFY), sponsored by the Council for Latin American and Iberian Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at...
In an international political climate that, at the moment, seems particularly prone to nationalism, populism, and even separatism, the Macmillan Center hosted a roundtable on the topic of the role of...
On November 4-5, the MacMillan Center hosted a diverse group of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists to discuss sites and expressions of Russian politics beyond a...
Observing the architecture of SOHO China, one of the largest prime office real-estate developer in China, is akin to taking a glance into the future. The sleek, fluid designs of the buildings...
The struggle for the right to vote, and suppression of that right when gained, is a very old American story.  It is always at once historical and very current.  In recent years the Republican party...
All across the social sciences, from development economics to political science departments, researchers are going into the field to collect data and learn about the world. While much has been gained...
On Tuesday, November 15, Ambassador Juan Carlos Mendoza-García, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations (for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States); Ambassador Téte...
Leslie Harkema’s opening remarks pronounced the colloquium’s central idea: for the Modernist writers of early-20th-century Spain, “youth was the common denominator.” Unlike 19th-century youths, who...
Susan Dunn, the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College, will give a series of three lectures in November on “FDR’s Third Hundred Days – Preparing for War and Global Leadership:...
The life of independent public inquiry, open public debate, and open scholarship and research virtually ceased in Burma, now Myanmar, for the half century after 1962, when the military took over. In...
On Thursday, the UK’s High Court of Justice issued a momentous decision – one that constitutes a dramatic rebuke of the government of Prime Minister Theresa May and, if upheld by the Supreme Court,...
The Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale (LIFFY), sponsored by the Council for Latin American and Iberian Studies, opens on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium at the Whitney and...
In the closing roundtable, Gabriel Di Meglio (Universidad de Buenos Aires-Conicet, Argentina) confessed that when he told a friend he was coming to Yale for a conference on popular royalism, his...
Maziar Bahari is perhaps best known in the United States as the subject of Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, which was about Bahari’s 2009 imprisonment and torture at the...
Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, ignited a national debate this year by not standing when the national anthem is played before football games. This is familiar territory for...

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