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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...
The Eastern Mediterranean, the region heralded as the birthplace of civilization and culture, is now the center of destruction and displacement. To many, the conflicts afflicting the area seem...
The following Forbes opinion post was written by Nicolas Jimenez, Yale College Class of 2019; Ian Shapiro, Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center and Sterling Professor of Political Science;...
In 2015, Fund for Peace, a nonprofit research institution that specializes in foreign affairs, gave South Sudan a 114.5 on its annual Failed State Index. This score, higher than that of any other...
Syria is now entering its sixth year of war. More than a third of its hospitals have closed and about 65 percent of health workers have fled. There is an urgent need for medical training, to replace...
A screening of the 2004 film “By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam,” which explores a protest of the national anthem by Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson), his...
Approximately twenty historians from North America, Latin America, and Europe recently convened on the Yale campus for a conference to analyze the role of “experts and expertise” in Latin America’s “...
This op-ed written by Jing Tsu, Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures & Comparative Literature and Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at the MacMillan Center, appeared online...
Mahmood Mamdani, an internationally renowned scholar on African history, politics, and society, and the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, will give the annual Coca-Cola...
Swara Bhaskar has acted in several Indian movies, including two top grossing Bollywood films. She is currently working on writing the screenplay of a film titled Split Ends for which she has been...
“Harakiri,” a critique of the Japanese feudal structure, will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 27, and “Age of Assassins,” a satire of spy movies, on Friday, Oct. 28. Both films, which are in Japanese...
On November 3rd and 4th, a workshop on “The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa (DirtPol)” will be held at the MacMillan Center. It’s one of the last activities to be held for the DirtPol project...
Fighting climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. In order to reach a global consensus on climate action, environmental leaders have been actively involved in international...
“Welcome. We will begin each week promptly at 4:34,” Shawkat Toorawa told the assembled group of students at the Whitney Humanities Center on a recent Wednesday. “I will talk about three items of...
The mission of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC) at the MacMillan Center is to promote scholarship and public programming about the history of...
Douglas Rogers, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded multiple prizes from the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (ASEEES) for his book, The Depths of Russia...
Linguists and researchers from around the world specializing in the study of African languages gathered at Yale in early October to discuss the evolution of languages through urbanization,...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during China Town Hall, a unique 70-city live discussion and Q&A on...
On September 30 and October 1, the MacMillan Center welcomed academics from both sides of the Atlantic for a conference on the literary, visual, and performing arts of the Russian Empire, titled “The...
Maxim Kiselev, a professor from Moscow State Lomonosov University’s Higher School of Business, a director at the Skolkovo Insitute for Science and Technology, a graduate of Yale’s Department of...
The plebiscite on the 2nd of October in Colombia delayed the dream of peace for the country. The triumph left the country divided between supporters and opponents of the peace process. Sadly, the...
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies has awarded book prizes to two Yale faculty members. Emily Erikson, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology,...