CAI TALKS with Daniel Esty

On Tuesday, May 4, join CAI TALKS for the third conversation in our “Sustainability and energy transition: The new global agenda” series from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.(ARG). Featured speaker, Daniel Esty, Director of the Center for Environmental Policies at Yale University and Director of the Sustainable Finance initiative at Yale University will be in conversation with CAI President and Yale Fellow, Pablo Bereciartúa. The talk will be held in English.

To register, click here.

YIA is calling on Volunteers to speak to future Yalies about global issues through the Yale Young Global Scholars Program!

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a highly selective academic summer program for high school students offered by Yale University. During the summer, YYGS offers intensive two-week academic sessions for approximately 2,400 high school students from around the world. Last summer, YYGS students came from over 130 different countries and all 50 U.S. States. Many YYGS alumni go on to attend Yale College, including 200 YYGS alumni in the Yale class of 2024! 

Each summer, YYGS organizes a series called Opportunities Across Yale (OAY) in which they invite Yale Alumni to participate in 90-minute workshops with students and expose them to new subjects, career paths and global issues. In this way, OAY serves as an important complement to YYGS’s structured academic program. 

YIA invites our members to participate in an OAY workshop and help expose young students to important global issues, supporting our mission of inspiring global citizenship. For a more detailed description of YYGS and a helpful explanation of how the OAY sessions work, please watch this brief video

Should you volunteer as an OAY workshop participant, you’ll have the opportunity to specify the date, subject, and format of your session. Possible formats range from intimate workshops of 10-15 students, to panel discussions, to large lectures with hundreds of attendees. If interested, please register using the form below, or contact YYGS Program Coordinator Shu Yi Zhou (shuyi.zhou@yale.edu) with questions.

YYGS SPEAKER SIGN UP FORM

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Yale International Alliance

Common Rooms Have Launched!

This weekend, two hundred Yale alumni are returning to the Common Room experience–of stimulating discussion, making new friends, enjoying the inimitable company of other Yalies. The Yale International Alliance has matched alums into groups of 8-9 members from every corner of the globe to share a new type of Common Room, meeting virtually every two weeks to share different cultures and perspectives, and to build new friendships around the world. Join us next term by completing the interest survey here.

WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY

The Yale International Alliance (YIA), a shared interest group of the Yale Alumni Association, unites Yalies who seek to address local and global challenges through the lens of international perspectives and diverse experiences. With heavy hearts, we denounce the mass killings that occurred in Atlanta on March 17, 2021 as innocent lives were shortened by a self-absorbed shooter’s inability to recognize the humanity in people, regardless of race or ethnicity. 

As global citizens, we stand with all innocent victims of racial hatred and misogyny against the rising tide of violence and harassment. We stand for social justice against injustice. We stand for love against hate, with compassion to heal those in despair. We look to the future when Americans are celebrated for their diverse backgrounds rather than face discrimination based on superficial features and ignorant stereotypes. For this reality to occur, we must stand united in our efforts to combat racism and xenophobia. 

YIA wholeheartedly supports Yalies and global citizens to create solutions for deep-rooted challenges in our society. We must continue to use our collective strengths to make the world a better place for all.

Connecting Yalies Around the World

What happens when Yalies from Europe, the US, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East walk into a (virtual) room?

Join us in the pilot of the YIA Common Room, a new initiative for Yale alumni who are interested in the world and its citizens. Your small group of 6-8 Yalies will reflect different geographic areas of the world, and will meet online for 40 minutes twice a month to create new relationships with far-flung Yalies, discuss perspectives, further cross-cultural understanding, and continue that conversation you were having in your Common Room at Yale.

Interested? Click here to find out more and sign up to be part of the Yale International Alliance’s newest initiative.

Virtual Series on Global Citizenship

Join the Yale International Alliance’s Virtual Series on Global Citizenship, starting June 27 at 10 a.m. EDT. The series begins with a Spotlight Q&A from Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, UK followed by Local Voices, Global Insights: Governance in Times of Crises: How can global citizens ensure that government works for all? Governments around the world may differ in their structures, freedoms, and resources, but the need for civic engagement by individuals and organizations is nearly universal. In this panel discussion, experts in politics and governance will discuss the role of each citizen in promoting inclusive and accountable government that operates in the public interest and establishing constructive political norms today and for future generations.

Register Here.

Keller Easterling featured in Fox Fellowship Lecture Series

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Keller Easterling was featured on October 21st at Luce Hall on behalf of the Fox Fellowship Lecture Series. The series described it as:

 Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, professor, and director of the Master of Environmental Design program at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity.

Architects and urbanists have joined journalists, social scientists, lawyers, economists, artists, and others in exploring rampant forms of global development. Formulaic, repeatable spaces—from networks of free zone world cities to distended urban peripheries—introduce some of most radical changes to this now hotter, wetter globalizing world. These spaces and the powers that preside over them have often become political superbugs, surviving against all odds to generate unchecked concentrations of power, extremes of inequality, and climate cataclysms. Spatial practitioners, as perplexed as any who explore these conditions, may nevertheless offer to the allied disciplines some forms with which to design—to actually manipulate that physical world.

Seasoned diplomats address the future of Syria

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 5.40.39 PM.pngTwo seasoned diplomats sat down for a timely discussion about the situation in Syria Oct. 23 in the Jackson Institute’s Horchow Hall.

Staffan de Mistura, former Undersecretary General of the UN and Special Representative for Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Robert Ford, Jackson Senior Fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, addressed the topic, “Syria and the Crisis of World Order: Where Do We Go From Here?” to a standing-room-only crowd.

The conversation was an insider’s account of the years-long upheaval in Syria. De Mistura relayed an anecdote about a “magic moment” when a negotiated peace in Syria felt possible. All parties, including the U.S. and Russia, “had a common interest in finding a solution,” de Mistura said, and negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and former Sec. of State John Kerry extended into the early morning hours. “When you’re negotiating after midnight, it means you’re serious,” de Mistura quipped.

The public talk was part of de Mistura’s three-day visit to Yale, during which he visited six Global Affairs classes and met with faculty and students. De Mistura was invited to take part in Jackson’s new Visiting Fellows Program being rolled out this fall. The program brings distinguished practitioners to Yale for an immersive multi-day program, highlighting their extraordinary contributions to global affairs. The Visiting Fellows enrich the Jackson and broader university community through attending classes, giving public talks, and interacting with students and faculty through a variety of engaging events.

Two Jackson students named Coverdell Fellows

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The Jackson Institute has named two graduate students as 2019-2020 Coverdell Fellows. The fellowships are awarded to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. During their graduate studies, Coverdell Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. At Jackson, Coverdell Fellows receive full tuition.

Liam Comer-Weaver MA ’21 (above, at left) spent two years serving as a Teaching English, Leadership, and Life Skills volunteer in western Panama’s indigenous reservation, comarca Ngäbe-Buglé. While in Panama, Comer-Weaver says he saw how policies can perpetuate inequality; he believes on-the-ground experience is crucial for policymakers. He is still exploring his own career path, but tackling inequality is a topic he’s passionate about. When he was researching graduate school programs, Jackson stood out for the flexibility of its curriculum, said Comer-Weaver, who is taking courses in law, public health and management. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is helping him “understand where to go from here,” he said.

Deanna Johnson MA ’21 (above, at right) served for two years in Latacunga, Ecuador as an English Education Volunteer, where she worked alongside Ecuadorian English teachers at public schools to improve their methodologies and increase teaching efficacy in the classroom. During Johnson’s time in Ecuador, the country experienced an influx of Venezuelan migrants. Seeing how that impacted her community furthered Johnson’s interest in migration policy and human rights, which is part of her focus area for her Jackson studies.

Both Comer-Weaver and Johnson are interning with IRIS, a New Haven-based refugee resettlement agency, as part of their Coverdell Fellowship.

Kerry Initiative selects three Jackson students as Kerry Fellows

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Twenty Yale University students have been named Kerry Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year, including three graduate students from the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Part of the Kerry Initiative led by former Secretary of State John Kerry YC ’66, the Fellows will collaborate with Sec. Kerry on leading-edge research aimed at developing real-world policy solutions.

In addition to the Jackson students, other chosen students represent Yale’s professional schools, including the schools of Medicine, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Tony Formica MA ’20 (above, at left) is focusing his graduate studies on the national security implications stemming from the interaction of social media, economic inequality, and political tribalism.

Hannah Heether MA ’20 (above, middle) is focusing her graduate studies on international security and foreign policy.

Shobhit Kumar MA ’20 (above, at right) studies United States foreign policy at Jackson, with a focus on United States-China relations.