Alumni’s gift founds Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence

A $3 million gift from two Yale alumni will help establish the Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence, which will assist Chinese educators to incorporate principles of emotional intelligence into programs for children 3 to 6 years old.

The effort will be spearheaded by Yale Child Study researchers Marc Brackett, Dena Simmons, Walter Gilliam, and Tong Liu and will feature implementation of RULER, an innovative program created at Yale that helps teachers and students incorporate concepts of emotional regulation in the classroom and that has been shown to improve student performance and educational experience.

The field of emotional intelligence is anchored in the seminal work of Yale President Peter Salovey and fellow psychologist John D. Mayer. Their research became the basis of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

“When I articulated the concept of emotional intelligence in 1990, I could not predict the impact that it would have and how it would resonate throughout the world,” said Salovey. “I am very proud that the idea has taken root in China. With the establishment of the new Yale China Fund for Emotional Intelligence as a focal point for pioneering research and programs, I hope that future generations in China will have more opportunities to cultivate the emotional skills that they need to succeed in life.”

Writing/Curating the Middle East

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 (March 30–31) sponsored by the History of Art Department, Yale University Art Gallery, and Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center—sought to challenge this historiographical limitation. Examining issues of national identity and diversity through historical entanglement and synchronicity, curators and art historians proposed a new discourse on art from the Middle East.

Consisting of an artist talk and three thematic panels, the symposium illustrated the region’s ties to global modern art movements. Speakers included Wael Shawky, University of Pennsylvania; Linda Komaroff, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Sultan Al Qassemi, Barjeel Art Foundation; Alex Seggerman, Smith College; Clare Davies, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dina Ramadan, Bard College; Saleem Al-Bahloly, Johns Hopkins University; and miriam cooke, Duke University. Kishwar Rizvi, Co-organizer and Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture,Yale University, introduced the symposium, with a roundtable discussion led by Pamela Franks, Co-organizer and Senior Deputy Director, Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Individual panels were moderated by Frauke V. Josenhans, Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery; Mandy Merzaban, Curator, Barjeel Art Foundation; and Najwa Mayer, Wurtele Gallery Teacher, Yale University Art Gallery.

Protecting Nature and Indigenous Rights In One of Earth’s Most Diverse Landscapes

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You probably wouldn’t expect for the name Gucci to come up in a conversation about landscape conservation in South America. But during a recent interview, Lilian Painter, Bolivia Program Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Dorothy S. McCluskey Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), mentioned the luxury fashion designer while describing efforts to improve livelihoods for the Tacana, an indigenous group living in northwestern Bolivia.
For nearly two decades, the WCS has partnered with the Tacana to help strengthen their territorial rights and enhance indigenous management capacity. Thanks to their efforts and Gucci’s commitment to product sustainability and traceability, Tacana hunters now earn five times more for their caiman skins, which has helped reduce caiman poaching and illegal trade.

Yale Club of London and Yale Women: Tea with Weili Cheng

Please join YaleWomen for tea with AYA Executive Director Weili Cheng ’77.

Kindly hosted by AYA Shared Interest Groups and in the great tradition of Yale teas, this is a wonderful opportunity to speak informally with one of the university’s leaders who is also a professional with wide-ranging corporate and legal experience. Weili will be speaking a bit about her own experience, but primarily we will have the opportunity to put our questions to her.

Cheng has experience working in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Prior to that, she worked as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice and a private attorney, then as vice president and assistant general counsel for Marriott International, Inc.

Cheng has been actively involved with the AYA throughout her career, serving on the organization’s board of governors from 1986 to 1996 and as chair from 1992 to 1994. She was also chair of the class of 1977 class council, president of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C., and, since 1994, has been on the board of directors of Yale Alumni Publications, Inc, which publishes Yale Alumni Magazine.

The executive director of the AYA is the highest officer in the Association’s administrative structure and works with the AYA board of governors, AYA staff and University leadership to set programming for the organization, among other duties.  For more information click here.

Important: All YCL and YaleWomen members male and female are welcome, but as there is no charge for this event and spaces are limited, please only book a ticket if you are firmly planning to attend.

Event: YaleWomen Event: Tea with Weili Cheng
Date: 11 Jun 2017 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Park Tower Hotel, 101 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN
Registration: Click here to register for this event.

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Cost:  Free  but spaces are limited so please only register if you are firmly planning to attend.

Ten Yalies receive Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Yale students or alumni comprise 10 of the 30 recipients of 2017 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.

Selected from 1,775 applicants, the recipients were chosen for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic fields, and will receive up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice. Hungarian immigrants Daisy M. Soros and Paul Soros (1926-2013) founded the program in 1997.

Students awarded Light Fellowships for language study in East Asia

The Richard U. Light Fellowship Program has announced that 136 Yale students will receive full funding to attend intensive language programs in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan in 2017-2018.

The fellowship program is celebrating its 20th year this year.

This year’s Light Fellows include undergraduate students from 12 residential colleges representing 26 majors; three master’s degree students and five Ph.D. candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; one master’s degree student in the School of Management; and two students working on master’s degrees at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. A full list of the winners is posted on the Light Fellowship website.

Populism’s Rise Reshapes Global Political Risk

“The rise of populism in the Western world redefines the notion of political risk and teaches that risk has no permanent address,” explains Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, professor of international business and public policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. “Political populism, characterized by a desire to assert domestic democratic sovereignty and rejection of the ‘cult of the expert,’ owes its rise to increasing rejection of the conventional wisdom by citizens who feel left behind by globalization trends.” The backlash was inevitable as inequality swelled and citizens worry about loss of national sovereignty or local control. As a force, populism can contribute to eliminating corruption or dictatorships, and should not be ignored. Moghalu also outlines the risks of rejecting expertise and data, with attempts to substitute facts with conviction as well as threats to impartial institutions designed to safeguard the integrity of democracy. Experts and data are crucial in a complex world that prospers from well-crafted public policies. Those who disagree should argue with analysis and useful and realistic proposals. – YaleGlobal