Yale Som: Integrated in Its Curriculum, with Its University, and to the World

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Interview with Laurel Grodman, Director of Admissions for Analytics and Evaluation at Yale SOM

Laurel Grodman, Director of Admissions for Analytics and Evaluation at Yale SOM, shares her perspective on how Yale differentiates itself from its competition and what it takes to be a successful applicant. The school has experienced explosive year-over-year growth in application volume for the last five years. Let’s learn what Laurel sees for the future.

Rethinking Belt-and-Road Debt

Transport trouble: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticizes China’s “new colonialism” at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, and Chinese-built railway connects parts of Africa

More than 75 nations participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, launched in 2013 to develop trade and connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe with ports, roads and railways. But some countries worry about adding to already heavy debt burdens, and some projects have become an issue in local politics. Among the most vocal critics is Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who has warned about a “new colonialism,” explains veteran journalist Philip Bowring. Mahathir questions infrastructure costs and strategic purposes relating to contentious issues like control over the South China Sea. Many emerging economies can certainly benefit from the infrastructure investment, explains Bowring, but cautious leaders also recognize the value of assessing project purposes and priorities. China, wanting to avoid heavy losses or criticism at home about wasteful spending, has launched a publicity campaign to promote benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative. – YaleGlobal

Yale Ph.D. Student Learns from Nobel Laureates at 2018 Lindau-Nobel Meeting

Every summer, the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting brings together hundreds of young scientists from around the world for a week of exchange and discussion with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, alternating each year between the fields of physics, physiology and medicine, chemistry, and economic sciences. The meetings aim to create lifelong connections between scientists of different backgrounds, generations, and cultures. This summer, Yale’s own Kayoko Shioda, a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Health, attended the event after being nominated by her home country of Japan. She was one of six-hundred young scientists selected in a competitive application process to meet with the thirty-nine Nobel Laureates in attendance.


Student research: From Yale to Bhutan looking for the rare nest of endangered White-bellied Heron

Indra Acharja in the field in Bhutan.

The White-bellied Heron is a critically endangered heron species found only in Bhutan, Northeast India, and Myanmar. Fewer than 60 confirmed White-bellied Herons exist in the world today. While there are few records of occurrence of the bird from the range countries, nests of this species have remained one of the rarest in history. Before 2000, only two nests had been found which were presumed to be of this bird; one was reported in Darjeeling, India, before 1890 and another in Myanmar, before 1930. With lack of breeding evidence, the bird was assumed to have vanished during late 1900 until a new nest was found in Bhutan in 2003. Since then, two to five active nests have been identified in Bhutan from where two to eight new chicks fledge annually. However, the population has remained critically low and the trend is further declining.


Yale Club of London: Camp Yale Emeritus – Intra-Ivy Volleyball

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

Camp Yale Emeritus  
Intra-Ivy Volleyball

Saturday, 22 September 2018
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Marlborough Sports Garden
11-25 Union St, London Bridge
London SE1 1SD

YCL General Admission: £7.50


About the Event: 

Continuing off the back of a really successful US Alumni Field Day in August, we are excited to continue the sporting theme with a Camp Yale Emeritus event with a twist!
What better way than to see in the Autumn with sand between your toes? Did you know that you can play beach volleyball n the heart of London? Come out to Borough for a friendly afternoon of volleyball and drinks with alumni from Harvard and Columbia! Come to watch, come to play or a combo of both.
Ticket price includes court hire and a refreshment.

Click here to register for this event. 
Contact: James Ford 

Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949 – 1989


9/17 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Baker Hall, Room 434 | 100 Tower Parkway

The popularization of basic legal knowledge is an important and contested technique of state governance in China today. Its roots reach back to the early years of Chinese Communist Party rule. Legal Lessons tells the story of how the party-state attempted to mobilize ordinary citizens to learn laws during the early years of the Mao period (1949 –1976) and in the decade after Mao’s death.

Examining case studies such as the dissemination of the 1950 Marriage Law and successive constitutions since 1954 in Beijing and Shanghai, Legal Lessons traces the dissemination of legal knowledge at different levels of state and society. Archival records, internal publications, periodicals, advice manuals, memoirs, and colorful propaganda materials reveal how official attempts to determine and promote “correct” understanding of written laws intersected with people’s interpretations and practical experiences. They also show how diverse groups—including party-state leadership, legal experts, publishers, writers, artists, and local officials, along with ordinary people—helped to define the meaning of laws in China’s socialist society. Placing mass legal education and law propaganda at the center of analysis, Legal Lessons offers a new perspective on the sociocultural and political history of law in socialist China.

Jennifer Altehenger is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese History at King’s College London. She is the author of Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949 –1989 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2018) and has also published on the history of propaganda production, information, lexicography, political satire, and on Communist China’s links to other socialist countries before 1989. Funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council leadership fellowship, her current work examines the social, economic, and cultural history of everyday material culture and industrial design in China after 1949.

Lunch will be served.

LIVING IN A SACRED COSMOS: Indonesia and the Future of Islam


Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #66

Indonesia and the Future of Islam

by Bernard Adeney-Risakotta

The future of Islam lies in Asia. Is there hope for peace and justice between Islam and the West?  An answer may lie in the ancient, unique civilization of Indonesia, where modern, religious people still live in a sacred cosmos. Indonesia is experiencing an Islamic renaissance: a flowering of religious ideas, art, literature, architecture, institutions, and intellectual creativity, stimulated by civil freedoms, democracy, education, and prosperity. This community is more religiously diverse than it has ever been, even though it is threatened by growing Islamic radicalism. What do Muslims think about democracy, scientific rationality, and equal human rights for all, especially for women and non-Muslims? How do Muslims respond to the global environmental crisis? This book addresses these questions through the lens of empirical research on the views of people in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world.

“Here is a prophetic, erudite, surprising voice from Islam’s largest country and most promising democracy. A philosopher and social scientist, Professor Adeney intimately understands the challenges, strengths and failings of this experiment in democracy. Indonesia accommodates astonishing religious, ethnic, and political diversity. Professor Adeney shows how Indonesian informants negotiate between seemingly incompatible languages of scientific rationality, religious conviction, and experience of an unseen world, and the absurdity of expecting a ‘sacred cosmos’ to disappear into modern rationalism or religious dogmatism. Indonesians have much to teach the world about the civilized and dynamic coexistence of multiple world views both in ourselves and in complex societies.”
Anthony Reid, Professor of History, Australian National University

Bernard Adeney-Risakotta was born in China of British and American parents. He was founding director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. He studied in Wisconsin, London, and Berkeley, where he taught for nine years before moving to Indonesia in 1991. Among his many publications is Strange Virtues: Ethics in a Multicultural World.


>Paper $28.00; ISBN 978-0-9850429-6-7
*Cloth $39.00; ISBN 978-0-9850429-7-4

See Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monographs for ordering Information and full list of other available books.