YPCCC Wins Friend of the Planet Award

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The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) has received a Friend of the Planet award from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).

The Friend of the Planet awards are presented annually to a select few whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its goal of defending the teaching of climate science have been truly outstanding. Previous recipients of the Friend of the Planet Award include Michael Mann, Richard Alley, Greg Craven, and Katharine Hayhoe.

“The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication provides a steady stream of important research and thoughtful analysis that nobody interested in engaging the public about climate change can afford to ignore,” said Ann Reid, executive director of NCSE.



Secretary Kerry Joins Yale as Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs

Former Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as Yale’s first-ever Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs. A 1966 graduate of Yale College, Kerry will return to his alma mater to oversee the Kerry Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that will tackle pressing global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue.

The alumnus will leverage insights, experiences, and relationships on a global scale to oversee the Kerry Initiative, collaborating with students and faculty from across the university and deepening the Yale experience to have greater interaction with the world beyond campus. In partnership with the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the Kerry Initiative will advance Yale’s long tradition of preparing the next generation of world leaders.


A major collection comes to the Yale University Art Gallery

The Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection of Indonesian Puppets

Ruth Barnes, the inaugural Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, is pleased to announce that Yale University Art Gallery recently received the largest collection of Indonesian puppets and related material ever given to a collecting institution: 166 complete sets of wayang puppets from Java, Bali and Lombok are coming as a donation to the Gallery. Each set has between 50 and 250 individual puppets. The exact number still needs to be assessed, but it is likely to exceed 20,000. There are two main groups, wayang kulit (kulit = Indonesian/Javanese for ‘skin, hide’), which are played in the famous shadow puppet performances, and wayang golek (three-dimensional puppets with wooden heads and arms and stick bodies covered by clothing), used in open stage narrative enactments. A small third group consists of flat wooden puppets (wayang klitik). Sweeping in scope, the collection contains all elements needed to perform complete narratives such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata stories and represents regional iconographic variations found throughout western Indonesia. Bringing the collection to Yale University immediately creates the potential for a center for cultural and academic research related to wayang, which is at the core of Western Indonesian cultures. The collection will become a draw for scholarly research and heritage preservation of one of Indonesia’s most cherished performance traditions.


Dismembered and Still Kicking: Kokoro in the High School Textbook

Ken K. Ito – Professor, Japanese Language, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 211, Hall of Graduate Studies

320 York Street

New HavenCT 06511

The Council is pleased to present the Eighteenth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies.

Its regular teaching in Japanese high schools insures Kokoro’s place in the canon. But what high school students read is not the entire novel by Natsume Sōseki, but an extract consisting of 1/12th to 1/8th of the work, a situation that one major critic has called “a kind of sickness.” What does it mean that a large number of readers encounter only a portion of a prominent literary work? What kinds of readings are enabled or disabled in the process of abridgement and anthologization? This talk examines the high school textbook as a material form in order to gauge its role in the transtemporal movement of a canonical novel. By considering Kokoro as a “non-human actor,” it argues for the surprising health of the dismembered text.

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Studying Environmental History in the Ottoman Empire

Camille Cole (History) published an article this fall in the Journal of Social History titled “Precarious Empires: A Social and Environmental History of Steam Navigation on the Tigris.” (http://jsh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/19/jsh.shw011.abstract (link is external))

Throughout most of the nineteenth century, steamships were the main tool of British informal imperialism in what is now southern Iraq,” she says. “Despite that centrality, steam shipping on the Tigris was primarily characterized by environmental and political precariousness.”