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.

Questions? secretary@yale.org.uk
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
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Cost:  Free  but spaces are limited so please only register if you are firmly planning to attend.

Five Yale seniors headed to Oxford and Cambridge with Keasbey, Henry, and Mellon Fellowships

Five Yale seniors are headed to Oxford and Cambridge this fall with the generous support of the Keasbey, Henry, and Paul Mellon fellowships.

Alex Herkert has won a Keasby Memorial Foundation Scholarship; Eve Houghton, Reed Morgan, and Emily Yankowitz have been award Paul Mellon Fellowships; and Ann Sarnak has been awarded a Henry Fellowship.


FDA approves drugs more quickly than peer agency in Europe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews and approves new medicines in a shorter timeframe than its peer agency in Europe, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), says a Yale researcher. This finding comes at a time when the FDA is under renewed pressure to streamline and speed up its approval process, and provides data to inform ongoing policy discussions.

The report, co-authored with researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and New York University School of Medicine, was published April 5 by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The FDA has faced pressure from the public, politicians, and industry to accelerate review and approval of new medicines. The FDA’s review process is currently being considered and reexamined as part of negotiations to reauthorize the law that directs funds to the agency — the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) — due for reauthorization by October 2017.


France Defies Populism With Strong Advocacy for Europe

Emmanuel Macron took a political risk, fiercely defending the European project, to win the French presidential race. His decisive victory, capturing 65 percent of the vote over populist Marine Le Pen’s 35 percent, lifts the confidence for all who support the principles that Europe is stronger as a united force rather than a set of fragmented and competitive small nations. “The size of the Macron vote nonetheless indicates clear rejection of the far right, recalling a Japanese proverb that says ‘You have to approach the gate of hell to turn back,’” writes François Godement, senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. Macron must overcome some tests, explains Godement. Elections for the National Assembly are in June, and a strong majority for his new party would be helpful. He must also capitalize on his win with quick pursuit of policies that encourage economic growth, including labor reforms, which will make France more globally competitive. In turn, such reforms may convince Germany to be a full partner, increasing consumption and drafting policies that lift economic growth for the entire European Union. “The poison of nationalism and fear has produced its own antidote in France,” concludes Godement. Macron becomes president on May 14. – YaleGlobal


Yale Club of London: Sam Shepard’s ‘A Lie of the Mind’ followed by post show Q&A

At very short notice we have managed to secure tickets and a Q&A for Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, starring Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones). Join us!

America. The great wide open.

Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright.

At heart a love story, this poetic and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West.

‘Gethin Anthony and Alexandra Downling give extraordinary performances … go see’ ★★★★★ The Times

‘A bruising love poem’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘Sherpard’s exploration of family life is played out by a strong cast’ ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

Skyler Ross (’16) is Assistant Producing this arresting piece of Americana by one of the United States’ most powerful playwrights.  Focusing on one strained marriage’s impact on two families, the play features an all-star cast that includes Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones).  We are pleased to have secured significantly discounted tickets for our members once again, and look forward to seeing you both at the show and the post-show Q&A with members of the cast and crew.

Event: Sam Shepard’s ‘A Lie of the Mind’ followed by post show Q&A
Date: 24 May 2017 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Crescent, London SE1 6BD
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

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£15.75 YCL Members and Guests

Questions? Contact: May Gibson

Austerity Measures Contributing to Declining Public Health in Greece

Public Health and Nutrition in Greece

The Greek financial crisis has been growing for decades, but it came to international attention in 2009 when the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund agreed to impose austerity measures on the country.

That agreement further weakened a health care system already struggling.

“Greek health care is a humanitarian crisis promoted by the European Union,” said Charalampos Economou, Ph.D., during a panel discussion at the Yale School of Public Health on Friday, March 31.


The Challenge of Getting Russia Right

A diplomat for Napoleon Bonaparte once cautioned that Russia’s adversaries must avoid underestimating the country’s capabilities or overreacting. With that warning in mind, Thomas Graham, a senior fellow with the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, analyzes the US approach that underestimated Russia’s ambition and power after the fall of the Soviet Union. “The Ukraine crisis marked a shift in narrative that grew more pronounced as Russia flexed its muscles,” Graham explains. Moscow has also moved decisively to intervene on behalf of Syria in the Middle East, organize peace talks for Afghanistan and unleash cyber-propaganda targeting elections in the West. “In a few short years, Russia has been transformed in the American mind from a weak, declining power we could safely ignore into the main adversary, setting the agenda in the Middle East and determining the course of electoral politics in long-established democracies in the West.” Any assessment of Russia, Graham notes, must acknowledge that its aspirations are influenced and balanced by the status of rivals so that “a West mired in domestic turmoil and politically polarized, as it is today, tends to inflate Russian power and the threat it entails.” – YaleGlobal