“History does not repeat itself, but it does instruct.” With those words Yale historian Timothy Snyder introduced readers to his new book, “On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century.”
Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History who specializes in Central and Eastern European history, originally wrote the 20 lessons in the book as a post on Facebook to make himself feel like he was “being useful” and to “get the sense of crushing despair off of [his] chest” following the election of Donald Trump.
The post was shared over 17,000 times on Facebook and has been read by millions of people worldwide — which, Snyder says, is precisely the reason that he chose Facebook as the medium. “I didn’t claim copyright over it, and as a result numerous outlets picked it up. Several million people from a wide variety of backgrounds viewed it,” not just those who read national newspapers for which he frequently contributes articles. “I was glad about that,” he says.
At the beginning of March 2017, World Fellows director Emma Sky accompanied four World Fellows to Athens to contribute to the WISE Learners’ Voice program.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Learners’ Voice, which is supported by the Qatar Foundation and Santander Universities, brings together around 30 young people from around the world to build knowledge of education, social entrepreneurship, leadership and education. This year they are focusing on the Global Refugee Crisis, with expert sessions and volunteer work with Khora, Metadrasi and Organization Earth. Over the course of the year, the WISE Learners’ Voice will develop proposals to address education challenges facing refugees.
In the first residential session of the Program, Gilbert Doumit (Class of 2008), the founder of Beyond Reform and Development, facilitated sessions on leadership, communication skills, and team building; award-winning photo-journalist Finbarr O’Reilly (Class of 2015) gave a master-class on photography, and led discussion on dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress; Syrian activist Mustafa Haid (Class of 2016) explained the origins of the conflict in Syria and the different players; and Kanbar Hossein-Bor (Class of 2016), a British diplomat, lawyer and former refugee from Iran, illuminated international human rights law.
WISE Learners are selected through a competitive application process – and resemble young World Fellows. As they shared stories of failures and falls, revealed vulnerabilities, and displayed resilience, WISE Learners quickly bonded with the World Fellows, looking to them for mentorship and guidance.
This is the largest refugee crisis since World War II. It is heart-warming to see World Fellows and WISE Learners dedicate time and effort to helping address the challenges facing refugees.
In a recent seminar in Luce Hall, a group of Yale undergraduates described how they had stepped out of their comfort zones since they last met together in the classroom.
One said she had composed an apologetic email to a friend with whom she’d had a falling out, making herself vulnerable if her effort to reconcile failed. Another described how she made a choice to say “yes” more often to invitations from friends when her usual response was to decline. Yet another undergraduate recounted how she got up the nerve to answer a request to write something about a friend who had recently died, even though it was a painful experience to do so.
The exercise is part of a weekly “courage challenge” for students in the undergraduate seminar “Courage in Theory & Practice,” offered for the first time this semester. The seminar is led by Rosalind (“Roz”) Savage, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, who is no stranger to courageous feats: She is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, earning her four Guinness World Records and the distinction of being named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2010. She was a World Fellow in 2012.
Business and Management Education in the Age of Contested Globalization
For decades, most business schools and indeed most businesses have operated under the assumption that flows of goods, money, information, and people across borders will continue to grow as the world becomes more global. Rising populism and nationalism around the globe call for a reality check. What is the future of globalization and what are the implications for globally operating enterprises? How can business schools prepare students for the challenges ahead?
The Global Network for Advanced Management was built for this challenge. The Global Network has already launched a series of innovations—from virtual courses to multi-school case studies—that leverage and connect top minds in markets around the world. To mark the Global Network’s Fifth Anniversary, faculty, students, alumni, deans, and directors of the 29 member schools who have made networked learning, inquiry, and teamwork a reality will convene:
- to celebrate in demonstrations of these innovations, and
- to confront pressing issues on the future of globalization and their implications for management education.
This is an invitation-only event for members of the Global Network for Advanced Management community. Events will be available via live video stream to the public: https://livestream.com/YaleSOM.
The program begins on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and concludes on Friday, April 21, 2017
- View the agenda
- Join the conversation: #GlobalNetwork5
Short works by university-level filmmakers from around the world — including about a dozen from Yale — will be showcased April 17-22 during the Yale Student Film Festival (YSFF).
In addition to film screenings, the event will include workshops, and panels led by Yale alumni in the entertainment industry, culminating in a competitive student block and awards ceremony.
According to the festival website, YSFF “aims to provide a platform to encourage conversation and camaraderie across schools and experiences. In the liberal arts tradition, we aim to bridge film with relevant social and intellectual issues.