In Beijing, Shelly Kagan teaches about death and the meaning of life

Over the past years, Yale philosopher Shelly Kagan’s online course on death has garnered nearly 30 million views in China. In July, he taught a weekend workshop at Yale Center Beijing (YCB) on “Death and the Meaning of Life” to over 50 Chinese executives (including the president of SOHO China), professionals, students, and others.

The class offered me a unique opportunity: to teach my material in a classroom setting with a very different audience from my usual Yale undergraduates,” said Kagan. “There were high school and college students but also businesspeople, artists, scientists, lawyers, and family members, all taking the class together. It made for lively discussions and provided an unusual change for me to discuss philosophical ideas with people who didn’t always share my Western outlook. A wonderful experience. And the staff at YCB, who made it all possible, couldn’t have been friendlier or more professional.”


Kerry-led conference sets climate-change agenda

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ’66 opened the Yale Climate Conference this week by comparing the threat of rising global temperatures to the danger posed by a rogue state acquiring nuclear weapons.

While our political leaders rightly respond urgently to a North Korean nuclear test, Kerry said, they have not addressed global climate change with same immediacy and resolve.

Video: New Global Network Initiative Targets Problems in Cities

How do cities begin to solve the pressing challenges they will face in the coming decades, including climate change, affordable housing, and employment? A new group of Global Network scholars aiming to focus on urban resilience issues met recently to help design solutions.

At a meeting held at the Yale School of Management on July 5-6, faculty with an interest in resilience from throughout the network met to discuss areas for collaboration on research and teaching topics as part of the new Collaborative on Urban Resilience and Effectiveness (CURE).