Cape Coast Meditation from Yalie Nicholas Lewis

Perhaps the Gods knew all along.
One day we would return to save them all.
Time is timeless.
300 years ago. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Now.

You must ask yourself, “What do I do?”
How do I fit into this endless sky?
KNOWING you are no different than the ones that came before.
Your dreams have no priority in this place, this past…
We. Are. All. One.

And when the Gods call you, as you look out onto these shores where ships carried away your past, on these shores where tears could not refract the horror, on these shores where even death lowered its head in shame, on these shores where, on these shores where, on these shores…Where. You. Were. Born.
WHAT will you do?

Yes, perhaps the Gods knew all along.
One day we would return to save them all.

Cape Coast Meditation

Hugo Perez: Filmmaker, Artist, International Man of Mystery

Listen to the podcast of Yalie Nicholas Lewis’ interview with Hugo Perez:


Nicholas talks to Hugo Perez on the role of a filmmaker and artist in times of social upheaval, intellectual dissidents, and of course his beloved books. Discover what inspires his creative energy and what you can learn from his journey.


Hugo Perez: Filmmaker, Artist, International Man of Mystery

Ashish Koul talks about Muslim Arains: reform and social mobility in colonial Punjab.

Ashish Koul is a Singh Postdoctoral Associate in the Council on South Asian Studies at the MacMillan Center. Her work focuses on caste, Islam, and politics in South Asia, with law and gender as components within that framework. We talk with Professor Koul about her essay, “Making new Muslim Arains: reform and social mobility in colonial Punjab, 1890s-1910s.”

Video: Barkil-Oteo’s team delivering mental health services in Northern Iraq

Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale, is working with a team of clinicians providing mental health services to 90,000 internally displaced people in nine camps in Northern Iraq.

Barkil-Oteo is a psychiatrist consultant and adviser with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which delivers emergency medical aid worldwide to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

MSF in October was awarded the 2017 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health by the Brain & Behavior Foundation, and Barkil-Oteo’s project was featured in this video.

“MSF doctors and nurses are often seen treating physical ailments: bandaging the war-wounded, rehydrating a cholera patient, or performing an emergency cesarean section. But for more than 20 years, MSF has also been providing vital psychiatric and psychological care to people ravaged by man-made or natural disaster,” the foundation stated in its award announcement. “The organization currently has mental health related programs in 41 countries across five continents treating adults and children who are victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, sexual violence, neglect, psychiatric disorders and disease outbreaks.”

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.”