Next Cohort of YIA Common Rooms Launches

What happens when a Yalie from Europe, the U.S., Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East walk into a virtual room?  We expect creativity, insight, and inspiring conversation.

Join us in a YIA Common Room, an initiative for Yale alumni who are interested in the world and its citizens. The next set of Common Rooms is starting this October. Your small group of eight to ten alums will reflect different geographic areas of the world. You will meet online for 40 minutes twice a month for three months to create new relationships with far-flung fellow Yalies, discuss perspectives, further cross-cultural understanding, and continue that conversation you were having in your Common Room at Yale. 

For complete information visit:

Jerusalem Youth Chorus Global Gala Concert

To everyone who enjoyed Micah Hendler’s interactive session on Transcending Conflict Through Song in June, and to those who missed Micah’s inspiring story, please join the YIA watch party to support The Jerusalem Youth Chorus’ first-ever Global Gala Concert on:

September 12 at 10am San Francisco | 1pm Washington, DC | 6pm London | 7pm Geneva | 8pm Jerusalem

YIA members are eligible to receive a discount so please use this link to register and/or donate to the efforts of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus to transcend conflict by building bridges between Palestinian and Israeli youth.

You will be automatically registered for the Yale watch party so make sure to attend the Gala by using the personalized link that will be sent by email. 

Transcending Conflict Through Song // June 29 and June 30

Dear Yale alumni, families and friends,

You are invited to a timely and engaging event, an interactive session on “Transcending Conflict Through Song” with Micah Hendler ’11, founder and artistic director of The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, jointly hosted by the Yale International Alliance and the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Given the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anti-Asians hate, our world is more than ever in need of voices of unity, love and open dialogues among people. Micah has worked tirelessly for the past decade to promote peace, respect and understanding through his creative leadership in making music and songs and using this humanity-centric method to transcend conflicts. His admirable work has caught the world’s attention through many media outlets.

On June 29th (1pmET) and 30th (8amET) we will host this interactive event to reach a worldwide audience. To register for this free event, please choose one of the sessions that suits your time zone in the links below.

More detailed background on Micah and his work is in the registration material. We hope to see many of you in this timely event. Thank you for joining us to experience efforts aimed to help heal the world.

CAI TALKS with Daniel Esty

On Tuesday, May 4, join CAI TALKS for the third conversation in our “Sustainability and energy transition: The new global agenda” series from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.(ARG). Featured speaker, Daniel Esty, Director of the Center for Environmental Policies at Yale University and Director of the Sustainable Finance initiative at Yale University will be in conversation with CAI President and Yale Fellow, Pablo Bereciartúa. The talk will be held in English.

To register, click here.

YIA is calling on Volunteers to speak to future Yalies about global issues through the Yale Young Global Scholars Program!

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a highly selective academic summer program for high school students offered by Yale University. During the summer, YYGS offers intensive two-week academic sessions for approximately 2,400 high school students from around the world. Last summer, YYGS students came from over 130 different countries and all 50 U.S. States. Many YYGS alumni go on to attend Yale College, including 200 YYGS alumni in the Yale class of 2024! 

Each summer, YYGS organizes a series called Opportunities Across Yale (OAY) in which they invite Yale Alumni to participate in 90-minute workshops with students and expose them to new subjects, career paths and global issues. In this way, OAY serves as an important complement to YYGS’s structured academic program. 

YIA invites our members to participate in an OAY workshop and help expose young students to important global issues, supporting our mission of inspiring global citizenship. For a more detailed description of YYGS and a helpful explanation of how the OAY sessions work, please watch this brief video

Should you volunteer as an OAY workshop participant, you’ll have the opportunity to specify the date, subject, and format of your session. Possible formats range from intimate workshops of 10-15 students, to panel discussions, to large lectures with hundreds of attendees. If interested, please register using the form below, or contact YYGS Program Coordinator Shu Yi Zhou ( with questions.


With thanks,
Yale International Alliance

Common Rooms Have Launched!

This weekend, two hundred Yale alumni are returning to the Common Room experience–of stimulating discussion, making new friends, enjoying the inimitable company of other Yalies. The Yale International Alliance has matched alums into groups of 8-9 members from every corner of the globe to share a new type of Common Room, meeting virtually every two weeks to share different cultures and perspectives, and to build new friendships around the world. Join us next term by completing the interest survey here.


The Yale International Alliance (YIA), a shared interest group of the Yale Alumni Association, unites Yalies who seek to address local and global challenges through the lens of international perspectives and diverse experiences. With heavy hearts, we denounce the mass killings that occurred in Atlanta on March 17, 2021 as innocent lives were shortened by a self-absorbed shooter’s inability to recognize the humanity in people, regardless of race or ethnicity. 

As global citizens, we stand with all innocent victims of racial hatred and misogyny against the rising tide of violence and harassment. We stand for social justice against injustice. We stand for love against hate, with compassion to heal those in despair. We look to the future when Americans are celebrated for their diverse backgrounds rather than face discrimination based on superficial features and ignorant stereotypes. For this reality to occur, we must stand united in our efforts to combat racism and xenophobia. 

YIA wholeheartedly supports Yalies and global citizens to create solutions for deep-rooted challenges in our society. We must continue to use our collective strengths to make the world a better place for all.

Connecting Yalies Around the World

What happens when Yalies from Europe, the US, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East walk into a (virtual) room?

Join us in the pilot of the YIA Common Room, a new initiative for Yale alumni who are interested in the world and its citizens. Your small group of 6-8 Yalies will reflect different geographic areas of the world, and will meet online for 40 minutes twice a month to create new relationships with far-flung Yalies, discuss perspectives, further cross-cultural understanding, and continue that conversation you were having in your Common Room at Yale.

Interested? Click here to find out more and sign up to be part of the Yale International Alliance’s newest initiative.

Keller Easterling featured in Fox Fellowship Lecture Series


Keller Easterling was featured on October 21st at Luce Hall on behalf of the Fox Fellowship Lecture Series. The series described it as:

 Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, professor, and director of the Master of Environmental Design program at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity.

Architects and urbanists have joined journalists, social scientists, lawyers, economists, artists, and others in exploring rampant forms of global development. Formulaic, repeatable spaces—from networks of free zone world cities to distended urban peripheries—introduce some of most radical changes to this now hotter, wetter globalizing world. These spaces and the powers that preside over them have often become political superbugs, surviving against all odds to generate unchecked concentrations of power, extremes of inequality, and climate cataclysms. Spatial practitioners, as perplexed as any who explore these conditions, may nevertheless offer to the allied disciplines some forms with which to design—to actually manipulate that physical world.

Seasoned diplomats address the future of Syria

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 5.40.39 PM.pngTwo seasoned diplomats sat down for a timely discussion about the situation in Syria Oct. 23 in the Jackson Institute’s Horchow Hall.

Staffan de Mistura, former Undersecretary General of the UN and Special Representative for Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Robert Ford, Jackson Senior Fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, addressed the topic, “Syria and the Crisis of World Order: Where Do We Go From Here?” to a standing-room-only crowd.

The conversation was an insider’s account of the years-long upheaval in Syria. De Mistura relayed an anecdote about a “magic moment” when a negotiated peace in Syria felt possible. All parties, including the U.S. and Russia, “had a common interest in finding a solution,” de Mistura said, and negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and former Sec. of State John Kerry extended into the early morning hours. “When you’re negotiating after midnight, it means you’re serious,” de Mistura quipped.

The public talk was part of de Mistura’s three-day visit to Yale, during which he visited six Global Affairs classes and met with faculty and students. De Mistura was invited to take part in Jackson’s new Visiting Fellows Program being rolled out this fall. The program brings distinguished practitioners to Yale for an immersive multi-day program, highlighting their extraordinary contributions to global affairs. The Visiting Fellows enrich the Jackson and broader university community through attending classes, giving public talks, and interacting with students and faculty through a variety of engaging events.