Africa Invents

More than half of Africa’s 1.2 billion people is under the age of 21, and governments confront challenges in educating and hiring so many young adults. But some young people are impatient, devising inventions to solve basic problems and starting their own businesses, explains journalist Raluca Besliu. She describes a 27-year-old in Ghana, Frank Darko, who had heard about children struggling to ford rivers and flooded areas to reach their schools in Volta River regions of Ghana, and he invented a water cycle with paddles. The cycle may be unconventional, but it caught the eye of his university after he could no longer afford tuition and dropped out. The university awarded Darko a scholarship for the cycle known as the Chario and launched an entrepreneurial and innovation incubator to encourage other students to transform their inventions into business ventures and contribute to the economy. – YaleGlobal

Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collections

link to library catalog record

The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collections  presents images of visual materials from library’s collection. The majority of the library’s world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Collections, including works by Gillray, Rowlandson, Woodward, Bunbury, and Newton, among others as well as the Library’s extraordinary collection of works by William Hogarth.

Prints, drawings, and watercolors related to Horace Walpole’s collection and house at Strawberry Hill are also represented, including several extra-illustrated editions of Walpole’s Description of the Villa, once owned by William Bawtree, Richard Bull, Thomas Kirgate, and Walpole himself as well as other volumes formerly in Walpole’s library such as his A Collection of Prints Engraved by Various Persons of Quality, and albums of drawings by his friends Richard Bentley and John Chute, as well as an Album of Drawings with natural history illustrations by Maria Sybilla Merian. Recent additions include selected portraits, including ones by George Vertue, and topographical views, several groups of prints known as the Cries of London (both those by Marcellus Laroon and those by Paul Sandby), and a selection of ephemera: trade cards, advertisements, invitations, and bookplates, ballads and broadsides, selected manuscripts, and many playbills from London and regional British theatres.


Yale Club of Ireland Pop-up Arts Residency

The inaugural Yale Club of Ireland Pop-up Musician/Artist/Writer/ Whatever Residency was recently awarded to Annelisa Leinbach ’16. The Pop-Up MAWW Residency provides the recipient with a two-week retreat in a rural setting, in peace-and-quiet, with no requirement to teach, workshop, exhibit, or perform.

Annelisa spent the residency painting and drawing, while neither teaching, exhibiting, workshopping nor performing. Part of the residency saw her hop from Dublin to Meath and Monaghan, ending up in Derry/L’Derry, following a trail of hospitable Yale Club members.

She is inspired by nature, politics, and travel; she currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Annelisa’s work has appeared on album covers and in galleries, including the Yale Art Gallery. She has been published in the Goethe Institut Magazine, The Art of Eating, The Center for Constitutional Rights, the Yale Daily News, where she served as illustrations and comics editor, senior illustrator, and senior photographer; and in the Yale Record, where she served as art director. She recently co-edited a book on drone photography technique written by National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo. Annelisa has won numerous awards, including finalist status for college editorial cartooning in the Society for Professional Journalists national competition and the Ethel Childe Walker Prize for exceptional artistic development by a Yale art student.

Click here for her web site, or follow her on Instagram @annelisaleinbach.

The MacMillan Report featuring Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon talks about Huldrych Zwingli and the early Reformation.

November 28, 2018  (19:24)

Professor Gordon’s research and teaching focus on European religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, with a particular interest in the Reformation and its reception. His book, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, is one of the defining works of the Reformation. He also has edited books and written widely on early modern history, biblical culture, Reformation devotion and spirituality, and the place of the dead in pre-modern culture.

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China Fuels Vietnam’s Protest Movement

protests in Vietnam; China's President Xi Jinping meets Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Phu Trong

Vietnam has a long and troubled history with China. After the chill caused by the 1979 Chinese invasion of Vietnam and subsequent tussles over the South China Sea, the two nations normalized relations in 1991 for cross-border trade and diplomacy. Still, the Vietnamese people are not so quick to forget as indicated by unprecedented protests during summer of 2018 over a proposal to designate three special economic zones in sensitive areas with 99-year leases that would likely land with Chinese corporations. “Vietnamese leadership today walks a tightrope of balancing official condemnation of Chinese actions in the South China Sea with a pragmatic approach to trade and investment cooperation,” explains journalist and filmmaker Tom Fawthrop. “June’s mass protests reflected sentiment that Vietnamese people no longer trust their government to achieve the right balance with Chinese investment projects often tainted by corruption, lack of transparency and land-grabbing.” Protests united anti-communist dissidents and former government officials alike, forcing the government to delay the law’s passage until May 2019. Fawthrop concludes that Vietnamese leaders must develop a vision for development and a strategy for protecting the nation’s culture and independence from China’s regional hegemony. – YaleGlobal


Bolsonaro’s Impact on Global Markets

Brazil’s Jair Messias Bolsonaro takes the presidential oath of office on January 1. “Bolsonaro follows a series of public corruption scandals that led to political chaos,” explain Claudia Ribeiro P. Nunes and Pedro D. Peralta for YaleGlobal Online. Nunes is a visiting scholar with the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies with the MacMillan Center at Yale and deputy coordinator of the Graduate Program in Law at Veiga de Almeida University. Peralta is a researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Veiga de Almeida University. The writers explain that Bolsonaro veers in his positions on trade, urging reforms for the South American bloc Mercosur to promising flexibility, questioning Chinese influence via foreign direct investment during the campaign and later calling China a “great cooperation partner.” Another foreign policy concern is Venezuela, Brazil’s neighbor to the north in chaos due to mismanagement, corruption and poverty. US President Donald Trump has called for intervention, and the Bolsonaro administration has signaled alignment with the Trump sphere of influence. – YaleGlobal

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz Discusses Brazil’s “Sad Visionary”

Some graduate students who attended Professor Schwarcz's presentation.

On November 7, anthropologist and historian Lilia Moritz Schwarcz offered a talk entitled, “Lima Barreto: A sad visionary in Brazil at the beginning of the XX century” as part of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies Lunchtime Colloquia. Professor Schwarcz is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sao Paulo and a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. Her talk gave listeners a taste of the content of her recent publication Lima Barreto: Triste Visionário, published in 2017 by Companhia das Letras (Sao Paulo).

Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto (1881-1922) was an Afro-Brazilian writer whose prescient critiques of Brazil’s structural racism and supposed “racial democracy” still have resonance today. His writings attempt to break apart the social Darwinism and racial determinism reigning in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. As Professor Schwarcz explained, the Portuguese word triste has two connotations, and Lima Barreto was both: he was sad, yes, but also persistent and stubborn.