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Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Activist, Author, and Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
February 26, 2019 - 4:30pm
Heart and Brain in Equal Parts: A Conversation about Writing and the Creative Process
Morse College House See map
99 Tower Parkway

International Festival of Arts & Ideas 9th Annual Visionary Leadership Award 

The Visionary Leadership Award honors a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. The award luncheon and its associated events occur outside the two-week Festival, and proceeds from the award luncheon support The Jean Handley Fund for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The award luncheon and associated events connect the Festival’s ideas programs to every day impacts on the community.

The Award was created in honor of the late Jean M. Handley’s leadership as a Founding Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Ms. Handley provided thoughtful and effective leadership as a lifelong champion of many of the region’s arts, cultural, social, and educational organizations. She was also a role model for women: a person of extraordinary wisdom and an individual of exceedingly high standards who was generous with her talent and time.

Additional details can be found at https://www.artidea.org/visionary-leadership-award.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker
March 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
SSS 114 See map
1 Prospect St.

The Asian American Cultural Center presents Yale’s 2018 Pan Asian American Heritage Month held from March 2nd to April 6th. It is a series of events that we hope will spark discussion and inquiry about where we have come from as Asians and Asian Americans, and where we are going. This year’s theme, Consciousness Rising was chosen to emphasize the importance of upholding intersectionality in our continued pursuits for inclusion, equity and justice. More details can be found on the Asian American Cultural Center’s website at https://aacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/paahm.

Co-sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, Asian Networks ad Yale and Belonging at Yale.

Opinion Staff Editor and Contributing Writer, The New York Times
March 4, 2019 - 12:10pm
"Is Twitter Real Life?"
Baker Hall 116 See map
100 Tower Parkway
March 4, 2019 - 6:45pm
The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast
Leeds Motion Capture Studio See map
149 York St.

In conjunction with Pan Asian American Heritage Month at Yale, we are excited to bring Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh to campus for a live recording of their #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast. Known for being satirically and disturbingly hilarious, Taz and Zahra’s podcast is about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. The podcast has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, Mother Jones, NPR, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Forbes. You can get a taste of what their podcast show is like here: http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/. We hope you’ll join us to meet and hear from them in-person.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, and the School of Management.

Film and Television Video Editor, and Documentary Producer/Director
March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
LC 101 See map
63 High St.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

March 6, 2019 - 10:30am
Experience First, Picture Second
Yale School of Art, Green Hall, G32 See map
1156 Chapel St.
Film Director and Author
March 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
"In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America” Film Screening with Director Maurice Fitzpatrick
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium See map
53 Wall St.

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America chronicles John Hume’s approach to politics in Northern Ireland in co-ordination with senior political figures in US. This is the story of the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize-winner John Hume to secure peace in Ireland. The film shows how Hume, inspired by Martin Luther King, rose up from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland to work with American Presidents from Carter to Clinton to harness and leverage US support. Narrated by Liam Neeson and with musical score by Bill Whelan, the film includes interviews with President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation.

Founder, Sister Sylvester Performance Group
March 29, 2019 - 8:00pm
The Fall - A Performance Lecture by Sister Sylvester
LC 101 See map
63 High St.

Sister Sylvester is the ghost of a nun who haunted the first home/studio/performance venue where Sister made work, and it became the company’s name for its gender-fluid, feminist and spectral associations.

Sister Sylvester makes work, often essayistic performances, using first hand research and found documents. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image and sound. 

Sister Sylvester work with animals and technology to make cross species collaborations and cyborg theater. Their first work was about a person who was part cardboard box. Their last, the ways politics forces technology to create new hybrids where computer hardware stands in for a lover’s touch. Housekeepers become their tools of labour with arms replaced by leather brushes. Humans, jellyfish and bacteria unite in a single organism on a petridish stage. They love classic texts from theatre’s underbelly, and their patron saints are Genet, Brecht and Littlewood. Sister Sylvester are based between New York, Texas and Istanbul. Recent work has toured to Bozar, Brussels; Frascati, Amsterdam; Arcola Theater, London; The Public Theater, New York, The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; Bomontiada, Istanbul. They’ve been part of the Devised Theater Working Group, at The Public; The Public’s New Works program, in residence at Brooklyn College; and in residence at The Park Avenue Armory.

Sister Sylvester is led by Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton. Current collaborators are : Cyrus Moshrefi, Kelsea Martin, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Juan Betancurth, Jacqueline Blaska, Bruce Steinberg.

Contributing Editor, The London Review of Books
April 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
Fanon in America
Bingham Hall, 8th floor See map
300 College St.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and French.

CNN political analyst co-chair of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund
April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
A Conversation with Hilary Rosen
WLH 116 See map
100 Wall St.

Co-sponsored by Yale College Democrats

Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Journalism, University of Melbourne
April 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
Tiananmen at Thirty; Memory as an Act of Resistance in the People's Republic of Amnesia
Luce Hall, Room 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Ave.

Thirty years after the brutal crackdown, the Tiananmen anniversary has become more – rather than less – politically sensitive as time has passed. Every year, the authorities use a range of tactics to suppress both the anniversary commemorations and journalistic reporting on them. In this talk, Louisa Lim examines the ways in which the legacy of Tiananmen has been excised from the collective and institutional memory in today’s China, as well as looking at the cost of memory and the role that foreign correspondents play in shaping memories of June Fourth outside China.