Past Events

Award-Winning International Diplomatic Editor, CNN
February 24, 2020
Surviving Warzones: Life on the front line of history, the murderers, the madness and making sense of it all
Deputy Editor, The Atlantic
February 24, 2020
Writing at the Intersection of Science and the Arts

Co-sponsored by The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities Distinguished Lecturer Series

Reporters, New York Times
February 18, 2020
A Conversation with Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly

Co-sponsored by The Yale Politic

Actor and Activist
February 18, 2020
Democracy Lost: George Takei’s Childhood Behind Barbed Wire

International Festival of Arts & Ideas 10th Annual Visionary Leadership Award 

The annual Visionary Leadership Award is presented to a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. It was created in honor of Arts & Ideas co-founder Jean Handley, a beloved champion of the arts in the New Haven community. Proceeds from the Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon support work that represents the values and passions of Handley, including world- and US- premieres and community-centered performances.

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Reporter, Washington Post; Class of '16 Former Editor-in-Chief, YDN
February 17, 2020
Reporting on Politics Amid Disinformation and Fake News
Syrian Film Director, Producer, Writer, Editor and Cinematographer
February 13, 2020
Screening of THE CAVE - 2020 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary; Q&A to follow with Dr. Amani Ballour and Director Feras Fayyad

Co-sponsored by: National Geographic Documentary Film, Film and Media Studies Program, Whitney Humanities Center, Films at the Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale, the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration Program, Public Humanities at Yale, Yale Institute for Global Health, and MacMillan Center Council on Middle Eastern Studies

Award-Winning Freelance Journalist
February 10, 2020
Eco Swaraj: Can India Achieve Environmental Self-Rule?
The Yale Review 200th Anniversary Festival
February 5, 2020
Writers at Work: Critics: Who Needs Them?

Parul Sehgal (New York Times) and Dan Chiasson (The New Yorker) discuss the role of public criticism. In the digital age, what should a critic be, and why? Moderated by Meghan O’Rourke

Director, Climate in Foreign Policy Project
February 5, 2020
A Conversation on Climate Change and Foreign Policy

Ambassador Robert Ford, Kissinger Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute
Stephanie Epner, Director, Climate in Foreign Policy Project, UN Foundation
Francisco Palmieri, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute

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National Immigration Reporter, New York Times
February 4, 2020
Immigration in the United States: The Border and Beyond

Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration