Past Events

March 6, 2019
Experience First, Picture Second
Film and Television Video Editor, and Documentary Producer/Director
March 5, 2019
Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

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 4, 2019
The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast

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: 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.

Opinion Staff Editor and Contributing Writer, The New York Times
March 4, 2019
"Is Twitter Real Life?"
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker
March 1, 2019
Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

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

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.

Activist, Author, and Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
February 26, 2019
Heart and Brain in Equal Parts: A Conversation about Writing and the Creative Process

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

Staff Writer, The New Yorker
February 21, 2019
Reporting the Middle East: Getting the story on MBS in Saudi Arabia

Co-sponsored by the Yale Law National Security Group

Reporter, ProPublica
February 20, 2019
College Tea
UNDP Libya Communication Specialist
February 20, 2019
Communication and Sustainable Development in times of War, Crisis and Terrorism
Emily Bazelon: Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine; Ross Douthat: Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
February 19, 2019
Is America Coming Apart? Trump, Media, and the Future of the Republic

Hosted by Kimberly Goff-Crews

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life and Belonging at Yale.