Past Events

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.

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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.

President of Solis Strategies, a communications firm serving non-profits, NGOs, and corporations.
February 13, 2019
A Conversation with Patti Solis Doyle

Co-sponsored by the Yale College Democrats.

February 12, 2019
About Face
Contributing Writer, The New Yorker; Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Senior fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
February 7, 2019
“After 40 Turbulent Years, What’s Next Between the US and Iran?”

Co-sponsored by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Editorial Writer, New York Times
February 7, 2019
Gamergate and the New Paradigm of Media
Editor and Executive Director, Places Journal
January 31, 2019
Marginal by Design: What Happened to Architecture Journalism