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Claudia Rankine: How Art Teaches a Poet to See

In this talk, renowned poet Claudia Rankine discusses her lauded book Citizen: An American Lyric, an archival and curatorial project that makes present race in American life and fixes our gaze on...

Surveillance and Civil Liberties in the U.S.

In this talk, a panel will discuss the ongoing legal and policy issues relating to national surveillance programs and the potential repercussions on all of our lives.

Carmen de Lavallade in Conversation

This conversation focuses on Carmen de Lavallade’s fascinating life and creative legacy. Given Ms. De Lavallade’s years performing at Yale Repertory Theater and teaching at the Yale School of...

Jelani Cobb: Contingent Citizenship (Race and Democracy in the Age of Ferguson and Baltimore)

From the NSA’s mining of citizens’ personal data to the police’s use of lethal force in Ferguson, Cleveland, and Staten Island, recent events have called into question U.S. authorities' exercise...

New Art, New Cities, New Living

It has been twenty years since the Festival began its annual artistic takeover of New Haven. Both here and around the world, the expansion of arts and culture beyond the walls of theaters and...

Angélique Kidjo: Visionary Leadership Award 2015

The 2015 Visionary Leadership Award honors ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO- Singer, songwriter & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as...

South Africa Now: Reflecting on 20 Years of Democracy

2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, as we contemplate South Africa’s post-Apartheid hearings and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Has the Truth and Reconciliation process been a...

Speech: The First Amendment in the Spotlight

Elevator Repair Service created its show Arguendo from a Supreme Court transcript of oral arguments from a First Amendment case. Leading experts in First Amendment law and the Supreme Court...

The Art of Bibliotherapy, or How to Match-Make Between Books and Readers

For centuries, the role of the bookseller—or librarian, or literary friend—has been akin to that of the country doctor: get to know patients through time and experience, then lovingly...

Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter

Most of us assume that intelligence is immutable, set by our genetic inheritance or by our upbringing. Writer and reporter Annie Murphy Paul explodes that myth by revealing the impact of the...

Global Innovators: From Recession to Prosperity

How do companies innovate, and how do regional and national strategies incentivize creative growth? Connecticut has a history rich in innovation, from Eli Whitney inventing the cotton gin to the...

The Politics of Food

 Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic...

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