Ideas Stream

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...

If Mayors Ruled the World

Cities are home to more than half of the world's population, and are the primary incubators of the cultural, social and political innovations that shape our planet. Benjamin Barber, author of the...

Preparing for 2050: The Changing Face of Race

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New Haven and Yale: Dreaming New Worlds Together

John DeStefano Jr., outgoing mayor of New Haven, and Richard Levin, outgoing president of Yale University, reflect on their 20-year partnership to knit together university and city. At the close...

Music of the People: Artists Talk About Music Inspiring Change

Siddharta Mitter, noted cultural critic, is joined by artists from the bands Noori, Red Baraat, and Asphalt Orchestra for a conversation about music as a tool for radical transformation in today...

Tamar Gendler: Five Ancient Secrets to Modern Happiness

TAMAR GENDLER is professor of philosophy at Yale University and chair of the university’s philosophy department. From 2006 to 2010, she served as chair of Yale’s cognitive science...

2012/2013 Visionary Leadership Award honoring Charlayne Hunter-Gault

The Visionary Leadership Award honors a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. Occurring outside of the annual Festival, the award connects the Festival’s Ideas programs to every...

Brenda Dixon Gottschild: African-American Dance and the Measure of Culture

Guided by the premise that dance is a barometer of society, Brenda Dixon Gottschild gauges the pulse of contemporary American performance: using dance as the focus and race as the parameter, she...

Dr. Daphne Miller: The Wisdom & Science of Traditional Foods

Daphne Miller, MD is the author of The Jungle Effect, a unique travelogue of healthy eating. Her understanding of the interconnectedness of food, the environment and health reveal essential clues...

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