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Summer 2018 Lecture Series

The Summer Lecture Series brings together outstanding faculty, distinguished guests, and graduate students to share their expertise on some of the most salient issues of today. Because Yale welcomes hundreds of students and scholars from around the world each summer, the Summer Lecture Series offers a space for the diverse summer community to join together and engage on a wide range of topics. All lectures are free and the public is welcome.

All lectures will take place in Sudler Hall (William L. Harkness Hall, Room 201) from 5-6 pm. The only exception being the Head of Summer Colleges Tea on July 16th, which will take place from 4:30-6 pm in Sudler Hall. 

A Revolution in Cancer Treatment - Sandy Chang

Associate Dean, Science and QR and Professor, Laboratory Medicine, Pathology and MB&B - Yale University

Wednesday, June 13 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

There is a revolution in how we treat certain lethal cancers. Instead of using toxic chemicals to kill cancer cells that also incurs terrible side effects, new drugs are harnessing the immune system to selectively target only the cancer cells. In this lecture Professor Chang uses patient cases to illustrate this remarkable advance, and explain the molecular mechanisms behind this revolution.

The Inherent Inequities of Choice - Riché Barnes

Dean, Pierson College - Yale University

Wednesday, June 20 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

This lecture will explore how inequality inherently exists in what we refer to as our freedom to choose. We will explore work and family choice, school choice, and health care choice as modes that only affect certain members of our population. And, while these decisions are portrayed in social movements and social policy as beneficial to the least of these, they each ultimately limit equitable access.

Saving Culture in Crisis - Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution

Guest Lecturer, Distinguished Scholar & Ambassador at Large - Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, July 5 | 4:00pm | Loria Center, Room 250 | RSVP Here

Kurin examines efforts to save cultural heritage damaged and threatened by natural disasters and human conflict. He provides a “behind the scenes” view of projects in Haiti, Nepal, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding, and in Mali, Egypt, Iraq and Syria in the wake of civil war, terrorism and looting. He discusses how contemporary “monuments men and women” work with local communities, government agencies and international organizations, and deal with complex logistical, funding and legal challenges to save collections, museums, archives and archaeological sites.

A Women's Revolution in the Middle East: The Kurdish Movement in Syria - Huseyin Rasit

Graduate Student, Sociology - Yale University

Thursday, July 5 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

The Kurdish Revolution in Syria has drawn much attention from around the world in recent years. Especially intriguing has been the central position of women from women's political councils to a women-only army fighting the ISIS. In this lecture, we will discuss the political and social roots of the Kurdish movement, how it has been able to implement such a political project within the context of the Middle East, and what its prospects are with the Syrian Civil War increasingly becoming an arena for international power games.

New Energy Technologies for a Green Planet - Daniel Prober

Professor, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Physics - Yale University

Wednesday, July 11 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

The move to renewable energy, and associated technology developments, are many - some are promising and some are affordable; some are easy and some very challenging.  In this lecture we will view the most interesting and explainable ones - from approaches being implemented at Yale, to new technologies worldwide.  We will also consider the new policies and buildings of the Yale campus, so students can view and explore our campus in a new light.

Women in Media: Reporting in the #MeToo Movement

Kasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Elise Jordan, Time Magazine and NBC Contributor

Monday, July 16 | 4:30-6:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

Yale Summer Session and the Film and Media Studies Program are proud to announce Kasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, and Elise Jordan, Time Magazine and NBC Contributor, as the distinguished guests of the 2018 Head of Summer Colleges Tea on July 16. Moderated by Eileen O’Connor, Vice President for Communications at Yale, Hunt and Jordan will discuss their career paths, covering politics under the Trump administration, and their experiences as women in news rooms, particularly in the #MeToo movement.

Terracotta Warriors: History and Conservation Challenges - Rong Bo

Emperor Qin Shihuang`s Mausoleum Site Museum in Lintong, China

Wednesday, July 18 | 5:00pm | Loria Center, Room 250 (190 York St) | RSVP Here

The discovery of the terracotta army of Qin Shihuang’s tomb on March 29, 1974 was one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In 1987, Emperor Qin’s terra-cotta attendants pit was enlisted in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list together with Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum. In order to protect the terracotta statues well and show them to the public, in 1979 Chinese government built the site museum, with excavation still going on today. Facing the historic development opportunity and the serious challenge, emphasis is placed on the problem-oriented protection to promote comprehensive protection; Learning from the experience, a timely adjustment of policies; paying attention to social benefits; We should strengthen archaeological research, implement accurate management, promote sustainable development of the protection of this unique archaeological site, and explore pathways to protect and safeguard the site.

ISIS & Antiquities Trafficking: al-Qaeda 2.0. - Colonel Matthew Bogdanos

New York County District Attorney’s Office

Monday, July 23 | 5:30pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

In the last decade, the world has watched in horror as ISIS and al-Qaeda have destroyed the fabled cities of Hatra, Khorsabad, Nimrud, and Nineveh.  But for every masterpiece ISIS destroys on screen, countless others line its coffers through an international trafficking network that is financing the bullets and bombs that are killing so many.  Through a series of extraordinary photographs, this presentation will trace the development of the global black market from al-Qaeda’s involvement in the aftermath of the looting of the Iraq Museum in 2003 to ISIS’s current, large-scale, systemized pillaging.  It will demonstrate how a million-dollar antiquity can travel from an ISIS-controlled site to a Madison-Avenue dealer in surprisingly few steps and what we can all do to stop it together while still protecting the legal trade in antiquities.

What Really Exists? - Sam Berstler

Graduate Student, Philosophy - Yale University

Tuesday, July 24 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

When we ask what really exists, we are asking about what exists most fundamentally--what the most fundamental, ultimate, or "really real" entities are.  Is there one large fundamental entity (the universe) or many different fundamental entities?  What does fundamentality explain?  Can quantum mechanics help us answer this question?  This is an accessible, introductory lecture to one core area in metaphysics, or the study of being.

Sexuality and Culture - Maria Trumpler

Director, Office of LGBTQ Resources and Senior Lecturer, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
– Yale University

Monday, July 30 | 5:00pm | Sudler Hall | RSVP Here

Human sexuality is central to our existence and our experience but we talk about it very little and study it in very circumscribed ways.  This presentation will explore a series of historical vignettes to illuminate the cultural plasticity of human sexual behavior. We will ask if female sexual freedom among forager-hunter groups was related to their food contributions.  We will then look at The Kama Sutra for an early discussion of erotic practices.  What happened when western scientists starting studying human sexuality in the early 20th century? Why was Freud's approach so revolutionary?  How has the AIDS epidemic changed our public conversations?  How have Michel Foucault's ideas about power and govermentality jump-started the field of sexuality studies at American universities in the 21st century?

Evolving Heritage, Evolving Practice - Gustavo Araoz

Former President, International Council on Monuments and Sites

Wednesday, August 1 | 5:00pm | Loria Center, Room 250 (190 York St) | RSVP Here

The theories and practice of modern heritage conservation that were born out of the experience of a century and a half in preserving monuments and monumental sites in Europe quickly expanded into the international arena in the mid-20th century bringing in an early manifestation of the homogeneity that has come to be negatively associated with globalization. By surveying those early European developments and how the international heritage community responded by expanding the theory and practice of conservation towards a multi-cultural approach, this talk will explore and illustrate how the once dominant Eurocentric conservation techniques and methods have had to evolve - and continue to do so – in order to adapt and respond to these emerging concepts and trends.

Summer 2019 application is now open.