Columbia prof talks Mideast peace

March 26, 2010
American public discourse on the Palestinian-Israeli crisis has been stifled by a combination of strong beliefs and a lack of knowledge, said Rashid Khalidi ’70, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University at a Davenport College Master’s Tea Thursday. To an audience of about 30 people, Khalidi discussed his work on »
Sheikh Yasir Qadhi defined jihad in an talk in Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Wednesday.

Sheikh talks jihad

February 18, 2010
The concept of jihad is often misinterpreted, with both cable-news pundits and terrorists using it to further their political and spiritual goals, said Omer Bajwa, coordinator of Muslim life for the Chaplain’s Office, as he introduced Sheikh Yasir Qadhi’s lecture entitled “Jihad: Between Fact and Fiction” Wednesday. During the talk, Qadhi, a Yale doctoral student »

Goldstone discusses war crimes in Gaza

January 28, 2010
Justice Richard J. Goldstone, head of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, received both warm support and vocal criticism during his speech Wednesday. Goldstone, former member of the South African Constitutional Court, delivered the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies, entitled “Accountability for War Crimes.” Goldstone addressed issues of »

Yalies head to Copenhagen

December 9, 2009
Eighty members of the Yale community will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which started Monday and will end Dec. 18. About 15 undergraduates, 60 students from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and University faculty and staff members will attend conferences, lectures and conduct their own workshops »

Profs blog books, politics

November 3, 2009
Two Yale professors’ writing is bypassing traditional print media and going straight to the blogosphere. The Yale English department now has two bloggers-in-residence: Amy Hungerford joined David Bromwich two weeks ago as The Huffington Post’s second Yale English Department faculty blogger. Hungerford writes about contemporary fiction, while Bromwich blogs about his political views. In early »

Prof pushes public option

November 3, 2009
When the leading democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential race adopted Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science Jacob S. Hacker’s GRD ’00 proposal for a government-sponsored health care program, the idea gained national prominence. Nearly two years later, President Barack Obama and many congressional Democrats are currently promoting a version of the proposal. Q: »

Parker: Celebrating a man and his music

October 15, 2009
Seventy-one years ago today, in a small city in Nigeria, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was born. Few Americans have ever heard of Kuti or Afrobeat, the genre he created — part jazz, part funk, part West African highlife — he created with his drummer Tony Allen. That’s too bad. A zeal for political activism complemented his »

Parker: Imperative, ignored reform

September 16, 2009
Health-insurance reform, a subset of health-care reform, has dominated the national agenda in recent months. Many constituencies have united in their criticism of the insurance industry, and for good reasons. The Obama administration knows it can only take on so many powerful interest groups at once. But there is an unfortunate by-product of this narrow »

Students go behind the scenes on farm tours

September 14, 2009
Early Saturday morning, while most Yalies were catching up on their sleep, thirty students were picking ripe blueberries and learning about the local food movement. The farm tours, “Follow the Food,” were the first in a series of four visits sponsored by the Yale College Council and Yale Dining Services intended to highlight an aspect »