AROUTIOUNIAN: Lighting up in the dark

January 22, 2014
There’s very little anyone can contribute to the marijuana legalization debate at this point.

AROUTIOUNIAN: The bearded man and me

December 2, 2013
Gratitude for each day is an ideal, at least in my own case, very inconsistently practiced.

AROUTIOUNIAN: The knowledge oligarchy

November 11, 2013
Winning at Yale means being so good that you know when to seem smart and when that’s actually going to do more harm than good.

AROUTIOUNIAN: Rescuing heroism

October 28, 2013
The modern “rebel without a cause” wants to be as extraordinary, but it’s not nearly as clear how.

AROUTIOUNIAN: The Price of Emotional Poverty

October 7, 2013
Poverty takes many forms. Its material form is the most obvious and calls for our most immediate attention. But its more deeply rooted form, that of emotional poverty or the “poverty of satisfaction,” is subtler and much harder to get rid of.

AROUTIOUNIAN: Saving sincerity

September 23, 2013
We have a responsibility to restore sincerity, virtue and meaning into most of what passes as political discourse on television and in print.

AROUTIOUNIAN: A time for choosing

September 9, 2013
Many activities at Yale are wastes of time – how else to describe hours spent in organizations compiling data, running errands or sitting through dull meetings?

AROUTIOUNIAN: Will we remember?

April 24, 2013
It’s a cultural struggle to forgive the crimes of those who didn’t acknowledge (and whose descendants still don’t) that they have anything for which to be forgiven.

AROUTIOUNIAN: Closing the trust gap

April 19, 2013
The bottom has fallen out of trust in national government.

AROUTIOUNIAN: Death with decency

April 11, 2013
In celebrating the deaths of those we judge to have carried out evil, we add to alienation, to disconnection, to a loss of empathy in ourselves and in civil society at large.

AROUTIOUNIAN: When the power goes out

April 4, 2013
Ask yourself, when you go to church once a year, why you bother showing up at all. Are you selling yourself short?
Former ambassador John Negroponte discussed the consistency of U.S. foreign policy over time at a Monday talk.

Negroponte highlights foreign policy challenges

February 26, 2013
Yale lecturer and former ambassador John Negroponte ’60 commented on a wide range of foreign policy issues facing the Obama administration today.