Speakers

Richard C. Levin

Richard C. Levin, the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics at Yale, was named the 22nd president of the University in 1993. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1968, studied politics and philosophy at Oxford, and received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale in 1974. President Levin has led an administrative team that has restored the campus, invested heavily in strengthening science and engineering, and taken substantive steps toward making Yale a truly international institution. He also has consistently emphasized Yale's commitment to strong community ties with New Haven and has initiated several long-term programs for neighborhood revitalization, science and technology ventures, and the purchase of homes within the city by faculty and staff.

Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar is the Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale and joined the Yale faculty in 1985. In 1994 he received the Paul Bator award from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law by Suffolk University. His scholarship has been widely cited by academics, judges, and lawmakers.  His books include The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (1998), which received the ABA Certificate of Merit and the Yale University Press Governors Award, and Americas Constitution: A Biography (Random House 2005), winner of the 2006 ABA Silver Gavel Award.

Murray Biggs

Murray Biggs, Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale, was born in England, brought up in South Africa, and returned to England as a Rhodes Scholar to take his second degree (in English) at Oxford, where he afterwards taught for two years. In addition to teaching at Wellesley, Berkeley, the University of Connecticut, and NYU, Professor Biggs was founder and the first Director of the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble before joining the Yale faculty in 1986. In 1991 he edited The Arts of Performance in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Drama and has directed 35 plays, a third of them from the English Renaissance.

Howard Bloch

Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French, is a graduate of Amherst College and Stanford (Ph.D.). He taught at UCBerkeley and Columbia before joining the Yale faculty in 1997. He is a scholar of the French Middle Ages whose work spans the subjects of literature, law, economics, social history, and the visual arts. He teaches in the Department of French and in Medieval Studies, has served as Director of the Division of the Humanities, and is currently Chair of the Humanities Program. He has published numerous books, including A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry (Random House, 2006). Bloch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Paul Bracken, Ph.D.

Paul Bracken, Ph.D., Yale University, 1982, is Professor of Management and Political Science. He teaches Business, Government, and Globalization which examines global business strategy and structures; The Strategic Environment for Management; and Strategy, Technology, and War which examines technology and innovations in international security. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on many corporate and government advisory projects. Before joining the Yale faculty, Professor Bracken was on the senior staff of the Hudson Institute for ten years, where he directed its management consulting arm.

John Carlson

John Carlson received an A.B. from Harvard in 1977 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford in 1982. After carrying out postdoctoral work in molecular biology at Stanford, he came to Yale as an assistant professor in 1986 and is now Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He teaches introductory biology and supervises the laboratory for the course, and in 1998 was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences. He directs a research laboratory of 20 people and 6 million fruit flies on the 11th floor of Kline Biology Tower.

Nayan Chanda

Nayan Chanda is Director of Publications and Editor of Yale Global Online Magazine at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Before coming to Yale in 2001, he spent thirty years as editor, editor-at-large and correspondent with the Hong Kong-based magazine the Far Eastern Economic Review. From 1990-1992 he was editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly. He is the author of Brother Enemy: The War After the War, and just released Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization. He is co-author of over a dozen books on Asian politics, security and foreign policy.

John Darnell

John Darnell is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and earned his Ph.D. from The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He joined the Yale faculty in 1998 and is currently Director of the Yale Egyptological Institute in Egypt, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. His interests include Egyptian religion, cryptography, the scripts and texts of Graeco-Roman Egypt and the archaeological and epigraphic remains of ancient activity in the Egyptian Western Desert. He is director of the Theban Desert Road Survey and the Yale Toshka Desert Survey, expeditions continuing to grow and expand in the Western Desert of Egypt.

Robert Grober

Robert Grober, Frederick Phineas Rose Professor of Applied Physics, specializes in optical imaging and spectroscopy. Grober earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park. Grober joined the Yale faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor of applied physics and physics. He was named the Barton A. Weller Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Physics in 1999 and he serves on the Yale Committee on Athletics. Applied Physics professor and avid golfer, Robert Grober has developed an electronically enabled golf club which provides a musical response as the club moves.

Charles Hill

Charles Hill, ISS Distinguished Fellow and Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, co-teaches ISS’s “Studies in Grand Strategy” graduate seminar. He is also a Lecturer in International Studies and in Directed Studies, an intensive set of courses for freshmen on the Great Books of the Western tradition. In 2005-06, he was the Laura Blanche Jackson Lecturer in International Affairs at Baylor University, and is a Fellow of the Hoover Institution. From 1984-1989 Executive Assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz in the US Foreign Service. He was Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Special Consultant on Policy to UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali from 1992-1996. A book describing his roles as a diplomat and a Yale College teacher, The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost, by Molly Worthen ’03, GRD ’11, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006.

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan Holloway, Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies, and Master of Calhoun College, graduated from Stanford in 1989 and received his doctorate from Yale in 1995. He taught in California before returning to Yale in 1999. His major book, Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941, concerns three young radical black intellectual-activists who aggressively criticized the NAACP during the 1930s. Holloway has since edited A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership and the forthcoming Black Scholars on the Line. He is currently working on Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory, Identity, and Politics in Black America, 1941-2000.

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Director of International Security Studies (ISS), the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, and Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, responsible for the ISS programs funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. He holds many honorary degrees and fellowships. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, his best-known work is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. He is currently writing a study of the British imperialist author Rudyard Kipling, as well as a collection of essays on naval history.

Carolyn M. Mazure

Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Faculty at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Mazure created and directs Yale’s interdisciplinary research program on health and gender, Women’s Health Research at Yale. Her own research focuses on stress, depression and, more recently, addictive disorders. She has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally at diverse venues including NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, and she has been featured on ABC’s Prime Time Live and the BBC documentary The Science of Stress. Dr. Mazure has testified to Congress on the importance of women’s health research, and has served as a Public Health Fellow on the Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Richard Prum

Richard Prum is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Curator of Ornithology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology.  He joined the Yale faculty in 2004.  He is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in diverse topics, including evolution and classification of birds, behavior, feathers, structural color, evolution and development, sexual selection, and historical biogeography. His recent research has focused on theoretical and molecular studies of the development and evolution of feathers, developing and applying new tools for the study of the physics and evolution of structural coloration, and continued efforts in phylogenetic ethology of polygynous birds.  He has conducted field work throughout the New World tropics and in Madagascar, and has studied fossil theropods in China.

Judith Ann Schiff

Judith Ann Schiff, Yale’s Chief Research Archivist, is a specialist in Yale, New Haven, and American history.  She is the author of the regular feature, “Old Yale” in the Yale Alumni Magazine, many articles and book chapters, and the Michelin Travel Publications’ Green Guide to Yale and New Haven.  She is also a dedicated volunteer, having served as president of the New Haven League of Women Voters and the Yale University Women’s Organization, pro bono archivist for various non-profit organizations, and organizer of community cultural projects. Some of the awards she has received include: the New Haven Foundation Ivy Award for contributing to “increased understanding and cooperation between Yale and the City of New Haven,” the Lindbergh Foundation Medal for biographical studies of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh; and  “The Edward A. Bouchet Leadership Award in Minority Graduate Education” at Yale.

 

Dr. Adrienne Smaller

Dr. Smaller is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at The Yale Child Study Center.  She has a private practice in Madison, CT, where she specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy and developmental disorders.  Dr. Smaller received her BS, MA, and Ph.D. from New York University.  She completed her clinical training at The Yale Child Study Center.  Dr. Smaller has consulted to schools, child care centers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Yale Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service School.  She is known throughout the state of Connecticut for her advocacy work for children with disabilities.  Dr. Smaller has been married for 27 years to Dr. Jonathan Swift, and they have two children, 23, and 20 years old.  She and her husband survived their children's upbringing, but continue to pay cell phone bills and college tuition!