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Director's Letter

shapiroIn 2006, Newsweek magazine listed Yale University as one of the top three among it’s ranking of the “Top 100 Global Universities,” and today the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies continue to increase the number and scope of our international programs and initiatives. As Yale’s hub for interdisciplinary teaching and research on political affairs, societies, and cultures worldwide, the MacMillan Center is the principal resource for students and faculty who engage in international research.

Africa is now at the top of the MacMillan Center’s agenda, and I am extremely pleased to announce that Yale has received a $2.5 million gift from Stephen (’73) and Ruth Hendel in support of its efforts to understand and promote good governance and innovation in Africa. These resources will enable us to contribute to the study and practice of good government across the continent. It means a great deal to us that the Hendels are our eager partners in building on Yale’s intellectual and cultural relationships in Africa, and these funds will enable our students and faculty to become more deeply involved in efforts to build a better African future.

I am also delighted to announce that the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs has received a commitment of $2.5 million from the Henry Luce Foundation, enabling the institute’s director, James Levinsohn, to augment resources for priorities of the institute. The special grant is part of the Luce Foundation’s agenda for celebrating its 75th anniversary by honoring the legacy of its founder, Henry R. Luce ’20. The grant establishes the Henry R. Luce Director’s Fund in the Jackson Institute and will be used to support three of the institute’s core initiatives: its Senior Fellows Program; financial aid for graduate students in the Master’s in International Affairs program; and capstone projects of Yale College seniors in the new global affairs major.

This fall semester has been a very productive one on a number of fronts. We’ve had several policy and scholarly luminaries visit and speak on a range of topics, including Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security; former National Security Adviser under President Obama, retired U.S. Marine Corps Commandant James Jones; and Domingo Cavallo, former minister of the economy in Argentina and credited with leading his country out of financial crisis in 2001.

Please take a moment to read about some our many events highlighted in this newsletter. I also hope you have an opportunity to watch The MacMillan Report shows at In its fourth season, the show features fascinating interviews with faculty talking about their latest research.

My warmest wishes to you and yours for a very happy holiday season!

— Ian Shapiro, Henry R. Luce Director