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Director's Letter

Shapiro The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs officially opened its doors on September 20. We celebrated with a special event entitled “Global Perspectives: Fareed Zakaria Comments on Today's Geopolitical Climate” featuring an interview by Yale University President Richard C. Levin of Fareed Zakaria, editor of Time, weekly host for CNN, New York Times bestselling author, and a 1986 graduate of Yale College.

The MacMillan Center has had a very exciting fall semester. At the beginning of the term, we had the pleasure of announcing that five of the Center’s area studies councils (Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East) were awarded a total of more than $9 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education based on the grant applications each submitted in March 2010. Each council has been awarded a four-year grant and been designated as a National Resource Center.

In October, Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, delivered the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture. In his talk, “Who Will Drive the 21st Century Agenda? Women,” he discussed the rise of women’s economic and social empowerment in the coming decade and its impact on the global economy, business strategy and sustainability efforts.

We enjoyed the brilliant musings of two prominent visitors in November. Nobel Laureate for Economics and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman (’74) held a town hall meeting with Yale students hosted by James Levinsohn, director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, on November 9 in conjunction with his being awarded the Henry E. Howland Memorial Prize, one of the highest honors that Yale bestows.

Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, presented the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies at Yale on November 30. His talk, entitled “Fantasy to Reality: The World that Lies Ahead,” identified some of the global changes and challenges that are to come.

This month we announced that Yale College faculty approved a new Global Affairs major on December 2. Administered by the Jackson Institute, the new major will focus on an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary global affairs.

I hope you will read about our work at The MacMillan Center in this newsletter. In the relevant articles, we have provided links to the videos for the Muhtar Kent, Sir John Major and Fareed Zakaria events for your viewing pleasure.

My best wishes to you for a very happy holiday season.

— Ian Shapiro, Henry R. Luce Director