Ban Ki-moon Gives Walker Lecture
During his visit to the campus on November 13, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged the United States to strengthen its partnership with the United Nations in addressing international issues such as hunger, human rights, climate change, education, and violence, and urged his Yale audience to engage in those same concerns as global citizens.
Ban, the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, delivered the George Herbert Walker Jr. Lecture in International Studies before an overflow crowd in Luce Auditorium.
Raghuram Rajan Gives Coca-Cola Lecture
Big issues were at stake as Raghuram Rajan, author of the award-winning book Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, and recently named chief economic adviser to the government of India, delivered the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture to the university community. Titled “Are Capitalism and Democracy Failing Us? The Challenges Facing the Post-Crisis Industrial World,” the talk was held in Luce Hall on October 2.
Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks about Struggle for Democracy
Myanmar (also known as Burma) democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at Yale on September 27 as part of her first U.S. tour since leaving house arrest. She lectured about the rule of law and Burma’s road to democracy to a packed Sprague Hall crowd.
“Through our experiences,” she said, “we learned that without rule of law, our people would never be free from fear.” Suu Kyi identified the rule of law as one of the three building blocks of Burmese democracy, along with an end to ethnic conflict and amendments to the constitution, which currently allows for arbitrary arrest and detention.
Over the course of the fall semester, the MacMillan Center has been very fortunate to be able to host a number of policy and scholarly luminaries who lectured on a wide range of topics. In September, Myanmar democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at Yale as part of her first U.S. tour since leaving house arrest. She lectured about the rule of law and her country’s struggle for democracy. Samar Yazbek, a Syrian journalist and dissident, spoke about her experiences and offered thoughts on the war engulfing the Arab nation.