On October 9, former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga joined the MacMillan Center before a packed Luce Hall auditorium. Prime Minister Odinga was the honored guest for the annual Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture, speaking on the topic of “Afro-Optimism: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?”
The Ebola virus has ravaged parts of West Africa for months, with the World Health Organization declaring the epidemic to be an international public health emergency. More than 5,000 people have died as a result of this outbreak, with no end in sight. Sierra Leone has admitted defeat, and the first cases have hit the United States and the European continent.
On September 22, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission of the European Union, spoke before a full audience at Evans Hall. Hosted by the Yale Program in European Union Studies, the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, and the Yale School of Management, President Barroso spoke on the topic of “Europe in the New World Order.”
This fall semester has been a particularly busy one at the MacMillan Center. Several political luminaries visited campus to present lectures. In September, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission of the European Union, spoke on Europe in the new world order. In October, former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga, gave our annual Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on the topic of “Afro-Optimism.” In November, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III joined the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs for a special conversation about “America Today,” moderated by Ambassador John Negroponte.