The World Fellows Seminar on global issues is the academic centerpiece of the Program. It meets two afternoons per week. The seminar is taught in modules by leading professors from across the University and covers the major issues of concern faced by today’s leaders such as the rule of law, public health, religion and politics, development economics, trade, human rights, sustainable development, etc. The Program adjusts the seminar slightly year to year, while remaining committed to its core, interdisciplinary mission.
Two to four Associate Fellows participate in the Seminar each year. Associate Fellows are exceptional Yale graduate and professional school students who are selected to share in the academic and intellectual aspects of the Yale World Fellows’ experience. As important contributors to the programmatic activities, Associates facilitate the World Fellows integration into the University’s extensive scholarly resources. In addition, Associates assist by lending their perspective to the Fellows deepening understanding of American life, culture, and values.
There are a number of other curriculum elements that supplement the Seminar, each designed to advance the Fellows’ skills and knowledge base. For example, Fellows meet for professional skill-building training once a week. Topics addressed during these sessions include: effective leadership; writing for publication; media interview techniques; public speaking; and negotiation.
Throughout each week, there are several open blocks of time available for Fellows to audit courses that interest them. In previous years, the following courses have been especially popular among Fellows: