April 2: The Supreme Price Movie Screening

Join us in LC 101 at 6.30pm on Thursday April 2 to watch The Supreme Price, an acclaimed new documentary that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. This is the movie’s Connecticut premiere! Following the screening, the director Joanna Lipper will engage in a discussion about the democracy in Nigeria, increasing women in leadership roles in African governments, and the making of the documentary.

March 5: Emerging Powers and Global Economic Governance

Join us on March 5 at 7.00pm in the Branford-Trumbull room for a discussion with Dr. Rakesh Mohan, the IMF’s Executive Director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

Dr Mohan actually earned his degree from Yale, and two years ago gave this great interview on career paths to the YDN. 

To read up on his more recent work at the IMF, check out this article he wrote about the current state of India’s economy, and then this piece where he is quoted as an expert on more specifics about India’s economic growth. 

February 25: Haiti Beyond the Headlines

Join us on February 25th at 7.00pm in the Branford-Trumbull room for a discussion with Paul Altidor, the current Ambassador of Haiti to the USA about Haiti’s current reality and future prospects.

Read about Ambassador Altidor’s background here, and his initial focus as Ambassador to the US. He attended Boston College for his undergraduate degree and MIT for a Master’s in international development; the Ambassador has spoken about focusing on increasing business development in Haiti.

Haiti is one of the least developed countries in the Western hemisphere, and the dual crises of a massive earthquake followed by a cholera outbreak in 2010 is still affecting the country today. But Haiti is more than the aftermath of these two catastrophes, so join us to discuss Haiti’s present and future with Haiti’s ambassador to the US!

February 17: Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Join us on February 17th at 4.00pm in the Branford Master’s House to hear from Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Director of the Peace Corps!

For some background, watch this beautiful New York Times video to learn about Director Hessler-Radelet’s own experience with the Peace Corps and her thoughts on the future of the agency. Then, this interview with her goes into more detail about how the Peace Corps is evolving for the 21st century.

February 13: Is Europe Disintegrating?

On February 13, at 3.30pm in the Calhoun Parlor, join us to discuss the future of Europe with Andrew Duff, the President of the Union of European Federalists.


Read an interview with him about how the Eurozone crisis affects the structure of the EU, and a recent piece he wrote about what the new election in Greece could mean for the UK and Europe as a whole.



February 12: The Future of Cuba-US Relations

On February 12, at 7pm in the Branford-Trumbull room, join us to talk to John McAuliff, the Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development about the Future of Cuba-US Relations.

With the recent end to the long-standing US-Cuba freeze in relations,  the future is essentially up for grabs in terms of how Cuba’s relationship with the US will be redefined, what repercussions there will be for Cuba and the US’ relationships with other countries in the region, and most immediately, the future of Cuba-US trade & tourism.


GPS February 3: General James Cartwright

General James Cartwright is the former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he was involved with a variety of important military policy issues, including, for example, America’s evolving thoughts and policies towards nuclear weapons.

In addition, he was one of the main generals working on the Stuxnet virus, the software that attacked and damaged Iran’s nuclear weapons program. According to this Guardian report on a Department of Justice investigation, he also may have been involved in revealing the virus to the public.

GPS November 19: Who is Kaha Imnadze?

Mr. Imnadze is a Georgian diplomat who is the current permanent representative of the country to the UN. Mr. Imnadze’s background is in political science research, particularly focused on relations with Russia and conflict studies. Mr. Imnadze is going to be speaking on the role of Russia in Central Asia and particularly with former Soviet States, through the Eurasian Union.

GPS November 19: What is the Eurasian Union?

Everyone has heard of the European Union, but what is this new Eurasian Union? Created by Russia’s President Putin, the Eurasian Union becomes officially active in January 2015, and currently has three members: Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. But countries like Armenia and Ukraine are being courted as Putin attempts to set up what is alternatively being called a new Soviet bloc or a counterpart to the EU.

Advances in solar energy!

Through a combination of various economic measures, solar energy is on track to become the same price as conventional energy in the majority of American states by 2015. This is a huge development that could lead to major changes in alternative energy use. However, recent drops in oil prices have decreased the interest in moving away from oil, so it’s important to keep working for renewable energy sources, regardless of the fluctuations of the international oil market.

October 30 GPS: Cameron Abadi and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Digital Journalism


Aside from just not explaining enough nuance, digital journalism and social media can sometimes have more immediate effects on peoples’ lives. Like this Iranian woman whose image was mistaken for that of a woman killed on the streets of Tehran in 2009 during protests. Understandably, this mistake changed the life of the woman’s whose image went viral irrevocably.

October 15 GPS: The situation in Haiti

Four years ago, Haiti was hit by a horrible earthquake. The devastation was vast and the entire country, already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, was affected. The international community (through the UN) as well as nations individually immediately contributed billions in aid to rebuild the country and improve the situation. But today, there are still thousands living in tents and very little functioning economy. What happened?