Monthly Archives: February 2020

Paola Velez: Reimagining the Restaurant Kitchen


For chef Paola Velez, kitchens are spaces for endless exploration. Detailed historical research and precise culinary craft come together to centerthe flavors, foods, and experiences of the Black diaspora. Sustainability isn’t a buzzword, but is a substantive set of evolving practices and values. She builds teamwork and belonging, transforming the kitchen into its own “starter”: a living, flourishing unit that gives rise to fulfilling work and lives.

Paola Velez is the executive pastry chef at the Afro-Caribbean restaurant Kith/Kin, located at the Intercontinental in Washington D.C. You can follow her and her incredible creations @smallorchids on Instagram and Twitter.

Paola’s visit comes as part of our “Cooking Across the Black Diaspora” series, a themed line-up for Chewing the Fat. In collaboration with the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, the series commemorates Black History Month, and the 50th anniversary for both the Afro-American Cultural Center and Yale Department of African American Studies.

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Professor Joy Milligan on Plessy Preserved: Agencies and the Effective Constitution

Professor Joy Milligan talks about her recent article, Plessy Preserved: Agencies and the Effective Constitution. Federal officials enforced a “separate but equal” framework for public housing long after Brown invalidated that principle. This administrative regime wrote segregation into U.S. cities, operating as the effective Constitution for decades. This Article asks why a liberal, reformist agency chose that path—and what it teaches about administrative constitutionalism.      

A Voice for the Voiceless, with Patrick Gee

Patrick Gee, who himself underwent years of dialysis and a kidney transplant, discusses advocating for people with kidney disease, people of color, and people in his community in Virginia who lack access to care and information about their health.

Kaveh Madani talks about environmental security in the Middle East.

Kaveh Madani is a Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center. He is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist, who works at the interface of science, policy, and society. He previously served as deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment and is known for his role in raising public awareness about water and environmental problems there.

Learn more about Kaveh Madani.

Amanda Maxwell: Capital, Resilience, and Trade in Latin America

Amanda Maxwell, Director of the Latin America Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council, recently spoke with Alix Kashdan (FES ’20). Amanda discussed sustainable capital for Latin America, climate change challenges in the region, and challenges and opportunities in North American trade.

Refugee Health – Special Episode

For this special episode of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast, Kartiga & Wei host Dr. Camille Brown and Dr. Aniyizhai Annamalai. Dr. Camille Brown is the director of the Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic & Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Aniyizhai Annamalai is the director of the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic, as well as Associate Professor of Psychiatry. We discuss the mental and physical health of resettled refugee populations, in addition to ways of addressing refugee health disparities and delivering culturally appropriate care. For more information about YJBM or to read our latest issues, visit

Where, Oh Where Is My Job Search Going?

The group tackles the behemoth task of successfully searching for a job! Be it your first job or one late in your career, this search can feel massive and overwhelming. We discuss a variety of ways in which you can break down this process into smaller, manageable pieces. Knowledge of this process helps keep you from feeling ‘stuck’, knowing that you have the power to bring forth needed change!

Noël Valis talks about Lorca After Life

Noël Valis is a professor of Spanish who studies interdisciplinary approaches to modern Spanish culture, including religion, literature, and celebrity. She has received a number of honors and awards, including the Victoria Urbano Academic Achievement Prize in 2017 for her work in Hispanic women’s and gender studies.

Learn more about Noël Valis.

The HAPPINESS Project and Increasing Access to Mental Health Services

The HAPPINESS Project is one of the ways Yale faculty and students are tackling the complex, global challenges of connecting people with mental health services. The HAPPINESS Project aims to improve mental health care delivery in Nigeria, and the methods and technology developed through the project have the potential to help many other communities. Upon their return from Lagos, Nigeria, President Peter Salovey, Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, Dr. Charles Dike, and Mr. Eddie Mandhry discuss the partnerships Yale is developing through this project and the Yale Africa Initiative.

A Mom Fights for Patient Safety, with Sue Sheridan

After her infant son suffered due to a succession of medical errors, Sue worked tirelessly to prevent this from happening to others, starting by writing letters to the health care regulatory bodies until she and a group of mothers had formed a nonprofit and put out guidelines for the regulatory bodies to follow. In the midst of all of this, Sue’s husband was misdiagnosed as having a benign tumor, when it was later discovered to be a malignant sarcoma. With this she redoubled her efforts to lead us to a safer health system.