Category Archives: The MacMillan Report

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.

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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.

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Eric Greene talks about Chan Before Chan: Meditation, Repentance, and Visionary Experience in Chinese Buddhism



Professor Greene specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism. Much of his recent research has focused on Buddhist meditation practices, including the history of the transmission on Indian meditation practices to China, the development of distinctly Chinese forms of Buddhist meditation, and Buddhist rituals of confession and atonement. In addition to these topics, he has published articles on the early history of Zen Buddhism, Buddhist paintings from the Silk Roads, and the influence of modern psychological terminology on the Western interpretation of Buddhism.

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Ranu Roychoudhuri talks about her project, Photographs of People, Monument for a City



Ranu Roychoudhuri talks about her project, Photographs of People, Monument for a City.

Professor Roychoudhuri is a visiting scholar in the South Asian Studies Council. She comes to Yale from the Indian Institute of Technology, where she is assistant professor of humanities and social sciences. She is a historian of photography and art with interests in South Asian studies, postcolonial theory, popular visual culture, and the intellectual history of art.

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Marian Chertow talks about industrial ecology and symbiosis in the developing world



Marian Chertow, Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, talks about industrial ecology and symbiosis in the developing world.

Professor Chertow’s research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, circular economy, waste management, and urban sustainability. Her work has championed the study of industrial symbiosis involving geographically based exchanges of materials, energy, water, and wastes within networks of businesses globally. She also has carried out many studies of industrial ecology in China, India, and other emerging market countries as a way to value environmental benefits alongside economic ones.

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Cécile Fromont talks about the circulation of African visual, material, and religious culture in the context of the Slave Trade within the early modern Atlantic world.



Professor Fromont’s writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World. Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo won a number of awards. Her essays on African and Latin American art have appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, African Arts, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, as well as various edited volumes and exhibition catalogues.


Odd Arne Westad talks about Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations.



Professor Westad is a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century. He has published sixteen books, most of which deal with twentieth century Asian and global history.


Emma Zang, assistant professor of sociology, talks about the impact of Chinese divorce reform.



Professor Zang’s research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating methods to model trajectories and life transitions in order to better understand how demographic and socioeconomic inequalities shape the health and well-being of individuals from life course perspectives. Her work has appeared a number of scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and the International Journal of Epidemiology.


Adeem Suhail talks about gang violence in Pakistan



Adeem Suhail is at Yale as the Singh Postdoctoral Associate at the South Asian Studies Council. He is trained as a social anthropologist and his work broadly pertains to issues in the anthropology of politics and the politics of knowledge production. Professor Suhail’s research interests are situated at the intersection of the anthropology of violence, state theory, and urban anthropology and his work has been published in a number of publications.

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Carolyn J. Dean talks about The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide.



Professor Dean is a historian of modern Europe with a focus on the twentieth century whose work explores the intersection of ideas and culture, most recently in the context of genocide. She is the author of several books that focus on the historical and cultural representation of victims, including Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust and The Fragility of Empathy after the Holocaust. She has also written extensively about gender and sexuality in France and on the intellectual history of French theory.

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The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide.

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