Category Archives: Yale Talk: Conversations with President Peter Salovey

Nobel Laureate Louise Glück on Teaching and Poetry



President Peter Salovey and Professor Louise Glück discuss her discovery of poetry, the importance of mentorship, and her love of teaching. Their conversation is followed by a recording of Professor Glück’s reading of her poem “October.”


Putting “Belonging” at the Heart of Research and Education



President Peter Salovey and Professor Willie Jennings discuss the shared endeavor of learning, the beauty of discovery, the dangers of isolation, and cultivating the habits and practices of a healthy intellectual life.


Connecting Ideas and Action to Understand Racism and Reduce Disparities



In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Peter Salovey and Professor Phillip Atiba Goff discuss the science of racial bias, the work of the Center for Policing Equity, and the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities.


Students and University Library Help to Write Yale’s History



Help Us Make History—an archival project launched by the Yale University Library in May 2020—invites undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to contribute their written and visual records of life on and off campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Yale Talk, President Salovey learns from University Archivist Michael Lotstein about how students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the generations have helped to write Yale’s history. Current Yale College students Solomon Adams ’24, Emma Levin ’23, and Regina Sung ’24 contribute readings from among the hundreds of submissions that the project has received to date.


Veterans Day: Pursuing Excellence in the Military and at Yale



Yale has a proud tradition of involvement in, and ties to, military service. Through programs including the Warrior-Scholar Project, the Yale Veterans Network, and the Yale Veterans Association, the university warmly embraces its veterans, as well as those who are actively serving in the military and those who participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. For this Veterans Day podcast, President Salovey talks with three undergraduates in the Eli Whitney Students Program—James Hatch ’23, Andrew Nguyen ’22, and Allegra Pankratz ’21—about serving their country and finding community at Yale.


Founders Day: Building a stronger and more inclusive Yale



To commemorate Founders Day, President Peter Salovey discusses Yale’s responsibility to lead the change needed in society through education, scholarship, research, preservation, and practice. He is joined by the co-chairs of the President’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Kimberly Goff-Crews, university secretary and vice president for university life, and Gary Desir, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine, and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.


Sustaining Yale’s research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic



Preparations for this extraordinary academic year have been like no other. While implementing innovative teaching methods and setting up comprehensive health protective protocols, Yale also has been resuming its search for ideas and solutions. President Salovey discusses the ramping down and reactivation of research with Diondra Dilworth, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry, and Chris Londa, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics.


Connecting the Yale Community with Food



Sharing meals plays a big part in life at Yale. Although Yale Hospitality operations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, its staff members have been contributing to the university and New Haven communities in numerous ways. In honor of Staff Spirit Week, President Salovey discusses with Maureen O’Donnell, residential dining general manager, and Joseph “Rusty” Hamilton, baker at the Culinary Support Center, how Yale staff is serving those in need during this public health crisis.


Yale Experts on the Parallel Crises of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism



Anti-black violence, racism, and injustice are all too ubiquitous in our nation today and throughout history. As people called for actions to solve this crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed striking, long-standing health disparities in our nation. President Peter Salovey discussed the role Yale and other universities play in moving our society past these entrenched problems through our mission of education, research, and scholarship. He was joined by Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology.


Yale Economic Experts on the COVID-19 Pandemic



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President Peter Salovey discussed the national and global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons we can learn from history with three Yale faculty experts:
Pinelopi Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics and professor of management and former chief economist at the World Bank Group;
Andrew Metrick, Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance and Management and director of the Yale Program on Financial Stability; and
Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate.

(Recorded May 20, 2020)