April 15, 2022
The island of Guam is often seen as important only in the context of its ties to the US, which annexed the island as a territory following the Spanish-American War and now uses it to host a military base. But recent graduate Kristin Oberiano’s dissertation, “Territorial Discontent: Chamorros, Filipinos, and the Making of the United States Empire on Guam,” centers Chamorros, the indigenous people of Guam, and Filipinos in the historical narrative.
April 1, 2022
The New Madrid earthquakes that rocked the present-day states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois from December 1811 to February 1812 reshaped not only the landscape but also the history of the United States. So why were the quakes all but forgotten by the time of the Civil War? What caused them and could they happen again? Historian of science Conevery Valencius, PhD ’98, explains.
March 14, 2022
A PhD student in economics whose work incorporates moral philosophy and theories of justice, Hitzig says that when institutions choose one algorithm over another, they aren’t merely making a technical fix like a civil engineer improving a bridge; they’re making a normative judgment, choosing one set of values over another. In her academic work and her poetry, she lays bare the costs of these choices and offers new ways of making decisions and distributing resources in a democratic society.
March 14, 2022
In this interview, Charles Weiss , PhD ’65, discusses his new book, The Survival Nexus , and says that the fate of humanity may well depend on its ability to understand and manage the intersection of science, technology, and world affairs.
March 14, 2022
"Air should be something everybody has." Beaudry and her 2018 video piece, Flashbacks. That simple revelation came to Ellie Beaudry when she was in high school in Shanghai. China ranks 137 out of 180 countries on Yale University’s Environmental...
March 11, 2022
Fiona Hill, PhD ’98, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, PhD ’68, discuss the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
March 4, 2022
Evolutionary anthropologist Herman Pontzer, PhD '06, explains why the calories we burn every day stay within a fairly narrow range whether we’re gym rats or couch potatoes.
February 15, 2022
The cities where Black Americans most frequently landed during the Great Migration became traps of social immobility—and remain so to this day. The reasons, says economist and GSAS alumna Ellora Derenoncourt, have to do with how these communities—particularly white residents and the local governments that represented them—reacted to their changing racial identity.
February 15, 2022
In the February episode of Colloquy , we discuss The Black Agenda is a new collection of essays that centers the voices and ideas of Black experts on climate change, public health, economic inequality, education, and many other challenges.
January 20, 2022
Eight scholars appointed studying topics from implicit bias to religion and Hollywood

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