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How do companies innovate, and how do regional and national strategies incentivize creative growth? Connecticut has a history rich in innovation, from Eli Whitney inventing the cotton gin to the invention of the sewing machine to Sikorsky and the first successful helicopter in the Western Hemisphere. How does our state participate in a global conversation about innovation?

Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, access to food and nutrition.

Cities are home to more than half of the world's population, and are the primary incubators of the cultural, social and political innovations that shape our planet. Benjamin Barber, author of the upcoming book If Mayors Ruled the World, proposes that cities represent a new paradigm of global governance - that democracy began in cities and works best in cities, and that networked cities working across borders can and already do solve global problems of climate change, immigration, security and transportation.

This panel looks at the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society that the United States is moving toward: 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of both the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

This panel includes Rev. Dr. Frederick "Jerry" Streets, former Yale University Chaplain, and pastor of Dixwell Congregational Church, and a panel of scholars, religious leaders and activists who look back, and also enrich our thinking about the next 50 years of race in America.

Presented in collaboration with Yale Divinity School.
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John DeStefano Jr., outgoing mayor of New Haven, and Richard Levin, outgoing president of Yale University, reflect on their 20-year partnership to knit together university and city. At the close of the DeStefano-Levin era, we ask: What is the legacy of this extraordinary partnership? What will it mean for New Haven’s future? Moderated by Douglas Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science.

Siddharta Mitter, noted cultural critic, is joined by artists from the bands Noori, Red Baraat, and Asphalt Orchestra for a conversation about music as a tool for radical transformation in today's changing worlds, both in the United States and around the globe. Sociologist and scholar of cultural politics Sujatha Fernandes joins the discussion.
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TAMAR GENDLER is professor of philosophy at Yale University and chair of the university’s philosophy department. From 2006 to 2010, she served as chair of Yale’s cognitive science program. During the 2009- 2010 year, Gendler was a full-time student at Yale University, supported by a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and took courses in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry.
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The Visionary Leadership Award honors a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. Occurring outside of the annual Festival, the award connects the Festival’s Ideas programs to every day impacts on the community and the world, and was created in honor of the late Jean M. Handley’s leadership as a Founding Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Guided by the premise that dance is a barometer of society, Brenda Dixon Gottschild gauges the pulse of contemporary American performance: using dance as the focus and race as the parameter, she reveals Africanisms in modern and postmodern dance and in American ballet.

As a dance writer and scholar, Gottschild draws from history, image and performance to examine the presence and impact of black dance in America.

Daphne Miller, MD is the author of The Jungle Effect, a unique travelogue of healthy eating. Her understanding of the interconnectedness of food, the environment and health reveal essential clues to our understanding of diet and lifestyle.

Join her to discover food cultures from around the world that are still free of modern chronic diseases and to learn what they can teach us as we seek to develop our own healthy habits.

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