President's Speaker Series


    Frans de Waal – Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

    What sets humans apart from other animals? Intelligence? Frans de Waal challenges the view that there is a wall separating human and animal intelligence. Modern neuroscience increasingly supports his view. Human mental uniqueness claims have fallen one by one over the last few decades. Other primates are now seen as political, cultural, perhaps even moral…

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    Mark Tushnet – Social Movements and the U.S. Constitution

    Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will address “Social Movements and the U.S. Constitution”. He will examine how social movements have affected the development and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. After providing an overview of social movements and their relationship with interest groups and political parties, Professor Tushnet will…

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    William Deresiewicz – The Purpose of Liberal Arts

    Deresiewicz will address “The Purpose of Liberal Arts”. Building on his controversial and inspirational best-seller Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life, he will discuss the true purpose of a university education. What are the liberal arts, and what are they supposed to do for you? What…

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    Daniel Bell & Philip Pettit – A Debate on “How Much Democracy? How Much Meritocracy?”

    Daniel Bell, Chair Professor of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Director of the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center, will debate Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the ANU, on the topic “How Much Democracy? How Much Meritocracy?”…

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    President of Iceland, His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson – Clean Energy, Climate, and the Arctic

    President of the Republic of Iceland, His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will address the topic of “Clean Energy, Climate, and the Arctic” and take questions from the audience. ABOUT HIS EXCELLENCY ÓLAFUR RAGNAR GRÍMSSON His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the fifth president of the Republic of Iceland, currently serving his fifth term; he was first elected…

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  • Sidney Altman

    Sidney Altman – Antibiotics: Present and Future

    Sidney Altman, Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989 for the discovery of catalytic properties of RNA. The Altman lab at Yale is concerned with the function and structure of ribonuclease P in both bacteria and human cells. Professor…

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    Olivia Lum – The Hyflux Journey: Inspirations from an Entrepreneur who Dares to Dream Big

    With a strong conviction and will power to follow her dreams, Olivia Lum left the comfort zone of her successful corporate career to set up Hyflux Ltd, a leading global water and environment solutions company. Olivia will share her life experience as an inspiring woman entrepreneur who has overcome life’s adversities to turn dreams into…

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    Paula Madison – Screening of “Finding Samuel Lowe” followed by Q&A

    Madison is the executive producer and subject of “Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China,” a compelling documentary that chronicles her journey to her maternal grandfather’s homeland in China and the reconnection of her family with his 300 descendants. HarperCollins published a memoir on the journey, Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem in April 2015….

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    Noeleen Heyzer – Leading Change Through the United Nations: A Personal Journey

    This year, the United Nations (UN) turns 70. Many people view the UN as a web of bureaucracy. Few are aware of how the UN operates, and the changes it has brought about in our world. This talk highlights the UN ideas that changed the world and Heyzer shares with us a personal journey of…

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    R Howard Bloch — Charles Baudelaire and the Question of Modernity

    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was one of the “poètes maudits”–“cursed poets”–and bad, bad boys of the nineteenth century.  Seeking to escape what was sensed as the boredom or “spleen” of modern life, he found refuge in alcohol, drugs, exoticism, dandyism, satanic religious practice, and, above all, poetry, which many consider the most innovative and beautiful of…

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  • Emily Bazelon

    Emily Bazelon — Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

    Addressing the important topic of bullying, Emily Bazelon will guide audiences on a thoughtful journey through the social and legal ramifications of bullying. Join her as she examines how the use of new technologies can both spread and combat it. ABOUT EMILY BAZELON Emily Bazelon wrote the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying…

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  • Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

    Dr Mohamed ElBaradei — Global Equity and Security

    Throughout our human journey, we have been trying in vain to find ways and means to live together in peace and dignity. Instead, our world continues to be marred by inequality and insecurity: violence and coercion continue to be the primary means to try to settle our differences; and obscene economic and social inequality continues…

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    Jane Hirshfield — A Calligraphic Attention: A Reading & Conversation with Jane Hirshfield

    Jane Hirshfield will read works from her eight books of poetry, then join the audience in a conversation about poems and the altered, deepened, and liberated ways of knowing their words awaken. ABOUT JANE HIRSHFIELD Jane Hirshfield’s many books of poems, most recently Come, Thief and After, have won numerous honors. A new poetry collection,The Beauty,…

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    Professor Brian P Schmidt: Science — Humanity’s Universal Bridge

    Science is one of the few arenas where humanity has worked together through history for our collective good. In his speech, Professor Schmidt will discuss the role of science through the ages in shaping our current society, and reflect on the good and the bad its knowledge has brought. While the impact of science in…

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    Dialogue Between Presidents – The Future of Liberal Arts in Asia and North America

    Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium @ L2, Education Resource Centre  Join us for a dialogue between President of Yale-NUS College, Pericles Lewis, and President of Pomona College, David Oxtoby, as they discuss important issues facing liberal arts institutions. The dialogue will be moderated by Yale-NUS Visiting Professor of Science, Bryan Penprase, and will tackle some of the most vital…

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    An Evening With Geoff Dyer

    Venue: University Town Auditorium 3 @ College of Alice & Peter Tan For this session, Geoff Dyer will be reading a piece of writing called White Sands that is part-essay, part-travelogue and part-story, and set in the American west. It has been published in a magazine but has not yet been collected in a book…

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  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil: Wonder in the Natural World

    Venue: University Town Auditorium 3 @ College of Alice & Peter Tan Join Aimee Nezhukumatathil for an evening of poetry as she reads from her three award-winning collections, which deal variously with the natural world around us and the ways in which we find ourselves in a state of wonder inside of it. ABOUT AIMEE…

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    Jay Garfield – Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose: Freedom, Agency And Morality For Mādhyamikas

    Venue: University Town Auditorium 3 @ College of Alice & Peter Tan Professor Jay L Garfield is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities and Head of Studies in Philosophy at Yale-NUS College, Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, Recurrent Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, Doris Silbert Professor in…

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  • Amy Hungerford

    Amy Hungerford: Wallace Stevens and the Art of the Empty Mind

    Amy Hungerford is Professor of English at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Professor Hungerford is author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010). Her teaching is known worldwide through her popular,…

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  • Jim Rogers

    Jim Rogers: How I See The World And What I Am Doing About It

    Jim Rogers, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, is an author, financial commentator, adventurer, and successful international investor.  He has been frequently featured in Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Business Times, The Straits Times and many media outlets worldwide.  He has also…

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  • Pico Iyer

    Pico Iyer: Into Mystery and Silence – Four Readings and a Conversation

    Pico Iyer is the author of ten books, including Video Night in Kathmandu and The Global Soul, and a longtime essayist for Time magazine, as well as a constant contributor to The New York Times, the Financial Times, Vanity Fair and many others. He has written film-scripts for Hollywood and liner-notes for Leonard Cohen, given TED talks and…

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  • Anthony Chen

    Anthony Chen: From Singapore Heartlands to Camera d’Or

    Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen enrolled in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies at an early age of 17 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He graduated from film school with his graduation film, G-23  which screened at multiple festivals worldwide and won awards in Europe and Asia. His second short film, Ah…

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  • Maria Ressa

    From Bin Laden to Facebook: The Power of Social Networks

    An award winning journalist based in the Philippines, Ms Maria Ressa works at the nexus of social media and terrorism. She is the founder and CEO of Rappler, a social news network in the Philippines launched in early 2012 that is well-known for the free spirited and open nature in which it reports news. Ms…

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    Conversation among Presidents

    The first in the series, “Conversation among Presidents”  is a panel comprising NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan, Yale President Emeritus Richard Levin and Yale-NUS College President Pericles Lewis.  The panel, to be moderated by President Lewis, will cover the history and foundation of Yale-NUS College, as well as other issues that contribute to the mission…

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