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On Friendship: A conversation with A.C. Grayling

Renowned philosopher and writer A.C. Grayling,  author of Friendship, has spent much time consider the connections formed between two people. Hear him speak about these bonds in this interview and video with Yale University Press, London! Yale University Press:  How important is friendship in the twenty-first century? A.C. Grayling:  Friendship has always been central to human […]

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City: Urbanism and Its End

The Rise and Fall of Urbanism: Douglas W. Rae’s City

Settled by Puritans in 1638, New Haven, Connecticut was the first planned city in America. A few weeks ago in New Haven, a group of citizens met in the basement of a middle school to discuss the well-being of their town. Issues like “food deserts,” street crime, and health problems came to the forefront as dozens […]

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Women and Gender in Islam

Leila Ahmed and Women’s Voices in Islam

What does it mean for a Muslim woman to wear a veil? What is the role of women in Islam? What is the relationship between culture and faith? Leila Ahmed, an author and professor at Harvard Divinity School, investigates these topics most recently in A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to […]

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5 (of 10) Temptations to Violate Dignity

Follow @yaleSCIbooks For nearly two decades Donna Hicks, Ph.D. has been in the field of international conflict resolution facilitating dialogue between communities in conflict in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland. She was a consultant to the BBC where she co-facilitated a television series, Facing the Truth, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which aired […]

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Sister Citizen and Dignity

Melissa Harris-Perry and Donna Hicks on the Political Power of Shame and Dignity

Looking ahead to September’s Political Economy theme on the Yale Press Log, this month we celebrate the one-year publication anniversary of two powerful books from Yale University Press: Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen and Donna Hicks’s Dignity. On the surface, these authors have established themselves in very different niches of the academic and public spheres. Harris-Perry […]

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Man or Monster? : The Making of Maximilien Robespierre

“Supporter of the unfortunate, avenger of the innocent,/ You live for virtue, for sweet friendship,/ And you can demand equal measure from my heart.” —Dubois de Fosseux These affectionate lines, written by French reformer Dubois de Fosseux to his friend Maximilien Robespierre, are difficult to reconcile with the Robespierre of popular imagination. From the hour […]

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The Master and His Emissary

How Our Left-Brained Society Might Be Making Us Unhappy

Follow @yaleSCIbooks We have a popular notion that the human brain is neatly divided: the right side dealing with emotion, the left side, with reason. In his acclaimed book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Iain McGilchrist suggests that there is a profound difference in what […]

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Cuban Fiestas

Viva la Fiesta! : The Complex History of a Cuban Tradition

Fiestas abound in Cuba year-round, and July is no exception. This month is particularly fiesta-centered in the nation’s second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba, where the Fiesta del Fuego has just wrapped up and the Carnival de Santiago de Cuba is about to begin, overlapping with the national celebration of Fidel Castro’s revolution on July 26. […]

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Boredom: Dangerous Creativity

“I’m bored,” are dreaded words parents hear from the backseat on a road trip, but the problem may be inevitable. In Boredom: A Lively History Peter Toohey contextualizes boredom using various artistic and literary examples and ultimately theorizes that boredom may actually be a good thing and stimulate creativity. From Jane Austen’s Emma to Gustave […]

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Making Way for Genius

The Tipping Point: Where Bastille Day Meets Madame de Staël

A Happy Bastille Day to one and all! France’s national holiday is a day for celebrating its people as a collective force to be reckoned with. Specifically, it remembers those who came together to storm the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. More generally, however, it celebrates the forging of France into a Republic […]

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