Festival of Ideas & Enrichment

About the Festival of Ideas and Enrichment

Welcome to Yale Alumni Academy’s annual virtual Festival of Ideas & Enrichment! Taking place July 7-21, the festival brings you a world of new ideas, creative projects and thought-provoking conversations hosted by Yale faculty. Tune in this month with fellow alumni, family, and friends for this enriching series of lectures and online events. 

Festival Lectures and Events

Shanghai Skyline

Wednesday, July 7
4 p.m. eastern

Explore the global rivalry between China and the United States from 5G to AI and other emerging technologies.  Learn about how other countries assess their relations with China and the US...

Paul Bracken ’82
Professor of Management and Political Science

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Voynich Manuscript

Thursday, July 8
4 p.m. eastern

The Voynich manuscript is an unsolved puzzle. A curious cipher manuscript from the early 15th century, it is unique in many ways. The script is not found in any other document, and while the...

Claire Bowern
Professor of Linguistics

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Fish and Coral

Thursday, July 15
4 p.m. eastern

Explore the biodiversity of fishes, their evolutionary history, and the complicated relationship between humans and aquatic organisms as Professor Near leads you through the effect of biodiversity...

Thomas Near
Professor and Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Bingham Oceanographic Curator of Ichthyology, Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Octopus Teacher

Monday, July 19
3 p.m. eastern

“My Octopus Teacher” tells the story of diver, Craig Foster’s incredible connection with a wild Octopus living along the shores of False Bay, in South Africa. The documentary takes place...

Casey Dunn
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Eagle, We the People, and American Flag

Wednesday, July 21
4 p.m. eastern

The concept of patriotism remains one of our most contested virtues. Living at a time of intense political polarization, patriotism becomes deeply politicized. On the right, it is frequently...

Steven Smith
Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science

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Virtual Tours

Virtually Explore Morocco

Discover ancient archaeological sites, religious sites, and more on this virtual adventure to North Africa's Morocco. 

Virtually Explore

Upcoming Programs Abroad