Yale Talk: Conversations with President Peter Salovey

Yale Talk is a podcast hosted by Yale University President Peter Salovey. About once a month, he will share news from campus or host faculty, students, staff, or alumni for a conversation. Yale is a place of many voices—students, faculty,  staff, and alumni who are bringing “light and truth” to our world in many different ways. Through this podcast, you can hear those voices, so you can learn more about the amazing work of education and scholarship taking place at Yale.

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Episodes

September 10, 2021

Sterling Professor of History David Blight, who served as an advisor to the team of curators at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and President Peter Salovey discuss commemorating tremendous loss, the purpose of memorialization, and teaching complex history. 

August 3, 2021

Phoebe Mankiewicz, a Yale Ph.D. student, and President Salovey discuss innovative, interdisciplinary research that addresses indoor air pollution. 

June 29, 2021

President Salovey discusses leadership lessons from the pandemic, favorite baseball memories, the role of athletics at Yale, and the rise of sabermetrics with William O. DeWitt Jr. ’63, chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals, and William O. DeWitt III ’90, president of the St. Louis Cardinals.

May 23, 2021

Michelle Hu ’20 and Vig Namasivayam ’20 discuss what it was like to graduate during a pandemic and provide advice to the Class of 2021.

May 9, 2021

Yale students Florrie Marshall and Ryan Tani join President Peter Salovey in a conversation about creating music and using it to connect people, communicate shared experiences, and mark historic moments.

March 9, 2021

President Peter Salovey and Professor Louise Glück discuss her discovery of poetry, the importance of mentorship, and her love of teaching. Their conversation is followed by a recording of Professor Glück’s reading of her poem “October.”

February 24, 2021

President Peter Salovey and Professor Willie Jennings discuss the shared endeavor of learning, the beauty of discovery, the dangers of isolation, and cultivating the habits and practices of a healthy intellectual life.

January 18, 2021

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Peter Salovey and Professor Phillip Atiba Goff discuss the science of racial bias, the work of the Center for Policing Equity, and the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities.

December 9, 2020

Help Us Make History—an archival project launched by the Yale University Library in May 2020—invites undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to contribute their written and visual records of life on and off campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Yale Talk, President Salovey learns from University Archivist Michael Lotstein about how students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the generations have helped to write Yale’s history. Current Yale College students Solomon Adams ’24, Emma Levin ’23, and Regina Sung ’24 contribute readings from among the hundreds of submissions that the project has received to date.

November 10, 2020

Yale has a proud tradition of involvement in, and ties to, military service. Through programs including the Warrior-Scholar Project, the Yale Veterans Network, and the Yale Veterans Association, the university warmly embraces its veterans, as well as those who are actively serving in the military and those who participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. For this Veterans Day podcast, President Salovey talks with three undergraduates in the Eli Whitney Students Program—James Hatch ’23, Andrew Nguyen ’22, and Allegra Pankratz ’21—about serving their country and finding community at Yale.

October 15, 2020

To commemorate Founders Day, President Peter Salovey discusses Yale’s responsibility to lead the change needed in society through education, scholarship, research, preservation, and practice. He is joined by the co-chairs of the President’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Kimberly Goff-Crews, university secretary and vice president for university life, and Gary Desir, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine, and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

September 17, 2020

Preparations for this extraordinary academic year have been like no other. While implementing innovative teaching methods and setting up comprehensive health protective protocols, Yale also has been resuming its search for ideas and solutions. President Salovey discusses the ramping down and reactivation of research with Diondra Dilworth, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry, and Chris Londa, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics.

August 7, 2020

Sharing meals plays a big part in life at Yale. Although Yale Hospitality operations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, its staff members have been contributing to the university and New Haven communities in numerous ways. In honor of Staff Spirit Week, President Salovey discusses with Maureen O’Donnell, residential dining general manager, and Joseph “Rusty” Hamilton, baker at the Culinary Support Center, how Yale staff is serving those in need during this public health crisis.

July 21, 2020

Anti-black violence, racism, and injustice are all too ubiquitous in our nation today and throughout history. As people called for actions to solve this crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed striking, long-standing health disparities in our nation. President Peter Salovey discussed the role Yale and other universities play in moving our society past these entrenched problems through our mission of education, research, and scholarship. He was joined by Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology.

June 3, 2020

President Peter Salovey discussed the national and global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons we can learn from past crises with three Yale faculty experts:

  • Pinelopi Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics and professor of management and former chief economist at the World Bank Group;
  • Andrew Metrick, Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance and Management and director of the Yale Program on Financial Stability; and
  • Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate.

(Recorded May 20, 2020)

April 22, 2020

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, President Salovey and Professor Seto discuss urban population growth and how cities can be managed and built to optimize sustainability and health.

April 14, 2020

Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing, and Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, joined President Peter Salovey in early April for a conversation about COVID-19 response and the immediate and long-term impacts of this pandemic.

March 8, 2020

Yale student-athletes Tori Andrew BF ’21 and Azar Swain TD ’21, who are among the best shooters in the Ivy League and NCAA, join President Peter Salovey for a conversation about the right mindset to lead and win—on the basketball court, in the classroom, and in life.

February 21, 2020

The HAPPINESS Project is one of the ways Yale faculty and students are tackling the complex, global challenges of connecting people with mental health services. The HAPPINESS Project aims to improve mental health care delivery in Nigeria, and the methods and technology developed through the project have the potential to help many other communities. Upon their return from Lagos, Nigeria, President Peter Salovey, Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, Dr. Charles Dike, and Mr. Eddie Mandhry discuss the partnerships Yale is developing through this project and the Yale Africa Initiative.

January 20, 2020

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Salovey and Professor Feimster discuss the “long” civil rights movement, the contributions of civil rights activist Pauli Murray, and how Yale students are using the university’s archival and museum collections in their classes.