Heading the list of intriguing speakers is high wire artist Philippe Petit speaking on "Nothing Is Impossible" Saturday, June 16 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.
All the "ideas" events are free and open to the public.
There will be also a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary about Petit, "Man on Wire," preceding Petit's lecture at 11 a.m.Yale philosophy and cognitive science professor Tamar Gendler explores how we can learn from 2,500 years of thought to make life more meaningful and fulfilling in a talk Sunday, june 17 at 3 p.m., also at the art gallery.
Guided by the premise that dance is a barometer of society, Brenda Dixon Gottschild speaks on African American dance on Tuesday, June 19 at 5;30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St.
On the eve of the London 2012 Olympics and its associated cultural festivals, Graham Sheffield CBE, of the British Council, shares stories and insights about the power of art and culture to connect the global to the local on Wednesday, June 20 at 5;30 p.m. at Yale Center for British Art.
Scientists David Lynn and Martha Grover from the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution share facts and patterns from the natural world in a talk on Thursday, June 21 at 5;30 at the Yale University Art Gallery. They will discuss how genome sequencing over the last several years has revealed a vast and dynamic molecular world where the molecular cooperation and intelligence behavior drives selection and physical change to give birth to living systems.
The festival's opening night concert, Sing the Truth!, gives voice to the legacy of the civil rights journey in Connecticut and several figures important to that journey in the state share thoughts and reflections. Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., a civil rights activist and an authority on nonviolent social change, will give a keynote address on Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. and share his journey with Judge Constance Baker Motley. The talk will take place at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Winfred Rembert of New Haven talks about the links from the civil rights era to the present on Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at the art gallery. The program will begin with the screening of the documentary film All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, followed by discussion with Rembert moderated by Yale University Art Gallery directory Jock Reynolds.
On Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art Siddhartha Mitter, a noted cultural critic, is joined by artists from the bands Noori and Red Baraat (performing at the Festival on June 24) and Asphalt Orchestra (performing at the Festival on Sunday, June 17) 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.
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, editors of the online magazine Slate, bring their acclaimed weekly political podcast to the Festival for a session recorded live on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art. They will discuss the upcoming November elections and summer conventions, President Obama, and other hot political stories of the week.
Hwang's latest play Chinglish was the first Broadway play to be performed in both Mandarin and English. Ha Jin is the winner of the National Book Award for Waiting, twice winner of the PEN/Faulkner award, and celebrated author of short stories, poetry and fiction, most recently of Nanjing Requiem. Both will read from their current work and talk about the intersection of contemporary writing, artistic diaspora and cultural perspectives on China.Daphne Miller, MD will speak on "the wisdom and science of traditional foods" on Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the art gallery. Miller is the author of The Jungle Effect, a 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. She will discuss 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.