Giving to Yale

Yale Officially Dedicates the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

President Levin, joined by the Jacksons, James Levinsohn, and MacMillan Center director Ian Shapiro ’83 Ph.D., ’87 J.D. cut the ceremonial ribbon, formally opening the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.A gathering of 100 alumni, faculty, and friends marked the formal dedication of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in a daylong program September 20, 2010. The event featured several panels and a dedication ceremony at the Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center, followed by a conversation with international journalist Fareed Zakaria ’86 and President Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D.

The Jackson Institute was established in April 2009 with a transformational gift made by John W. ’67 and Susan G. Jackson. Its mission is to institutionalize the teaching of global affairs throughout Yale as well as prepare students to be informed global citizens.

James Levinsohn, the inaugural Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs and director of the Jackson Institute, opened the event with an overview of the various initiatives now unfolding there. Following his presentation, a student panel highlighted the career services offered through the Institute, and a panel of Jackson Institute fellows addressed global leadership and diplomacy. Members of the President's Council on International Activities (PCIA) attended the day’s events in conjunction with their annual meeting.

One of the highlights of the day was the dedication ceremony and luncheon, where President Levin officially recognized John and Susan Jackson for their generosity and international vision. He noted that Yale strives to educate students for leadership and service throughout the world and described the Jackson Institute as a new centerpiece of the University’s global initiatives.

Following lunch, guests attended a panel on challenges to the current global economy stemming from the 2008 financial downturn. Panelists included one of Wall Street’s most influential economists, Stephen Roach, also a senior fellow and senior lecturer with the Jackson Institute and Yale’s School of Management, and Rakesh Mohan ’71, a Jackson Institute fellow and former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Later, guests of the dedication, PCIA members, students and others from the Yale community enjoyed a conversation between President Levin and Fareed Zakaria.

(October 4, 2010)