Yale University will host a day-long celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15, to mark the opening of the new Jackson School of Global Affairs. 

The event will feature a keynote address by journalist and author Fareed Zakaria; panel discussions with retired U.S. ambassadors and prominent Yale scholars; and a dedication ceremony.

The Jackson School of Global Affairs — Yale’s first new professional school in more than four decades — trains and equips a new generation of leaders to devise thoughtful, evidence-based solutions for challenging global problems. Learn more about the school.

Confirmed speakers and sessions topics include:

Session 1: The Ambassadors: America’s Diplomats on the Front Lines

  • Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon
  • Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Algeria
  • Anne Patterson, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Pakistan, Colombia, and El Salvador 

Session 2: Threats to Democracy 

  • Pinelopi Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics and Global Affairs, Yale University
  • Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, Yale University
  • Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University

Keynote Address: The Old Order Changeth, Yielding Place to New
Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Washington Post columnist, and author

The dedication ceremony will include remarks by Yale University President Peter Salovey, Professor Jim Levinsohn, inaugural dean of the Jackson School, and Charles Goodyear IV, a university trustee.

Attendance is limited to invited guests. Reporters should email opac.media@yale.edu to obtain a press pass.