Announcing the Yale@Gateway Series Spring 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Yale@Gateway Speaker Series at Gateway Community College (GCC) continues this spring with an exciting slate of speakers:

  • Monday, March 7: Yale Humanities Professor Norma Thompson
  • Monday, April 11 (New Date): Intelligence expert and Eli Whitney Scholar Sam Hussain
  • Monday, April 18: Yale Fellow of International Security Studies Charles Hill


Each event begins at 7:30 p.m. in GCC’s Community Room (N100) and will be moderated by Paul Solman. Solman is best known for his work on the PBS Newshour as a business, economics and occasional art correspondent.

Monday, March 7, Yale Humanities Professor Norma Thompson: The discussion for the evening will be "Why you have to read the classics." Professor Thompson is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Humanities major at Yale College and Associate Director of the Whitney Humanities Center. Her latest book is "Unreasonable Doubt: Circumstantial Evidence and the Art of Judgment." She edited the volume "Instilling Ethics with Rowman and Littlefield" (2000) and has also published in Arion, Nomos, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and in the festschrift for David Grene, Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern. Her most recent article is on "Herodotus and Thucydides" for The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Theory (2009). Her current book project is titled “The Making of Character.”

Monday, April 4, Intelligence expert and Eli Whitney Scholar Sam Hussain: The discussion is "Understanding emerging threats: challenges for the U.S. intelligence community." Hussain is a former U.S. Dept. of Defense Consultant with an accomplished professional background in the intelligence and national security arenas. After leaving the intelligence community, he became a program manager for a major defense consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Hussain spent the last year studying the political and market ramifications of informal value transfer systems at Cambridge University and through Yale’s Grand Strategy Program.

Monday, April 18, Yale Fellow of International Security Studies Charles Hill: The discussion is "How the world as we know it is coming apart." Charles Hill is a diplomat in residence and a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in a variety of roles such as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East at the State Department, Chief of Staff of the same, and executive aid to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Hill has collaborated with former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on "Egypt's Road to Jerusalem," a memoir of the Middle East peace negotiations, and "Unvanquished," about U.S. relations with the U.N. in the post–Cold War period.

Hill has been a fellow at the Harvard University East Asia Research Center, a Clark fellow at Cornell University, and is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as special consultant on policy to the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996. Hill received an A.B. degree from Brown University in 1957, a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, and an M.A. degree in American studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961.

The Yale@Gateway Series was co-created with GCC Business Professor Lorraine Li to expand opportunities for students at both institutions to gain a greater understanding of the role and relevance of economics in contemporary, everyday culture. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact GCC Business Professor Lorraine Li at or call (203) 285- 2285.