Yale Explores…The 21st Century City and Society

Los Angeles Skyline

March 14, 2019
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA

Yale Explores headed west for its Spring 2019 campaign, bringing an evening of connection, engagement, and interdisciplinary exploration to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Yale Explores series kicked off a year ago with events in Washington, D.C. and Boston, moving to Philadelphia and New York last fall.  At each stop, the program has highlighted the benefits and necessity of interdisciplinary study and research, all while bringing a piece of Yale to alumni, family, and friends around the country. In all, nearly 700 local Yalies came out for the two events, including a capacity crowd of 300 in San Francisco and close to 400 in Los Angeles.

The centerpiece of each event is a moderated panel discussion during which Yale faculty members from different departments and schools address some of the world’s most pressing problems from the perspectives of their own disciplines. The panel discussion is followed by remarks from President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D., who provides context to the discourse through his own field of social psychology and the wider lens of the university. “Yale faculty members not only tackle pressing global challenges through exceptional research and scholarship,” Salovey said, “they are teaching the next generation of leaders to develop and adopt solutions that can bridge competing and multifaceted interests.”

The Los Angeles event was held March 14 at the Skirball Cultural Center, where moderator Margaret Warner ’71 was joined by David Schleicher (law), Karen Seto (geography and urbanization), and David Vlahov (nursing) for an examination of “The 21st Century City and Society,” a look at urbanization and how best to manage the expected rapid growth in urban centers in the coming years.


Margaret Warner ’71
Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Former Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, PBS NewsHour


David Schleicher
Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Karen Seto
Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

David Vlahov
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing

Closing Remarks

Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

Enjoy photos from the event

  • Guests enjoying the reception in the Guerin Courtyard at the Skirball Cultural Center.
  • Guests posing in front of the green screen photobooth during the reception.
  • Guests networking and connecting at the reception.
  • Yale Explores in Los Angeles presenters (left to right) David Schleicher, Margaret Warner, Peter Salovey, Karen Seto, David Vlahov, and Sheryl Carter Negash.
  • Guests enjoying the panel “The 21st Century City and Society.”
  • Yale Explores presenters examining the topic “The 21st Century City and Society.”
  • Yale Explores in Los Angeles presenters (left to right) Margaret Warner, David Schleicher, Karen Seto, David Vlahov.
  • President Peter Salovey addressing the audience.
  • Panelist, David Schleicher (middle), conversing with guests during the post-reception.
  • Panelist, Karen Seto (middle-right), conversing with guests during the post-reception.