Yale Explores…The 21st Century City and Society

Los Angeles Skyline

March 14, 2019
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA

Between now and 2050, the world’s urban population will grow by an estimated 2.5 billion, constituting 66 percent of the world’s population. The successful management of such unprecedented growth requires an examination of the politics and local governments, economic and social relations, and land and water use that constitute a city. Sound urban development and public policy strategies will play a crucial role in protecting the world’s ecosystems, improving human health, mitigating the effects of climate change, fostering growth and innovation, reducing economic inequality, and providing essential public services in a fiscally responsible manner.

The work of Yale professors David Schleicher, Karen Seto, and David Vlahov spans the fields of law, urbanization, and urban health. Join them for an interdisciplinary exploration of urbanism in the 21st century and a deeper understanding of this urgent global challenge. The conversation will be moderated by Margaret Warner ’71, senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and former chief global affairs correspondent at PBS NewsHour, and will conclude with reflections from President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. 


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.