Global Learning

90.5 WESA is committed to giving you access to discussions from some of smartest, most innovative thinkers in the world. With support from the nonprofit Chautauqua Institution, we're featuring informative lectures on issues that impact our region and beyond.

Steven J. Corwin Talks Academic Medical Centers Amidst Health Care Reform

Mar 17, 2014

Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, speaks about ways of preserving quality aspects of the existing health care system while reducing overall cost.

Molly Williamson on Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy

Mar 17, 2014

Middle East Institute scholar Molly Williamson speaks on "Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy" surrounding the top five oil-producing countries in the world: Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, China and Iran.

The Innocence Project's Nina Morrison Describes Wrongful Convictions

Mar 17, 2014

Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, speaks on her organization's work to exonerate the innocent and reform a system responsible for many unjust imprisonments by telling the story of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years.

Marina Picciotto Offers a Scientific View on Happiness

Mar 17, 2014

Marina Picciotto, Charles B.G. Murphy Chair in Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, speaks about the science of happiness Thursday morning in the Amphitheater.

Trevor Potter Connects Politics and Market Forces

Mar 17, 2014

Former FEC chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and general counsel to John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, speaks on how market forces affect the political process, specifically with regard to campaign financing and Super PACs.

David Von Drehle Speaks About Lincoln's Legacy

Mar 16, 2014

Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year, speaks on the legacy of the 16th president.

Chris Hayes on the Struggle Against Meritocracy

Mar 16, 2014

Chris Hayes, host of "All In with Chris Hayes" on MSNBC and editor-at-large for The Nation, addresses how young people affect policy and effect change.

Natalie Batalha - Kepler: A Planet for Goldilocks

Mar 16, 2014

NASA AMES astrophysicist Natalie Batalha shares findings from the Kepler Mission, where she is mission scientist, and discusses its importance to NASA, the scientific community and humankind.

Nancy Gibbs on the Bond Between the Members of the Presidents Club

Apr 1, 2013

In the first lecture in a week that examines the exclusive brotherhood known as "The Presidents Club," Nancy Gibbs lays the groundwork for the complex narrative. Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time, co-wrote the book, "The Presidents Club," with Michael Duffy. Her talk focuses on the behind-closed-doors partnerships between former presidents and the relationships those dealings fostered. Tales of Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and more abound.

Teresa A. Sullivan Talks About Combating Cheating in Higher Education

Apr 1, 2013

College students today comprise a large number of the millennial (post-1980-born) generation. As they progress through university, the pressure to succeed increases. Some students turn to cheating to gain an advantage, which is now quite easy due to technology improvements. How do we remedy this? Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, offers some answers in this lecture that ends a week of exploring "The Ethics of Cheating."

Dahlia Lithwick Discusses Digital Identity and Privacy

Apr 1, 2013

Hussain Haqqani on Clashing U.S.-Pakistani Narratives

Apr 1, 2013

In this lecture, Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., seeks to explain the mystery behind hot-and-cold foreign relations between the two nations. Tracing their history, Haqqani touches on some of the key misunderstandings that have led to the current situation. The remedy, Haqqani suggests, is friendship — a more lasting alternative than mere alliance and partnership.

Freeman A. Hrabowski on Changing the Face of Math and Science

Apr 1, 2013

Derek and Sissela Bok, authors of books discussing happiness, speak with author Roger Rosenblatt about the importance of a moral education and how the arts can enhance the search for happiness.

Author and president of the University of Richmond Edward Ayers talks about the actual thoughts and reasons of Southerners behind secession. Ayers has written "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," "What Caused the Civil War?" and eight other books.

Jump Associates CEO Dev Patnaik on Answering Ambiguous Questions

Apr 1, 2013

Dev Patnaik, author of "Wired to Care" and CEO of Jump Associates, speaks about how hybrid thinking can help innovation by bringing about empathy, creativity and execution.

Fred Bergsten on the United States' Role in the World Economy

Apr 1, 2013

Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, former senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author C. Fred Bergsten talks about the global impact of the U.S. economy.

Author Isobel Coleman Discusses the Role of Women in the Middle East

Apr 1, 2013

Isobel Coleman is the author of "Paradise Beneath her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East" and is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Harvard professor of political philosophy Michael Sandel asks how we can elevate the terms of public discourse and reach for a new politics of the common good. Sandel is the author of "Justice," "The Case against Perfection," "Public Philosophy" and "What Money Can't Buy."

Retired Diplomat Nicholas Burns on US Policy Toward Iran

Mar 26, 2013

Retired diplomat Nicholas Burns believes there are three basic choices the U.S. could make in foreign policy regarding Iran. The first two, he said, are so "absurd" that they shouldn't be taken seriously. The third, though, is the path he believes in, because it's "practical and right in the middle."