Saturday is a school day, right?

Paul, Victor, and I had an amazing time at the International Relations Symposium at Yale. Keynote speaker Katrina Lantos-Swett spoke about her extensive travels and left us with these words: “The most important lesson is that we as a country must put our values front and center in our international politics. We should be in the long game, the good game, the game that wants to build a different world. ”

Next up, Yale Professor Nicolay Marinov taught us about emerging democracy in the 21st century and told the students, “I urge you to acquire a college education to learn just how much we don’t know. The best education you’ll get is that we’re really clueless. You have to be informed and you have to think. You have to be informed about how much we don’t know.”

YIRA students ran workshops on journalism, and then we gathered for lunch. Everyone should congratulate Victor who started off with just plain rice and naan, but was more adventurous on his next trip to the buffet–I’m pretty sure I saw a samosa and some pad thai!

Kudos to Paul, too, for connecting with students from other area schools and staying until the very end–he spent a whole Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., learning about food policy, the United Nations, and democracy.

I can’t wait to hear about the Read to Grow event that Cameo organized and the Dream Day hosted by our Future Project Dream Director Christian, both of which were held at the school today. I guess no one told the HSC students and faculty that it’s the weekend!