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Lecture Series

During the academic year, the Zigler Center sponsors a weekly Social Policy Lecture Series which is free and open to the public (no reservations are necessary). Speakers from academia, various levels of government, community organizations, service agencies, the business world and the media discuss their work and its policy implications.
Jocelyn Mackey answering questions after her Zigler Center lecture

Topics include: early childhood education, child care, intervention programs for children and families, education reform, mental health, child advocacy, child and family policies, research at the intersection of psychology and social policy, and media presentation of child and family issues, among others.

Beginning in Fall 2008, some of our lecture series speakers have recorded brief versions of their talks for our netcast series. Please see our Netcast page for more information and to listen to the netcasts.

Occasionally, CT-N videotapes our lectures. To see a recent video of one of our lectures check this URL:

Please note: We invite speakers representing a variety of perspectives, to encourage full discussion of the topics examined. Comments of individual speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Zigler Center or Yale University.

Current Schedule

The lectures take place on Mondays from 9:00AM to 10:00AM, in the Cohen Auditorium Distance-Learning Center, during the academic year. The most current schedule is available for download in PDF format.

Map of Yale campus

The Lecture Series is held in Room 116 Harkness Hall, which is located at 100 Wall St., near College St. A map of the Yale campus is available online. Parking is available at meters on the street, in the lot on Broadway (in front of the Yale Bookstore / Stiles College, or in parking garages on Grove St. - east of Church St.).