Yale Day

As YMUN is hosted in the heart of Yale’s campus, delegates can experience life at Yale through Yale Day on Friday, January 24th, 2020. Attend Master Lectures with Yale professors, explore Yale’s campus with a guided tour, or try a new activity with Yale’s student extracurricular organizations. Delegates can also have lunch with Yale professors and students and attend our College Admissions Panel.

Stay tuned for an updated list of Yale Day events for YMUN XLVI!

In the meantime, check out some of our events from YMUN XLV:

Professor Master Lectures

Seating for lectures is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please come early to grab seats!

The Impact of Trade on Populism in the Western Economies, Didac Queralt

Didac Queralt is an assistant professor of political science. His research, which lies at the intersection of comparative and international political economy, examines the origins of fiscal institutions from three different angles: war, trade, and political competition. He has published articles in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, and Comparative Political Studies.

The Genocide Convention at 70, David Simon

David Simon is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Yale’s political science department. He is interested in how states and societies come to commit and experience mass atrocities, and how they can recover from them.  Also he is interested in the political economy of development in Africa, and particularly in the influence of development assistance on institutional development.

Psychological Consequences of Genetic Explanations, Woo-Kyoung Ahn

Woo-Kyoung Ahn is a Professor of Psychology. Her main area of research interest is higher-level reasoning processes. In particular, she studies how people learn and represent concepts and causal relations, and how causal explanations shape our thinking processes. She studies basic cognitive processes underlying concept and causal learning. She also studies applied issues, such as how expert clinicians’ causal explanations for mental disorders affect their diagnoses, and how learning about one’s genetic predisposition affects people’s expectations about their symptoms.

Life Worth Living, Miroslav Volf

Professor Volf is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His books include Allah: A Christian Response (2011); Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), which was the Archbishop of Canterbury Lenten book for 2006; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), a winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award; and After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), winner of the Christianity Today book award. A member of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. and the Evangelical Church in Croatia, Professor Volf has been involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (on the executive board of C-1 World Dialogue), and is active participant in the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. Professor Volf is a fellow of Berkeley College.

The Responsibility to Protect: from Rwanda to Kosovo, Libya and beyond, Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, Sciences Po in Paris, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.

Inderpal Grewal

Inderpal Grewal is a Professor and Chair in the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is also Professor in the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, the South Asian Studies Council, and affiliate faculty in the American Studies Program. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996), Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke University Press, 2005), and Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First century America (Duke University Press, 2017). Her ongoing projects include essays on gender, violence and counterinsurgency in India, and a book project on masculinity and bureaucracy in postcolonial India.

Banking Crisis Around the World and Financial Stability, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Sigrídur Benediktsdottir is a senior lecturer at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. She teaches courses on international economics, financial stability and macropurdential policy. Benediktsdottir is also on the board of Landsbankinn hf., an Icelandic commercial bank. Benediktsdottir was the director of the Financial Stability Department at the Central Bank of Iceland from 2012-2016. She was also a member of the Danish Systemic Risk Council during the same period. Benediktsdottir joined the staff of the Central Bank of Iceland on January 1, 2012. Previously she was a lecturer and associate chair of the Economics Department at Yale University. She worked as an economist for the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in the United States from 2005-2007. She was one of three appointed to the Parliamentary Special Investigation Commission on the causes of the Icelandic banking collapse in 2008. Benediktsdottir received a B.S. in economics from the University of Iceland in 1995 and a B.S. in computer science from the same school in 1998. She completed her doctoral degree in economics at Yale in May 2005.

Sleep and Stress, Suman Baddam

Dr. Suman Baddam completed his medical schooling at Armed Forces Medical College, and his training in general psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Subsequently, he completed his child psychiatry training at Yale Child Study Center, and sleep medicine training in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and sleep medicine.


Participation in workshops is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please come early to grab seats!

Break Dancing

Learn how to throw down some moves in this workshop. Perfect for beginners, intermediates or those who are just looking to dance.


Attend a class taught by Hemispheres, an undergraduate organization dedicated to teaching New Haven high schoolers about international relations. Learn about some unique and fascinating topics and meet some of the Hemispheres teachers as well!


Yes and! This workshop will be focused on developing acting skills with one of the most entertaining forms of acting there is, improv. Not to be missed this workshop will have plenty of fun activities and games to help you hone your improv abilities.

Yale Review of International Studies

Do you currently write for a publication or want to write for one some day? This workshop will be led by members of Yale’s undergraduate international relations journal who will be unpacking the writing process from start to finish.

And so much more!

Yale Admissions Panel

Interested in applying to colleges like Yale? Join the presentation with Admissions Office representatives. Bring questions about the application process, undergraduate life, financial aid and more!

Yale Campus Tours

Participate in a guided tour of Yale’s beautiful campus! Take in everything from the iconic Harkness Tower to the unique Beinecke Library and learn about the history behind them.. Tours will be leaving throughout the day and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Yale Art Tours

  • Yale University Art Gallery

    From Ancient Greece to Picasso and more, the Yale University Art Gallery offers a stunning array of art from around the world. Take a guided tour of some of the gallery’s highlights during Yale Day.

  • Yale Center for British Art

    Come see the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom! Tours of the Yale Center for British Art will also be running throughout Yale Day.

Save the Children Workshop

Interested in learning firsthand about NGO work from a leading organization in the field? Then this workshop is not something to miss as we’ll have representatives from our nonprofit partner Save the Children to present on some of their projects from around the world.