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Thursday, October 16, 2008

     
9:30 am   Noah Webster: Career and Accomplishments
Fred C. Robinson, Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English.
Overview of exhibition on Yale alumnus Noah Webster by curator Fred Robinson.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, Yale University.
     
10:30 am   Noah Webster: American Patriot and Yale Loyalist
Howard R. Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History and former President of Yale University.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, Yale University.
     
11:30 am   Noah Webster: Daring Servant of Medicine, Epidemiology, Public and Environmental Health
Curtis L. Patton, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, Yale University.
     
1:00 pm   Eating Your Words
Birthday cupcakes for all.
Beinecke Plaza, 105 Wall Street
     
2:00 pm   Too Marvelous for Words
A dictionary giveaway and birthday serenade with Wexler Grant School fourth graders. Hosted by Michael J. Morand, Associate Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs, and Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Inc. Editor at Large.
Beinecke Plaza, 105 Wall Street
     
3:30 pm   From Noah Webster to Merriam-Webster: 200 Years of American Dictionary Making
Peter Sokolowski, definer, copy editor, and bilingual lexicographer, Merriam-Webster Inc.
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
     
4:15 pm   A Nue Merrykin Dikshonary: Noah Webster and his World of Words
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University, and chair of Harvard’s History and Literature Program. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Ms. Lepore is the author of several works of nonfiction, including New York Burning, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1995.
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
     

Friday, October 17, 2008

     
10:30 am   Noah Webster: Yale Student, New Haven Scholar
Judith Ann Schiff, Chief Research Archivist at Yale University.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, Yale University.
     
11:15 am   A Walk to Webster and Friends in Grove Street Cemetery
Judith Ann Schiff, Chief Research Archivist at Yale University.
Meet in Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. In case of rain, a documentary on the history of Grove Street Cemetery will be shown after an expanded talk.
     
12:30 pm   United by Words: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of America’s First Dictionary
Complimentary chowder, cornbread and apple crisp with Joshua Kendall ’81, author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus and a forthcoming biography of Noah Webster. Reservations requested, hosley@newhavenmuseum.org, or 203 562-4183, ext. 11, by October 9.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue
     
2:30 pm   Civic Journalism: Revisiting Noah Webster’s Activist Tradition
Panel discussion with Paul Bass, former reporter at the New Haven Advocate and creator of the online New Haven Independent; Fox 61 news political reporter Rick Hancock; and Andrew Mangino ’09, Editor in Chief of the Yale Daily News. William Hosley, Executive Director of the New Haven Museum, moderates.
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
     
3:30 pm   Language and Narrative in 2008
Stan Greenberg, “the father of modern polling techniques” and advisor to the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela, and others. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio, he is co-founder with James Carville of Democracy Corps, a nonprofit that provides strategic advice to progressive organizations.
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
     
6:00 pm   The Dirty Game of Politics in Webster’s World
Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in Revolutionary and early national American history. A regular contributor to documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, and BBC, and author of several works of nonfiction, she is currently at work on a book that explores the violence, conflict, and workings of democracy on the floor of the House and Senate. For additional information and dinner reservations, visit www.grovestreetcemetery.org or call 203 230-9858.
New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue
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