Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 25, 2000Volume 28, Number 22













Founder of priceline.com will be featured YES speaker

Jay Walker, founder and vice chair of priceline.com, will be the Yale College Entrepreneurial Society (YES) Speaker on Wednesday, March 1.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St.

Priceline.com is the patented Internet pricing system that lets consumers name their price on a range of products and services that include leisure airline tickets, hotel rooms, home mortgages and loans, and rental cars. As vice chair, Walker is responsible for priceline.com's business planning, strategic relationships and long-term vision.

In addition to his priceline.com responsibilities, Walker serves as chair of Walker Digital Corp., the intellectual property laboratory that invented priceline.com's e-commerce system. He is also the founder of Priceline WebHouse Club, a privately held company that enables consumers to name their own prices for groceries, and of Priceline Perfect YardSale, a neighbor-to-neighbor buying and selling system for household items.

Walker has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the most influential executives in today's e-commerce field. Time magazine named him as one of the Digital 50, one of the Cyber Elite and 1999 Marketer of the Year. Business Week selected him as one of its 25 internet pioneers most responsible for "changing the competitive landscape of almost every industry in the world," and Newsweek named him as one of three executives at the forefront of the internet shopping revolution.

Executive producer of 'Law & Order' to talk at master's tea

Edwin Sherin, executive producer of the NBC television show "Law & Order," will be the guest at a tea at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Calhoun College master's house, 434 College St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sherin began his career as an actor, training at Paul Mann's Actor's Workshop and with John Houseman at the American Shakespeare Festival Academy. He made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1958, in "Miss Lonelyhearts" directed by Alan Schneider, and as a director ten years later with "The Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics and Tony awards.

In 1969-70, Sherin made his first feature film, "Valdez is Coming," starring Burt Lancaster, and followed up in 1971 with "My Old Man's Place." Meanwhile he continued to direct plays on Broadway and around the country, including "The Time of Your Life," starring Henry Fonda, which toured the country.

Sherin has directed for television since 1959, starting with "Great Performances" on PBS. In 1986, he began directing for the major networks, directing films and television episodes of such shows as "LA Law," "Moonlighting," "Hill Street Blues" and "Law & Order." He became co-executive producer of "Law & Order" in 1993 and executive producer in 1994. Sherin continued to direct and in the 1995-96 season, he directed the groundbreaking "crossover" two-part production combining "Law & Order" with "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Head of French wine firm to speak at two events

Louis Paul Latour, president and general director of Maison Louis Latour, will be featured in two events on campus.

Latour will present the Tetelman Lecture at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. He will discuss "Great Wines and What Makes Them Great." The following day, Thursday, March 2, Latour will be the guest at a tea at 4 p.m. in the Jonathan Edwards College master's house, 70 High St. Both events are free and open to the public.

Latour is the sixth generation of "Louis" Latours to lead Burgandy's venerable wine firm. During his 41 years at the Maison Louis Latour, he has also served as the president of Comité Interprofessionel of the Wines of Burgandy, president of the Merchants of Syndicate of Burgundian Fine Wines and president of the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters. He is currently writing a history of wine.

In 1997, on the 200th anniversary of the founding of the firm, Latour observed that "there are far more similarities than differences between the modern challenges of the wine trade as we approach the 21st century and the challenges faced by my great grandfather in the 19th century." This is so because, according to Latour, notwithstanding important advances in technology, what made wine truly memorable then is still what distinguishes a great wine today.

Curator of 20th century art to discuss C.R.W. Nevinson

Lisa Messinger, assistant curator of 20th century art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will discuss "Nevinson in New York" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the lecture hall of the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition "C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century" on view at the Yale Center for British Art until May 7. For more information, call (203) 432-2850.

Awarded the MMA Theodore Rousseau Professional Travel Grant in 1999, Messinger went to London to research the artist Nevinson. She presented "Nevinson in New York" in November 1999 at the Imperial War Museum, where the exhibition originated.

Messinger sits on the National Advisory Board for the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe and acts as a visual arts panel member for the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her exhibition experience includes "Max Weber from the Collection," "John Marin's New York: 1910­1936" and "Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper," which traveled to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She is the author of many articles including "Pollock Studies the Mexican Muralists and the Surrealists: Sketchbook III" and "Georgia O'Keefe: Painting Her Life."


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Renowned opera diva shares stories of her career at master's tea

Grant supports a collaborative library project on digital books

Law students revive New Haven Cares voucher program

Orchestra readies itself for its 'biggest events'

Staged reading weaves a story about a vilified play

Playwriting festival will showcase new works by drama students

Economic development is focus of conference

Historian John Blassingame, pioneer in study of slavery, dies

Virtuoso oboist and composer Ronald Roseman dies

Educators will gather at Yale-hosted conference on social studies teaching

NASA grants awarded for space research

Concert will feature works by prize-winning composer

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