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April 23, 2004|Volume 32, Number 27















Visiting on Campus

'Fast Food Nation' author to visit the campus

The Sustainable Food Project will host a visit by award-winning journalist Eric Schlosser on Sunday, April 25.

Schlosser will discuss his new book, "Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market," at 2 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Schlosser's first book, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal," is a New York Times best seller and has appeared on the best seller lists of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe and Publishers Weekly, among others. His latest book, "Reefer Madness," examines three facets of America's estimated $650 billion underground economy: the pornography industry, marijuana cultivation and the plight of illegal immigrants who harvest strawberries in California.

In 1998, his two-part article on the subject of the fast food industry in Rolling Stone magazine generated enormous feedback from readers of the magazine. Schlosser has also contributed to The New Yorker, and has been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996. He won a National Magazine Award for "Reefer Madness" and "Marijuana and the Law" and has received a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Reporting. His work has been nominated for several other National Magazine Awards and for the Loeb Award for business journalism.

Schlosser has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and FOX News, and has been interviewed on NPR and for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and The New York Times. He is currently working on a book about the American prison system.

Military historian to discuss Iraq War

Leading military historian Williamson Murray will visit the campus on Tuesday, April 27.

Murray will discuss "Thoughts on the Iraq War" at noon in Rm. 211, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. Sponsored by International Security Studies, the talk is free and open to the public.

Murray, who received both his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Yale, served for five years as an officer in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Southeast Asia with the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing (C-130s). He has been on the faculty of many colleges and universities, including Yale, Ohio State, The United States Military Academy and the Naval War College. He is currently a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense Analysis and a member of the National Strategic Studies Group.

Murray is the author of numerous books, among them "The Change in the European Balance of Power, 1938-1939," "The Path to Ruin," "Luftwaffe" and "The Air War in the Persian Gulf." "The Iraq War, A Military History," his most recent book, written with Major General Robert Scales Jr., was published to critical acclaim in 2003.

Some of Murray's recently published articles include "Clausewitz Out, Computer In, Military Culture and Technological Hubris," "Air War in the Persian Gulf: The Limits of Air Power," "Preparing to Lose the Next War?" and "The Emerging Strategic Environment, An Historian's View."

Presently, Murray works as a defense consultant in Washington, D.C., and is working on a book dealing with the ability of military institutions to adapt to the challenging conditions of combat.

Transformation of companies subject of SOM talk

Richard N. Foster, senior partner and director of McKinsey & Company, will speak on campus on Thursday, April 29.

Titled "Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built To Last Underperform the Market -- and How To Successfully Transform Them," Foster's lecture will take place 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. in Rm. A51, School of Management, 135 Prospect St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Foster, who received his B.S. ('63), M.S. ('65) and Ph.D. ('66) degrees from Yale, joined McKinsey & Company in 1973. He was elected partner in 1977 and senior partner in 1982. He currently serves as co-director of McKinsey's private equity practice.

Over the past 15 years Foster has focused on management processes for management committees of large corporations. During this time, he has successfully orchestrated the agenda setting process of several major companies.

Foster is the author of several books based on his client experience and research on long-term performance. These books include "Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage," which, in 1986, was voted one of the five best business books of the year by the Wall Street Journal CEO poll, and "Creative Destruction," which was judged by the Harvard Business Review to be one of the 10 best business books of 2001.

Foster is a member of the chair's advisory council and a member of the task force on terrorism of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist to read from her works

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie will deliver the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Lecture in American Children's Literature on Thursday, April 29.

Lurie will speak on "Good Bad Boys: Pinnochio and Tom Sawyer" at 4 p.m. in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

In addition to writing novels, Lurie has published a collection of ghost stories, "Women and Ghosts"; a book on the psychology of fashion, "The Language of Clothes"; and a collection of essays on children's literature and folklore, titled "Don't Tell the Grownups."

Lurie's novel "Foreign Affairs," which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, takes place in London and relates the adventures of two American academics abroad. The novel was made into a film for television starring Joanne Woodward and Brian Denehey. "The Truth About Lorin Jones," which won the Prix Femina Etranger in France, chronicles the adventures of a biographer who is researching the life of a famous woman painter.

Another of Lurie's novels, "The War Between the Tates," became an NBC television film starring Elizabeth Ashley and Richard Crenna.

Lurie is also the author of three collections of traditional folktales for children, and was co-editor of the 73-volume Garland Library of Children's Classics. Since 1970, she has taught literature, folklore and writing at Cornell University.

Environmental policy topic of F&ES lecture

Robert Kennedy Jr., a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, will give a lecture on campus on Thursday, April 29.

Kennedy will speak on "Crimes Against Nature: A Perspective on the Bush Administration's Environmental Policies" at 7 p.m. in the Law School auditorium, 127 Wall St. The lecture is part of the seminar on "Politics and the Environment in the 2004 Election," and is co-sponsored by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Environmental Law Association. A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heather Kaplan at (203) 776-5363 or heather.kaplan@yale.edu.

Kennedy is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City's water supply. As chief prosecuting attorney for the environmental advocacy group, Riverkeeper, he negotiated with New York City, New York State, the EPA and environmentalists to establish a long-range watershed protection program to protect the drinking water supply for nine million New Yorkers.

Kennedy also has prosecuted governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, argued cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline, and sued treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.

He is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which defends waterways nationwide and throughout the world. In addition, he is a clinical professor at Pace University School of Law, and a supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, N.Y.

Kennedy co-authored, with John Cronin, "The Riverkeepers," which is a personal account of life on the front line of environmental activism.


Study shows how brain unconsciously processes images

Freshman cartoonist illustrates Washington Post column

Al Gore decries 'collision' between civilization and the environment

Carlos Fuentes calls for changes to close gap . . .

Panel: Respect is key to proper treatment of those with disabilities

Making Web pages accessible to all

Horwich honored for work on protein folding

'There's right on both sides' of civil liberties debate, journalist says

Play by Drama School graduate to close Yale Rep season

Americans, Europeans to debate right to intervene in Iraq

Study: Early instruction can change the brains of reading-disabled youths

U.S. poet laureate to give reading of her new work

Columnist to discuss why press failed on 9/11 and Iraq

New research on human conflict is focus of international conference

A Day of Community, a Day of Culture

Engineer Csaba Horváth, a pioneer in chromatography, dies

Mary Louise Brewster, widow of former Yale president, dies

Service, symposium to honor scientist Robert Macnab

Conference to explore work in the field of American Indian studies

Symposium will re-examine seminal essay by . . . Robert Cover

ITS support specialist to perform in 'Hamlet'

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