Yale Bulletin and Calendar

November 5, 2004|Volume 33, Number 10















Visiting on Campus

Leading French feminist scholar will give Naomi Schor Lecture

Françoise Gaspard, professor of sociology at the Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France, and a member of the United Nation's (UN) Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will visit the campus on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 8 and 9.

Gaspard will lead a roundtable discussion on CEDAW for members of the Yale community on Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. in Rm. 122, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. The discussion is sponsored by the Women Faculty Forum, Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and Fund, the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights, and the American Constitutional Society. Members of the Yale community who wish to attend the event should RSVP to (203) 432-8847 or wff@yale.edu. On Tuesday, Gaspard will give the Naomi Schor Memorial Lecture on the topic "Universalism and Diversity -- French Feminism and the Debate over the Veil" at 4 p.m. in the Slifka Center, 80 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public.

A leading French feminist scholar, Gaspard is currently a senior lecturer at the EHESS in Paris and also conducts research at the Center for Sociological Analysis and Intervention, a laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

Gaspard has taken part in a number of technical assistance missions in Europe and Africa aimed at introducing the gender dimension into national legislations and policies.

Her academic works have focused on the history of migration, urban sociology and social movements.

Noted psychologist will examine eyewitness identification

The Innocence Commission Project at the Law School will host a visit by Gary Wells, professor of psychology at Iowa State University, on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Titled "Eyewitness Identification and Wrongful Convictions," Wells' lecture will take place 6:10-8 p.m. in Rm. 127, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. The talk is open to Yale community members only.

Wells' studies have demonstrated that rates of mistaken eyewitness identification can be exacerbated by the methods that crime investigators use in conducting lineups and photo spreads. His theories and staged-crime experiments led to the development of the sequential lineup, and his research-based proposals on lineup procedures are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the United States. He has served as an expert for the defense, prosecution and plaintiffs in criminal and civil cases across the United States and Canada.

His conclusions about eyewitness identification have received national media attention in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, and he has made appearances on CBS's "48 Hours" and NBC's "Nightly News," among others.

Wells was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice group that developed the first set of national guidelines for eyewitness evidence. He co-chaired the panel that wrote the Justice Department training manual for law enforcement on the collection and preservation of eyewitness identification evidence.

Religious studies scholar will present Bartlett Lecture

Diane B. Obenchain, a visiting professor of religious studies at Fudan University in China, will deliver the Bartlett Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Obenchain's talk, titled "God, Confucius and Human Rights," will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Niebuhr Lecture Hall at the Divinity School, 409 Prospect St. A reception will follow. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.

A scholar of comparative religion and culture, Obenchain will discuss current interest on the part of Chinese scholars and students in both religion and in the academic study of religion. She will examine Chinese ways of understanding the Christian contribution to Confucian cultivation and the Confucian contribution to contemporary Christian moral life.

A widely published author and speaker on Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist and other religious traditions in China, Obenchain has taught religious studies in China since 1988, primarily at Peking University, where she was visiting professor of religious studies from 1988 to 2002.

She is co-editor of "Christ and the Dominions of Civilization," the third volume in a multi-volume collection titled "God and Globalization: Theological Ethics in a Pluralistic World."

Obenchain has several books in progress, including the "Small Dictionary for the Study of Religion," to be published in both Chinese and English under a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, and a forthcoming textbook intended to introduce the study of religion in China.

Director of research at IMF to speak in globalization talk

Raghuram G. Rajan, director of research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will speak on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Titled "Crisis Prevention: The Role of International Financial Institutions," Rajan's talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Globalization, the talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 432-1900 or e-mail globalization@yale.edu.

Rajan also serves as economic counselor at the IMF. His research is focused on the role of institutions, especially finan- cial institutions, in fostering economic development.

Prior to his appointment at the IMF, Rajan was the Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

The author of "Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists," Rajan is considered to be at the forefront of work on banking and financial sector issues. He has held professorships at MIT, Northwestern University and the Stockholm School of Economics.

In 2003, Rajan was awarded the inaugural Fisher Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given to the person under 40 who has contributed the most to the theory and practice of finance.

He is a director of the American Finance Association, an associate editor of the American Economic Review, and a program director for corporate finance at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Mediating bioethical disputes is the subject of ISPS lecture

Nancy Dubler, professor of bioethics and director of the Division of Bioethics, Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and co-director of the Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will give two lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as part of the Bioethics and Public Policy Seminar Series.

Dubler will discuss "The Role of the Non-Affiliated IRB Member" 12-1:30 p.m. at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, 87 Trumbull St. "Mediating Bioethical Disputes" is the topic of her evening talk, which will take place 5:30-7 p.m. at the Slifka Center, 80 Wall St. Both talks are free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail Lili Beit at lili.beit@yale.edu.

Dubler founded the Bioethics Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center as a support for analysis of difficult cases presenting ethical issues in the health care setting. She lectures extensively and is the author of numerous articles and books on termination of care, home care and long-term care, geriatrics, prison and jail health care, and AIDS. Her most recent books are "Ethics On Call: Taking Charge of Life-and Death Choices in Today's Health Care System" and "Mediating Bioethical Disputes."

Dubler frequently consults with federal agencies, national working groups and bioethics centers, and served as co-chair of the Bioethics Working Group at the National Health Care Reform Task Force.

'Sex and the City' writer to be guest at master's tea

Allan Heinberg, a noted writer and producer and a 1989 graduate of Yale College, will be the guest at a Morse College master's tea on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Heinberg will speak at 4 p.m. in the master's house, 99 Tower Parkway. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend.

As an actor, Heinberg appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," and off-Broadway in the musicals "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" and "Hannah ... 1939."

Heinberg is the librettist of "The Latent Rise of New Purity," a chamber opera written with composer Robert Maggio and developed by the New York Theatre Workshop in 1991. He is also the author of the book and lyrics for "Strange Vacation," a new musical with composer Michael Rupert.

In 1997, Heinberg joined the writing staff of NBC's "The Naked Truth." He then served as a writer and producer on Fox's "Party of Five," as a writer and supervising producer of HBO's "Sex and the City," and as a writer and consulting producer of the WB's "Gilmore Girls."

Heinberg is the co-creator of the DC Comics character Kinetic, and is about to begin work on "Young Avengers," a new ongoing monthly comic book for Marvel Comics.

UN official and noted author to discuss the situation in Iraq

Shashi Tharoor, under-secretary-general for communications and public information at the United Nations (UN), will visit the campus on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Tharoor's lecture on the topic "The United Nations and Iraq: The Current Situation and Future Prospects" will begin at 4 p.m. in Sudler Hall, 100 Wall St. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Globalization and the Council on Middle East Studies at the Center for International and Area Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public.

The winner of numerous journalism and literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writer's Prize, Tharoor is the author of numerous articles, short stories and commentaries in both Indian and Western publications. His books include "Reasons of State," a scholarly study of Indian foreign policy; "The Great Indian Novel," a political satire; "Show Business," which was made into the motion picture "Bollywood"; and "India: From Midnight to Millennium," which was published on the 50th anniversary of India's independence.

Tharoor's career with the UN began in 1978 in the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He was head of the UNHCR office in Singapore during the Vietnamese "boat people" crisis. He later served as special assistant to the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations and was responsible for operations in the former Yugoslavia. He was appointed to the Office of the Secretary-General in 1998.

Tharoor is an elected fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities and a member of the advisory board of the Indo-American Arts Council.

Social policy talk will focus on the prevention of youth violence

Dr. Howard Spivak, professor of pediatrics and community health, and director of the Center for Children at Tufts University, will speak in the Yale Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Nov. 12.

His talk, titled "Murder Is No Accident: Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America," will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 102, Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, call (203) 432-9935.

Spivak has been involved with activities in youth violence prevention for over 15 years. He co-founded the Boston Violence Prevention Program, which was the first community-based public health violence prevention program in the nation, and developed the Office of Violence Prevention for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the first such state-level initiative in the nation.

Spivak is the author of numerous articles on the issue of violence prevention among youth, and has participated in numerous studies and evaluations of youth violence prevention efforts.

A frequent speaker on the topic of youth violence prevention strategies, Spivak also works on an ongoing basis with many communities in the development of violence prevention programs.

Currently chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Violence, Spivak has also served as deputy commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, prior to that, as director of adolescent health services for the Boston Department of Health.

Celebrated actor to present the Maynard Mack Lecture

Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays will discuss his career in a visit to campus on Friday, Nov. 12.

Mays will give the Maynard Mack Lecture at 5 p.m. in Rm. 101 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. Sponsored by the Elizabethan Club, the talk is free and open to the public.

A 1987 graduate of Yale College, Mays won the 2004 Best Actor Tony Award for his performance in "I Am My Own Wife." In the solo show, Mays portrays the controversial 65-year-old East German transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, as well as over 40 other characters. The play received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play, among other awards.

Mays' other acting credits include roles in "Orestes," for which he won an Obie Award, "Quills," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Lydie Breeze."


Yale scientists honored for their research

'Future of Animal Law' to be explored

In Focus: Epidemiology & Public Health

Yale senior starts to drive, using vegetable oil as his fuel

Grant to fund study of long-term effect of drug use on teenagers

Electronic records may improve care of children with asthma

Kaplan honored with election to the Institute of Medicine

Lecture to look at 'Iraq and Shadow of Vietnam'

Janet Reno to be keynote speaker at Law School symposium

Study: More exercise programs for breast cancer survivors needed

Partnership bringing together U.S. and Russian organizations . . .

Study: Risk of developing disabilities rises 60-fold . . .

Concert Band will stage 1943 Glenn Miller radio broadcast

Calhoun College to host talks by poet and Yale World Fellow

New tree a symbol of support needed to fight cancer

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