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October 15, 2004|Volume 33, Number 7















Visiting on Campus

Storrs Lectures will examine 'the problem of global justice'

Thomas Nagel, University Professor at the New York University School of Law, will give the Storrs Lectures on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 19.

Nagel will discuss "The Problem of Global Justice," 4:30-6 p.m., in Rm. 127, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. The talks are free and open to the public.

A trained philosopher, Nagel's areas of expertise include ethics and political and legal theory. He has also written extensively about metaphysics, the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of mind and the meaning of life.

Nagel is interested in the direct application of moral theory to contemporary issues such as abortion, affirmative action, freedom of expression and the laws of war.

Nagel teaches two courses at the School of Law every fall term, including the Colloquium in Law, Philosophy and Political Theory, which brings leading figures in those fields to New York University for a discussion of their work in progress.

One of the founding editors of the journal Philosophy & Public Affairs, Nagel is also the author of seven books. "The View From Nowhere" explores the subjective/
objective opposition in a number of areas of philosophy, from the mind-body problem and the theory of knowledge to free will, ethics, the meaning of life and the significance of death. "Equality and Partiality," another of Nagel's books, extends the analysis to issues of political theory, social justice and individual rights.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy, Nagel has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Documentary filmmaker to be guest at master's tea

Filmmaker George Butler II will give a master's tea on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Butler will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master's house, 434 College St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Butler is perhaps best known for his 1977 bodybuilding documentary, "Pumping Iron," which introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to American audiences. His other films include the IMAX movie "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" and companion feature-length documentary "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition."

In 2004, Butler directed "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry," a documentary which chronicles Senator Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

Law School Dean's Lecture will focus on Election 2004

The Law School Dean's Lecture will be given by Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Ornstein will discuss Election 2004 7-9 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. Donald Green, the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science and director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, will give a commentary on the talk.

Ornstein serves as an election analyst for CBS News. In addition, he writes for USA Today and has a weekly column titled "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call newspaper.

He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other publications, and frequently appears on television programs such as "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "Nightline" and "Charlie Rose."

He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington.

Ornstein's campaign finance working group of scholars and practitioners helped shape the law known as McCain/Feingold, which reformed the campaign financing system.

Ornstein's many books include "The Permanent Campaign and Its Future," with Thomas E. Mann, and "Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It," with John H. Makin.

Renowned pianist will perform with Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Goode, one of the country's leading pianists, will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra and lead a master class while on campus on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21 and 22.

Goode will join the Philharmonia Orchestra as a soloist on Friday at 8 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. The concert is a benefit for the orchestra's Tour Fund, and features an all- Beethoven program. On Saturday, Goode will lead a master class for graduate student pianists from the School of Music. Tickets for the concert are available by phone at (888) 736-2663 or on the Web at www.shubert.com.

Goode, one of the most in-demand pianists performing on the world's concert stages, has been acknowledged internationally as one of today's leading interpreters of the music of Beethoven.

During the 2003-2004 season, Goode performed Bartók's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Goode also gave solo recitals in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, and numerous other European cities, as well as in North American cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. His recent recording of Bach Partitas was selected as "Record of the Month" by Gramophone magazine.

Goode's numerous prizes and awards include the Avery Fisher Prize and a Grammy Award with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. He is co-artistic director with Mitsuko Uchida of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont.

Sigmund Freud Lecture will explore 'the desire to live'

The Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities will continue on Thursday, Oct. 21, with a talk by Judith Butler, the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Butler will deliver the Sigmund Freud Lecture on "The Desire to Live and Other Ethical Quandaries" at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC) auditorium, 53 Wall St. A reception will take place prior to the lecture at 6:45 p.m. in Rm. 108, WHC.

Butler, who received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale in 1984, is the author of numerous books, including "Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death," "Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France," "Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity" and "Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of 'Sex,'" as well as numerous articles on philosophy, feminist and queer theory.

Butler has recently published a collection of writings on war's impact on language and thought titled "Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning." In addition, "Undoing Gender," a collection of her essays on gender and sexuality, was published in September. Her future publications will focus on the work of Walter Benjamin.

Psychologist will offer talk on urban adolescents

Niobe Way, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, will give the next Yale Center in Child Development and Social Policy Lecture on Friday, Oct. 22.

Way will speak at 11:30 a.m. in a talk titled "Intimacy, Desire, and Distrust in the Friendships of Urban Adolescents." Her lecture will be held in Rm. 102 of the Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, call (203) 432-9935.

Way, who completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Yale's Department of Psychology, focuses her research on the social and emotional development of low-income, urban adolescents. She studies how contexts, such as schools, families, and neighborhoods, influence the social development of urban adolescents.

Way has published numerous books and journal articles including "Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers" and "Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities." Her book "Growing up fast: Transitions to adulthood among inner city adolescent mothers," co-authored by Bonnie Leadbeater, received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence in 2002. Her most recent co-edited book is titled "Adolescent Boys: Exploring diverse cultures of boyhood."

Way's research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and The National Science Foundation, among others.

Advice to urban Christians is subject of lecture

On Sunday, Oct. 24, John Kidd, executive director of the Council of Churches
of Greater Bridgeport, will speak on campus as part of the St. John's Visiting Scholars Program.

Kidd will give an address titled "Reading and Preaching from the Epistles as Advice Letters to Urban Christians" at 2 p.m. in Niebuhr Lecture Hall at the Divinity School, 409 Prospect St. For more information, contact Paul Stuehrenberg at (203) 432-5292 or paul.stuehrenberg@yale.edu.

Basing his lecture on the work of Wayne Meeks, Kidd will discuss the dynamics of community building by a small minority group in a racially, linguistically, culturally and religiously diverse society. In his lecture, Kidd will discuss how, in his opinion, the Epistles are generally overlooked by preachers as subsidiary to Gospel and Old Testament texts. He will suggest that reading the Epistles in context can catalyze the preacher's engagement of listeners in a way that speaks to urban people on how to conduct their lives faithfully in relation to one another and the larger society.

Kidd, who has served as executive director of the council since 1983, is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has done fieldwork in Lutheran, Methodist, Disciples of Christ and Benedictine settings.


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Yale's ongoing partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb is celebrated at event

Taking a walk-through

Harpsichord concert and other events celebrate anniversary . . .

Faculty work on global issues is recognized with new YCIAS awards

20th-century slavery is focus of Gilder Lehrman Center conference

Come the harvest

Open Enrollment for employee benefits . . .

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