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January 13, 2006|Volume 34, Number 15|Two-Week Issue















Visiting on Campus

President of Nestlé Purina to give Gordon Grand Lecture

W. Patrick McGinnis, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, will give a Gordon Grand Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Titled "Nestlé Purina ... the Story of a Successful Acquisition," McGinnis' talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. A53, School of Management, 135 Prospect St. A reception will precede the lecture at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

McGinnis joined Ralston Purina in 1972. With Nestlé's acquisition of Purina in 2001, he became president and CEO.

McGinnis began his career in Ralston's marketing organization. In 1980, he was named executive vice president and director of Grocery Product's Canadian operation. He was named division vice president and director of marketing for the Grocery Products Group in 1983.

In 1984, he was promoted to corporate vice president and chief operating officer for the Grocery Products Group. He was appointed president and chief operating officer for the Grocery Products Group in 1989. In 1992, he was named president and CEO of the Grocery Products Group, and in 1997, was named co-chief executive officer and co-president of Ralston Purina Company. He was named CEO and president of Ralston Purina in 1999.

Talk will focus on media's role in protecting children

Carolyn Davis, editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will speak as part of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Jan. 20.

Davis will discuss "From Words to Action: The Media's Role in Protecting Children" at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend. For further information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Davis writes editorials and columns on a variety of topics related to children, including primary and secondary education, juvenile justice, child protection and international affairs. She previously worked for UNICEF-Rwanda and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights.

She has also worked as a freelance journalist, traveling to Cambodia, Israel, Northern Ireland and Ghana, where she reported and photographed stories for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal, among other publications.

Davis has won numerous professional awards, including the 2004 Tom Wellman Award for Community Service from the Association of Opinion Page Editors, for her series titled "All Join Hands: Combating Violence Against Children."

Celebrated songwriter to be guest at master's tea

Calhoun College will host a visit by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz on Monday, Jan. 23.

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

Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to "Pippin," "Godspell," "Children of Eden" and "Wicked," among numerous others.

Schwartz contributed four songs and adapted and directed Studs Terkel's "Working." He was honored for this work with the Drama Desk Award for Best Director.

He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's "Mass" and wrote the title song for the play and movie "Butterflies Are Free."

Schwartz collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the score for the Disney animated feature "Pocahontas," for which he received two Academy Awards and a Grammy Award. He also collaborated on the scores for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and provided songs for DreamWorks' animated feature "The Prince of Egypt," for which he won an Academy Award for the song "When You Believe."

In addition, Schwartz provided music and lyrics for the original television musical "Geppetto," which was seen on "The Wonderful World of Disney."

Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, Schwartz runs musical theater workshops in New York and Los Angeles.

Former U.N. ambassador to give Sherrill Lecture

John C. Danforth, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. senator from Missouri, will give the Sherrill Lecture on Monday, Jan. 23.

Danforth's lecture, titled "Who Is Responsible for World Order?," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 127, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. The talk is open to the public free of charge.

Danforth, who graduated from Yale with degrees in both divinity and law, is a partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP.

In 2004, Danforth represented the United States as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations where he focused on ending the North/South civil war in Sudan. President Bush appointed Danforth as special envoy to Sudan in 2001. In 1999, he was appointed special counsel by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

Danforth represented the State of Missouri in the United States Senate for
18 years. His major legislative initiatives were in the areas of international trade, telecommunications, health care, research and development, transportation and civil rights.

Currently, Danforth is chair of the Danforth Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on strengthening the St. Louis metropolitan area. He also chaired St. Louis 2004, a 12-county, citizen-based effort to revitalize the region through improvements in economic growth, capital projects and health care.

Zigler Center Talk will examine the future of mothering

Enola Aird, director of the Motherhood Project, will speak as part of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Jan. 27.

Aird's lecture, titled "The Future of Mothering," will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Aird is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values in New York City, where she established and directs the Motherhood Project. The Motherhood Project's mission is to foster a renewed sense of purpose and power in the work of mothering in both the private and public spheres.

Aird, who received her law degree from the Yale Law School, has appeared on "Face the Nation," "The News Hour" and "The O'Reilly Factor."

Her work with the Motherhood Project was featured in the Ladies' Home Journal and the Boston Globe. She has published articles in The Wall Street Journal and Parenting magazine, and contributed chapters to several publications, including "Taking Parenting Public: The Case for a New Social Movement," edited by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Nancy Rankin and Cornel West.


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