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January 18, 2008|Volume 36, Number 15
















Visiting on Campus

Slifka Center talk will examine inner-city youths and education

Norman Newberg, adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, will visit the campus on Friday, Jan. 18.

Newberg’s talk, titled “Education and the Dream: Inner-City Youths and the Promise of a College Education,” will begin at 8 p.m. in the second floor chapel of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (203) 432-1134.

Newberg’s talk will focus on realizing Martin Luther King’s dream of education and the need for students to embrace the standards that can lead to earning a college degree. He will discuss how a group of inner-city African-American students from Philadelphia responded to, accepted or ignored the promise of a gift of an all-expenses-paid college education offered by philanthropist and sponsor, George Weiss. Weiss founded the Say Yes to Education Foundation. Newberg was the program’s first executive director.

He is author of “The Gift of Education: How a Tuition Guarantee Program Changed the Lives of Inner City Youth,” an analysis of the Say Yes to Education experience. Newberg is the recipient of the Alfred North Whitehead Fellowship at Harvard University, a Ford Foundation grant and a Eli Lily Distinguished Scholar grant to study innovation in Germany, Japan and Israeli schools.

The history of the Qur’an is focus of lecture

The Scroll, Book, Screen: Means and Meaning in the Humanities lecture series continues on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a talk by Angelika Neuwirth, professor of Arabic at the Free University in Berlin.

“‘Plural Traditions Negotiated’: Re-Thinking the History of the Qur’an,” is the title of Neuwirth’s talk, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. Sponsored by the Humanities Program and the Whitney Humanities Center, the talk is open to the public free of charge. For more information contact Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or e-mail manana.sikic@yale.edu.

Neuwirth has published on fields as diverse as Arabic philosophy, Arabic poetics, and classical and modern Arabic literature.

She is regarded as one of the finest scholars of the Qur’an worldwide, and her foundational studies have brought new insights to this scripture. In numerous articles (summarized in her contributions to the “Encyclopedia of the Qur’an”) Neuwirth researches the Muslim scripture using the methodologies of Biblical studies, such as literary criticism, genre criticism, history of redaction and poetological analysis.

Neuwirth has led several international collaborative projects, such as “Jewish and Islamic Hermeneutics as Cultural Critique” and “Perspectives on the Qur’an: Negotiating different views of a shared history,” both at the Advanced Institute of Berlin. Her current project, titled Corpus Coranicum, will focus on the history of Qur’anic studies.

REpower CEO to discuss the global market for wind power

The Industrial Environmental Management Program and the Center for Business and Environment will host a visit by Per Hornung Pedersen, chief executive officer (CEO) of REpower, on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Pedersen will discuss “From India to the World: Suzlon Energy and the Global Market for Wind Power,” at 4:30 p.m. in Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. A reception will follow. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melanie Quigley, at (203) 432-6953 or melanie.quigley@yale.edu.

Pedersen has more than 20 years of international business experience including 12 years as a senior executive in major publicly listed companies. He has been working in the wind industry for eight years.

As group president of international business, Pedersen is responsible for the establishment and management of the international expansion of Suzlon Energy with offices in the United States, Australia, China and Europe. He was appointed CEO of REpower, a subsidiary of Suzlon Energy, this month.

Tibetan lama and filmmaker to visit the campus

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, a widely revered Tibetan lama and acclaimed filmmaker, will visit the campus on Friday, Jan. 25.

Khyentse’s talk, titled “Projecting the Dharma: Film and the Transmission of Buddhism to the West,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium at the Law School, 127 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, at 1 p.m., Khyentse will take part in an informal discussion with faculty members and students at the Slifka Center, 80 Wall St.

Recognized as the main incarnation, or “tulku,” of the Khyentse lineage, Rinpoche is one of the most honored lines of reincarnating teachers in recent history. He is celebrated around the world as a progressive spiritual leader, a writer and a cinematic auteur.

Khyentse received his traditional training at the Palace Monastery of the King of Sikkim, at Sakya College in Rajpur, India.

Under the name Khyentse Norbu, he is the writer and director of two acclaimed films, “The Cup,” about the cultural clash between Buddhist monastic austerity and World Cup enthusiasm, and “Travellers and Magicians,” a love story set in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan. He is the subject of the 2003 documentary “Words of My Perfect Teacher” and is also the author “What Makes You Not a Buddhist.”

He supervises his traditional seat of Dzongsar Monastery and its retreat centers in Eastern Tibet and has also established centers in Australia, North America and the Far East. These are gathered under his foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent, an international association of non-profit educational centers, which recently funded a chair of Tibetan Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley.

SOM Leaders Forum to feature CEO of the Nielsen Company

The School of Management Leaders Forum will host a visit by David L. Calhoun, chair of the executive board and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nielsen Company on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Cahoun’s talk will take place 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the General Motors Room, Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

Calhoun was appointed to his current position last year. He previously held numerous positions at General Electric Company (GE) including: president and CEO of GE Transportation Systems (1995); president and CEO of GE Lighting (1997); president and CEO of GE Employers Reinsurance Company (1999); president and chief executive officer of GE Aircraft Engines (2000); president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation (2003); and GE vice chair and president and CEO of GE Infrastructure (2005), the largest of six GE business units.

‘Why Translation Matters’ to be explored in lecture series

Award-winning translator Edith Grossman will deliver three lectures this semester as part of the “Why Translation Matters” lectures series at the Whitney Humanities Center.

The inaugural lecture in the series, “Why Translation Matters,” will be given on Jan. 31 in Rm. 208; the second talk, titled “Translating Cervantes,” is scheduled for Feb. 28 in the auditorium; and the final lecture, “Authors, Translators and Readers Today,” will take place on March 27 in Rm. 208. All three talks will begin at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For more information contact Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or e-mail manana.sikic@yale.edu.

An award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, Grossman has translated works of contemporary masters Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez and Mayra Montero, as well as Alvaro Mutis and Ariel Dorfman. Regarded as the preeminent translator from Spanish to English, she received acclaim for her 2003 translation of Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote” and her 2006 volume, “The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance.”

A full-time translator since 1990, Grossman was honored with the PEN/Ralph Manheim Award for Translation. She recently published her translation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s latest novel, “Travesuras de la niña mala,” under the title “The Bad Girl.”

Infants in the Child Welfare System is topic of lecture

Brenda Jones Harden, associate professor at the Institute for Child Study at the University of Maryland, College Park, will speak in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Feb. 1.

Harden’s talk, titled “Infants in the Child Welfare System: Using National Survey Research to Inform Policy,” will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Rm. 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Harden, who received her Ph.D. in developmental/clinical psychology from Yale in 1996, conducts research on the development of maltreated foster children, drug-exposed children, children exposed to intra- and extra-familial violence, and other children at risk. She is co-director of Advocates for Children, a program to educate undergraduates about child policies and interventions.

Harden has been involved in the national Early Head Start initiative since its inception, conducting research, consultation and training. She has a grant to implement and evaluate an Early Head Start Infant Mental Health project, in addition to a grant on promoting the development of African-American male children in Early Head Start.

Author of “Infants in the Child Welfare System,” Harden has served as a policy fellow for the Society for Research in Child Development, working with the Administration for Children, Youth and Families and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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