Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 29, 2008|Volume 36, Number 20
















Visiting on Campus

Series brings noted alumni writers back to campus

Novelist Tom Perrotta and poet Rosanna Warren will give a public reading on Tuesday, March 4, as part of a Department of English series that brings back to Yale alumni who have forged distinguished careers as writers.

The readings, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in St. Anthony Hall, 483 College St.

Warren is the Emma Ann MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, where she teaches comparative literature. She is the author of four books of poetry, including “Departure” and “Stained Glass,” which won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She has also published a translation of Euripides’ “Suppliant Women” with Stephen Scully and edited several books, including “The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field.” She served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. Her many honors include the Award of Merit in Poetry and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Perrotta’s most recent novel, “The Abstinence Teacher,” was published in 2007. He is the author of four other novels and a collection of short stories, including “Election,” which was adapted into a critically acclaimed film, “Joe College” and “Little Children.” “Little Children” has been chosen for a number of “Best of 2004” lists, including The New York Times Book Review and National Public Radio. Perrotta adapted it into an Oscar-nominated film with writer/director Todd Field. He has taught creative and expository writing at Yale and Harvard University.

Georgia’s foreign policy is topic of next Gaddis Smith Seminar

Irakli Alasania, ambassador and permanent representative of Georgia to the United Nations, will deliver the next lecture in the Gaddis Smith Seminar Series on Tuesday, March 4.

“Central Issues of Georgia’s Foreign Policy: Changing the Geopolitical Landscape in the Caucasus Region” is the title of his talk, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. Sponsored by the International Affairs Council and International Security Studies, the talk is free and open to the public.

Alasania, who acts as the president’s special representative to Georgian-Abkhaz talks, previously served as the adviser on conflict resolution to the president of Georgia.

Alasania was appointed to the position of president’s special representative for Abkhazia in 2005 and earlier in his career was the first deputy minister of defense.

Acclaimed novelist to read from her latest novel

The Department of English will present a reading by novelist Lydia Millet on Thursday, March 6.

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Rm. 319, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The reading is open to the public and free of charge.

Millet will read from her new novel, “How the Dead Dream,” the first book in a trilogy, which introduces T., a young developer with a reverence for money and the institutions of capital. In the novel, T. has just fallen in love for the first time when his orderly, upwardly mobile life is thrown into chaos by the appearance of his unbalanced mother, who comes to live with him after his father’s sudden desertion. In the wake of a series of devastating losses, T. begins to nurture a curious obsession with vanishing species, and is soon breaking into zoos at night to be with animals that are the last of their kind.

Millet is the author of six novels including “Oh Pure and Radiant Heart” and “My Happy Life,” which won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction. Also an essayist and critic, Millet works as a writer and editor at the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity.

Renowned religious scholar to give two talks on campus

Rémi Brague, a leading authority on the Abrahamic religions, will deliver two lectures this month at the Whitney Humanities Center as part of the “Humanities at Large” series and the Franke Lectures in the Humanities series focusing on “Religion and Law in Historical Perspective.”

The first talk, titled “God and the Humanities,” will take place on Tuesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. The second lecture, “Church and State — Ever Separate?” will be given on Wednesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. Both talks will be held in Rm. 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or e-mail manana.sikic@yale.edu.

A professor of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Brague has been honored by both the French National Research Council and the Academy of Moral and Political Science. He is the author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, national identity, literature and law. He is best known for his books “Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization” and “Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.” Brague is currently at work on a book on Charles Baudelaire.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the humanities. The 2008 series explores the historical relation between religion and law in Jewish, Christian and contemporary legal thought.

Lecture will provide an overview of UC Irvine research program

Dr. Pathik D. Wadhwa, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, obstetrics and gynecology, and of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, will speak in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, March 7.

Titled “Development, Health and Disease: An Overview of the UC Irvine Behavioral Perinatology Research Program,” Wadhwa’s talk will take place 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Rm. 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Wadhwa’s major research interests pertain to the role of maternal stress and related psychosocial/behavioral factors in human pregnancy and fetal development, with an emphasis on maternal-placental-fetal genetic, neuroendocrine, immune and vascular mechanisms, and on outcomes related to premature birth and subsequent developmental and health indicators.

Wadhwa, who is director of the Behavioral Perinatology/Development, Health and Disease Research Program, is the co-principal investigator of the National Children’s Study at the Vanguard Center in Orange County, California.


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