Former U.N. Secretary-general, FCC Chief, Psychoanalyst, Jazz Musician, and Child Care Experts to Speak at Yale This Week

The following talks at Yale University September 22-28 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

The following talks at Yale University September 22-28 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Former U.N. Secretary-General to hold ‘public conversation’

Javier Perez de Cuellar, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, will hold a “public conversation” on campus, during which he will reflect on his experience in the U.N.’s top post. The event, which is sponsored by U.N. Studies at Yale, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 4:15 p.m. in Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Mr. Perez de Cuellar served as the Secretary-General of the U.N. 1982-91, during years of dramatic change for the international organization. During his second term, the Cold War thawed and the U.N. was drawn into a new role as a central actor in the resolution of conflict and resistance to aggression. Among the events of his term were the Falkland Island War, the beginning of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Gulf War, the withdrawal of the Soviet army from Afghanistan, the rebirth of Cambodia and the freeing of the Western hostages in Lebanon. He worked alongside such leaders as Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Francois Mitterrand, Saddam Hussein, Nelson Mandela, F.W. deKlerk, and others. In his just-released book, “Pilgrimage for Peace,” Mr. Perez de Cuellar shares his impressions of these world leaders, the roles they played in the international arena and their abilities to lead. He will reflect on some of the aforementioned events and people during his talk at Yale. U.N. Studies at Yale is part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

FCC chair to give Dean’s Lecture at the Law School

Reed Hundt, chair of the Federal Communications Commission or FCC, will address the topic “You Say You Want a Revolution: Law vs. Progress” as part of the 1997 Dean’s Lecture Series at the Law School on Tuesday, Sept. 23. His talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Law School, 127 Wall St.

In his more than two years as FCC chair, Mr. Hundt has promoted competition within all areas of the communications sector, as well as greater choice for consumers. Committed to the Clinton administration’s vision of networking every U.S. classroom and library to the information superhighway by the year 2000, he presided over the FCC’s adoption of universal service rules and policies for connecting schools, libraries and other institutions to the global telecommunications network. Under his leadership, the FCC conducted the first spectrum auction in U.S. history, which has raised $20 billion for the national treasury.

Mr. Hundt’s honors include a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Elementary Schools and the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his commitment to education; the Public Service Award to Children from Parents’ Choice for his advocacy of access for all children to educational television; and the Helen Keller Outstanding Public Service Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for his efforts to include people who are blind or visually impaired in the communications revolution.

‘The Sacrifice of Isaac’ is topic of noted psychoanalyst’s talk

Psychoanalyst Dr. Martin Wangh will explore – from a psychoanalytic point of view – the Biblical story of the sacrifice of Isaac as the first lecturer in this year’s Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities on Thursday, Sept. 25. Titled “The Sacrifice of Isaac,” his talk will be held at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

Mr. Wangh is internationally known for his work in psychoanalysis. Born in Leipzig, Germany, he studied medicine at the Hamburg and Bologna University medical schools and completed his internship and psychiatric residency in the United States. He trained as a psychoanalyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Institute and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, from which he graduated in 1946. Currently a scholar at the Sigmund Freud Center at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he is a former chair of the program committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association and former chair of the drive for the Freud Chair at Hebrew University. He is a life member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and is a member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Duke Ellington Fellowship presents the Kenny Burrell Quintet

The Duke Ellington Fellowship at Yale will present the Kenny Burrell Quintet in a concert on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. Tickets are $20, $16 and $12; $6 for students.

An internationally known jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrell was considered Duke Ellington’s favorite improviser on guitar. He first began performing in jazz clubs in his native city of Detroit. After earning a B.A. in music at Wayne State University, he performed with Oscar Peterson and his trio before moving to New York, where he played with such musicians as Kenny Clark and John Coltrane. Today, he tours with his quintet, records, continues to play in clubs, and teaches in clinics and at universities across the country.

Jazz critic Maggie Hawthorne, a former writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has described Mr. Burrell by saying, “Kenny Burrell plays music that resists labels: Sure, it’s jazz, and it certainly has a lot of blues in it, but he does not limit himself to any one stylistic category. He is fluent in the infectious intricacies of bop, but he also has no problem finding his way in post-bop jazz, while also being fully capable of taking out an acoustic guitar and sounding as if he’d come out of the Chicago blues clubs frequented by Mississippi story-tellers who had moved up North.”

The Duke Ellington Fellowship was founded in 1973 by School of Music faculty member Willie H. Ruff Jr. It brings jazz performers to campus each year to play for both adult audiences and for New Haven schoolchildren. To order tickets for the concert, call 432-4158.

Cofounders of Project SHINE to discuss child care program

Dr. Abraham J. “Joe” Avni-Singer, a clinical instructor in pediatrics and at the Child Study Center, and School of Nursing alumna Karen Klein will be the featured speakers in the next talk sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy as part of its series on social policy issues. On Friday, Sept. 26, they will discuss Project SHINE, a resource center for family child care providers at the Fair Haven Community Health Center. Their talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon at the Rose Alumni House, 232 York St.

Dr. Avni-Singer and Ms. Klein, a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Fair Haven Community Health Center, are the cofounders and codirectors of Project SHINE.

Dr. Avni-Singer was a fellow in the behavioral-departmental pediatrics program at the School of Medicine 1992-95. He is a member of the pediatric staff at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven and is a consultant to the Phyllis Bodell Child Care program at the School of Medicine. He also serves on the child care committee of the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In addition to providing primary care at the Fair Haven Community Health Center, Ms. Klein has developed a number of programs for children in elementary schools and housing projects in New Haven.

For more information, call 432-9935.

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