Russian War Correspondent, Indonesian Dancers, World Bank President, Winslow Homer Expert Will Speak at Yale

The following talks at Yale University Oct. 27-Nov. 2 are free and open to the public.

Award-winning writer to discuss her recently published novel

Blanche McCrary Boyd, a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Connecticut College, will present a reading and discussion titled “Illegitimate Fictions/’Terminal Velocity’ ” on Monday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 309 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies as part of its Writers and Artists Series.

Ms. Boyd is the author of a book of essays titled “The Redneck Way of Knowledge” and the best-selling novel “The Revolution of Little Girls,” which won a Lambda Literary Award in 1992. Ellen Burns, the protagonist in “The Revolution of Little Girls,” is again the main character in Ms. Boyd’s newest work, “Terminal Velocity,” which Publishers Weekly has described as “a rollicking, kaleidoscopic trip through the drug-tinged lesbian-feminist counterculture of the 1970s.”

Chair of Enron International to speak at SOM

Rebecca Mark, chair and chief executive officer of Enron International, will discuss “Enron and the Challenge of Big Emerging Markets” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. The event is part of the International Business Roundtable Lecture Series at the School of Management.

As chair and CEO of the Texas-based Enron International, the emerging markets arm of Enron Corp., Ms. Mark is responsible for project development activities, operating assets and joint venture management in emerging markets, and for Enron’s interest in Enron Global Power and Pipelines L.L.C. In addition, Enron International is expanding Enron’s merchant business in fuel, finance and risk-management products to third parties in emerging markets.

Editor of book review journal to give informal talk

Ferdinand Mount, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, will give an informal talk titled “The Journal and the Academy” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center – WHC, 53 Wall St. The talk will be followed by discussion and a reception in honor of Mr. Mount.

Mr. Mount became editor of the Times Literary Supplement – considered by many to be the world’s leading book review journal – in 1991. He previously worked for The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Sketch, National Review, The Daily Mail and The Times, and was a political columnist for The Spectator, The Standard and The Daily Telegraph. He is the author of seven novels, including “Very Like a Whale” and “Of Love and Asthma,” and of nonfiction works such as “The Practice of Liberty,” “The Subversive Family” and “The British Constitution Now.”

Former Stanford president to deliver public lecture

Donald Kennedy, a former president of Stanford University who served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration –FDA – 1977-79, will deliver a lecture titled “Climate, Disease, and Security: Some Connections” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The event is sponsored by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies.

Mr. Kennedy is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford and is codirector of the Global Environment Forum at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies. He served for a year as the school’s provost and for 12 years as its president. During that time, he continued to work on health and environmental policy issues as a member of the board of directors of the Health Effects Institute, Clean Sites Inc. and the California Nature Conservancy. His present research is focused on trans-boundary environmental problems, such as major land-use changes, economically driven alterations in agricultural practice, global climate change and the development of regulatory policies.

UMass sociologist to discuss ‘sacred companies’

“Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations” is the title of a talk being presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, by N.J. Demerath III, professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His talk, which is part of a bi-weekly seminar series offered by the Program on Nonprofit Organizations – PONPO – of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies – ISPS, will begin at noon at ISPS, 88 Trumbull St.

Mr. Demerath’s talk celebrates the publication of the volume “Sacred Companies,” which he coedited with other affiliates of PONPO, including acting director Peter Dobkin Hall. The coeditors conducted a three-year interdisciplinary seminar exploring what religious organizations have to gain from secular organizational literature and, conversely, what secular organizations can learn from religious organizations. “Sacred Companies” is based on this seminar, which involved a number of current and past Yale faculty and students.

Covering Chechnya is topic of Russian war correspondent’s talk

Award-winning Russian war correspondent Yelena Masyuk will be the guest at a tea on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the master’s house of Pierson College, 231 Park St. She will discuss the topic “Reporting Live from Chechnya” at the event, which is sponsored by the Council on Russian and East European Studies of the Yale Center for International & Area Studies.

Ms. Masyuk is a reporter for NTV, a leading private Russian network with an audience of 70 million viewers. She reports live on ethnic and political conflicts in the territory of the former Soviet Union, including recent military developments in Chechnya and Tajikistan. Last year, she and her television crew were kidnapped by armed Chechen men after covering a rally in the capital of Chechnya. She was released after 101 days in captivity when a $2 million ransom was paid.

Scholar-activist to discuss the fate of African socialism

John S. Saul, a professor of social and political science at York University in Toronto, Canada, will give a talk titled “Whatever Happened to African Socialism Now That We Really Need It?: Some Recollections and Reflections” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 203 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Professor Saul taught at the University of Dar es Salaam 1965-72, during which time he witnessed firsthand the events of Tanzania’s “Ujamaa” African socialism period. While there, he also established close contacts with many leaders of the southern African liberation movement, headquartered in Tanzania. Later, he visited the liberated areas of Mozambique with members of Frelimo, the Mozambican liberation movement. In the early 1980s, he returned to Mozambique, by then an independent country, and taught at the Frelimo party school and the University of Eduardo Mondlane’s Faculty of Marxism-Leninism.

Indonesian dance is featured in special performance

The Council on South East Asia Studies of the Yale Center for International & Area Studies will host a performance titled “Dance of Indonesia” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The featured performers, Pudji Astuti and Aviva Kartiningsih Cohen, will present six dances of Java and West Sumatra. Matthew Cohen will provide commentary about the dances.

Ms. Astuti was born in Madiun, East Java. She has studied classical Javanese dance since she was eight years old. Since 1992, she has been a member of the celebrated Indonesian dance group Kabumi IKP Bandung, with which she has toured Europe and throughout Indonesia. She is also a singer, musician and professional interpreter. Ms. Kartiningsih Cohen was born in Solo, Central Java. In addition to classical Javanese dance, she has studied jaipongan popular dance, Balinese dance and mask-dance.

Restructuring is topic of talk by World Bank president

James D. Wolfensohn, president of The World Bank Group, will visit the campus as a Gordon Grand Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11:45 a.m. to speak on “Restructuring the World Bank for the 21st Century: The Management Challenge.” His talk will be held in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave.

Mr. Wolfensohn established his career as an international investment banker with a parallel interest in development issues and the global environment. Since becoming president of The World Bank Group in 1995, he has traveled widely to gain first-hand experience of the challenges facing the bank and its 180 member countries. He launched an initiative, for which The World Bank has committed $2 billion, to provide multilateral debt relief to heavily indebted poor countries, and also began The Strategic Compact, a major bank reform program aimed at fighting poverty.

Art historian to lecture about Irish art

Fintan Cullen, lecturer in art history at the University of Nottingham, will present a lecture titled “Irish Art and the Old and the New Art History” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. His talk is offered in conjunction with the center’s current exhibit “Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns.”

Mr. Cullen has devoted his career to examining aspects of Irish art and Irish representation. His work has appeared in such publications as Art History, Oxford Art Journal, The Burlington Magazine and Apollo. He earned his doctorate in art history from Yale in 1992, and served as lecturer in the history of art department at Trinity College in Dublin and as convener of the 1990 annual conference of the Association of Art Historians.

Noted chemist to deliver the Tetelman Lecture

British scientist Sir John Meurig Thomas, who is considered one of the world’s leading solid-state chemists, will be the featured speaker this week at two campus events. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, he will discuss two British scientists credited with building the foundations of much modern chemistry and physics in a Tetelman Lecture titled “Davy and Faraday: A Tale of Contrasting Geniuses.” The lecture will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery; enter on High Street.

The following day, Mr. Thomas will be the guest at 4 p.m. at a tea in the Jonathan Edwards master’s house, 70 High St. Mr. Thomas is professor of chemistry at The Royal Institution of Great Britain in London and is master of Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge. Known primarily for his work related to crystals, he and his research teams have pioneered many new techniques in solid-state chemistry, including the use of optical and electron microscopy, time-lapse microcinematography and etch-decoration, among other methods, to investigate the reactivity of minerals and the behavior of molecular crystals. He was knighted in 1991 for his services to chemistry and for making science understandable to a wide audience.

Japanese drumming troupe to perform on Cross Campus

San Jose Taiko, a company of Japanese performers on the taiko drums, will perform on Thursday, Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m. on Cross Campus Lawn. Based in San Jose, California, San Jose Taiko was founded in 1973 by a group of third-generation Asian Americans interested in traditional Japanese drumming. The taiko, or drum, serves as symbol for the essence and spirit of Japan. It was used by priests to dispel evil spirits and insects from rice fields; by the Samurai, who used it to instill fear in the enemy and courage in themselves; and by Japanese peasants, who used it in prayers for rain or thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.

Harvard economist will present the Kuznets Memorial Lectures

Zvi Griliches, the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the Productivity and Technical Change Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will deliver the 11th Simon Kuznets Memorial Lectures Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Titled “Productivity Growth: Where Did it Come From: Where Did it Go?” the two-part lecture series will survey the results of research on productivity over the last three decades and will review the empirical findings on the contribution of research and development to productivity growth. The lectures are sponsored by the Economic Growth Center.

On Thursday, Professor Griliches will discuss “Productivity Growth: The Quest for Explanations” 4-6 p.m. in Rm. B74 of the School of Management, 135 Prospect St. His second lecture, titled “Productivity and R&D: The Uncertain Future” will take place 2-4 p.m. in the same location. A native of Lithuania, he focuses his research on econometrics, productivity and technical change. He is currently a member of the U.S. Senate’s Advisory Commission to Study the Consumer Price Index, as well as the Statistics Canada Price Measurement Advisory Committee.

Yale Hillel hosts talk by feminist theologian

Judith Plaskow, a feminist theologian, will speak on the topic of her work-in-progress, “Decentering Sex: Toward a Jewish Feminist Theology of Sexuality” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St. A reception and book-signing will follow.

Ms. Plaskow has been studying, teaching, speaking and writing about feminist theology for 25 years. A professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, she is the author of several books, including the classic “Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism for a Feminist Perspective.” She is cofounder of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and served as its coeditor for 10 years. Along with Carol Christ, Ms. Plaskow has edited two anthologies, “Womenspirit Rising” and “Weaving the Visions.” For further information, call 432-1134.

Federal education official to speak at Bush Center

Gerald Tirozzi, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, will speak on Friday, Oct. 31, at noon in the weekly lecture series sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. His talk, titled “Education in the 21st Century: A Federal Perspective,” will be held at Rose Alumni House, 232 York St.

Mr. Tirozzi is a nationally recognized leader in the education reform movement. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Department of Education in 1996. He formerly served for eight years as Connecticut’s commissioner of education under the terms of Governors William O’Neill and Lowell P. Weicker and was president of Wheelock College in Boston 1991-93. As the commissioner of education, he played a role in developing and implementing the Connecticut Mastery Test, which received national recognition as an assessment model to promote high academic standards and expectations. He also initiated major teaching reforms which were at the core of a $300-million education improvement fund from the Connecticut General Assembly in 1986.

Winslow Homer is subject of talk at the art gallery

The work of American artist Winslow Homer will be discussed by Elizabeth Johns, the Silfen Term Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery; enter on High Street. Her talk, titled “Winslow Homer and the Nature of Observation,” is the seventh in the annual Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Lectures in American Art. A reception will follow in the art gallery sculpture hall.

Professor Johns has written extensively on themes in American art and on such artists as Thomas Eakins, William Harnett and George Caleb Bingham. Her book “American Genre Painting: The Politics of Everyday Life” was published by the Yale University Press in 1991. She says of her work, “In the largest sense I am a cultural historian, arguing that works of art are historical as well as imaginative artifacts that come into being in complex networks of opinion, values and aspirations.”

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