Journalist, Demographer, Art Gallery Director, Biographer and Others to Speak at Yale this Week

The following talks at Yale University Nov. 3-9 are free and open to the public.

Dean of Columbia journalism school to be next Poynter Fellow

Tom Goldstein, a Yale alumnus and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, will speak at Yale on Wednesday, Nov. 5 as the first Poynter Fellow in Journalism for 1997-98. Dean Goldstein’s talk, “Don’t Kill the Messenger: Journalism’s Bright Future,” will be at 4 p.m. in St. Anthony Hall, 483 College St., corner of College and Wall streets.

Dean Goldstein has practiced, taught and written extensively about journalism since his graduation from Yale College in 1967. He also served several years as press secretary to New York City Mayor Edward Koch and was a consultant on publicity issues relating to the Oklahoma City bombing for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

He worked at the Buffalo News, Newsday and Associated Press before joining the Wall Street Journal as a reporter in 1972. He subsequently served as a legal reporter and business columnist for The New York Times, as a media writer for New York Newsday and as a consultant to ABC’s “Nightline.”

His books include “The News at Any Cost,” “A Two-Faced Press” and “Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Press Criticism.” His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

An attorney who received both a master’s degree in journalism and a legal degree from Columbia, Mr. Goldstein was dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley 1988-96 before moving to Columbia. He taught at Harvard, where he was a visiting professor at the Kennedy School of Government.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale was established by Nelson Poynter ‘27 M.A. It brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Bob Woodward, David Gergen and Tim Russert were among the Poynter Fellows at Yale in recent years.

Population expert to discuss fertility in Africa

“Human Fertility in Africa: The Mismatch between Theory and Current Observations” is the title of a talk being presented on Wednesday, Nov. 5, by Allan Hill, the Andelot Professor of Demography in the department of population and international health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Sponsored by the Institute for Biospheric Studies, his talk will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

Mr. Hill is also a resident faculty member at the Center for Population and Development Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the secretary-general and treasurer of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the principal professional association for population scientists worldwide. He is a specialist on the interaction between health, mortality and fertility in the Arab world and West Africa. In Africa he has studied the impact of anti-malarial measures on childhood mortality and morbidity, and male fertility in Gambia. He was a fellow at Princeton University and formerly taught at Kuwait University, Aberdeen University in Scotland, the School of Public Health in Beirut and the medical school at the University of Jordan. He was a regional representative for Arab West Asia for The Population Council.

Director of modern art gallery in Ireland to present lecture

Barbara Dawson, director of the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland, will present a lecture titled “Irish Art at the End of the Twentieth Century: Legacy of Hugh Lane” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. Her talk is offered in conjunction with the center’s exhibition “Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns.”

Ms. Dawson has written extensively on the collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery and on Hugh Lane. Her 1993 publication “Images and Insights, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art” was the first-ever color catalogue on treasures from the gallery’s collection. She is currently overseeing a major extension to the gallery to be completed in 2000. A former member of the curatorial staff of the National Gallery, she also authored “Turner in the National Gallery of Ireland.”

Executive editor of medical journal to give two talks

Dr. Marsha Angell, executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and lecturer in the department of social medicine at Harvard University, will present two talks on campus on Thursday, Nov. 6, for members of the medical school community. At 8:30 a.m., she will present the 1997 Phyllis Bodel Memorial Lecture on “The Story of Breast Implants” in the Fitkin Amphitheatre, enter through 310 Cedar St.. At 10 a.m., she will present “Reflections on My Career in Medicine” in Rm. 110 of the Jane Ellen Hope Building, 315 Cedar St.

A pathologist, Dr. Angell joined the editorial staff of the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979 and became executive editor in 1988. She is the author of the newly published “Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case” and coauthored the first three editions of the textbook “Basic Pathology.” She writes frequently for the New England Journal of Medicine and other publications on a wide range of topics, and has particular interests in health policy, the ethics of biomedical research, the nature of medical evidence and care at the end of life. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Association of American Physicians.

The Phyllis Bodel Memorial Lecture was established to honor the late Dr. Phyllis Tuck Bodel, a physician/scientist in the department of internal medicine at the School of Medicine.

Noted biographer will be the guest at a master’s tea

Phyllis Rose, a Wesleyan University English professor whose 1978 biography of Virginia Woolf was nominated for a National Book Award, will be the guest at a tea on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:40 p.m. in the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St. She will discuss “Writing About Yourself and Others: Reflections on ‘The Year of Reading Proust.’”

Ms. Rose is also author of “Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages,” “Writing of Women: Essays in a Renaissance,” “Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time” and “Never Say Goodbye: Essays.” She is currently at work on “The Year of Reading Proust.” The editor of the 1993 “The Norton Book of Women’s Lives,” she has written book reviews and articles for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly and The Yale Review, among other publications. Named as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, Ms. Rose was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

School readiness is topic of talk at the Bush Center

Thomas D. Ritter, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, will talk about Connecticut’s 1997 Act Concerning School Readiness on Friday, Nov. 7, at noon in the Rose Alumni House, 232 York St. His talk is part of the weekly lecture series sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Mr. Ritter, who has represented Hartford in the Connecticut General Assembly since 1981, led a successful campaign in the state legislature this year to pass a bill investing in early childhood education. The Act Concerning School Readiness, which makes a quality preschool experience available to three- and four-year-olds in targeted school districts, passed by a unanimous vote. Elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1993, Mr. Ritter is currently serving an unprecedented third term. An attorney, he has also served as president of the National Speakers Association and as a member of the board of directors for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

For further information, call 432-9935.

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