Flutist, World Bank Executive, Proctor & Gamble CEO, Presbyterian Missionary, Zen Master to Speak at Yale

The following talks at Yale University the week of Nov. 17-23 are free and open to the public.

Flutist to give lunchtime talk on music careers

Internationally known flutist and Yale alumna Linda Marianiello will discuss “Careers in Music” on Monday, Nov. 17, at noon in the Calhoun College Fellows Lounge, 189 Elm St.

While an undergraduate at Yale, Ms. Marianiello was assistant principal flutist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She began an international music career after earning an M.A. degree from City University of New York-Brooklyn College. Known for her versatile repertoire – which spans from early baroque to modern and from classical to popular – she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra and the Orchester Concerto Armonico and has been featured at such world-renowned music festivals as the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Potsdam-Sanssouci and Oberammergau, among others. Ms. Marianiello’s recordings include “Music for Flute and Piano” and “The Flute in Song.”

British demographer to offer perspectives on the next century

“The Demographer’s Perspective on the Next Century” is the title of a talk on Monday, Nov. 17, by John Cleland, professor of medical demography at the Center for Population Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 608 of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health, 60 College St., sponsored by the Institute for Biospheric Studies.

Mr. Cleland, president of the British Society for Population Studies, has written extensively about fertility and family planning. He has explored the effects of parental education on marital fertility in developing countries, connections between maternal education and childhood mortality, the social and demographic dimensions of AIDS, and sexual behavior in the face of disease risks. He has served on the World Health Organization’s Task Force on Behavioral and Social Determinants of Fertility Regulation and the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Data Research Priorities for Arresting AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. A joint editor of the journal Population Studies, he is also a member of the editorial boards of Studies in Family Planning and the African Journal of Reproductive Health.

AIDS activist/MTV veteran to give campus talk

Sean Sasser, an AIDS activist who is HIV-positive, will speak on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. He and his late partner, Pedro Zamora, were the focus of several episodes of “The Real World III” on MTV. His talk, “Sexual Identity and AIDS in ‘The Real World,’” is sponsored by Sociology 229A and the Yale Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

The 28-year-old Mr. Sasser has been living with AIDS for his entire adult life. He currently manages the Atlanta Media Resource Center of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a watchdog organization that combats discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. He is a board member of the AIDS Policy Center for Children, Youth and Families in Washington, D.C. and serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, to which he was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Donna Shalala, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services.

Sony Pictures co-president to speak at SOM

Jeff Sagansky, co-president of Sony Pictures Entertainment –SPE, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 11:45 a.m. in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. His talk, “SONY Pictures Entertainment: Management Challenges in a Global Economy,” is part of the International Business Roundtable Lecture Series at the School of Management.

Named co-president of SPE in 1996, Mr. Sagansky is responsible for television operations and the growth of the company’s international businesses. He also oversees overall management of the company. Mr. Sagansky joined Sony in 1994 as executive vice president of Sony Corporation of America. He formerly was president of CBS Entertainment, where he brought the network ratings from third to first place in one year. At CBS he helped develop such series as “The Nanny,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Chicago Hope,” “Picket Fences” and “Northern Exposure.” He has also served as president of TriStar Pictures and senior vice president of series programming for NBC Entertainment. He is on the boards of the International Council for the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, The Environmental Media Association and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Vice president of World Bank to be guest at master’s tea

Shahid Javed Burki, vice president of the Latin America and Caribbean region of the World Bank and former chief economist in West Pakistan, will discuss “World Bank and Developing Countries” at a tea on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in Silliman College master’s house, 91 Wall St.

Mr. Burki has served in his current post at the World Bank since 1994. Prior to that, he was the bank’s director for China and Mongolia in the East Asia and Pacific regions, where he helped design and implement the World Bank’s lending program in China. He has held a number of posts since he joined the bank in 1974, including division chief of the policy planning and program review department, senior economist and policy adviser in the Office of the Vice President of External Relations, and director of the international relations department. Mr. Burki is the author or coauthor of several books: “A Study of Chinese Communes,” “First Things First,” and “Pakistan: Development Choices for the Future.”

Princeton mathematician to deliver Robinson Lectures

Ya G. Sinai, professor of mathematics at Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Abraham Robinson Memorial Lectures on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 19 and 20. His topic will be “1D Burgers Equation with Random Forcing as a Model of Turbulence.” His first lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 220 of Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Ave. Thursday’s lecture will be in Davies Auditorium of Becton Center, 15 Prospect St.

Mr. Sinai is one of the founders of modern ergodic theory and the theory of dynamical systems and has made fundamental contributions to mathematical physics. Awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics this year, his other honors include the Boltzman Gold Medal, the Heineman and Markov prizes and the Dirac Medal. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society and a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The Robinson Lectures are supported in part by a fund established by colleagues and admirers of the late Abraham Robinson, who was Sterling Professor of Mathematics at Yale at the time of his death in 1974.

Visiting scholar to lecture on Jewish material culture

Jenna Weissman Joselit, the first of three visiting fellows this year at Yale’s Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture, will lecture on Jewish material culture in three events this week.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, she will present “Home, Sweet, Heym: The Domestication of American Judaism, 1880s-1950s” at 4:30 p.m. in the Sylvia Slifka Chapel at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St. The lecture is cosponsored by Yale Hillel and the Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., Ms. Joselit will discuss her work in progress, “Shabbos Shoes and Sunday Best: Clothing and Religion in America, 1920s-1950s.” It will take place in Rm. 268 of Street Hall, 59 High St. Her final talk, at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, will deal with “Playing with Tradition: American Jews and the Mah-Jongg Menorah” at the Material Culture Study Group in Jonathan Edwards College.

Ms. Joselit has written and lectured extensively on Jewish material culture and identity and has served as a consultant and guest curator for museums and historical societies. Her most recent book, “The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950,” was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in History.

For further information on these talks, contact Edward S. Cooke Jr., director of the Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture, at 432-2724 or via e-mail at edward.cooke@yale.edu.

Poland’s transition to democracy is focus of ambassador’s talks

Nicholas Rey, the U.S. ambassador to Poland, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 20, on Poland’s transition to democracy. At noon, he will discuss “Poland’s Economic and Political Transition Eight Years after the Fall of Communism” in Rm. 103 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., and at 4 p.m. he will speak on “Poland: The Case for NATO Enlargement,” in Rm. 203.

A native of Poland, Mr. Rey has been ambassador to that country since 1993. He was vice chair and director of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund, a nonprofit, private corporation established to stimulate private enterprise. He has been a managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and served on the President’s Commission on International Trade and Investment Policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Rey’s visit is sponsored by the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, International Security Studies, the Council on Russian and East European Studies and the Council on West European Studies. For further information, call 432-3423.

Indian government official to deliver annual Rustgi Lecture

“India’s Economic Reforms” is the title of this year’s Rustgi Family Fund Lecture, which will be given by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, finance secretary for India, on Thursday, Nov. 20. His lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Mr. Ahluwalia has been finance secretary with the Indian Ministry of Finance since 1993. Before that, he was secretary in the department of economic affairs in the Ministry of Finance, commerce secretary and special secretary to the prime minister. During the 1970s, he was chief of the income distribution division and deputy chief of the public finance division of the World Bank, where he served as an economist. He is the author of numerous articles in various books and professional journals.

The Rustgi Lecture is sponsored by the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, the Committee on South Asian Studies and the Economic Growth Center. It is supported by a fund established in 1994 by the Rustgi family in honor of nuclear physicist Moti Lal Rustgi and his wife, Kamla. The fund seeks to enchance the teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge about South Asian studies and life.

Yale trustee will speak at master’s tea

John Pepper, chair of the board and chief executive officer of Proctor and Gamble, Yale alumnus and a trustee on the Yale Corporation, will speak on “Business in the Global Economy” at a tea at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Silliman College master’s house, 71 Wall St.

Mr. Pepper has served as president of the company since 1986, assuming his present titles in 1995. He joined Proctor & Gamble in 1963 and moved up the ranks, holding such positions as general manager of Procter & Gamble Italia and vice president with responsibility for the company’s European operations. He has served as a member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Council and as a member of the board of directors of Xerox Corporation and Motorola, Inc.

Missionary to talk about Church of South India’s jubilee

John C. B. Webster, a Presbyterian missionary in India, will be the featured speaker in the Overseas Ministries Study Center’s – OMSC – Missions Research Colloquium on Friday, Nov. 21. He will discuss “The Church of South India Up Close: A Firsthand Assessment of Its Golden Jubilee” 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the OMSC, 490 Prospect St.

Mr. Webster serves with the People in Mission program of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., spending part of each year in India working with the Dalit community, formerly called “Untouchables. He is the author of “A History of the Dalit Christians in India.” He attended the Jubilee of the Church of South India, held in Madras in September, as a representative of the Presbyterian Church. For further information, call 624-6672.

Zen master to give ‘Dharma’ talk

Soeng Hyang/Barbara Rhodes will give a “Dharma” talk on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, enter on High St. Her talk is sponsored by the Common Quest Foundation at Yale and the New Haven Zen Center, a member of the Yale Religious Ministry.

Soeng Hyang was one of the first women in America to be formally recognized as a Zen master. A student of Zen for over 25 years, she received dharma transmission from Zen master Seung Sahn in 1992. She helped found the Providence Zen Center, where she lived for 17 years and served in a variety of administrative capacities. She is a guiding teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen and serves as the guiding teacher of Zen centers in Florida, Chicago and Colorado. Employed as a registered nurse with Hospice Care of Rhode Island, she works primarily with AIDS patients.

Soeng Hyang’s talk at Yale precedes a two-day silent retreat at the New Haven Zen Center. For more information, call the New Haven Zen Center at 787-0912.

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