Experts on arms control, Benjamin Franklin's enemies, and drug use at Yale

The following talks at Yale University Dec. 8-11 are free and open to the public.

Swedish ambassador to discuss U.N. commission on Iraq

Rolf Ekeus, Sweden's ambassador to the United States and former executive chair of the United Nations U.N. Special Commission on Iraq, will speak on “Nuclear Zero-Zero and the Canberra Commission” at the Yale Colloquium on Arms Control and International Security 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in Rm. 125 of the Law School, 127 Wall St.

Ambassador Ekeus served on the Canberra Commission following a long career in European disarmament. From 1991 to May of 1997, he directed the U.N. commission conducting monitoring on the ground in Iraq to ensure that the nation does not retain nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

For further information, contact Professor Ruth Wedgwood by phone at 432-4946 or by email at wedgwood@yale.edu.

Historian to speak about Benjamin Franklin's enemies

Robert L. Middlekauff, the Preston Hotchkiss Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak on the subject “More Thoughts on Benjamin Franklin's Enemies” on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St. The talk is sponsored by the history department and the Friends of the Franklin Papers.

Mr. Middlekauff, who earned his Ph.D. degree in history at Yale in 1961, is the author of “The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals,” for which he received the Bancroft Prize in 1972. His other books include “Ancients and Axioms: Secondary Education in Eighteenth-Century New England,” “The Glorious Cause: the American Revolution, 1763-1789” and most recently, “Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies.” He has taught at Berkeley for most of his career. He also served as director of the Henry E. Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens 1983-88 and in 1996-97 was the Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

Talk to focus on how to get criminals off drugs

“Rational Policies Towards Imperfectly Rational People: Getting Criminals Off Drugs” is the title of a talk on Thursday, Dec. 11, by Mark A.R. Kleiman, professor of policy studies in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California at Los Angeles. The talk, the third in the series on “Bioethical Issues in Society,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St.

Professor Kleiman is editor of the Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin and chairs the Drug Policy Committee for the Federation of American Scientists. He has written nearly 70 articles and lectured widely on such topics as drug policy, crime control, the AIDS epidemic and political philosophy. His third book, “The Drug/Crime Connection” with David Boyum is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

The third annual forum series on “Bioethical Issues in Society” is jointly sponsored by Yale Hillel and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. For information, call 432-1134.

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