Award Winning Public Artist, Harvard Economist, Teen Expert, Social Critic Barbara Ehrenreich to Speak at Yale University

The following talks at Yale University the week of Feb. 9-15 are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Award-winning public artist to present slide lecture

Public artist Jody Pinto, whose designs for plazas, bridges, gardens and urban spaces have won numerous awards, will present a slide lecture on the topic “Public Art: Connections/Dissections” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in Rm. 309 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. Her talk will be followed by a discussion. The event is sponsored by the women’s studies program and the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Pinto, who lives in New York City, “has become known for designing user-friendly urban spaces and parks that feature functional elements – including pedestrian bridges, seating and children’s play areas,” according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Among her current works-in-progress are a sculpture garden at Pasadena City College in California and a pedestrian bridge in Boston that links city streets, transit systems and the Charles River basin. RI try to make the person walking on the bridge aware of its shape so that the person becomes the very muscle and sinew of the bridge itself,” she has said of the project. Her other works include the continuation of Riverside Drive Park in New York City and an open park/plaza at Miami International Airport. She has been honored for her work by the American Institute of Architects, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Society of Landscape Artists, among other organizations and foundations.

Noted Harvard economist to launch lecture series on Africa

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), will present two talks at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) on Tuesday, Feb. 10. At 2 p.m., he will speak on “The East Asian Financial Crisis” in a lecture sponsored by YCIAS and the Economic Growth Center. It will be held in Rm. 203 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The second lecture, “Geography and Economic Growth in Africa,” will be held 4-5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Luce Hall.

Sachs is the Galen Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as an economic adviser to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa. He has been most noted for developing programs for rapid marketization and privatization in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s. From 1986 to 1990 he served as an adviser to Bolivia, and helped that country stabilize inflation from 40,000 percent per year to the current rate of 10 percent. In 1989 he advised Poland’s Solidarity movement on economic reforms and then assisted that country’s first post-communist government. He also led a team of economic advisers to Russia, where he assisted Boris Yeltsin with reforms. As director of HIID, he and his colleagues produced a study titled “A New Partnership for Growth in Africa,” released a year ago, which contributed to the reformulation of U.S. foreign assistance policies in Africa.

Decline in voluntarism in Australia is topic of scholar’s talk

“ ‘Bowling Alone’ Down Under: Associational History and Social Capital in Australia” is the topic of a talk being given on Tuesday, Feb. 10, by Susan Keen, a lecturer in the School of Science and Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her talk, sponsored by the Program on Non-Profit Organizations, will begin at noon in the first-floor conference room of 88 Trumbull St. Seating is limited, thus those wishing to attend should call Karen Refsbeck in advance at 432-2121.

Keen will explore the associational decline evident in traditional voluntary associations in Australia and examine the history of their development. Her talk will focus on nonprofit/state relations and will explore the question of whether there was a “golden age” of unfettered voluntarism in Australia. Keen is currently working on a history of one of Australia’s leading research-producing welfare nonprofits. Her interests include nonprofit/state relations and knowledge production by nonprofit organizations and its use in policy making.

Lecture will explore debate over public policy on wetlands

Jon Kusler, a lawyer, writer, educator, and executive director and founder of the Association of State Wetland Managers, will be the next speaker in the semester-long series RThe Restoration Agenda: Water!” at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). His talk, titled “Wetland Assessment: Conflicts Between Science and Public Policy,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Kusler will discuss the debate over an appropriate federal regulatory definition of wetlands. Loss of wetlands in the United States continues at an estimated rate of 200,000 to 300,000 acres each year. According to Kusler, criteria may be adopted that not only are scientifically unsound and substantially reduce protection for the remaining wetland resources, but also are more confusing and costly to landowners and developers.

Kusler has 28 years of experience working with legal, science and policy issues in water resources management. He has published many articles, books and reports specializing in mitigation of natural hazards, wetland management and water resources planning, and has worked extensively as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and to state and federal agencies.

Japanese art will be focus of talks by museum curator

Barbara Ford, curator of Japanese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present two talks on campus this week. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, she will present an Art la Carte talk about the Asian art exhibition “From Tomb to Teahouse” at 12:20 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

The following day, Ford will talk about Japanese textile art at 4 p.m. at a master’s tea in Jonathan Edwards College, 68 High St. This event, is being held in conjunction with a small exhibit of kimono art in the master’s house.

Ford has been on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum since 1981. She opened the first permanent galleries for Japanese art at the Met in 1987, and since then has organized semi-annual thematic installations. She has curated several exhibitions of Japanese and East Asian art, including the current show “Resonant Image: Uses of Tradition in Japanese Art,” and has written extensively on subjects of Asian art, particularly Japanese ink painting and lacquer. She has taught at Princeton and Columbia universities and at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York.

Specialist on teens’ risky behaviors to talk at tea

Dr. Mary Ann Shafer, a pediatrician whose research has focused on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, will be the guest at a tea on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St.

Shafer, a 1973 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, is professor of pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and associate director of adolescent medicine at the University of California. In addition, she is medical director at the Mission High School Clinic. Her academic and clinical activities have focused on the interrelationships among risky behaviors of adolescents and young adults, including such problems as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), alcohol abuse and eating disorders. She has studied the prevention of STDs using both a biological and behavioral approach and has been engaged in evaluating the application of new urine-based molecular techniques to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Shafer has developed STD and other risk prevention programs for high school students and military personnel and acts as a consultant to the Center for Disease Control, the military and the California State Department of Health regarding STD/HIV prevention. The American Academy of Pediatrics awarded Shafer its Adele D. Hoffmann Award for her work in adolescent health.

Former New Haven city planner to talk at Law School

Attorney Meredith Kane U76, a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, will speak on “Public-Private Partnerships in Times Square” on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 4:10 p.m. in Rm. 126 of the Law School, 127 Wall St.

A former city planning official for the City of New Haven, Ms. Kane also served as the lead official of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Since 1994, she has been a partner in the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She regularly handles issues related to real estate transactions, and has special expertise in the finance and development of complex public/private joint venture projects, including the redevelopment and restoration of Grand Central Terminal, the redevelopment of nine historic theaters in the 42nd Street Development Project and the development and financing of an office/hotel complex in Brooklyn.

Kane’s talk is part of a speaker series on “Community Economic Development,” sponsored by the Schools of Law and Management. Also speaking at the event will be Marianne Castillo, director of Common Ground.

Social critic/author will give talks at campus events

Award-winning social critic Barbara Ehrenreich will present two talks during a visit to the campus Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 and 12. On Wednesday, she will present a Henry Luce Seminar on the topic “From Carnival to Revolution: Some Questions about the Politics of Ecstasy” at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The following day, she will be the guest at a tea at 4 p.m. in the Ezra Stiles. College master’s house, 19 Tower Pkwy. Her topic will be “Blood Rites: A New Evolutionary Perspective on War.”

Ehrenreich’s latest book, “Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War” (1997), was called “brilliant” by the New York Review of Books. Her other works include the collection of essays “The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed”; “Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class,” which was nominated for a National Book Critics’ Award in 1989; “The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment”; and “The American Health Empire: Power, Profits and Politics” (with John Ehrenreich). She has written for Time magazine since 1990, and her articles, essays and humor pieces have appeared in other magazines and newspapers throughout the world. Ehrenreich’s numerous awards include a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Architectural historian to discuss recent work

Dell Upton, a professor of architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley, will present several talks on campus as the second American Art and Material Culture Fellow. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, he will give a talk titled “Consuming the Sacred: Religion, Community, and Identity in the American Landscape” at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. 200 of 56 High St. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, he will present some of his recent work in a discussion titled “Experiential Cities: Rethinking Early Philadelphia and New Orleans” at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 200 of 56 High St. His final talk, “Engendering the Meetinghouse: The Oblong Friends’ Meetinghouse, Duchess County, New York,” will be given as part of the Material Culture Study Group luncheon at noon on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Ezra Stiles College, 302 York St. All of the events are sponsored by the Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture.

Upton is a specialist on vernacular architecture, colonial religious structures and ethnic identity in the built environment. He has written several books, including the prize-winning “Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia” and “Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans.” His forthcoming book is titled “Urban Cultural Landscapes in Antebellum Philadelphia and New Orleans.”

For further information, contact Edward S. Cooke at 432-2724 or via e-mail at edward.cooke@yale.edu.

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