New York Times Photo Editor, Hewlett-Packard Executive, Harper's Magazine Editor to Speak at Yale University

The following talks at Yale University the week of Feb. 23- March 1 are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Gay advocate will explore issues of race and sexuality

Brett Beemyn, assistant professor of African American studies at Western Illinois University, will present a talk titled “A Queer Capital: Black and White Lesbigay Life in Washington, D.C., 1920-1960” on Monday, Feb. 23. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the Romance Languages Lounge, third floor, 82-90 Wall St. The event is sponsored by the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Committee.

Beemyn has worked for many years as an advocate for gay and transgendered students and has been an active leader in wider gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities as well. He coordinated the largest lesbian, gay and bisexual studies conference ever held in the United States, and now directs a multicultural leadership program. He also chairs the President’s Task Force to End Homophobia at Western Illinois University.

Beemyn is editor of “Creating a Place for Ourselves: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Histories” and with Mickey Eliason “Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Anthology.” His forthcoming book, “A Queer Capital: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Life in Washington, D.C., 1890-1955,” describes the racial lines in the capital’s gay, lesbian and bisexual communities, and their influence on the literature of the “New Negro” Renaissance. He currently is completing an anthology of theoretical, historical and literary essays about male bisexuality.

New York Times photo editor will discuss her work at tea

Nancy Lee, the photography editor of The New York Times, will talk about her work at a tea on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Berkeley College master’s house, 125 High St. Lee will present a slide show of New York Times’ photographs that have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has been the photography editor at The New York Times for seven years and has been on the staff of the newspaper for 17 years, during which time she also held the position of graphics editor.

Tea will feature informal talk by Harper’s Magazine editor

Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper’s Magazine, will be the guest at a tea on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St. Lapham was a reporter for The San Francisco Examiner and The New Herald Tribune before becoming managing editor of Harper’s Magazine in 1971. He writes a monthly essay for Harper’s under the rubric “Notebook,” and won a 1995 National Magazine Award for three of his essays in that column.

He has published several books of essays, including “Hotel America,” “The Wish for Kings” and his newest book, “Waiting for the Barbarians.” Lapham, who has written for many national magazines and newspapers, as well as publications abroad, has been likened by critics to such notable writers as H. L. Mencken, Mark Twain and Montaigne, among others. He was host and author of a six-part documentary series called “America’s Century,” which was broadcast on public television in the United States and also aired in England. Between 1989 and 1991 he was host and executive editor of “Bookmark,” a weekly public television series seen on over 150 stations nationwide.

Hewlett-Packard executive to deliver next Sheffield Lecture

Joel S. Birnbaum, senior vice president of research and development at Hewlett-Packard HP Laboratories, will present the next Sheffield Fellowship Lecture on the topic “After the Internet.” His talk will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Sudler Auditorium of William Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The talk will be followed by a reception at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Wall and High streets.

Birnbaum received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear physics from Yale in 1961 and 1965, respectively. Prior to his work at HP, he spent 15 years at IBM Corp.’s Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory in New York. He became director in 1991 of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s central research branch in Palo Alto, California. As a member of the corporate management staff, he serves as the company’s chief technical officer with responsibility for the coordination of worldwide activities in research and development. He joined HP in 1980 as founding director of the company’s Computer Research Center, was appointed vice president and director of HP Laboratories in 1984, and led the Information Technology Group from 1986-1988. From 1988 until 1991, he led the Information Architecture Group.

Writer and AIDS activist will read from his work

Writer and AIDS activist Edmund White will read from his work on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

White’s new novel, “The Farewell Symphony,” completes the autobiographical trilogy that he began with “A Boy’s Own Story” 1983 and “The Beautiful Room is Empty” 1988 . “The Farewell Symphony” tells the story of a gay man who has outlived most of his friends. The narrator recounts his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be gay. Among White’s other books are “Genet: A Biography” 1994 – which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award – “Forgetting Elena,” “Nocturnes for the King of Naples,” “States of Desire: Travels in Gay America” and “Caracole.”

White has taught literature and creative writing at Yale, Johns Hopkins, New York University and Columbia, and was a professor of English at Brown University. He served as executive director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Literature from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. He now lives in Paris.

Author and photographer will discuss his experiences at tea

Robert Arnett, critically acclaimed author and photographer of “India Unveiled,” will present slides with commentary on his experiences at a master’s tea Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. at Silliman College, 505 College St. The event is being sponsored by the Yale Center for International and Area Studies’ South Asian Studies Committee and the Friends of South Asia Committee.

Arnett, an art dealer and collector of Oriental, African and primitive art from Columbia, Georgia, journeyed to India for a total of 18 months between 1988 and 1995. His travels took him to all corners of India and to all sectors of society. In addition to visiting the major religious and cultural sites, he spent the majority of his time touring remote and rural parts of India not often found on the Westerner’s itinerary. The photographs he took during his travels focus in particular on the spiritual and cultural life of the country. The resulting book, “India Unveiled” has been described by an Indian newspaper as “a heart-warming portrait of the people, landscape and multi-hued culture of India.” The book, with over 270 photographs and Arnett’s commentary, will be available for purchase during the tea.

Public school reform is topic of Bush Center talk

Philip Coltoff, executive director of The Children’s Aid Society of New York, will give a talk titled “Public School Reform: The Community Schools Revolution” on Friday, Feb. 27, at noon in the weekly lecture series sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. The event will be held in the Sterling Library lecture hall, 128 Wall St.

Coltoff has worked with the Children’s Aid Society, a 143-year-old child and family service agency in New York City, since 1966 and has served as its executive director since 1981. Under his leadership, Children’s Aid collaborated with the New York City Board of Education in 1991 to build the city’s first year-round “community schools,” which provide academic and full social services, 15 hours a day, to children and families in the Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhoods.

In November 1994, the Community Schools Program won the annual Award for Nonprofit Innovation from the Peter Drucker Foundation. Other pioneering efforts for children led by Coltoff and the Children’s Aid Society include drug prevention programs, mediation services for troubled youth, services to homeless children, mobile medical and dental service, and the opening of a medical foster care program for babies. Coltoff was recently appointed by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to the Commission on Youth Empowerment Services.

Black History Month talk focuses on ‘Next Generation’

The Reverend Jamal-Harrison Bryant will give a talk titled “Voice of the Next Generation” on Friday, Feb. 27, 5-6 p.m. during a master’s tea at Calhoun College, 189 Elm St. The tea is presented in observation of Black History Month. Immediately following the tea, members of the Yale community are welcome to attend dinner in the dining hall. The cost is $10.25, payable in cash at the door.

The 26-year-old Bryant, a third-generation preacher, serves as an associate minister of the 11,000-member Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been named by Ebony magazine as one of America’s future leaders, and gears his work towards “empowering young African-Americans politically, socially and spiritually.” After one year as National Youth and College Director of the NAACP, 34 new youth and college chapters have been established. He has launched a national “Stop the Violence: Start the Love” campaign that is attracting inner-city youth from across the country. He sits on the advisory committee for the National Summit on Africa.

Bryant’s efforts have been spotlighted in periodicals such as Emerge, The Source and USA Today, and on BET, CNN and C-SPAN. He is co-host of the Baltimore Sunday talk show “Speak to My Heart.”

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