Science Historian, Chemical Engineer/Astronaut, Wall Street Journal Writer to Speak at Yale

The following talks at Yale University the week of April 6-12 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

The following talks at Yale University the week of April 6-12 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Science historian to give talk at Whitney Humanities Center

Steven Shapin, professor of sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, will present a talk titled “Folk Epistemology: The Case of Proverbs” on Monday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 108 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. His talk is sponsored by Issues in Science and the Humanities (ISH), a seminar series and discussion group that provides a forum for critical reflection on questions concerning the relations between the natural sciences and the humanities.

Shapin is the author of “Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life” (with Simon Schaffer), “A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England” and “The Scientific Revolution.”

Justice of South African court to deliver Castle Lectures

“Punishment of War Crimes: A National or International Question?” will be the topic of the three-part Castle Lectures in Ethics, Politics and Economics, which will be presented in April by the Honorable Justice Richard Goldstone of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Goldstone’s first lecture, “Impunity or Accountability: What Are the Options?” will be delivered on Monday, April 6. On Thursday, April 9, he will explore the question “International Justice: What Are the Options?” The series will conclude on Monday, April 13, with “The South African Solution: Is Truth Sufficient?” All of the lectures will be held 4-5:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St., and will be followed by a reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Goldstone, who has been a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 1994, served as the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He has also served as the chair of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, known as the Goldstone Commission. His Castle Lectures will be published in book form by Yale University Press.

The Castle Lectures were endowed by John K. Castle to honor his ancestor, the Reverend James Pierpont, one of Yale’s original founders.

Role of poetry in Bedouin life

Clinton Bailey, visiting professor at Trinity College in Hartford, will talk about “The Role of Poetry in Bedouin Life,” Monday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 203 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. His talk is sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

Bailey, who has lived among the Bedouin people and studied their culture for 30 years, says that poetry is unusually significant in the lives of the Bedouin, who have traditionally been both nomadic and illiterate. They have used poetry to communicate both information and ideas, particularly about major events, he says. Active on behalf of Bedouin rights in Israel, Bailey was awarded the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel in 1994. He is the author of the book “Bedouin Poetry from Sinai and the Negev: Mirror of a Culture.”

Expert in genomic drug discovery to speak

Dr. Gualberto Ruano, co-founder of Genaissance Pharmaceutical Co. in New Haven, will be the final speaker in the Yale-New Haven Biotechnology Enterprise Forum series. His talk, titled “Genomic Strategies and Drug Discovery,” will be presented Tuesday, April 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Hope Conference Rm. 216 of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. His lecture is sponsored by The Biotech Committee of Greater New Haven and the Yale Office of Cooperative Research.

Ruano, who earned Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Yale, also is chief executive officer and chief scientific officer of Genaissance. He is the inventor of Coupled Amplification and Sequencing, the company’s lead technology for genetic discovery, which is now being used for HIV diagnosis and therapeutic management. An acknowledged expert in the profiling of human genome diversity and molecular evolution, he is among the biotech industry’s leaders in applying these methods to clinical medicine and pharmaceutical drug development. Focusing specifically on breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases, Genaissance is developing customized drugs with increased therapeutic potency and vastly reduced side effects.

For more information 432-5446.

Lecture and tea will feature chemical engineer/astronaut

Albert Sacco Jr., the George A. Snell Professor in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University and the first chemical engineer chosen to train as a U.S. astronaut, will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 and 9, as a guest of the chemical engineering department and Jonathan Edwards College master Gary Haller. On Wednesday at 4 p.m., he will talk about his experiences as an astronaut at a tea in the Jonathan Edwards College master’s house, 70 High St. The following day, he will deliver the John McClanahan Henske Distinguished Lecture in Chemical Engineering on the topic “Nucleation and Growth of Zeolite Crystals” at 4 p.m. in Mason Laboratory, 9 Hillhouse Ave.

Sacco is also director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing at Northeastern. His research interests are in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, catalyst deactivation and synthesis of zeolite crystals in microgravity environments. He has extensive experience aboard NASA’s KC-135 low-gravity aircraft, where he has tested experimental protocols and evaluated space-flight equipment. He has also been the principal investigator on five space flight experiments. In 1995, he was a payload specialist on a 16-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Sacco is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The John McClanahan Henske Distinguished Lecture is named in honor of the former chief executive officer of the Olin Corporation. The lectures are made possible with a fund established by the Olin Corporation and are administered by the department of chemical engineering.

Art historian to talk about collector Isabella Stewart Gardner

Anne Higonnet, associate professor of art history at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, will present the second lecture in the Yale University Art Gallery’s annual Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Memorial Lecture Series, this year titled “Private Collection into Public Museum: Four Great Collectors.” Higonnet will talk on the subject “Skirts, Pictures, and a Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner” on Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. in the lecture hall of the gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

Higonnet received her Ph.D. from Yale before joining the Wellesley faculty in 1988. Her publications include “Pictures of Innocence: the History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood,” “Berthe Morisot’s Images of Women” and “Berthe Morisot: A Biography.” She has contributed articles, essays and book chapters to a number of publications. She has received fellowships from the John Paul Getty Museum and the Huntington Library, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Research Grant in Women’s Studies, the American Association of University Women Fellowship and the Harvard College Augustus Clifford Tower Fellowship.

The Ritchie Memorial Lectures are sponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art in memory of Yale’s longest-serving director.

Master’s tea features talk by Wall Street Journal correspondent

David M. Wessel, chief economics correspondent in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal, will be the guest at a tea on Thursday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St.

Wessel, a native of New Haven, was offered his current job at The Wall Street Journal on the day the stock market crashed in 1987. He began his career with the newspaper in its Boston bureau in 1984. He had previously worked for the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant and the Middletown Press. He shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for a series of Boston Globe stories on the persistence of racism in Boston. In 1996, he and several other Wall Street Journal reporters shared the InterAmerican Press Association award for spot-news coverage for their stories on Mexico’s economic and financial crisis. The Washingtonian magazine included Wessel on its August 1997 list of the top 50 journalists in Washington.

Wessel is the coauthor (with Wall Street Journal colleague Bob Davis) of the new book “Prosperity: The Coming 20-Year Boom and What It Means for You.” In the book, the authors explain their belief that the combination of technology, education and globalization will make the next 20 years better for the American middle class than the last 20 years.

Scholar of 18th-century to give Walpole Library lecture

“Exposures: Sex, Privacy and Sensibility” is the title of the sixth annual Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, which will be delivered on Thursday, April 9, by Patricia Meyer Spacks, a former Yale faculty member who is now the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Virginia. Her lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Prospect and Grove streets. It will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, corner of Wall and High streets.

Spacks, who earned her M.A. degree from Yale in 1950, is the author of 11 books, including “Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind,” “Gossip,” “Imagining A Self,” “The Female Imagination” and “The Insistence of Horror.” She also edited a 1994 edition of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” as well as “Contemporary Women Novelists,” “Late Augustan Poetry” and “Late Augustan Prose.” She has been a fellow of the National Humanities Institute and the National Humanities Center and was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Divinity School lecture will explore impact of faith on health

Dr. David B. Larson, president of the National Institute for Healthcare Research, will explore the questions “Is God Good for Your Health? What Does the Research Say?” on Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m. in the Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St. His talk is part of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences/Templeton Foundation University Lectureship. A reception will follow in the Divinity School common room.

Larson is also adjunct professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at both Duke University Medical Center and Northwestern University Medical School, as well as in the department of preventative medicine and biometrics of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences was founded in 1981 to promote mutual interaction between contemporary theology and the natural sciences through research, education and public service. The John Templeton Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the discovery and use of scientific evidence to reveal knowledge about God and the natural laws that govern the universe.

Playwright/performance artist will explore gender roles

Kate Bornstein, a transgendered playwright and performance artist, will explore gender roles, sexuality and societal perspectives on Monday, April 13, in an event sponsored by the women’s studies program and the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her presentation, titled “Cut ‘n’ Paste,” combines humor, drama, poetry and lecture. It will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 309 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St.

Bornstein is the author of “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us,” in which she asserts that the distinction of male and female is an outgrown concept and that gender is a spectrum that all are free to explore. Her most recent publication, “My Gender Workbook,” is a guide to living with or without gender. In the work, Bornstein claims that there are countless genders lumped under the two-gender designation, and she quotes over 300 people who say they are neither men nor women. The book includes quizzes and puzzles designed to challenge the reader’s own perceived sexual identity.

For more information, call the women’s studies program at 432-0845.

Award-winning artist will be guest at master’s tea

Painter, photographer and sculptor William Christenberry will be the featured guest at a tea on Monday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St.

Christenberry is professor of art at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. A native of Alabama, his sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs have often reflected his Southern heritage. His works have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 1977, his works were featured in the Yale University Art Gallery exhibit “Five Years of Collecting Photographs.” In 1991 and again in 1993, he was a visiting artist at the Yale Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Christenberry’s honors include the University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award in Memory of Elvis Presley, The Alabama Prize and the Educator in Fine Arts Award from Hallmark Cards Inc. He has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He is the subject of a 1997 film titled “William A. Christenberry, Jr.: a portrait,” and of the recent book “Christenberry Reconstruction: The Art of William Christenberry” by Trudy Wilner Stack.

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