Frick Collection Curator, Photographer William Christenberry, Expert on Hunger and Homelessness To Speak at Yale This Week
The following talks at Yale University April 13-19 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.
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 at 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. 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.
Theologian will talk about hunger as part of week-long event
Ronald J. Sider, professor of theology and culture at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of the popular book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: A Biblical Study,” will be featured in two campus events on Wednesday, April 15, as part of Yale Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. At 4:30 p.m., he will lead a Bible study and discussion on the topic “Is There Hope for the Poor in America?” in the library of Dwight Hall, 67 High St. That evening, at 8 p.m., he will address the topic “Rich Christians, Global Poverty, and Market Economies: Does God Care?” in Levinson Auditorium of the Law School, 127 Wall St.
Sider, who is also the founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action, received three degrees from Yale: an M.A. in 1963, a B.D. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1969. He is an ordained minister in The Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. His best-known book, “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger,” was first published in 1977; a revised version was published in 1997. The book has sold 350,000 copies and has been translated into six languages. Sider is also the author of “Christ and Violence,” “Completely Pro-Life,” “Non-Violence: An Invisible Weapon?” and “Genuine Christianity,” among other books. He publishes Green Cross, a Christian environmental magazine, and Prism, the magazine of Evangelicals for Social Action.
Frick Collection curator to speak at art gallery
Edgar Munhall, curator of The Frick Collection in New York, will present the third lecture in the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Memorial Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery (enter on High St.). His lecture is titled “Henry Clay Frick and His Collection.”
After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale in 1959, Munhall joined the staff of the Yale University Art Gallery as assistant curator for prints and drawings. Subsequently, he worked at Columbia University and became curator of The Frick Collection in 1965. He has written numerous books, including “The Frick Collection: An Illustrated Catalogue, Volume IX,” “Art in the Frick Collection,” “Paintings from the Frick Collection” and “Henry Clay Frick, The Young Collector.” He has also written numerous articles. His honors include the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Graduate Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University; Chavalier, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government; and the Henry Allen Moe Prize for the best exhibition catalogue published in New York State for “Whistler and Montesquiou; The Butterfly and the Bat.”
Talk will examine mutual fund’s commitment to environment
Carlos Joly, chair of the investment advisory committee of the Storebrand Scudder Environmental Value Fund, will give a talk on “Finding Green in Green: Environmental Performance in a Mutual Fund” on Thursday, April 16. His talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium in Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. A reception in the Sage Hall lounge will follow the presentation. Joly’s talk is the final event in this year’s spring lecture series “How Do You Know if You’re Going Green? Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance,” which is sponsored by the Yale Industrial Environmental Management Program.
Joly will discuss the approach taken by the Storebrand Scudder Environmental Value Fund (EVF), a Norwegian mutual fund. Unlike other mutual funds that focus on the environment, Storebrand Scudder’s EVF does not take a “green sector” approach that emphasizes waste management and pollution control companies. Instead, the EVF invests only in those firms that are among the top 30 percent in environmental performance in their respective industry sectors. In 1997, the fund achieved a 24 percent return, out-performing the Morgan Stanley Capital International World Index. Joly helped found the EVF and formerly served as senior vice president in charge of the fund.
Evaluation of children’s programs is focus of Bush Center talk
Marta Elisa Moret, president of Urban Policy Strategies, will talk on the topic “Building Community Capacity for Program Evaluation” on Friday, April 17, at noon in the Sterling Library lecture hall, 128 Wall St. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
Urban Policy Strategies, located in New Haven, is an association of research and policy consultants who provide training and technical assistance in program design, evaluation and policy assessment to government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations. Moret, who holds an M.P.H. from Yale, conducts research and policy assessments on a wide array of health and human service programs in Connecticut and other states. She and her staff are evaluating Connecticut’s three-year experience with AmeriCorps. Moret is also codirector of Connecticut’s HIV evaluation bank and works with the Center for Disease Control and the Agency for Health Care Research and Policy to train health policy leaders about the issues of designing evaluation methods for community-rooted programs.
Moret served as deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services in the Weicker administration, for which she was responsible for administering programs in child care, welfare and Medicaid. Previously, she was director of programs for Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, where she designed and implemented evaluations of experimental programs for underserved children and families.