Presidential Press Secretary, Environmentalist, Foundation President, Writers and More Coming to Yale This Week

The following talks at Yale University Feb. 1-8 are free and open to the public.

Lawyer/sociologist to present Law School Dean’s Lecture

Richard O. Lempert, the Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, will discuss “(Criminal) Law as Resource” on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon in the faculty lounge of the Law School, 127 Wall St. His talk is part of the Law School Dean’s Lecture Series.

Lempert has written widely on a range of legal and sociological issues and is particularly noted for his work on DNA evidence and on the jury system. His books include two editions of “A Modern Approach to Evidence” and “An Invitation to Law and Social Science: Desert, Disputes, and Distribution.” He was editor or coeditor of “Under the Influence? Drugs and the American Work Force,” “Randomized Field Experiments in Criminal Workshop Proceedings” and “The Role of Research in the Delivery of Legal Services.”

A member of the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School since 1974, Lempert is currently a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation. He has lectured at or participated in conferences around the world. He has served as editor of the Law & Society Review and has been a member of numerous national panels. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his other honors include the Loevinger Award and the Harry Kalven Prize for outstanding socio-legal scholarship from the Law and Society Association.

Clinton’s former press secretary to talk at Law School

Mike McCurry, who recently stepped down as White House press secretary and assistant to President Bill Clinton, will present a talk titled “A View from the White House Podium: Communicating Under Pressure” on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 4:15 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Law School, 127 Wall St. The event is sponsored by the Law School’s Knight Journalism Fellows.

McCurry served in the Clinton White House as assistant to the president and press secretary from January 1995 until October 1998. Prior to joining the White House staff, he was spokesman for the Department of State and principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs. Previously, he was director of communications for the Democratic National Committee. He served as national press secretary during Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen’s vice presidential campaign, as spokesman and political strategist in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Senator John Glenn, Governor Bruce Babbitt and Senator Bob Kerrey, and as a communications adviser to the Clinton-Gore campaign in Colorado in 1992. He was senior vice president in the Washington, D.C. office of the public relations consulting firm of Robinson, Sawyer, Lake, Lehrer & Montgomery 1990-93.

McCurry began his career on the staff of the U.S. Senate, working 1976-81 as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee’s chair, Senator Harrison A. Williams Jr. He was press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1981-83.

Harvard literary scholar will be guest at master’s tea

Yale alumnus Stephen Greenblatt, a noted scholar of Renaissance literature and the Henry Levin Professor of Literature at Harvard University, will be the guest at a tea on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master’s house, 434 College St.

After earning B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale, Greenblatt taught for more than two decades at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1997. His six books include “Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World,” which has been translated in five languages; “Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England,” which won the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Lowell Prize; “Renaissance Self-Fashioning: from More to Shakespeare,” winner of the British Council Prize in the Humanities; and “Sir Walter Raleigh: The Renaissance Man and His Roles,” which won an honorable mention in the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize competition. Greenblatt was general editor of “The Norton Shakespeare” and “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” among numerous other volumes.

Greenblatt has lectured widely throughout the world, and has held named lectureships at many universities. He presented Yale’s Wellek Lectures in 1991.

Bioengineer will explore use of plants in ecological restoration

Wendi Goldsmith, a bioengineer and restoration expert, will discuss “Bioengineering to Restore Riparian Plant Communities” on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium at Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. Her talk is part of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ semester-long Distinguished Lecturer series titled “The Restoration Agenda: Focus on Plants.” A discussion will follow the talk, and participants are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. For registration information, contact Aimlee D. Laderman at 432-3335 or e-mail

Goldsmith’s talk will feature case studies that include applications of plants for selective uptake of heavy metal contaminants from soils, creating wetlands for storm water mitigation, historically authentic planting plans, and river restoration projects in New England, and overseas using plants as engineering structures. Goldsmith is affiliated with The Bioengineering Group Inc., and has extensive experience in all phases of restoration project design and implementation for lakes, rivers and tidal areas. As project manager, consulting bioengineer or horticultural adviser, she has often led interdisciplinary collaborative design teams. She has played a key role in promoting local familiarity and acceptance of bioengineering methods. An integral part of her waterways assessments and restoration projects is evaluating change in land use and its effect on geological stability and habitat degradation.

The series is cosponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the New Haven Land Trust, with additional support from the Watershed Fund of the Regional Water Authority and Roots, Inc.

Environmentalist/entrepreneur to open lecture series

Paul Hawken, a noted environmentalist, author and entrepreneur, will open the 1999 spring lecture series on business and the environment sponsored by the Yale Industrial Environmental Program (IEM) at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. This year’s series, titled “Corporate Redesign: Approaches to Sustainability,” will examine the efforts of companies to redesign themselves to make the pursuit of environmental sustainability possible.

Hawken’s talk, titled “Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,” will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 4:15 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium in Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. A reception will follow in the Sage Hall lounge.

Hawken founded several companies, including Smith & Hawken, a retail and catalog company. He is the author of five books, including “The Next Economy,” “Growing a Business” and “The Ecology of Commerce.” He serves as cochair of TNS-International, a nonprofit educational foundation, and works with approximately 40 different corporations – including Nike, Interface, CH2M Hill and Royal Dutch Shell – on sustainability issues.

The IEM Spring Lecture Series is supported by the Joel Omura Kurihara Fund. Joel Kurihara, a member of the Class of 1992 at the Forestry School, was committed to improving business and environmental relations. For more information, call 432-6197.

Yale Review hosts readings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poets

Poets Carolyn Kizer and Gary Snyder will read from their recent work on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is sponsored by The Yale Review.

Kizer won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection “Yin” in 1985, and has received the Theodore Roethke Award and an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her other books include “Harping On,” “Mermaids in the Basement,” “Carrying Over,” “The Nearness of You” and “Proses.” She founded Poetry Northwest in 1959 and served as its editor until 1965. She was the first director of the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts 1966-70, and has been poet-in-residence at many universities.

A writer of both poetry and prose, Snyder won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975 for his book “Turtle Island.” “No Nature,” a volume of selected poems, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992. His other books of poetry include “Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems,” “The Back Country,” “Regarding Wave” and “Left Out in the Rain,” as well as the poem cycle “Mountains and Rivers Without End.” A mountaineer, Zen Buddhist and environmentalist, Snyder currently lives on a farm in the northern Sierra Nevada, where he is active with the local Yuba Watershed Institute. Since 1985 he has taught at the University of California at Davis, where he was instrumental in starting the Nature and Culture program.

Ford Foundation president to discuss her work in SOM lecture

Susan Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation, will discuss her work as part of the School of Management’s Perspectives on Leadership Series on Friday, Feb. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. in Rm. 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets. The talk is titled “Managing the Ford Foundation: The Global Challenge.”

Berresford was elected president of the Ford Foundation in 1996. She previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the foundation. She joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 as project assistant in the division of national affairs and later served as a program officer in that division. In 1980 she was named officer in charge of the foundation’s women’s programs, and a year later became vice president for the U.S. and international affairs program. She subsequently served as vice president of the program division in charge of worldwide programming for the foundation. She serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Global Partnership and is a director of the Chase Manhattan Corporation.

Summer literacy program is topic of Bush Center talk

Laura Altshul and Saylor Heidmann, codirectors of the Footebridge summer literacy program at Foote School in New Haven, will talk about their program on Friday, Feb. 5, at noon in Rm. 119 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The event is sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Footebridge, a collaboration with the New Haven Public Schools, was founded three years ago to bring kindergarten and first-grade children from local public elementary schools to the campus of Foote School, a private school in New Haven, for an intensive six-week summer program. The program focuses on literacy instruction for children and curriculum instruction for teachers.

Altshul was head kindergarten teacher at Foote School for 23 years before becoming director of admissions there in 1993. She developed an innovative collaboration between Head Start and the Foote School summer program, a forerunner of the Footebridge program, in 1995. Heidmann has been the director of the learning support program at Foote School and a learning disabilities consultant and lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center for 25 years. Last year she helped formulate the training component of Yale’s America Reads Challenge, a federally-funded program that matches work-study undergraduates with third graders for intensive reading tutorials. For further information, call 432-9935.

Author will read from his forthcoming novel at library

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Fund for Gay and Lesbian Studies will sponsor a reading by Matthew Stadler on Friday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the mezzanine of the library, corner of Wall and High streets. Stadler will read from his forthcoming novel, “Allan Stein,” which will be released by Grove Press on Feb. 15.

A blending of history and fiction, “Allan Stein” tells the tale of the search for lost Picasso drawings of Gertrude Stein’s nephew, Allan. The protagonist, a teacher dismissed from his Seattle job on account of a sex scandal involving a student, travels to Paris under a false identity. There, he is haunted by memories of his own boyhood as he discovers the sad childhood of Allan Stein. Ultimately, he absconds to southern France with a 15-year-old boy from the family who befriends him. Stadler’s research for the part of the story involving Allan Stein was conducted among the Gertrude Stein papers and memorabilia at the Beinecke Library.

Stadler, who lives in Seattle, is the author of three previous books: “Landscape: Memory,” “The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee” and “The Sex Offender.” He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1992 and the Whiting Writer’s Award in 1995. He is the literary editor of Nest magazine and a senior writer for The Stranger.

Scholar of poverty will present Hollingshead Lecture

Erik Olin Wright, the Vilas Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a scholar of poverty and inequality, will deliver the Hollingshead Lecture on Friday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. His talk, titled “Class, Exploitation and the Shmoo,” is sponsored by the department of sociology.

Wright is the author of eight books, most recently “Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis,” which was published by the Cambridge University Press in 1997. He has held both the C. Wright Mills Distinguished Professorship and the John D. MacArthur Professorship at the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught since 1976.

Noted oceanographer to give keynote address at conference

Oceanographer, explorer and marine conservationist Sylvia Earle, who holds a depth record for solo diving, will deliver the keynote address at the 15th Annual Doctoral Research Conference of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on Feb. 5. Her lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

Earle is the National Geographic Society’s 1998 Explorer in Residence and is the spokesperson for Sea Web. She also chairs Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, which she founded in 1992 to design, operate and consult on manned and robotic sub sea systems. The leader of the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, she has directed more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater in connection with her research. She has authored more than 100 publications concerning marine science and technology, including the 1995 book “Sea Change,” and has participated in numerous television productions.

Earle formerly was president, chair and chief executive officer of Deep Ocean Engineering, which she founded in 1981 to manufacture underwater equipment. She has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, and currently serves on many boards and committees relating to marine research, policy and conservation. Her numerous honors include the Bal de la Mer Foundation’s Sea Keeper Award, the Lindbergh Award, the Boston Museum of Science’s Washburn Medal and the Explorers Club Medal.

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