Advertising Executive, Wetlands Expert, London Art Critic, Chicago Symphony President Among Speakers at Yale

The following talks at Yale University from Feb. 8-14 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Theologian to deliver annual More House Lecture

“Developments Toward a New Christology” is the title of the annual St. Thomas More House Lecture, which will be given on Tuesday, Feb. 9, by the Reverend Roger Haight, S.J., chair of the department of theology at the Weston School of Theology. His talk will begin at 4 p.m. at Saint Thomas More House, 268 Park St.

Haight will describe how the process of understanding Jesus Christ has evolved within the context of religious pluralism. Cyril O’Regan, associate professor of religious studies, will respond. Haight is the author of the books “The Experience and Language of Grace,” “An Alternative Vision: An Interpretation of Liberation Theology” and “Dynamics of Theology.” He has also written dozens of articles for Catholic scholarly journals and newspapers, recently focusing on liberation theology and social justice. He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has actively participated in the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Values in Higher Education.

Campus events will feature Ogilvie & Mather CEO

Shelly Lazarus, chair and chief executive officer of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Worldwide, will visit the campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 9 and 10, as a Gordon Grand Fellow. On Tuesday, she will be the guest at a master’s tea at 4 p.m. at the Silliman College master’s house, 71 Wall St. The event is open to members of the Yale community. At 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Lazarus will deliver the Gordon Grand Lecture on the topic “360 Degree Brandings: A Personal Odyssey.” The lecture will take place in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave.

During her 26-year career at Ogilvy & Mather, Lazarus has worked in every product category, from computers to hair care. She has played a role in the management of the company for nearly a decade, and was named chair and chief executive officer in 1996. She has also served as president of O&M Direct U.S., O&M New York, O&M North America and as chief operating officer of O&M Worldwide. Since 1991, she has served on Ogilvy’s Worldwide Board, as well as on its executive committee.

Lazarus has been recognized by Advertising Women of New York, which named her “Advertising Woman of the Year” in 1994. She is also a recipient of Women in Communications’ Matrix Award, and was named “Business Woman of the Year” by the New York City Partnership. She serves on the boards of a number of institutions, including Ann Taylor and the World Wildlife Fund, and is chair of the board of trustees of Smith College.

Wetland restoration is subject of talk at Forestry School

“Wetland Restoration: Do We Know What We’re Doing?” is the topic of the next talk in the semester-long Distinguished Lecturer lunchtime series titled “The Restoration Agenda: Focus on Plants” at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). The featured speaker will be Jon Kusler, executive director of the Association of State Wetland Managers. His talk will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Kusler is president of J.A. Kusler and Associates, an environmental policy consulting firm, and has 30 years of experience working with issues in water resources management and the management of water-related lands. Kusler comes to Yale shortly after leading a Feb. 3-4 national workshop on “Wetlands and Climate Change.” He will discuss the tolerance of plants to changes in precipitation and temperature, and whether organisms migrate fast enough to allow for reestablishment when displaced from a habitat.

The audience at Kusler’s talk will become involved in designing four Restoration Training Workshops for the Environmental Protection Agency dealing with what state and local people need to know when planning habitat restoration and how restoration sites are identified. The audience will also be invited to assist in preparing materials for a wetland environmental law workshop being organized by Kusler to be held June 1999 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The F&ES “Restoration Agenda” series is cosponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the New Haven Land Trust, and receives additional support from the Watershed Fund of the Regional Water Authority and Roots Inc. The weekly Wednesday talks are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium at Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch for the post-lecture discussion. For registration information, contact Aimlee D. Laderman, lecturer in wetland ecology and research affiliate at the F&ES, telephone 432-3335, or e-mail aimlee.laderman@yale.edu.

Music School hosts talk by Chicago Symphony president

Henry Fogel, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will discuss “The Future of the American Orchestra” as a guest of the School of Music’s Cultural Leadership Series on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 12:30 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St.

Fogel oversees the operations of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – considered one of the top orchestras in the world – as well as the organization’s independent series of classical, jazz and popular attractions, the Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the orchestra hall and symphony center facilities. He was appointed executive director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1985. In 1996, his title was changed to president to reflect more accurately the scope of his wide-ranging duties. Fogel recently completed oversight of a $105 million renovation and expansion of the symphony’s performance venue, Orchestra Hall. Since his arrival in 1985, the Chicago Symphony Association’s budget has been balanced for all but one season. Fogel is a member of the Seaver Conducting Awards Panel and is a record reviewer whose writings have been published regularly in Fanfare since 1981. He has produced for Chicago fine arts station WFMT many series of radio programs, which have been syndicated nationally. For further information, call 432-4158.

London art critic to discuss works by Bacon and Moore

“Violence and Vitality: The Figure in Bacon and Moore” is the title of a talk being presented by independent art critic David Cohen on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 5:15 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St.

Cohen, a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, writes for the British press and for art magazines around the world, including Art in America and ArtNet. He also contributes to The New York Times and other major newspapers. In addition to sculpture, he specializes in contemporary British art and has written extensively on the School of London painters. He has a special interest in American painting, and is currently studying the printmaking of Alex Katz. His writings about Henry Moore can be found in “Celebrating Moore: Works for the Collection of the Henry Moore Foundation” and “Henry Moore in the Bagatelle Gardens, Paris.”

Cohen’s lecture is the second in a series of talks being presented in conjunction with the special exhibitions of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Henry Moore on view through March 21 at the Yale Center for British Art. The series explores reasons behind the flowering of British art immediately after World War II and artists’ focus on the human figure as their subject.

Irish poet will read from her works at Beinecke Library

Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill will read from her work in both English and Irish on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, corner of Wall and High streets.

Born in Lancashire, England, Ni Dhomhnaill grew up in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry and in Tipperary. She attended University College Cork, where she was associated with the Innti group of poets and has subsequently taught. Known for blending myths, lore, fables and idioms of ancient Ireland with the language and subjects of present-day Ireland, she has published three collections of poems in Irish: “An Dealg Droighin” and “Fear Suaithinseach,” both of which won the Sean O Riordain Award and the Arts Council Prize for Poetry, and “Feis.” Her other works include “Selected Poems/”Rogha Danta,” with translations by Michael Hartnett; “Pharaoh’s Daughter,” a bilingual book of new and selected poems with translations into English by 13 poets, including Seamus Heaney and John Montague; and “The Astrakhan Cloak,” a selection of poems from “Feis” translated into English by Paul Muldoon. She edited “ ‘Jumping Off Shadows’ Selected Contemporary Irish Poets.”

A member of Poetry Ireland and the Irish Writers’ Union, Ni Dhomhnaill was elected to Aosdana, an affiliation of Irish artists, writers and musicians. She is currently a visiting professor at Boston College.

‘Father of neurosurgery’ is topic of medical school talk

Dr. Robert M. Crowell, professor of surgery (neurosurgery) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, will present a lecture titled “Young Cushing: The Right Stuff” on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. The talk is sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine.

Crowell will discuss the courage of Harvey Cushing, the so-called “father of neurosurgery,” who helped develop the field at Yale after joining the faculty in 1934. While Cushing’s first 10 brain tumor patients died, the surgeon carried on with his work, eventually reaching a patient mortality rate of less than 10 percent.

Crowell received his neurosurgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he practiced for 20 years. He is the author of more than 150 articles and books, many devoted to neurovascular topics. In addition to teaching at UMass, he also practices at the Berkshire Medical Center.

Child care services for teen moms is topic of Bush Center talk

“Child Care and Support Services for Teen Mothers in a Public High School” will be the topic of a talk sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy on Friday, Feb. 12, at noon in Rm. 119 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The speakers are Lori Nordstrom, president and founder of the Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven; Lorraine DeLuz, director of the center; and Lois Sadler, assistant professor at the Yale School of Nursing.

Nordstrom is a 1989 graduate of Yale College and a 1994 graduate of the Yale Law School. While in law school, she worked with teen mothers, community groups and the New Haven Public Schools to create a school-based child care center at Wilbur Cross High School. Upon graduation from law school, she founded the Legal Organization for Teens, where she provides legal representation and education to New Haven area adolescents and teaches workshops educating attorneys and social service professionals about adolescents and the law.

DeLuz formerly was day care director of the Mothers’ Project for the APT Foundation in New Haven, and was head teacher in the Elm Haven Community Head Start Program and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Infant Toddler Day Care Center. An alumna of the School of Nursing, Sadler is now the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty director there. Her research and clinical work focuses on adolescents who are parents of infants and toddlers.