Campus Notes: Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Rev. Frederick Streets conducts ethnographic study as Fulbright Scholar

The Reverend Frederick J. Streets, who served as the University chaplain from 1992 to 2007, returned recently from South Africa where he was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting faculty member and lecturer in the Department of Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria.

In South Africa, Streets conducted an ethnographic study of the coping experiences of children and families living with HIV and AIDS. This spring he is teaching the course “Ministry and the Disinherited” at the Yale Divinity School.

Streets, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University in New York City, has been an adjunct associate professor at the Yale Divinity School since 1987.

Talk and book signing to feature David Gelernter

David Gelernter, professor of computer science, will deliver a lecture at the New Haven Museum and Historical Society, 114 Whitney Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Gelernter’s lecture, “On Lincoln’s Theology,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Following the talk, he will sign copies of his book, “Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion.”

A contribution of $5 is requested. For more information, call (203) 562-4183, ext. 11, or send e-mail to info@newhaven­

British Art Center book wins award for distinction

A book published by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Yale Univeristy Press was awarded the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship from the College Art Association (CAA).

Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz won the award for “Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds.” Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art. Forrester is curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art. Martinez-Ruiz is assistant professor of art and art history at Stanford University.

The citation noted that the book “offers a striking new perspective on a remarkable set of objects and a pivotal venue at a volatile moment in history and in the history of art.” The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award is presented to the author or authors of a distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published in the English language under the auspices of a museum, library or collection.

The CAA supports “all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression.”

Junior Julia Weiser is elected as field hockey captain

Junior back Julia Weiser was elected captain of the Yale field hockey team for the 2009 season. Weiser, the 39th captain in Yale history, was selected by a team vote.

The Houston native enjoyed her best season in 2008, running her streak of consecutive starts to 33 while finishing third on the team with a career-high four goals. Her nine points were also a career high. She is a three-year letter winner and has appeared in 44 games, including 37 starts, for her career.

A biology major and a member of Calhoun College, Weiser is a two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree.

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