Yale Experts To Share Their Enthusiasms at LEAP Benefit Dinners

Yale affiliates will once again share their expertise at private dinners being held on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 27, to benefit the LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership) program for inner-city youths.

Now in its 15th year, the annual benefit is the most significant fundraising event for LEAP, an after-school mentoring program that engages inner-city children and youths in opportunities that promote educational success and inspire them to become good citizens and agents of positive change for their communities.

All told, there will be 24 dinners held on Feb. 25 and four held on Feb. 27. Each takes place in a private residence in the New Haven area, and each is focused on a particular “theme” based on the expertise of the featured guest.

The Yale affiliates taking part in this year’s benefit and their topics will be: Linda Greenhouse, the Supreme Court; Mark Oppenheimer, on his experience with the Yale debate team; Dr. Mary Tinetti, on aging gracefully; Elizabeth Alexander, on her poetry; Peter Salovey, on “emotional intelligence”; Carlos Eire, on his childhood in Havana; Emily Bazelon, on journalism’s changing landscape; A. Douglas Stone, on Einstein’s legacy; Robert J. Shiller, on the current economic challenges; Paula Vogel, on the behind-the-scenes theatrical world; Caleb Smith, on how incarceration has influenced U.S. society; Dr. Lisa Sanders, on the fine line between diagnosis and diagnostic error; Barry Nalebuff, on the history of his company, Honest Tea; Bruce Ackerman, on how democracies respond to terrorism; Richard Prum, on determining the color of dinosaurs; Jacob Hacker, on the healthcare debate; and alumnus Brian Dowling, on his career in Yale football.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. The dinners follow at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices, or to sign up for one of the dinners, call 203-773-0770. The deadline is Feb. 15.

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