Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 2, 2001Volume 29, Number 17















Public artist to discuss 'art as activism' at master's tea

Artist Bradley McCallum will be the guest of a master's tea on Monday, Feb. 5.

He will speak on "Public Art as Political Activism" and show slides of his recent installations at 4 p.m. in the Saybrook College master's house, 90 High St. The event is free and open to the public.

McCallum received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale's School of Art in 1992. During the past decade he has created site-specific, community-based artworks built from a collaborative process of gathering oral histories and testimonies that become the primary material for his sculptural installations. His work includes "Witness: Perspectives on Police Violence" and "Documents: Public Projects at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York."

In 1997, McCallum mounted an installation at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, titled "The Manhole Cover Project: A Gun Legacy," a work that juxtaposed utility covers made from confiscated fire arms with the audio recordings of those impacted by gun violence. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally.

Noted glaucoma expert will be first Unite For Sight speaker

Dr. Harry Quigley, the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss "WHO Cares About Worldwide Preventive Health? The Prospects for Glaucoma Care" on Monday, Feb. 5.

Sponsored by Unite For Sight, the talk will take place at 7 p.m. in Rm. 101 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The event is free and open to the public.

Quigley, who is also director of both the Glaucoma Service and the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins, was a founding member of the American Glaucoma Society, serving as secretary for eight years. He was chief executive officer of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and editor-in-chief of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

Quigley was the ophthalmologist for the Baltimore Eye Survey, the first population-based study of eye disease in the United States. The study documented the high rate of glaucoma among African-Americans. He was one of the first to report long-term success with laser treatment of angle-closure glaucoma, and his suturing technique for glaucoma surgery has been widely adopted.

The author of 200 scientific articles and the book "Diagnosing Early Glaucoma with Nerve Fiber Layer Examination," Quigley has received numerous research awards. He recently carried out studies of the epidemiology of glaucoma worldwide.

Haitian writer to speak at two campus events

Acclaimed writer and advocate for the Haitian-American community Edwidge Danticat will visit campus and give a reading from her works on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 7.

Danticat will speak at a master's tea at Calhoun College, 189 Elm St., on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. She will give a reading at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in 1969, Danticat came to the United States in 1981. Two years later she began publishing her writing in a citywide newspaper for New York City teenagers. She published her first novel, "Breath, Eyes, Memory," in 1994.

Danticat's 1995 collection of short stories, "Krik? Krak!," was a finalist for the American Book Award, and in 1998 she published "The Farming of Bones." Her writing was featured in "Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature" and "The Butterfly's Way: Voices From the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States," which she also edited.

In addition to being a celebrated writer, Danticat is a spokesperson, organizer and member of numerous Haitian diaspora cultural and social justice organizations.

Danticat's visit to Yale is co-sponsored by the Yale Americanist Colloquium, the Department of English, the Beinecke Library, the African-American Cultural Center, Klub Kreyol and Calhoun College.

Risk analysis expert to participate in ISPS forum

James K. Hammitt, associate professor of economics and decision sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss "Valuing Risks to Human Health: Willingness to Pay vs. Quality-Adjusted Life Years" on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as part of the Interdisciplinary Risk Assessment Forum.

Hammitt will lead a noon luncheon meeting at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, 77 Prospect St., then present a more formal lecture at 4 p.m. at the School of Management (room to be announced). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a lunch, contact Carol Pollard at (203) 432-6188 or carol.pollard@yale.edu.

Also the co-director of the Program in Environmental Science and Risk Management at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Hammitt's teaching and research concern the development and application of quantitative methods -- including benefit-cost, decision and risk analysis, game theory and mathematical modeling -- to health and environmental policy in both industrialized and developing countries.

His specific research interests include the management of long-term environmental issues with important scientific uncertainties, such as global climate change and stratospheric-ozone depletion, the evaluation of ancillary benefits and countervailing risks associated with risk-control measures, and the characterization of social preferences over health and environmental risks using revealed-preference and contingent-valuation methods.

Hammitt is a member of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics (the advisory committee to the U.S. Energy Information Administration) and the Stanford University Energy Modeling Forum. He is a member and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program.

Film producer to discuss ethics in the world of entertainment

F. Miguel Valenti, author of the new book "More Than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment," will be the guest of a tea on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

A producer and entertainment attorney, Valenti will discuss "How to Work Ethically in Entertainment" at 4 p.m. in the Ezra Stiles master's house, 9 Tower Pkwy. A book signing will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway. Both events are free and open to the public.

Valenti graduated from Yale College in 1980 and the Yale Law School in 1983. After five years of practicing corporate and entertainment law at Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Valenti left law firm legal practice to pursue film and theatrical production.

The producer of "Vig" (also known as "The Money Kings"), starring Peter Falk, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton and Freddie Prinze Jr., and the award-winning "Master of the Manor," Valenti most recently produced "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra," a spoof of Roger Corman's 1950 science fiction films. He created and taught two film courses at Yale.

Valenti is president and general counsel of Angry Mob Productions Limited, president of Valenti Entertainment Incorporated and managing partner of The Management Company. He is a charter member of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Motion Pictures and Video.

In "More Than a Movie," Valenti argues that the creative community should consider the consequences of its products, from movies to television shows to content for the Internet, and provides tools to make those ethical decisions.

'Biogeochemical function' is topic of next F&ES lecture

Paul S. Mankiewicz, executive director of the Gaia Institute in New York, will discuss "Using Ecological Structure to Scale Biogeochemical Function" on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Session three of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies series "The Restoration Agenda: Urban Issues," the lecture will take place 11:30 a.m.­1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. A brown bag lunch seminar will follow 1:10­2:20 p.m. For more information, call (203) 432-3335.

Mankiewicz's research interests focus on the interaction of water, nutrients, metals and pollutant uptake in microcosms and mesocosms of plants, fungi and bacteria in soils, sediments, and artificial and defined media. He has substantial experience in enhancing, restoring and constructing wetland and terrestrial ecosystems.

In addition to nearly 20 years of teaching experience at the City University of New York, Columbia University, the New School for Social Research and the Pratt Institute, Mankiewicz has developed a number of fluid purification and measurement technologies, including inexpensive tensiometers for field and laboratory measurement of low pressure hydrostatic forces in soils, peats and communities of small plants.

A past president of the Torrey Botanical Society, Mankiewicz is also a member and former chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Board of the Bronx, and treasurer of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of New York City.


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Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of developing breast cancer

Theater marks Yale's 300th year with comic romp

Unite for Sight focusing attention on importance of preserving eyesight

NYT columnist to visit Yale as Poynter Fellow

Study reveals how abrupt changes in climate have caused societal collapses

Promising entrepreneurs to compete in 'Y50K'

Event to examine disparities in the nation's health care

Exhibit shows how Roman history was 'rewritten' in art

Painting and calligraphy by Yale artists featured in centennial exhibit


Book describes 'miraculous' ways children learn words

Exhibits explore the role of Yale in the international realm

Adorno wins prestigious honor for book on Spanish explorer

MacMullen is lauded for lifetime of scholarly achievements in history

Book on postindustrial America wins Mead Award

Blade Runners: A Photo Essay

Prize-winning portraits

Nominees sought for Whitney Humanities Center director

ITS launches 'The Circuit,' an online monthly newsletter

Yale SOM honors chair of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission . . .

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