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March 23, 2001Volume 29, Number 23















Anderson Memorial Lecture to focus on 'judicial discretion'

Frank H. Easterbrook, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer at the Law School of the University of Chicago, will present the 2000-01 Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture on Monday, March 26.

He will discuss "Judicial Discretion in Statutory Interpretation" at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. The talk, sponsored by the Law School, is free and open to the public.

Before joining the court in 1985, Easterbrook was the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he taught and wrote on antitrust, securities, corporate law, jurisprudence and criminal procedure. He has published two books and more than 50 scholarly articles.

Easterbrook also previously engaged in economic and legal consulting work through Lexecon Inc. He served as co-editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and as a member of the Judicial Conference's Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1979, Easterbrook was deputy solicitor general of the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Law Institute, Mont Pelerin Society, Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Fellowship was established in memory of Robert P. Anderson '27 B.A., '29 LL.B., senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Tocqueville's message is topic of Goldman Lecture

Harvey C. Mansfield, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Delba Winthrop, a lecturer in extension at Harvard, will present the Richard W. Goldman Lecture titled "What Tocqueville Says to Liberals and Conservatives" on Tuesday, March 27.

Sponsored by Branford College, the talk will take place at 4 p.m. in Rm. 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The event is free and open to the public.

A member of Harvard's faculty since 1962 and former chair of Harvard's Department of Government, Mansfield previously taught at the University of California at Berkeley. His honors include Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Award and presidency of the New England Political Science Association.

Mansfield is the author of more than 80 articles and more than 10 books, including "Machiavelli's Virtue," "America's Constitutional Soul" and "Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power." Most recently, he and Winthrop translated and edited Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," published in 2000 by the University of Chicago Press.

Winthrop has been a visiting professor at Boston College, The Colorado College and Duke University, and was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous articles on Tocqueville, Solzhenitsyn and Aristotle. "Democracy in America" is Winthrop's first book.

Pediatrician to present ninth Weiswasser Lecture

Dr. Barry Zuckerman, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, will be the ninth speaker in the endowed Warren Weiswasser Lecture series.

Zuckerman will discuss "Child Development in Primary Care: Beyond Rhetoric" on Wednesday, March 28, at noon in the Fitkin Amphitheater at the School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. He will also present a seminar titled "Programs that Help Children" at 2:30 p.m. in the Milton Senn Conference Room at the Child Study Center, 230 South Frontage Rd. Both talks are free and open to the public.

In addition to being the Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics, Zuckerman is professor of public health at Boston University and chief of pediatrics at the Boston Medical Center. With over 25 years of experience as a pediatrician working with children and their families in inner-city Boston, Zuckerman has developed and implemented a number of programs for high risk children.

Zuckerman currently serves on the leadership council for the United Ways' Success by Six program and the board of directors for Project Bread in Boston and Zero to Three in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of an Award for Excellence from the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents.

The Warren Weiswasser Lecture series was established by friends and family of Warren Weiswasser, a former fellow at the Yale Child Study Center and deputy director of the Connecticut Health Care Provider. The lectureship highlights social and behavioral issues of concern to children.

Aquatic ecologist to discuss Israeli wetlands at FES

Reuven Ortal, director of the Aquatic Ecology Department of Israel's Nature and Parks Authority, will discuss "Wetlands Restoration in the Urbanized Israeli Coastal Region" on Thursday, March 29.

Part of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Distinguished Lecturer series "The Restoration Agenda: Urban Issues," the lecture will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. Members of the Yale and New Haven community are welcome to attend. For more information, call Aimlee Laderman at (203) 432-3335 or send email to aimlee.laderman@yale.edu.

Ortal's lecture will include data on the current extreme regional drought in Israel's coastal region, the severe problems of water supply and their relation to wetlands conservation. He will present case studies of three main coastal wetland sites: the Na'aman River and Afeq Swamps near Acre; the Taninnim River and Timsach Swamps near Jser A-Zarqa; and the Yarqon River and swamps near Tel Aviv and Petach Tikwa.

With his discussion of the restoration and importance of unique Mediterranean wetlands, Ortal will present the unusual components of these ephemeral wetlands, and their role in the reproduction strategy of the native amphibian species.

Ortal is an aquatic ecologist dealing with both marine and inland waters. His main field of research is conservation of aquatic ecosystems. Two of his current research programs, the Coral Reef Peace Park in the Gulf of Aquaba and the Rosh Haniqra Marine Reserve, are linked to peace efforts in the Mediterranean.

Novelist David Plante to speak at two campus events

David Plante, a professor of writing at Columbia University, will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30.

Plante will be the guest of a tea at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Davenport College master's house, 271 Park St. On Friday, he will discuss images in literature and art in a lecture titled "Images" at 2 p.m. in Rm. 317 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. Co-sponsored by Davenport College and the Department of English, both events are free and open to the public.

A senior member of King's College, Cambridge, Plante has been a writer in residence at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, L'Université du Québec in Montreal and the Gorky Institute of Literature in Moscow. He has written more than a dozen novels, including "The Family," which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1979, "The Catholic," "The Annunciation" and, most recently, "The Age of Terror."

Plante is also the author of "Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three," a nonfiction portrait of novelist Jean Rhys, feminist writer Germaine Greer and literary hostess Sonia Orwell, George Orwell's widow. The book is Plante's examination of his friendships with the three women.

Plante's short stories have been represented in various anthologies, including "Penguin Modern Stories 1" and "Prize Stories 1983: The O. Henry Awards." His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The London Review of Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a Prize for Artistic Merit from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

Chinese Ambassador to UN to speak at Law School

Shen Guofang, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, will speak at the Law School on Thursday, March 29.

His talk will take place 4:30-6 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Shen joined the foreign ministry in 1978, serving in the information department. In 1981 he was assigned to the Kingdom of Nepal and worked as a diplomat in the Chinese embassy there. He returned to the information department in 1983.

In 1984 Shen became cabinet chief to former foreign minister Qian Qichen, who later became vice premier. Shen assumed the post of spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry and director general of the ministry of foreign affairs in 1993. He took his current post in New York in 1998.

Since 1984 Shen has participated in numerous international conferences, including meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation and sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Shen has also accompanied China's top leaders on foreign tours as a spokesman. He has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other schools.

Bush Center lecture to address 'media and mental health'

Suzanne Stutman, co-director of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives (IMHI) at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, will speak in the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, March 30.

Her talk, "Media and the Promotion of Mental Health," will take place at noon in Rm. 211 of Mason Laboratory, 9 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (203) 432-9935.

IMHI promotes mental health by building bridges between mental health professionals and the public. IMHI has created workshops and public service announcements to make the latest research accessible to the public and the media. Information on a wide range of mental health topics is presented in videos, publications and seminars.

As co-director of IMHI, Stutman designs, administers and implements programs for the promotion of mental health and emotional well-being in children, families and their communities. She has written articles on such topics as violence prevention, anger management, fostering resilience, creative media strategies and the portrayal of anger on television. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows, as well as on national news.

Stutman is also an assistant research professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at George Washington University. She has traveled internationally to train professionals in anger management and to conduct media outreach conferences about the prevention of violence and the promotion of mental health.

Soprano Phyllis Curtin is guest of master's tea

Soprano Phyllis Curtin will be the guest of a tea on Monday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master's house, 434 College St.

The tea is free and open to the public.

Curtin performed internationally for 38 years, singing leading roles at the major houses in the United States and Europe, including the Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala, Teatro Colon and the Metropolitan Opera. As a recitalist, she sang a wide-ranging repertory, including contemporary North and Latin American music, some of which she commissioned.

Curtin sang the American premieres of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" and "Peter Grimes," and Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 14," which received a Grammy nomination along with her recording of the world premiere of Alberto Ginastera's "Milena." Among her opera world premieres are Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah," "Wuthering Heights" and "The Passion of Jonathan Wade," and "La Mère Coupable" by Darius Milhaud.

Curtin became an artist in residence at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1964. At the Yale School of Music she taught voice, headed the opera program and served as master of Branford College. In 1983 she became dean of Boston University's School for the Arts, becoming dean emerita in 1992.

Curtin served on the National Council for the Arts and in 1994 was designated a U.S. ambassador for the arts. She was awarded Wellesley College's Alumnae Achievement Award, Boston University's School for the Arts Distinguished Faculty Award and holds a number of honorary degrees in music and the humanities.


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