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November 3, 2000Volume 29, Number 9













Historian to speak on 'communalism' in South Asia

Ayesha Jalal, professor of history at Tufts University, will present the 2000-2001 Tarak Nath Das Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Her talk, titled "Rethinking the History of 'Communalism' in South Asia," will take place 12:30­1:30 p.m. in Rm. 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The event is sponsored by the Department of History and the South Asian Studies Committee, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Papacoda at (203) 432-5596 or barbara.papacoda@yale.edu.

Jalal's books explore the creation of the Pakistani state, its struggle to become a democracy, Indian-Pakistani relations, and current changes in Muslim identity in the face of modernity and globalization. Her sixth book, "Self and Sovereignty: The Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c. 1850," was published this month by Routledge, Oxford University Press and Sang-e-Meel.

The Tarak Nath Das Lecture takes place annually and features distinguished guests speaking on aspects of South Asian History.

Physicist to present Leigh Page Prize Lectures

Jan Jolie, professor in experimental physics at the Universität zu Köln, Germany, will deliver the 2000 Leigh Page Prize Lectures.

Jolie's first lecture, "The Atomic Nucleus: Quantum Mechanics at Work," will take place on Monday, Nov. 6. He will then discuss "Symmetries, More Than a Tool" on Thursday, Nov. 9. On Friday, Nov. 10, Jolie will present his final lecture, "Attacking Complexity with Supersymmetry."

The lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 57 of the Sloane Physics Laboratory, 217 Prospect St. Tea and coffee will be served before the talks at 4 p.m. in the Sloane lounge. Sponsored by the Department of Physics, this event is free and open to the public.

Prior to joining the Universität zu Köln in January, Jolie taught at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble, France. A native of Belgium, he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Gent in 1986. The author of more than 150 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings, Jolie is primarily interested in novel experimental techniques for fundamental and applied nuclear physics and nuclear theory, particularly related to dynamical symmetries.

Each year, the physics department invites a distinguished physicist to present a series of three Leigh Page Prize Lectures, named in honor of Leigh Page '13 Ph.D., acting chair of the Department of Physics from 1943 to 1945 and acting director of the Sloane Physics Laboratory in 1945. Previous speakers include David Gross, Horst Stormer and David T. Wilkinson.

Journalist to discuss the building of 'clean' cars

Jim Motavalli, editor of E: The Environmental Magazine, will discuss the accelerating race worldwide to build "clean" cars -- cars that are low in pollution and high in efficiency -- on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Titled "Forward Drive: The Race To Build 'Clean' Cars," his talk will take place at 4 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. Sponsored by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

While conducting research for his new book "Forward Drive," published by Sierra Club Books, Motavalli visited major automakers in America and Japan. Racing to deliver a new generation of vehicles, these automakers are attempting to break away from their previously symbiotic relationship with big oil companies and embracing startlingly different technology.

Motavalli found innovators, both within and outside major car companies, who believe that the combination of environmental legislation and the end of cheap oil will make the widespread use of clean cars inevitable in the near future.

A self-described "car nut," Motavalli is a syndicated automotive journalist. In this position, he was allowed to drive a number of still-experimental vehicles. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon and other publications. His writing on population issues won a 1999 Global Media Award from the Population Institute.

Author of 'The Orchid Thief' to speak at campus events

Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of "The Orchid Thief," will visit campus Tuesday to Thursday, Nov. 7-9, as a John-Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer.

She will give a public reading at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Rm. 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. She will also be the guest at a tea at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Branford College master's house, 74 High St.

Orlean's most recent book, "The Orchid Thief," follows the real-life travails of a renegade plant dealer who is arrested in south Florida for stealing rare orchids from a wild swamp. The New York Times Book Review described her portrayal of the orchid thief, John Laroche, as "stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed, and full of empathy for a person you might not have thought about empathetically."

Orlean is also the author of "Saturday Night," a series of non-fiction portraits of partying Americans that The New York Times judged a notable book of the year in 1990 and Entertainment Weekly said "calls to mind Damon Runyon, Evelyn Waugh, and screwball comedy."

The John-Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer Endowment Fund was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schlesinger in order to enrich the experience of student writers in Yale College by supporting annual visits to campus by distinguished or emerging authors. The Schlesingers, whose daughters Lauren and Katherine graduated from Yale College in 1994 and 1998 respectively, established the fund as a memorial to their son, John-Christophe Schlesinger.

Psychologist to explore the nature of anxiety

David Barlow, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 8, as part of the Department of Psychology Colloquium Series.

His talk, titled "Unraveling the Mysteries of Anxiety and Its Disorders From the Perspective of Emotion Theory," will take place at 4 p.m. in Rm. 220 of Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to joining the faculty of Boston University, Barlow was professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Brown University and Distinguished Professor at the University of Albany, State University of New York. He has published over 400 articles and chapters and over 20 books on such topics as anxiety disorders, sexual problems and clinical research methodology. His most recent honor is the 2000 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology.

Barlow's current research at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders focuses on understanding the nature of anxiety, depression and sexual dysfunction, and the development and evaluation of new treatments for emotional disorders in both clinical research settings and clinical settings more relevant to public health needs.

Home birth is subject of lecture at School of Nursing

Certified nurse midwife Saraswathi Vedam will speak about "Home Birth in the United States" at the School of Nursing on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in Rm. 118, 100 Church St. South, and is free and open to the public.

Vedam has been attending births for 18 years in both hospitals and homes. She is a charter member of the American College of Nurse Midwives Home Birth Committee and has played a key role in establishing professional standards for home births.

A 1985 graduate of the School of Nursing, Vedam received her master's degree in nurse-midwifery. She developed and directed a midwifery service for a large hospital-based HMO practice in Syracuse, New York. She has also established her own home and hospital midwifery practices in San Francisco and Indianapolis.

The lecture is sponsored by Yale's nurse-midwifery class of 2001, and the Office of the Dean and the Student Government Association of the School of Nursing.

Entertainment attorney to give Payson Wolff Lecture

Attorney Don Passman will present the Payson Wolff Lecture in Music and Law on Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St.

Sponsored by the Yale Law Entertainment and Sports Association, the talk is free and open to the public.

One of America's leading entertainment attorneys, Passman practices law at the Los Angeles-based firm Gang, Tyra, Ramer and Brown, Inc. and has specialized in the music business for over 20 years. His clients include publishers, record companies, managers, producers and major artists, including Janet Jackson and R.E.M.

Passman is the author of a novel, "The Visionary," and the nonfiction bestseller "All You Need to Know About the Music Business." He has lectured on the music industry at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, Harvard Law School, the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute and the Los Angeles Copyright Society.

Passman is a licensed real estate broker, a magician member of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, a dog obedience trainer and an amateur ham radio licensee. Active in community and charitable activities, he served as president of the Music Industry Division, on the national board of The City of Hope, as trustee of the Artists' Rights Foundation, as vice president for the Center for Early Education and as a federation chief in the YMCA Indian Guides Program.

Passman is listed in "The Best Lawyers of America."

Educational vouchers is topic of Bush Center lecture

Henry M. Levin, the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, and director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, will speak at the Bush Center on Friday, Nov. 10.

His talk, titled "How Should We Evaluate Educational Vouchers?" will take place at noon in Rm. 211 of Mason Laboratory, 9 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 432-9935.

Levin is a specialist in the economics of education and human resources, and has published 14 books and nearly 300 articles on these and related topics. He is currently conducting research on accelerated education, educational reform, educational vouchers and financing educational equity.

For the last 14 years, Levin has dedicated himself to the establishment and development of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform project for accelerating the education of at-risk children. There are presently over a thousand accelerated elementary and secondary schools in 40 states and several foreign countries.

From 1968 to 1999, Levin taught at Stanford University, where he is the David Jacks Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Economics. He has also served in Fulbright Professorships at two universities, and worked as an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Levin was president of the Evaluation Research Society and a recipient of its Gunnar Myrdal Prize for Contributions to the Field of Evaluation. In 1991, The New York Times named Levin one of the nine national leaders for "innovation in education."

'Photography in portraiture' is focus of art gallery talk

Alan Fern, Director Emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., will be the first speaker in the 2000/2001 Andrew Carnduff Lecture Series devoted to portraiture.

Fern will present a lecture titled "Raised to an Art: Photography in Portraiture" on Friday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the McNeil Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, corner of Chapel and York streets. The program is free and the public is welcome.

Before assuming the directorship of the National Portrait Gallery in 1982, a position he held for 18 years, Fern served for 21 years on the staff of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. He has lectured and written extensively, especially on the history of the graphic arts. He is the author of books on Lucien Pissarro, T-A. Steinlen and Leonard Baskin, and has written on photographers John Plumbe Jr., Arthur Rothstein, Jack Delano and Arnold Newman, among others.

Fern spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of the University of London in 1954-55 and was a member of the humanities faculty of the College of the University of Chicago from 1953 to 1961.

The Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lectures were endowed by Jane T. Ritchie in memory of her husband, who was director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1957 to 1971, and are presented annually by the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.


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