Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 9, 2007|Volume 35, Number 17















Visiting on Campus

Bass Lecture will examine the environment and climate

The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies will host a visit by William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner & Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 12-14.

Cronon will serve as the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Lecturer and will give two public lectures while on campus. On Monday, he will discuss "Prophetic Nature: Where Environmental Past and Future Meet" at 4 p.m. in Rm. 211, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. On Wednesday, he will speak on the topic "And the Moral of the Story Is... : Fables of Climate Change" at 4 p.m. in Sage Hall at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 205 Prospect St. Sponsored by the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholars Program, the talks are free and open to the public and will be followed by receptions. For more information, call (203) 432-9857 or (203) 432-9856.

Cronon is the author of "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West," which was awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and was one of three nominees for the Pulitzer Prize in History, and "Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists and the Ecology of New England," which was awarded the Francis Parkman Prize for 1983.

He is also the editor of "Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature," an original collection of essays to which he contributed an introduction and first chapter; "The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature"; and "Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past," a collection of essays that he edited with George Miles and Jay Gitlin.

Conflict in Iraq is focus of Grand Strategy Lecture

Vali Nasr, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, will speak in the Grand Strategy Lecture series on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

"The Regional Implications of Iraq's Sectarian Conflict" is the title of Nasr's talk, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 211, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The talk is sponsored by International Security Studies and is free and open to the public.

An adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Nasr is also a senior fellow at the Belfar Center of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is a specialist on political and social developments in the Muslim world and is the author of "The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future," "Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty" and "The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power." His works have been translated into numerous languages, including Arabic, Portuguese, Indonesian, Turkish, Persian, Chinese and Urdu.

He has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Time, Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times, and has provided frequent commentary to CNN, BBC, National Public Radio and "Newshour with Jim Lehrer." In addition, he has been a guest on the "Charlie Rose Show," the "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and "Real Time with Bill Maher."

A 2006 Carnegie Scholar, Nasr is the recipient of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

Acclaimed Oppenheimer biographer to visit the campus

The second Shulman Lecture in Science and the Humanities will be given by Martin J. Sherwin, the Walter S. Dickenson Professor of English and American History at Tufts University, on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Titled "Oppenheimer's Shadow: His Nuclear World and Ours," Sherwin's talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or manana.sikic@yale.edu.

Sherwin, along with co-author Kai Bird, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer."

His intellectual pursuits involve history, politics and social issues surrounding the use of atomic energy and the development of the atomic bomb. His book "A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance" won the Stuart L. Bernath Prize and the American History Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 1976 Pulitzer Prize.

The founding director of the Nuclear Age History and Humanities Center at Tufts University, Sherwin also founded and directed the Global Classroom Project, which employs television satellite technology to link university students in the United States and Moscow for discussion and debate. He has been an adviser for several documentary films including "The Day After Trinity," a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer; "A History of Nuclear Strategy"; and the 13-part PBS series "War and Peace in the Nuclear Age."

The lecture series is named after Robert Shulman, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and senior research scientist in diagnostic radiology, in recognition of his roles as a founding fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center and as a supporter of the integration of science and the humanities.

School of Management lecture will focus on emerging markets

The School of Management's "... on Management" lecture series continues on Thursday, Feb. 15, with a talk by Antoine van Agtmael, founder, president and chief investment officer of Emerging Markets Management LLC.

Van Agtmael will discuss his new book "The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World" 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the General Motors Room, 55 Hillhouse Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

Van Agtmael, who received both his B.A. and M.A. from Yale, founded Emerging Markets Management LLC with a vision to offer larger returns with lower risk by applying modern techniques to investing in carefully selected emerging markets equities.

He is widely considered a pioneer in emerging markets investing, having coined the term "emerging markets" to describe this unique asset class. Van Agtmael has served as division chief in the World Bank's treasury operations and as deputy director of the Capital Markets Department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). At the IFC, he created the world's first emerging markets equity index and wrote a groundbreaking book on emerging markets.


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