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Architectural historian at Colonial Williamsburg will visit as fellow

Carl Lounsbury, architectural historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will visit the campus Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 3-6, as this year's second American Art and Culture Fellow. While at the University, Mr. Lounsbury will draw from his fieldwork experience in America and England for a variety of lectures on the design and building of colonial American houses.

One of his talks, titled "The Architectural Design Process in Early America," is free and open to the public. It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. enter on High St.

Mr. Lounsbury will also make a presentation to students in the "History of Art 329a" course on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. in Rm. 200 of Street Hall, corner of Chapel and High streets. Members of the Yale community are welcome to attend.

Mr. Lounsbury is president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and has written extensively on domestic structures and courthouses in the colonial South. His most recent publication is "An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape," which received the Abbot Lowell Cummings Award and the Historic Preservation Book Award. Currently, he is working on a comprehensive book on colonial American houses of worship, for which he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Peabody Essex Museum.

As the architectural historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1982, Mr. Lounsbury is responsible for long-term architectural research projects and various architectural matters in the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Hanover Tavern Foundation, Washington's Boyhood Home and The Miranda Society of Tryon Palace. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, among other professional organizations.

Mr. Lounsbury's visit is sponsored by the Center of American Art and Culture, which is holding a series of lectures, discussions and workshops this year around the topic "The Interpretation of Domestic Space." For more information, contact Edward Cooke at 432-2724 or via e-mail: edward.cooke@yale.edu.

Environmental activist to talk at Law School

Frank Loy, chair of the League of Conservation Voters and former chair of the Environmental Defense Fund, will present a lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the 1996 Timothy B. Atkeson Environmental Practitioner in Residence at the Law School. His talk, titled "Real Influence: Do the Environmental NGOs Have Any?" will be at 5 p.m. in the faculty lounge of the Law School, 127 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

The League of Conservation Voters is considered the political arm of the environmental community, and is the only organization whose sole mission is to elect members of Congress who support various environmental causes. Mr. Loy has served as its chair since 1995 and was acting president of the organization from September of 1995 until January of this year. He also serves as cochair of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Special Trade Representative, Ambassador Mickey Kantor.

Mr. Loy was chair of the Environmental Defense Fund EDF 1983-90, during which period the EDF launched a program approach using market-based incentives and other economic tools to make environmental progress. From 1981-95, he was president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an independent American grant-making institution that concentrates on issues affecting both Europe and the U.S., particularly in the fields of economics, politics and the environment. He formerly was director of the Bureau of Refugee Programs for the U.S. State Department and was senior vice president of international and regulatory affairs for Pan American World Airways.

Mr. Loy is a founding member of the board of directors of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Europe, located in Budapest, which is a grant-making and operating institution funded by the U.S. government, the European community, Japan and others. He is also a member of the Foundation for a Civil Society, which conducts programs in the Czech and Slovak republics.

Balancing parenting and legal careers is topic of Law School talk

Three individuals in the legal profession will participate in a panel discussion exploring the topic "Parenting and Legal Careers: Walking the Tightrope" on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Law School, 127 Wall St. The event, sponsored by the Law School's Alumni and Public Affairs and Career Development offices, Yale Law Women and SWAP Students Who Are Parents , is free and open to the public.

Panelists are Russell Pearce, associate professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law; Jana B. Singer, associate professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law; and Tirza S. Wahrman, Esq., who works in the law department of the Real Estate and Environmental Law Division of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Pearce, who earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale in 1978 and 1981, respectively, teaches courses in professional responsibility, ethics in public interest law and remedies at Fordham's law school. He has written on such topics as being a Jewish lawyer in a multicultural society, the ethics of marketing legal services, access to legal services and family values and legal ethics. He formerly held positions as general counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, staff attorney for the civil division of The Legal Aid Society's Chelsea Neighborhood Office in New York City; and an associate in the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. After graduating from the Law School, he was a law clerk to Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Ms. Singer earned her law degree from Yale in 1982 and has taught at the University of Maryland Law School since 1985. Formerly a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Revson Fellow in Women's Law and Public Policy in that school's Sex Discrimination Clinic, she has written on such topics as the privatization of family law, divorce reform and gender justice, divorce obligations and alimony, the abortion rights of minors and joint custody of children. She has spoken at national meetings and conferences on topics ranging from feminist jurisprudence to enhancing gender fairness in family law and the Uniform Adoption Act.

Ms. Wahrman, a 1981 graduate of the Yale Law School, is involved in public policy litigation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where her responsibilities include defending environmental challenges to the dredging of the port and reporting on legal matters pertaining to the Port Authority's transportation projects. She previously was assistant to the president of Barnard College and was an attorney in the Washington, D.C., firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. She also was a trial attorney in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her publications include "To Dredge or Not to Dredge: Navigating the Shoals of Single- Issue Analysis in the Disposal of Contaminated Sediment," which was the lead article in the spring 1996 issue of The Urban Lawyer, and "A Study of the Disparity and Utilization of Minority and Women-Owned Business by the Port Authority of NY and NJ," published by the Port Authority in 1993. She has taught at Barnard College and the Fordham and New York law schools.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will read from his works

The Yale Review will sponsor two events on Tuesday, Dec. 3, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht. Mr. Hecht will be the guest at a tea at 4 p.m. in the master's house of Jonathan Edwards College, 70 High St. Later that day, at 8 p.m., he will read from his works in the Jonathan Edwards common room, 68 High St. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mr. Hecht's first book of poems, "A Summoning of Stones," appeared in 1954, followed by "The Hard Hours," which earned the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1968. "Millions of Strange Shadows" was published in 1977, and "The Venetian Vespers" in 1979. In 1990, an anthology, "Collected Earlier Poems," was released as well as a new volume, "The Transparent Man." His latest volume of poetry is "Flight Among the Tombs" Knopf, 1996 .

In addition to poetry, Mr. Hecht has written several books of essays and literary criticism, including "Obbligati," a collection of critical essays; "The Hidden Law," a study of the poetry of W. H. Auden; and "On the Laws of the Poetic Art," originally presented as the Andrew W. Mellon Lectures on the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1992.

Mr. Hecht has taught widely, most recently as University Professor in the Graduate School of Georgetown University.

Writer surgeon to present lunchtime talk on 'Pieta'

Writer and surgeon Richard Selzer will present an a la carte talk as part of the series "The Body as Sacred Space" on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 12:20 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. His subject will be an anonymous 15th-century "Pieta," a representation of the body of Christ lying in the lap of the mourning Virgin Mary. The program, which was postponed last spring owing to the job action at Yale, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Selzer has also presented talks at the art gallery on the "Dying Centaur," by 19th-century American sculptor William Rimmer and on a 17th-century Indo-Portuguese ivory figure of Christ on the cross. His discussion of that art object was published in M.D. magazine.

Dr. Selzer completed house staff training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1961 and for the next 25 years practiced surgery in New Haven and was a member of the School of Medicine faculty. He retired from surgery in 1986 to concentrate on writing. He is the author of eight books of essays, stories and memoirs, including "Mortal Lessons," "Confessions of a Knife" and "Down from Troy." He recently completed his first play, "The Black Swan," which premiered in St. Louis and has since been performed in Albany, New York. In addition to writing, Dr. Selzer lectures at universities and medical schools throughout the United States and volunteers his medical skills in Third World countries.

Israeli poet to read from and talk about his new collection

Haim Gouri, a prize-winning Israeli poet, will read and comment on selections from his new volume, "Words in My Lovesick Blood," a collection of poems drawn from his entire literary career, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Romance Language Lounge, on the third floor of 82-90 Wall St. Sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Born in 1923 in Tel Aviv, Mr. Gouri has published 12 volumes of poetry. He is also a recognized journalist, novelist and documentary film maker. He has been awarded the Sokolov Prize for journalism, the Bialik Prize for poetry and, in 1988, the Israel Prize for his literary accomplishments. He has reflected for almost 50 years on the Israeli experience, including the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel and the effects of the Holocaust.

Mr. Gouri's visit is supported by the Barbara and Morris Levinson Lecture Fund.

Award-winning essayist poet will read from her works

Katha Pollitt, an essayist, poet and associate editor of The Nation, will give a reading with commentary from her essays on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Sudler Hall of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The reading is free and open to the public.

Ms. Pollitt is author of "Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism" and "Antarctic Traveler," which won the National Book Critic Circle Award. Her column, "Subject to Debate," appears bimonthly in The Nation. She is a regular reviewer for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Grand Street, Time and other publications. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Yale Review and Poetry. Ms. Pollitt, who lives in New York, has won fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the recipient of a National Magazine Award in Essays and Criticism.

Education in Reggio Emilia, Italy, is subject of Bush Center talk

Lella Gandini, an expert in early childhood education and U.S. liaison of Reggio Children, will present a talk titled "An Education Based on Relationship: Young Children, Teachers and Parents in the Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy," on Friday, Dec. 6, at noon in Room 410 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

The schools of Reggio Emilia have attracted the attention of educators and researchers worldwide for their approach to early childhood education. The curriculum of Reggio Emilia's schools is centered in children's interests and in their relationships not only with peers and teachers but parents, family, and the community at large. Ms. Gandini has written that the basis of the Reggio Emilia approach lies in educators' view of the child: "All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in constructing their learning, in engaging in social interaction, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them."

Ms. Gandini, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, has published several children's books as well as numerous books and articles on parenting and early childhood issues. She is a coeditor of "The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education," published in 1993. S

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