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African culture wars is topic of talk by anthropologist

Yale alumnus Andrew Apter, an anthropologist who is a specialist on West African culture and the African Diaspora, will present a talk on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of the Council on African Studies' seminar series "Loose Canon -- The Culture Wars in an African Perspective." His talk, titled "Africa, Anthropology, Empire," will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 202 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Apter has focused his work in the areas of political anthropology, religion and ritual, language and power, national culture and the state, hermeneutics and social theory, and multimedia ethnography. He has studied Afro-Cuban religion and ritual in Cuba, and has also conducted field work in Nigeria and the Dominican Republic. His book "Black Critics and Kings: The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society," was selected for honorable mention in the Melville J. Herskovits Award competition. Apter earned his B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1989.

News anchor will be guest at master's tea

Janet Peckinpaugh, coanchor of NBC 30 "Connecticut News Today" and a fellow of Calhoun College, will be the guest at a tea on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master's house, 189 Elm St. The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Peckinpaugh, who has been with NBC 30 since 1995, is coanchor of the 5:30-7 a.m. program with Rob Morrison. She previously anchored at WFSB-TV in Hartford and WTNH in New Haven. Before coming to Connecticut, Peckinpaugh worked for both WXEX-TV and WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia. She began her career as a radio reporter, covering Capitol Hill and the White House.

Peckinpaugh is the spokesperson for the UCONN Children's Cancer Fund and serves on the board of governors for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She is also on the board of directors for the Village for Families and Children.

Talk will feature creator of film on Nazi medical experimentation

John J. Michalczyk, professor of fine arts and films at Boston College and the creator of a film about Nazi medical experimentation, will inaugurate this year's Program for Humanities in Medicine lecture series on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a talk titled "Medicine, Ethics and the Third Reich." His talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. The event is free and open to the public.

Michalczyk explores the Nazis' unethical human experimentation in his film "In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine." In his lecture, he will discuss how physicians -- who have been considered the healers of society since ancient cultures -- became killers as they performed abusive experiments on prisoners, made false diagnoses, selected people for death camps and gassed Holocaust victims.

Author will discuss writing and creative process at master's tea

Jillian Medoff, author of the critically acclaimed novel "Hunger Point," will discuss writing, her life as an author and the creative process at a tea on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Silliman College master's house, 71 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public.

"Hunger Point" chronicles the lives of two sisters with eating disorders and explores issues of family relationships, sexuality and self-image, among other topics. The novel, which will soon be produced as a movie, was described in Kirkus Reviews as "[a]t once heartbreaking and funny, a debut novel on death and renewal that is strong and honest." In the same review, Medoff was praised for her "unwavering honesty in capturing the silent fears, thoughts, and secret confidences of women." Medoff has also completed a second novel, "The Sum of the Parts," which examines the relationships of a man working in the breast implant industry. She is currently working on a new television series, "The Long Way Home," among other projects. She has taught at the University of Georgia and New York University.

Riverside Church minister to speak about issues of race

The Reverend James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister of The Riverside Church in New York City, will speak at two events as part of the series "Racial Legacies and Learning: An American Dialogue." On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m., he will explore issues of race in a talk in the Divinity School's Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St. That evening, he will continue the discussion during dinner in the Divinity School refectory. The earlier talk is free and open to the public; tickets for the dinner are $15 for the public and $10 for guests with a Yale I.D. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Oct. 1.

Forbes is the first African-American to serve as senior minister of The Riverside Church, an interracial and interdenominational congregation of 2,400 members. Forbes has been named among the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in Newsweek magazine and in a 1995 Baylor University study. In both 1984 and 1993 Ebony magazine named him as one of America's greatest black preachers for his work as a pastor, educator, administrator, community activist and interfaith leader.

"Racial Legacies and Learning" is an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities to explore the question of how to prepare graduates to address the legacy of racism and opportunities for reconciliation in the United States. For further information or to order tickets for the dinner, call Demetrius Semien at 501-0363.

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