The University Record, September 18, 2000


SPH Symposium location correction

Today’s (Sept. 18) School of Public Health (SPH) Symposium, featuring Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will take place in Rackham Auditorium. The “National Conference on Genetics and Disease Prevention,” Sept. 19–20, will take place at the Michigan League.

Expect traffic delays on State St.

Drivers can expect some delays on State St. near the Michigan Union Sept. 21–22 as workers remove a temporary steam pipe that is under the pavement just north of the Union. Construction Management’s David Sprow says that while two-way traffic will be maintained, there will only be one lane open to traffic and a flagman will direct vehicles and pedestrians. Sprow says that efforts will be made to keep the disruption of traffic flow to a minimum.

Regents to meet Sept. 21–22

The Regents will hold their monthly meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. Agenda items on Sept. 21 include an update on parking, and an update on development and fundraising campaign planning. The Board also will review a schematic design for the Commons Building that will be constructed as part of the life sciences buildings complex.

The meeting resumes at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Regents’ Room. Agenda items include a continuation of the fundraising planning and regular agenda items.

Begin the academic job search Sept. 22

Career Planning and Placement, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for the Education of Women are sponsoring an Academic Job Search Symposium 12:15–6 p.m. Sept. 22 on the first floor of Michigan Union. The event is an interdisciplinary forum designed to provide graduate students with information and support for the transition to academic careers. Registration materials are available on the Web at Pre-register through Sept. 20 or register on site. For more information, call (734) 764-7460.

Chappelle, Breuer perform stand-up comedy Sept. 21

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer will present “Completely Baked: A Half-Baked Stand-Up Reunion” at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 in Hill Auditorium. Sponsored by University Activity Center’s Laughtrack, the show will include two separate stand-up acts by Chappelle and Breuer, who starred together in the 1998 movie Half-Baked.

Chappelle, whose television and screen credits include the one-hour HBO comedy special “Killin’ Them Softly” and The Nutty Professor, is known for combining his easy delivery, depth and poise with sharp insights on racial issues. Jim Breuer has honed his comedic skills on Saturday Night Live, where he has portrayed such characters as Goat Boy and impersonated Joe Pesci.

Tickets, $10 for students with a valid ID and $15 for non-students plus a service charge when applicable, are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, (734) 763-8587, and area TicketMaster outlets, (248) 645-6666 or

CEW offers career workshops

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is offering two career workshops in September.

  • Developing an Effective Resume, 5:30–8 p.m. today (Sept. 18), CEW, 330 E. Liberty St. Participants will learn to develop a resume that showcases their skills, relates them to the job they are seeking and tells prospective employers how they can address their needs. Resume elements will be reviewed, and worksheets will be provided for participants to draft or revise a resume. Registration and refreshments are $15. Space is limited.

  • Career Decision-Making: The Step Before the Job Search, 5:30–8 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, CEW. The series is for women who want to make decisions about career choices but are not ready to undertake a job search. Sessions include personal skills and interests, informational interviewing, developing needed research skills and action planning. Registration is $10 for U-M students, $40 for others. Space is limited.

    To register, call (734) 998-7080.

    RRP resumes

    The Office of the Vice President for Research’s (OVPR) sixth annual Research Responsibility Program (RRP) will resume with an “Introduction to Responsibility in Research” 5–7 p.m. Sept. 25 and 5–7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. Two separate programs on the topic will be given by Nicholas H. Steneck, professor of history and of professional ethics.

    Composed of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research, the free, public series emphasizes ethical analysis and problem-solving using a case study approach. The complete RRP schedule is on the Web at For more information, call OVPR, (734) 763-1289, or send e-mail to

    Walkathon to benefit children

    The Ann Arbor Chapter of the Links Foundation Inc., with support from the Hospitals and Health Centers, will hold its sixth annual walkathon Sept. 23, beginning at the canoe livery/community center building, Gallup Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 1.35-mile walk will commence at 9 a.m. Individuals may walk at their own pace. Refreshments, health information and door prizes will be provided.

    Proceeds from the walkathon will benefit the Ann Arbor Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, which helps abused and neglected children of Washtenaw County.

    For more information, contact Mary M. Johnson, (734) 741-7028 or, or Laurita Thomas, (734) 996-4917 or

    ‘Ask the Doctor’ set for Sept. 21, Oct. 6

    The Turner Geriatric Clinic’s “Ask the Doctor” series will continue Sept. 21 and Oct. 6 in Room 1139, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg., with programs on urinary tract infection (UTI) and aging.

  • “Urinary Tract Infection,” 10–11:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Lona Mody, research fellow and lecturer in internal medicine.

  • “Aging: What Is Normal and What Is Not” and “How to Communicate with Your Health Provider,” 10–11 a.m. Oct. 6, Laura Kaufman, nurse practitioner, Cancer Center.

    Registration is not necessary. Parking is available. For more information, call (734) 764-2556.

    HealthWalk benefits March of Dimes

    HealthWalk, an indoor lunchtime walk to benefit the March of Dimes, will be held beginning at noon Sept. 21 in the lobby of Mott Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by the Health System, the walk route will feature information about the research and clinical care the U-M performs, and about steps to take to prevent birth defects, premature birth and childhood illness.

    Corporate sponsors are making contributions to the March of Dimes and providing food, T-shirts and pins for the first 500 walkers as part of the event. Pre-registration is suggested, but not required. Call (734) 761-6331 to sign up.

    Poetry Slam is Sept. 21

    Angie Colette Beatty and Dee Dee White of the spoken word group Soul(S)peak will open the term’s first poetry slam with “Estrogen Rush” at 9 p.m. Sept. 21 in the University Club (U-Club), Michigan Union. Beatty, a graduate student in mass communications, and White, a U-M alumna and founder of DEN Productions, a company focused on changing images of women in media, will perform after an open mike opportunity. Readers must sign in at the door.

    The Poetry Slam will end the evening and is limited to the first 10 students, faculty or staff who sign up to compete for a cash prize.

    The U-Club Poetry Slam is held every other Thursday night. For information, visit the Web at

    Kitcher to discuss ‘Evolutionary Psychology of Sex, Violence’

    Philip Kitcher, professor of philosophy at Columbia University, will present a lecture sponsored by the Department of Philosophy on “Pop Sociobiology Reborn: The Evolutionary Psychology of Sex and Violence” at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in Room 250, Hutchins Hall.

    Kitcher has written widely on the philosophy of science and has entered into public intellectual debates about science. He is the author of Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism and Vaulting Ambition: The Quest for Human Nature.

    Abortion is topic of Sept. 26 lecture

    Malcolm Potts, the Bixby Chair and Professor of Population and Family Planning, University of California, Berkeley, will present the annual John Snow Inc. Lecture on “Perspectives of Abortion: Epidemiological, Ethical and Bio-Behavioral” at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Auditorium, School of Public Health Building I. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Center for Population Planning, the Reproductive and Women’s Health Interdepartmental Concentration, and the Public Health Forum on Women’s Health.

    A reception will follow the lecture in the School of Public Health faculty lounge. For more information, call (734) 764-6164.

    IM Sports offers roller hockey, ultimate frisbee, team tennis

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is sponsoring roller hockey, ultimate frisbee and team tennis tournaments this term. The entry deadline for each sport is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the IM Sports Bldg. Fees and game dates are listed below.

  • Roller hockey, $50 per team. The tournament will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 23–24 at the Elbel Field Asphalt Pad, corner of Hill and Division streets.

  • Ultimate frisbee, $35 per team. Games will be played beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 23–24 at the Mitchell Fields.

  • Team tennis, $30 per team. The tournament will be conducted beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 22, 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Palmer Tennis Courts.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

    Center for Chinese Studies announces lecture, film series

    The Center for Chinese Studies is sponsoring both a lecture and a film series this term. Lectures will be held at noon Tuesdays in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. Films will be shown at 8 p.m. Fridays in Auditorium A, Angell Hall. September lectures and films are listed below. For other offerings, check the Record Calendar.

  • Sept. 19, lecture, “Generals, Pigs and Immortals: Views and Uses of History in Chinese Morality Books,” Philip Clart, assistant professor of East Asian religions, University of Missouri-Columbia. This presentation will examine the use of historical figures and precedent in Chinese morality books.

  • Sept. 22, film, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles. The film focuses on the story of two mainland immigrants to Hong Kong trying their best not to fall in love with each other.

  • Sept. 26, lecture, “Aristotle and Mengzi (Mencius) on Courage,” Philip J. Ivanhoe, associate professor of philosophy and of Asian languages and cultures. He will explore and compare the accounts of courage offered by Aristotle and Mengzi.

    Children under age 12 will not be admitted to the films. For more information on the free, public lectures and films, call (734) 764-4189.

    ‘Collecting and Representing the Nation’ discussion is Sept. 23

    A panel of speakers will convene to discuss “Collecting and Representing the Nation,” focusing on the Museum of Art’s exhibition “The White House Collection of American Crafts,” 1–3 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Museum of Art Apse. Questions to be addressed include: How do objects work to define a nation, a culture, a people? How is meaning made in the creation of objects, their collection or display—and what role does a national collection play in a multicultural society?

    The program is sponsored by the Arts of Citizenship Program, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Museum of Art

    For more information, call (734) 764-0395.

    Software Council meets Sept. 21

    The Ann Arbor Software Council (AASC) and the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) will hold a joint meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Holiday Inn North Campus, featuirng Jon Pepper, business columnist for the Detroit News.

    The program is $15 for non-NEF/AASC members. For more information, contact Martha Johnson, (734) 214-0104 or

    Garza to discuss working women

    Irasema Garza, director of the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor, will discuss “Working Women: Striving for Balance” noon–1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. Sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program, Garza’s talk will kick off the Work/Life/Family Fall 2000 Series.

    A U-M alumna, Garza oversees the only federal agency charged with advocating on behalf of women in the workforce.

    Provost Nancy Cantor will be recognized at this lecture for her commitment to family friendly policies and practices on campus.

    For more information, call (734) 998-7080 or (734) 936-8469.

    Final ‘Library Cultures’ presentation will be Sept. 20

    The final free, public “Library Cultures: Exploring Dimensions of Change” lecture will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 411, West Hall. Carol Kuhlthau, chair of the Library and Information Science Department, School of Communications, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, will discuss “Libraries and Learning in the Information Age School.”

    Kuhlthau recently was recognized for contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. Her research includes enhancing learning in digital libraries, reforming school libraries for the information age school, and developing user-centered library and information services.

    Walton to deliver Stevenson Inaugural Lecture

    Kendall L. Walton, professor of philosophy, will present the Charles L. Stevenson Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture, “In Other Shoes: Empathy and the Arts,” at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 26 in Rackham Amphitheater. Walton will discuss how many works of art, including literary, pictorial and musical ones, inspire or encourage other-shoe experiences in appreciators. He will focus on how life experiences and attitudes factor into our understanding or appreciation of some works.

    A reception will follow the lecture.

    Bier to discuss social implications of Human Genome Project

    Ethan Bier, professor of biology, University of California, San Diego, will discuss the ethical, social and medical implications of the Human Genome Project at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rackham Auditorium. His talk, “Ethical Implications for the Genome Era: How Should We Use the Eighth Wonder of the World?” is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Department of Biology, and the Program in Life Sciences, Values and Society.

    For more information, call (734) 998-9381.

    UROP seeks faculty partners

    The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is recruiting faculty researchers from all disciplines for the 2000–01 academic year. UROP pairs first- and second-year students with faculty members as research assistants. UROP research assistants can conduct library research; develop instructional technology and assist with new course development, museum exhibitions, laboratory experiments, computer software development, coding and analysis of data, and more.

    For an application packet and/or additional information, call (734) 998-9381. The application deadline is Sept. 22. Applications may be submitted via the Web at (choose “Faculty and Administrator Information,” then “Faculty Application”).

    D'Arms to speak at awards ceremony

    John D’Arms, president of the American Council of Learned Societies and former vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, will speak on Mentoring, Scholarship and the “Next Generation of Humanists” at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rackham Amphitheater. His talk is part of a public awards ceremony honoring faculty and graduate students for their exceptional contributions to teaching and mentoring at the University.

    For more information, call (734) 647-2644.

    Fulbright picnic is Sept. 24

    The Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Fulbright Association will host its welcome picnic 1–4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Gallup Park. Signs will direct visitors to the picnic area.

    All Fulbright visiting and local scholars, students and their families are invited to honor and greet new Fulbright scholars in the area. For more information, call (734) 996-2880 or (734) 747-8363.

    New prime contracts offer savings for departments

    The Purchasing Department has announced eight new prime vendor programs that offer cost savings and one current program with new, lower pricing. Details and ordering information are on the Web at

    Among the new prime vendor programs, discounts range from 9 percent on Verizon pagers to 50 percent on Burns International Security services. New, reduced prices will be offered on Lanier Copier analog and digital copies.

    Prime vendors were established by the University to provide commonly-used goods and services across campus. Several of these vendors offer online ordering with U-M pricing, terms and conditions.

    The contracts are for departmental purchases. Shortcodes are now accepted with the ordering and SUB process. For assistance, contact Bonny Webber, (734) 998-7070 ext. 225 or

    Dance announces performances

    The Department of Dance will present performances by New York dance duo Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 22 and Ann Arbor Dance Works at 8 p.m. Sept. 27–28 in the Betty Pease Dance Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg.

  • Bridgman and Packer, $5 at the door, limited seating. Dance partners and choreographers, Bridgman and Packer will give an informal performance of dance from their repertory and conduct a discussion with the audience about collaborations, choreography and the creative process. A master class in modern dance partnering technique will be held 12:45–2:15 p.m. Sept. 22. Some spaces are available to the public for $10. For more information, call (734) 763-5460.

  • Ann Arbor Dance Works, $5 for students and senior citizens, $8 for general public, limited seating. Innovative dance pieces will be performed by resident choreographers and guest artists.

    For more information, call (734) 763-5460 or visit the Web at

    Sweetland Writing Center announces Callaway Prize

    The Sweetland Writing Center has announced the establishment of the Mary Lou Callaway Prize for student writing. The prize honors a long-time community activist, reporter and columnist who died in 1999 at age 82. Any U-M undergraduate wishing to compete for the award may do so by submitting an original essay of eight to 10 pages on the topic “Community Affairs in the Practice of Good Citizenship.”

    The $1,000 Callaway Prize is funded through a gift from the Contempo Communications Foundation for the Arts, whose founders David and Joan Marshall are U-M graduates and friends of Callaway.

    Essays written for the Callaway Prize should be submitted to Ejner Jensen, Sweetland Writing Center, 1111 Angell Hall, by noon Dec. 10. The winner of the inaugural award will be announced in mid-January. For information on the format for submissions, contact Laura Schuyler, (734) 936-3144 or

    Planetarium shows, teacher information fair offered at Exhibit Museum

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer two planetarium shows and a teacher information fair in late September. The Planetarium is closed for routine maintenance during most of the month. Event times and dates are:

  • Diamond in the Sky, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Planetarium, suitable for all ages. Narrated by sports columnist and WJR-AM radio personality Mitch Albom, this show tours the autumn sky, beginning with the baseball diamond (better known as the Great Square).

  • Sky Legends of the Three Fires, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Planetarium. Narrated by Larry Plamondon, Grand River Odawa, with artwork and video footage provided by a Michigan Native American family, "Sky Legends of the Three Fires" was produced by the Universe Theater and Planetarium of Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

  • Teacher Information Fair, 4–7 p.m. Sept. 27, Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St. The Exhibit Museum, Ann Arbor District Library and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum are sponsoring this educational resource fair. Teachers can find out about opportunities for fields trips, supplies from area educational vendors, online resources, in-classroom discovery kits, demonstrations and lesson plans from local and regional educational and cultural organizations. Call (734) 995-5439 for more information.

    Planetarium tickets, $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children age 12 and under, may be purchased in the Museum Store beginning one hour before each show.

    The Exhibit Museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message) or visit the Web at

    PROFS series begins Sept. 28

    The Professors Reaching Out For Students (PROFS) lecture series begins Sept. 28 with a talk by Enoch Brater, professor of English language and literature and of theatre, on “Arthur Miller at the University of Michigan” in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. Sponsored by Michigan Union Arts and Programs and Mortar Board, the presentations include a free buffet lunch and free admission. Seating begins at 11:45 a.m. and will be done on a first-come first-served basis. Future talks, held at noon in the Michigan Union, include:

  • “Witchcraft 101: A Bedeviling Experience,” Derek Collins, assistant professor of Greek and Latin, Oct. 18, Pendleton Room.

  • “Drugs and the Brain,” Terry Robinson, professor of psychology, Nov. 8, Kuenzel Room.

  • “No More Magic Bullets: Increasing Numbers of Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes,” Alice Reinarz, assistant dean for undergraduate education and long-range planning, and director of academic services, LS&A Student Academic Affairs, and program director, Inteflex Program, Dec. 6, Pendleton Room.

    Check the Record Calendar for 2001 lectures. For more information, call (734) 763-3202.

    ‘And You Can Quote Me on That’ premieres Sept. 27

    “And You Can Quote Me on That,” a 30-minute documentary that features candid interviews with 15 students with a variety of disabilities, will premiere at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. Students on the video speak candidly about their experiences at the U-M, ranging from the application process to classroom accommodations to the social environment, and their positions on diversity in higher education. The video is part of the Universitywide Dialogues on Diversity project sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

    A question-and-answer session with students featured in the video and a reception will follow the screening. E. Royster Harper, interim vice president for student affairs, will introduce the documentary.

    GenBank, NCBI resources workshop is Sept. 27

    The Health Sciences Libraries will offer “A Field Guide to GenBank and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Molecular Biology Resources” Sept. 27 at the Taubman Medical Library. The program includes a three-hour lecture and a 90-minute hands-on computer workshop covering GenBank, Entrez, NCBI Structures Database, the BLAST similarity search engine and additional genomic resources.

    The lecture will be held 8:30–11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in Room 2901, Taubman Medical Library. Participants may choose from one of the following computer workshops in LRC 3950: 12:30–2 p.m., 2:15–3:45 p.m. or 4–5:30 p.m.

    Peter Cooper, a senior scientist with KEVRIC Corp. who provides user support services for NCBI, will present the class. The event is designed for principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and others in the life sciences who work with biological sequence, mapping and structure data.

    Register for the program by phone at (734) 763-2037 or by e-mail to Visit the Web at for a complete workshop list. Classes with less than six participants will be cancelled with 24-hours notice.

    Additional assistance is provided at the Taubman reference desk on a drop-in basis during regular hours. To schedule an individual or small group appointment, call (734) 763-3071.

    Lawyer to discuss employing non-immigrant workers

    Debra Auerbach Clephane, a partner in Clark Hill Attorneys at Law, will speak about the range of non-immigrant work visas at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the IT Zone Launch Pad, 330 E. Liberty St. Part of the Ann Arbor IT Zone’s Human Resource Management series, the lecture will address business immigration and I-9 matters. Registration for the program begins at 5 p.m.

    Clephane has extensive experience counseling and representing employers who seek to employ foreign nationals. She has represented IT providers, automotive suppliers and universities before state agencies, as well as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Advance registration on the Web at is advised. The program is free for IT Zone members, $25 for non-members and $5 for students. For more information, call (734) 623-8286 or send e-mail to

    Concert pianist Howard to speak Sept. 27

    Concert pianist Peter Howard will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Sponsored by the Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group, Howard’s lecture is the first presentation in the 2000–01 Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

    Howard currently is represented on Broadway with his dance music arrangements for “Chicago.” A graduate of Julliard, his career has ranged from concert pianist to conductor, composer, arranger and performer. He has served as either music director or dance music arranger for such shows as “Sound of Music,” “Hello Dolly,” “1776,” “Annie” and “Tap Dance Kid.”

    The Lecture Series includes presentations by comedienne Hope Mihalap Nov. 9, NBC News correspondent Pete Williams Feb. 7, 2001, and Allison Laland, Washington hostess, March 22. A lunch follows each lecture. For series tickets or membership information, call Renee Robillard, (734) 663-3808. All proceeds are used to provide scholarships for U-M students.

    Tickets are on sale for ‘Music Without Boundaries’ concert

    The Office of Major Events and AKSHAYA Creations, Inc. will present “Music Without Boundaries” with flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, guitar player and pianist Egberto Gismonti, tabla player Vijay Ghate and percussionist Anandan Sivamani at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in Hill Auditorium.

    Chaurasia, artistic director, World Music department, Rotterdam Music Conservatory, The Netherlands, is known for popularizing Indian classical music abroad. He typically plays the six-finger-hole North Indian bamboo flute.

    Originally a pianist, Gismonti combines his classical training in orchestration and chord voicings with “choro,” a Brazilian instrumental popular music featuring many guitars. Sivamani and Ghate are internationally recognized percussionists.

    Tickets, $20, $30, $38, $48 and $65 (VIP), are available by calling (734) 764-8587 or (248) 645-6666. Students will receive a $5 discount.

    Cancer Center hosts candle lighting ceremony

    Along with groups across the nation, the Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a Candle Lighting for Hope and Remembrance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 under the front entrance canopy of the Cancer & Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Names of people who have died from cancer will be recognized and candles will be lit in their memory. Candles of hope also will be lit to honor cancer survivors. Participants are encouraged to bring small mementos and photographs to display during the ceremony.

    No registration is required, and parking is free. For more information or to have a memorial name recognized, call (800) 742-2300, category 7880, or visit the Web at

    Reception welcomes new international graduate, professional students

    International graduate students who are advanced in their studies will talk about their experiences at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 in the 4th floor Amphitheatre, Rackham Building. All new international graduate and professional students are invited to meet faculty and administrators from across the University during the reception, following the talk.

    Program explores new ways of approaching the past

    Throughout the 2000-01 academic year, the Advanced Study Center will explore new ways of approaching the past.

    The year-long program, “Archives, Documentation, and the Institutions of Social Memory,” is chaired by Francis Blouin, director of the Bentley Historical Library, and William Rosenberg, the Alfred G. Meyer Collegiate Professor of History.

    In recent years, innovations in historical theory and practice have challenged the notion that the past was a singular conception waiting to be discovered. Historical archives themselves have become not so much “repositories” of the past as critical points of intersection between different scholarly approaches to the past, to the cultural practices and politics of different societies, and to a fast growing set of new archival technologies. The nature of the record, the expectations for access and notions of archival control are changing, and among the concerns to be addressed by U-M faculty and graduate students, as well as more than 50 seminar participants from the United States and abroad.

    Lectures and panels will focus on the ways archives help produce, reproduce and represent varieties of social knowledge, and so create and recreate varieties of social memory. Particular regional and national problems will be topics of various sessions.

    Seminar sessions are scheduled 2-4 p.m. each Wednesday in Room 1644, Social Work Bldg. The Distinguished Lecture Series begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 with Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick, discussing "Going to Middlemarch: History and the Novel" and closes April 5 with Dipesh Chakrbarty, University of Chicago, presenting "Democracy and the Disciplines: The Case of History."

    The program is made possible by funding from the Sawyer Seminar program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and contributions from various U-M offices and departments.

    For a detailed schedule of seminar sessions and lectures, contact Michelle Austin, (734) 764-2268 or, or visit the Web at

    Basketball tickets go up

    The Athletic Department has announced season ticket price increases for basketball games. With the coming season, blue and gold seats will be increased by $3 and $2 per game, respectively. For the Michigan State and Indiana games, individual tickets will be $20 for blue and $16 for gold seats, for single game tickets only.

    In a letter to season ticket-holders, Athletic Director William C. Martin said: “We have avoided financial problems in the past decade due to non-recurring events, such as an extra football game or increased licensing revenue from a successful football or basketball season. These windfalls have been passed on to our fans through lower ticket prices in the past. In fact, our basketball ticket prices have not been increased in the last eight years.

    “Along with increasing scholarship costs, expenses have escalated due to the addition of two new sports, infrastructure maintenance and inflation. For the 2000-01 fiscal year, we will be facing an operating deficit for the third year in a row.”

    U-M basketball ticket prices have been lower than those of other Big 10 schools, ranging from $25 at the University of Minnesota to $12 at Pennsylvania State and Northwestern.

    For information about basketball tickets, contact the Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247.