The University Record, April 1, 2002


Benefits for Graduate Students

An excel spreadsheet will be sent to each department listing employed graduate students who are enrolled in medical, dental or life insurance plans. Departments should indicate which students will be reappointed as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) or Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) during the spring, summer and/or fall term, and return the spreadsheet by April 10.

For students who have confirmed spring, summer and fall appointments, coverage and normal monthly deductions continue. For those students who will return for fall term but are not employed during spring or summer, the University contribution and appropriate GSI, GSSA or GSRA deduction will be taken in one lump sum in April to pay for continued coverage. A detailed chart with instructions has been sent to each department explaining the changes.

This process does not apply to fellowship students. Fellowship student eligibility is determined by the begin and end dates the department provides to the Benefits Office.

For student eligibility criteria, visit the Web at

Distinguished lecture in physics April 3

Sir Michael Atiyah, the University of Edinburgh mathematician and Fields Medalist, will present “Geometry and Physics: A Marriage Made in Heaven” at 4 p.m. April 3 in Hale Auditorium, Business School. This free, public event will be the second in a series of annual lectures by major figures in physics research. In addition, Atiyah will present “Polyhedra in Geometry, Physics and Chemistry” at noon April 23 in Room 340, West Hall.

For more information, call (734) 764-4437 or visit the Web,

Lempert to give second Distinguished University Professor Lecture

Richard Lempert, the Eric Stein Distinguished University Professor of Law and Sociology, will present “Defending Affirmative Action” at 4 p.m. April 10 in the Founders Room, Alumni Center. Lempert, a pioneer in the field of law and society studies, applies social scientific knowledge and methods to legal issues, including studies of juries, race, affirmative action and the law of evidence.

For more information, visit the Web at

Support cancer research efforts April 7

The Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ford Motor Company will host the Spring to Life Brunch and Art Auction at noon April 7 at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. The art auction, which features photography, jewelry, glass and paintings, will be followed by brunch. Tickets prices, $95 (donor), $150 (sponsor), $250 (Benefactor), benefit cancer research and patient care programs.

For more information or to make reservations, call (734) 615-0665 or visit the Web at

Conference on social documentary

An interdisciplinary conference, “Relocating Ethnography: Theory, Practice, Use,” will be April 5–7 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. This free, public event brings together many different practitioners to broaden the understanding of ethnographic and documentary work.

The keynote address, “The Mexican Answer: Ethnography and the Hispanic Middle Class,” will be presented by Jose Limon of the University of Texas-Austin at 6 p.m. April 5.

For more information and a complete list of events, call (734) 763-1500.

CSST event focuses on Kazakhstan

Ruth Mandel, professor of anthropology at University College, London, will present “Developing Soap Operas and the Nationalizing State of Kazakhstan” 4–6 p.m. April 3 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Building. This public colloquium examines a media development project in post-Soviet Central Asia (Kazakhstan).

Mandel also will present a graduate seminar, “How German are They? Questions of Citizenship and Race in Germany,” 10 a.m.–noon April 4, in Room 1023, Tisch Hall. The event, open to all graduate students, will examine questions of citizenships across German political culture. Both events are sponsored by the Program in Comparative Study of Social Transformations (CSST) at the International Institute.

For more information, call (734) 936-1595 or visit the Web at

Copernicus Lecture is April 11

Krzysztof Wodiczko will present the Copernicus Lecture at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center.

Wodiczko, artist, philosopher and visionary, leads the Interrogative Design Group in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His projections on architectural facades and monuments include such provocative issues as militarism, xenophobia, urban violence, domestic abuse and homelessness. Wodiczko’s work has been honored and exhibited all around the world.

His prize-winning work “The Hiroshima Projection” will be on display in the Media Union Video Studio April 10-14. Workshops will be conducted by Wodiczko April 12 with students and faculty in the colleges of art and design and architecture and urban planning.

For more information, call (734) 764-0351.

MFA dance performance is April 5

MFA students will present “Invisible Eyes” at 8 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater, Dance Building. The production will highlight choreography, production and design. Tickets are $5 at the door, and can be purchased one hour before the concert.

For more information, call (734) 763-5460.

Ecosystem Management Initiative and NSF Biocomplexity Project lecture

Two faculty from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill will speak on “Bridging Perspectives and Approaches in Characterizing Land Use/Land Cover Dynamics and their Associated Drivers” noon–1:30 p.m. April 5 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Ronald Rindfuss, social demographer, and Stephen Walsh, geology professor, will present the free, public lecture.

For more information, call (734) 615-6431 or visit,

Iranian journey is topic April 4

Kathryn Babayan, assistant professor of Iranian history and culture, will present “Circumambulating the Ka’ba: An Iranian Woman’s Journey Through Loss and Separation at the Turn of the 18th Century” 5–7 p.m. April 4 in Lane Hall.

The lecture interprets a woman’s journey through loss based on a travelogue she records herself. The writer is a woman dealing with her melancholy and freedom in pre-modern Iran.

Babayan is the author of the forthcoming monograph “Mystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran.”

For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

George Mitchell will speak April 4

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell presents “Is World Peace an Impossible Dream?” 3 p.m. April 4 at Hill Auditorium.

Using his experience as a leading American political figure and highly respected peace negotiator in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, Mitchell will discuss current challenges to global security and possibilities for peace after terrorism.

Mitchell has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Truman Institute Peace Prize, the German Peace Prize and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize. The American Red Cross appointed Mitchell as the independent overseer of the Liberty Disaster Relief Fund, which was established due to the Sept. 11 tragedies.

For more information, call (734) 936-6510.

Wood to discuss poet Tom Dent April 2

Eben Wood, graduate student instructor in the English Language and Literature Department, will present “Memory of Underdevelopment” at noon April 2 at the Humanities Institute, 350 S. Thayer.

The lecture will focus on Tom Dent, the poet, playwright and activist. Dent worked to promote historical and contemporary understanding of Black culture. His work includes the Umbra Workshop in New York and the Mississippi Civil Rights Oral History Collection.

For more information, call (734) 936-1930.

Fisher presents Farrand public lecture

Daniel Fisher, curator of the Museum of Paleontology and professor of ecology, evolutionary biology and geological sciences, will present the William R. Farrand public lecture at 4 p.m. April 7 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League.

Fisher’s talk, “Michigan’s Ice Age Mastodons,” provides an overview of current thinking about mastodons in the Great Lakes Region during the Pleistocene.

A campaign is under way to make the mastodon Michigan’s state fossil with help from students at Slauson Middle School.

For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

Scobey lectures on print culture April 9

David Scobey, associate professor of architecture and urban planning, and director of the Arts of Citizenship Program, will present “Impressions of the Nation: Print Technologies, Victorian Culture and American Nation Building” at 3 p.m. April 9 at the U-M Detroit Observatory.

Scobey will examine the role of print culture and the circulation of visual and design artifacts in U.S. nation building in the mid-19th century. He defines the ideals of American identity and organizing a national culture market by using engravings, lithographs, maps and architectural plans.

For more information, call (734) 763-2230 or visit,

Explore Florence, Italy, this May

The Department of the History of Art will host a seminar in Florence, Italy, titled “Power, Piety and the Arts in Renaissance Florence” May 5–15.

R. Ward Bissell, professor of history of art, and Ralph Williams, associate chair and professor of English, will lead the excursion. The focus will be on masterworks of Florentine art in the civic context within the flow of social and religious life, and in the light and space in which it was created.

The program fee is $2,650 with a maximum of 25 participants. For reservations and information, contact Paola de Santo at (734) 764-5401 or send e-mail to

When is the right time to have a baby?

The Center for the Education of Women presents “Parents in the Academy: When’s the Right Time to Have a Baby?” noon–1:30 p.m. April 8 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

Completing a Ph.D. program and having a successful academic career requires years of intensive work and concentration. Adding a baby requires even more time. A panel of faculty members will share their experiences of having children at various stages of their careers: in graduate school, pre-tenure and post-tenure.

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

New York Daily News medical reporter lecture is April 9

Susan Ferraro, medical reporter for the New York Daily News, will present “Truth and Romance: Why One Female Journalist Needs Them Both in the Hard Fact World” at 4 p.m. April 9 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

Ferraro is the winner of the 2001 Michigan Media Award for Excellence in Coverage of Women and Gender. She was selected based on her ongoing coverage of women’s health care issues, and her ability to make complex information accessible to all readers.

For more information, call (734) 763-2047.

Single Girl topic of April 10 event

Deborah Siegel, author and Center for the Education of Women (CEW) visiting scholar, will present “Single Girl: The Making of an Icon” noon–1:30 p.m. April 10 at the Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty.

Siegel will explore the changing visions of the single girl, who she is and what she stands for in American society. Siegel recently completed a dissertation on changing images and definitions of feminism in American popular culture. The lecture includes research from her forthcoming book on popular representations of single women across the 20th century.

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

Dances will be performed April 11–13

The U-M Department of Dance will present “2/8” at 8 p.m. April 11–13 in the Betty Pease Studio Theater.

The concert will include a diverse array of works partially fulfilling BFA degrees for seniors Gena T. Buhler, Cedric El Flynt, Nicolle Gauvin and Shannon Perlotto.

Additional works will be presented by various faculty members, including an excerpt from Professor Peter Sparling’s “New Bach”; a new work by Robin Wilson, Crumble; and pieces by Sandra Torijano-DeYoung and Leslie Williams-Bauer.

For more information, call Shannon Perlotto at (734) 763-5461.

Sivak presents distinguished research scientist lecture April 16

Michael Sivak, head of the Human Factors Division, will present the Distinguished Research Scientist lecture at 4 p.m. April 16 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

Sivak’s lecture is titled “How Common Sense Fails Us on the Road: Contribution of Bounded Rationality to the Worldwide Toll of One Million Traffic Fatalities.”

For more information, call (734) 764-6504

Mott Rock’n Roll benefit April 12

The “Peace, Love and Rock’n Roll,” benefit party will be held 6–11 p.m. April 12 at the Holiday Inn, North Campus.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet, door prizes, contests and live music from the 70s.

All proceeds will benefit the pediatric bicycle/tricycle riding program for children with disabilities and P.L.A.Y. Project, an early intervention program for autistic youngsters.

For more information, call (734) 936-9134 or send e-mail to

Retirees Association to meet April 11

Bernadette Davis, a representative of TIAA-CREF, will speak at the Retirees Association meeting at 3:15 p.m. April 11 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Davis will discuss the latest developments in TIAA-CREF retirement and pension programs.

For more information, call (734) 647-9841, afternoons.

Panelists to discuss women and art

The Center for the Education of Women will host a panel discussion on “Women’s Art, Women’s Work” 3–5 p.m. April 8 at the Museum of Art.

Panel members include Glenda Dickerson, professor of theatre and drama, and academic program chair for LS&A Small Programs; Frieda Ekotto, associate professor of Romance languages and literature; Marionetta Porter, associate professor of art and design; and Robin Wilson, assistant professor of dance.

The panel will discuss the boundaries between the production of scholarship and the creation of art.

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

Symposium explores women’s rights

U-M Law School’s Michigan Journal of International Law is hosting a “Women’s Rights Symposium” April 6–7 in Room 250, Hutchins Hall.

The symposium will address the controversial issues surrounding the protection of women’s rights in the larger sphere of human rights.

Presenters include Khaled Abou El Fadl, UCLA School of Law; Karima Bennoune, visiting professor, U-M Law School; Bruno Simma, visiting professor, U-M Law School; Rhoda Howard-Hassman, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and A.W. Simpson, U-M Law School.

The focus will be whether the collective or the individual international legal approach would more effectively protect women’s human rights, and what impact the societal, religious and cultural norms have on this debate.

For more information, contact Maureen Bishop at (734) 763-6100 or visit the Web at

How globalization affects universities

Paul Collier, director of the World Bank’s Development Research Group, will present “Globalization and Conflict: How Can we Build a Safer World?” at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in Room 1636, School of Social Work.

This lecture, part of the “Globalizations Challenge to the Research University: Engaging Multilateral Institutions” series, is hosted by the International Institute. It offers insight into the critical multilateral issues affecting universities and society.

For more information, visit the Web at