The University Record, March 25, 2002


Symposium to honor Chambers March 27

Ross Chambers, the Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, is retiring this May after 27 years of service to the University. In his honor, a symposium titled "Disaster and After: Charlotte Delbo and Questions of Community" will be held at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League.

Panelists will explore the relation between the experience of disaster and the experience of communities, based on the narrative of French Holocaust survivor Charlotte Delbo, author of "Auschwitz and After."

For more information, call (734) 764-5344.

Med B Reimbursement Rates for 2002

The University will reimburse its retirees for the premium cost of Medicare Part B (medical insurance coverage). Medicare includes two parts:

  • Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), which pays for home health care, hospice care, and care in nursing or hospital facilities.

  • Medicare Part B (medical insurance), which pays for doctors, outpatient hospital care and other medical services.

    The Medicare Part B reimbursement rate for calendar year 2002 is $54 per month for retirees who retired prior to Jan. 1, 1970, and $35.95 for retirees who retired after Jan. 1, 1970.

    ‘Privacy in the Information Age’ lecture is March 26

    Bartha Knoppers, chair of the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization, will present “Privacy, Medical Information and the New Genetics” at 7 p.m. March 26 in Room 100, Hutchins Hall. The lecture is part of the series “Privacy in the Information Age: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?”

    For more information, contact Lynn Watkins, (734) 834-4903.

    New psychology lecture series begins March 27

    David Winter, professor of psychology, will present a free, public lecture at 4 p.m. March 27 in Room 4448, East Hall. The lecture, “Why War? A Motivational-Perceptual Model of Conflict Escalation,” is the first in the new Heyns-Guetzkow-MacKeachie series.

    For more information, visit the Web at

    Award-winning dramatist coming

    Dramatist Wendy Wasserstein will present the Vivian R. Shaw Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Michigan Theater. In “My Life in Theater,” Wasserstein, whose works include “Uncommon Women and Others,” and “The Heidi Chronicles,” will address the creation of female identity in literary and theatrical works. The event, co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Museum of Art and the Women’s Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

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

    Council for Disability Concerns to meet

    The Council for Disability Concerns (CDC) will hold an open meeting 9–10:30 a.m. April 3 in Room 1211, School of Education Building. The CDC works to provide programs, services and facilities for faculty, students, guests and staff members with disabilities.

    For more information, call (734) 763-0235 or visit the Web at

    Free cancer screenings offered

    The Department of Otolaryngology and the Comprehensive Cancer Center are offering free throat cancer screenings and smoking cessation counseling by appointment 9 a.m.–1 p.m. April 20 at the Taubman Medical Center. The exams will take less than 45 minutes and a complimentary voucher or round-trip AATA bus pass will be provided.

    To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (800) 865-1125.

    Walker conference is March 29

    The 2002 Jack Walker Conference will honor retiring Professor of Political Science J. David Singer March 29 in the Eldersveld Room, 611 Church Street. Singer founded and has run the Correlates of War project since 1964, which examines causes of international conflict. James Lee Ray, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, is the keynote speaker.

    The program is 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. with a lunch break noon–1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served 10–10:30 a.m.

    For more information, call (734) 764-6313.

    Performance will present life and times of Malcom X

    Charles Pace, professor of anthropology and American studies at Centre College in Kentucky, will perform a one-man show at 6 p.m. March 25 in Lecture Hall B of the School of Management Bldg. at U-M–Dearborn. The performance, sponsored by the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Scholars Program, the Office of the Provost, the African-American Studies Program and the Association of Student Anthropologists, is free and open to the public.

    For more information, call (313) 593-5518.

    Rhoda Martel Memorial Lecture will be March 29

    Timothy Johnson, William B. Taylor Collegiate Professor of Dermatology, will present “Excellence in Oncologic Care: Passion, Priority and Performance” 8–9 a.m. March 29 in the Ford Amphitheater. The lecture is in honor of the wife of William Martel, Fred Jenner Hodges Professor Emeritus of Radiology, and aims to discuss the quality of cancer care.

    For more information, call (734) 936-9583.

    University Activities Center presents ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’

    The Rude Mechanicals will perform “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at 8 p.m. March 28–30 in the East Quad Auditorium. Tickets, $6 for general admission and $5 for students, are available at the door.

    The play examines interracial conflict in the U.S. during World War II.

    For more information, call (734) 764-7906.

    European Union roundtable will be April 5

    Guest speakers Arista Cirtautas, University of Virginia; Neill Nugent, Manchester Metropolitan University; and Sinisa Rodin, University of Zagreb, Croatia; will present “EU Enlargement: The Changing Political Map of Europe” 2–5 p.m. April 5 at 120 Hutchins Hall, Law Quad. The roundtable is sponsored by the European Union Center and the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

    For more information, call (734) 647-2743 or visit the Web at

    Nominations for faculty awards due April 26

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is seeking nominations for the 2002 John H. D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities. Nominees must be tenured faculty in the Humanities who have directed a substantial number of dissertations over the past several years.

    For more information, call (734) 647-4566 or visit the Web at

    Chambers will address terrorism March 26

    Ross Chambers, the Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, will present “Terrorism and Testimonial: Consequences of Aftermath” at 4:10 p.m. March 26 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. The lecture honors Chambers as the 24th Distinguished Senior Lecturer in LS&A and recipient of the Warner G. Rice Humanities Award.

    For more information, contact Laura Pavledes, (734) 998-6244.

    Visiting Writers Series continues

    Writer Susan Straight will give a fiction reading at 5 p.m. March 28 in Hale Auditorium. Straight is the author of “I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen” and “Liked Out All the Pots.” The lecture series is sponsored by the MFA program in creative writing, the Department of English, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

    For more information, contact Ian Reed Twiss, (734) 615-3710.

    Panelist added to MIT gender equity panel

    Linda Katehi, dean of engineering at Purdue University, Abigail Stewart, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and Lisa Tedesco, vice president and secretary of the University, will serve on a panel to discuss “Impact of the MIT Gender Equity Study: Michigan’s Response.” The discussion will be 4–5:30 p.m. March 25 (today) in the Vandenburg Room, Michigan League.

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

    Theatre Department performs political drama

    The Department of Theatre and Drama will present “The Balcony” at 8 p.m. March 28–30 at the Trueblood Theatre. The Grand Balcony is a palace of illusions where men come to indulge in their secret fantasies. General admission is $15 and student admission is $7 with ID. Tickets are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office or by phone, (734) 764-2538. Because of adult-oriented themes, the play may not be appropriate for all audiences.

    Post-performance discussions will be held March 28, 31 and April 5.

    Lecture addresses questions of adoption in North Vietnam

    Melissa Pashigian, lecturer at the University of California–Irvine, will present “A Child of our Own: Social Constructions of Infertility and Adoption in North Vietnam” noon–1:20 p.m. April 5 in Room 2239, Lane Hall.

    Pashigian will discuss the situation of infertile married women in northern Vietnam.

    For more information on this free, public event, visit the Web at

    Institute for the Humanities sponsors lecture

    Pulitzer Prize winner Rhys Isaac will present “Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom: Diary Narratives of a Virginia Plantation in Revolutionary Times, 1752–1778” at 4 p.m. March 25 (today) in the Clements Library.

    Issac, professor emeritus of history at Latrobe University, Australia, has been poring over Carter’s diaries, documents that provide an unusually vivid window into the era.

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

    Caller ID available on campus

    IT Communications announced that Caller ID will be available on all Ann Arbor campus telephone lines March 31. This service will be provided at no extra charge, but units will need to purchase or rent a caller ID display service. The Caller ID feature is being provided in compliance with U-M security standards and safety requirements. The service will soon be available at U-M–Dearborn and U-M–Flint.

    For more information about available equipment and rental charges, visit the Web at Complete details about display information are available on the Web at For more information, call (734) 763-2000.

    Lecture addresses human rights in Ecuador

    Jaime Breilh, professor at Simon Bolivar Andean University of Quito, Ecuador, and honorary professor in the schools of medicine at the University of San Carlos, Lima, and the University of San Andres, La Paz, will present “Health Inequalities in Ecuador: The Assault on Human Rights and the Resilience of the Andean Dream” 3:30–4:30 p.m. April 4 in the School of Public Health Auditorium. The presentation is the fourth annual Distinguished Lecture on Public Health and Human Rights sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health at the School of Public Health.

    Breilh leads an international research team for the development of alternative health screening methods and socio-ecological certification systems for Ecuador’s floriculture production region.

    For more information, contact Lynda Fuerstnau, (734) 647-6665 or ljfirsti, or visit the Web at

    School of Information Web site celebrates 7th anniversary

    The Internet Public Library (IPL) at the School of Information celebrated its seventh anniversary March 17. The IPL was one of the first We2b sites to offer free library services to any Internet visitor. Future plans include a new look for the site this summer.

    Visit the IPL at

    Environmental artist returns to campus

    Artist Mel Chin will present “S.W.I.N.G.-Shifting since 9/11” at noon March 26 on the 2nd floor of the Comerica Building at the corner of Thayer Street and North University. S.W.I.N.G. (Sustainable Works Involving Neighborhood Groups) is a plan for creative restructuring of abandoned Detroit houses.

    For more information, call (734) 936-1930, or send e-mail to

    Pike Memorial Seminar is April 4

    “Live Issues in Descriptive Linguistic Analysis” will be held in memory of Kenneth L. Pike 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. April 4 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. The seminar includes a monolingual demonstration, the description and analysis of an unknown language, and some of Pike’s key issues. The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, the English Language Institute and the Department of Anthropology.

    For more information and to sign up for a free lunch, send e-mail to

    Nominations for the Maize and Blue community award are needed

    The Commission for Women and the Women of Color Task Force are seeking nominations by March 29 for the Maize and Blue Community Award.

    Two awards are presented to individuals or teams who have developed innovative programs to contribute to the U-M staff community. Efforts promoting respect and the value of diversity will be given preference.

    A one paragraph description is due March 29. Finalists will be asked to submit a one-page description by April 26. The awards will be presented May 9 as part of the “Empowering the Workforce” conference.

    For more information, call (734) 763-1284.