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Retirees Association meeting Nov. 14
The November meeting of the U-M Retirees Association will be at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 14 in Suite 18 of the Wolverine Tower. Robert L. Kahn, professor emeritus of psychology and public health, will speak about, “Six Widely Held Beliefs about Aging, All of Them Discouraging, Have Now Been Proved Wrong!” All members and guests are welcome.
For more information, call (734) 763-0235.

Former presidential advisor to speak
Neal F. Lane, who was assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1998–2001, will deliver the first Jerome B. Wiesner Science, Technology and Policy Lecture at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Founders Room of the Alumni Center. Lane, currently a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Senior Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, will speak on “The Disconnect Between Science, Policy and Politics in Washington: Some Lessons Learned.”

President Mary Sue Coleman will introduce the lecture series, and a reception will follow. The Wiesner Science, Technology and Policy Lectures are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Lane’s visit is cosponsored by LSA. For more information, call (734) 647-9085 or e-mail

Harvard law professor to lecture
Prof. Randall Kennedy of the Harvard Law School will deliver a pair of lectures in the Law School as part of the Thomas M. Cooley Lectureship series. At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Kennedy will give the lecture, “A History of the Idea of Reparations for African Americans” in the Honigman Auditorium, 100 Hutchins Hall. At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Honigman Auditorium, Kennedy will speak on, “A Case for Reparations.” Cooley, the namesake of the lectureship, served more than 20 years as a member of the Michigan Supreme Court and was the first chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission by President Grover Cleveland. Established by the Law School faculty, the lectureship is supported by the William W. Cook Endowment for Legal Research. For more information, call (734) 764-6375.

Three-day closure for N. University
Vehicle traffic will be detoured around N. University Avenue Nov. 9–11. The three-day street closure is needed for construction work on an underground water main. Water will be shut off during the day Nov. 10 to businesses along N. University between State and Thayer streets. Washington, Thayer and Fletcher streets will remain open to vehicle traffic, as will the south circle drive of the Michigan League. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained through Ingalls Mall and along the north side of N. University. The U-M commuter bus stop in front of the Kraus Natural Science Building temporarily will be relocated. Visit the Parking and Transportation Services Web site ( for commuter and Nite Owl route information.

Magic comes to the Clements Library
Magic with cards, coins, ribbons, boxes and a variety of other tricks will fill the Clements Library at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 when Robert Olson recreates the magic of 19th century magician Richard Potter. Olson performs with recreated and original props, 19th century costume and the early language that appeared in the magic books of Potter’s time. The performance is free, but seating is limited to the first 200. Olson has spent the past 30 years studying and recreating Potter’s magic.
For more information, visit

Shikaki on Israeli/Palestinian relations
Khalil Shikaki, associate professor of political science at Bir Zeit University and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah), will deliver the lecture, “Palestinian State Building and Peace Making: Between Reality and Wishful Thinking” at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Room 1636 of the School of Social Work Building. Shikaki has conducted more than 75 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 1993. For more information, call (734) 936-6510, e-mail or visit

Event to recreate 13th century Spain
The University Musical Society will present the renowned Boston Camerata, the Camerata Mediterranea and L’Orchestre Abdelkrim Rais of Fez, Morocco, in a performance of portions of the Cantigas de Santa Maria, a collection of more than 400 songs to the Virgin Mary. The performance will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. Music Director Joel Cohen will give a pre-concert lecture about the cultural and musical climate of medieval Spain one hour before the concert. For more information or to order tickets, call (734) 764-2538 or visit

School to host Social Work Day
The School of Social Work will host a Social Work Day program Nov. 13 for people interested in pursuing careers in the field of social work. Professors, administrators and students will speak on the master of social work degree, the Ph.D. program in social work and social science and career opportunities in social work. The program is from 2–5 p.m. in the Educational Conference Center on the first floor of the School of Social Work Building. RSVP before Nov. 5 to or call (734) 764-3309.

Cancer Center physicians on PBS
Produced in collaboration with U-M and five other leading genetic research universities, “Secrets of the Sequence,” an ongoing series airing on Detroit Public Television at 1 p.m. Sundays, provides up-to-the-minute information about progress being made in genetic research and the life sciences today. “Making Lethal Genes” will air Nov. 10 with Dr. Max Wicha, Cancer Center director; Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan, assistant professor of pathology; and Dr. Mark Rubin, a former U-M faculty member, discussing genetic biomarkers. For more information, call (734) 936-9583.

MESA sponsors “Faces of America”
The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will sponsor a one-person show that deals with diversity and multiculturalism in America today. The performance will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre and is free and open to the public. Performed by an actor from the Will and Company Theater, “Faces of America” portrays true stories of nine young Americans, each from a different ethnic background. The show challenges stereotypes and expectations prevalent in society.
For more information, call (734) 763-9044.

President of library group to speak
Maurice J. Freedman, president of the American Library Association, will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in West Hall, Room 411. In his lecture, “Better Salaries, Pay Equity and Other Library Issues,” Freedman will provide an informative presentation and discussion of current and future trends, as well as public policies critical to the library and information for professionals, educators, parents and students.
For more information, call (734) 764-9376 or visit

Michigan Road Scholars seeks 30
U-M instructional and research-track faculty are invited to apply for consideration to be part of the 2003 Michigan Road Scholars traveling seminar on the State of Michigan. The fifth annual educational tour will expose participants to the state’s economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography. A faculty advisory committee, chaired by Dean Earl Lewis of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, will select 30 participants for the April 28–May 2, 2003 tour.

The tour is planned and staffed by the State Outreach office in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. Deadline for applications is Nov. 29. For more information or to get an application form, visit, call (734) 764-9256, or e-mail or

RRP to host November events
The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) is sponsoring three events during the month of November. On Nov. 4, RRP will present “Conflict of Interest” from 5–7 p.m. in East Hall, Room 4448. The lecture is co-presented by Steven A. Goldstein, the Ruppenthal Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies, Medical School; and Elaine L. Brock, associate director, Division of Research Development and Administration, and director, Medical School Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Research. On Nov. 11 from 5–7 p.m. in East Hall, Room, 4448, RRP will present “Mentoring and Being Mentored.” The lecture, which will be repeated Nov. 19 in the Maternal and Child Health Center, Room F2305, features Steven L. Kunkel, associate dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Pathology Research Endowed Professor; Glenda Haskell, assistant provost; and Jayne London, coordinator of diversity initiatives. For more information, call (734) 647-9085 or e-mail

OS forms leadership committee
The LSA Organizational Studies (OS) Program is launching the Organizational Studies Leadership Committee, a group of business and civic leaders—including many U-M alumni—that will assist in strengthening the program, creating opportunities for students and faculty and improving OS facilities. OS will host an all-day meeting for the leadership committee Nov. 15, featuring a luncheon at the Michigan Union and speech by David Barger, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue Airways. Barger, who leads one of the few profitable airlines, will speak on “Leadership in Turbulent Times.”
For more information, call (734) 764-6811.

Sax to lecture on the Great Lakes
Joseph L. Sax, professor emeritus of environmental regulation at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, will deliver the lecture “Reflections on the Great Lakes,” at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Speaking as part of the annual Peter M. Wege Lecture, Sax will address the importance of the Great Lakes as a natural resource, comprising 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh surface water.
From 1994–96, Sax served in President Clinton’s administration as the counselor to the secretary of the interior and deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of the Interior. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Center for Sustainable Systems. For more information, call (734) 764-1412.

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