The University Record, October 15, 2001


Benefits program offers pre-tax savings

To pay for out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars, sign up for a Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) during Open Enrollment through Oct.19. For a list of eligible expenses, see IRS Publications 502 and 503 on the Web at

To obtain a 2002 Flexible Spending Accounts plan book containing complete information about FSAs and how they work, send e-mail to Include in the message the plan book name, your name, address and daytime telephone number.

For more information, call the HR/Payroll Service Center at (734) 615-2000 or (866) 647-7657 (toll free), or visit the Web at

Tamara Williams lecture is Oct 17

Lydia Walker, a clinical psychologist, speaker, trainer and author, will deliver the keynote address “The Struggle to End the Oppression of Dating and Domestic Violence: Staying on Track” at the second annual Tamara Williams Memorial Lecture on Dating and Domestic Violence, 7–8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Auditorium of East Hall.

The lecture commemorates the life of Tamara Williams, a U-M student killed by her boyfriend in 1997. It is sponsored by the School of Social Work, University Housing, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, and the Interdisciplinary Research Program on Violence Across the Lifespan. The lecture is a U-M effort to increase interest in research and training opportunities to combat family violence.

For more information, call Randi Johnson, (734) 764-7455.

Rackham is accepting RIS proposals

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is accepting proposals for its Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminars (RIS) for the 2002–03 academic year. Senior faculty who are interested in the opportunity to team teach with someone new while exploring an interdisciplinary topic are invited to submit proposals by Nov. 16.

Nineteen interdisciplinary seminars have been offered since fall 1998. These courses are designed to attract students from various fields of study in an effort to spark new ideas, explore new topics and seed new interdisciplinary projects.

For more information, contact Lynne Dumas, or (734) 647-2644, or visit the Web at

Bošl will come to campus Oct 15

Augusto Bošl, author, social activist and the originator of a revolutionary approach to theater, will conduct a hands-on workshop for faculty and graduate students, “Using Theater in the Classroom,” 1–6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Residential College Auditorium in East Quad. Pre-registration is required. “Promoting Social Justice: A Conversation with Augusto Boal” is at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the same location.

Brazilian-born Bošl uses a theatrical technique where audience members stop performances to suggest different actions for the actors, who then carry out the suggestions.

Bošl comes to U-M as a King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor, sponsored by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

For more information or to pre-register for the Oct. 15 workshop, contact Robin Hampton, (734) 615-8056 or

Detroit 300 film series continues

The Detroit 300 Theme Semester Film Series resumes with a double feature sponsored by LS&A, The Sprawling of America and Poletown Lives, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Natural Science Auditorium.

The Sprawling of America is a documentary showing what led to the segregation of Detroit and its suburbs. Movie director Chris Cook will introduce the film.

Poletown Lives documents the strong but unsuccessful community resistance of Detroit’s decision to destroy the Poletown neighborhood to provide General Motors with land for a Cadillac plant. Poonam Arora, associate professor of humanities at U-M Dearborn, will moderate an audience discussion after the film.

For more information, call (734) 764-7414.

A frightfully good time

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is sponsoring four on-site Halloween parties in the course of one day:

  • A Girl Scouts party 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Oct. 27.

  • A patron preview party 2–3 p.m. Oct. 27.

  • Family Halloween parties 3–5 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. Oct. 27.

    The museum and planetarium will be closed to regular business Oct. 27 to accommodate the parties.

    To register for the Girl Scouts party, contact the Girl Scout Council at (734) 971-8800. The patron preview party costs $25 per person, and patrons are invited to stay for the public party. Tickets are $7 each ($5 for museum members) for the family Halloween parties. Children, ages 2 or younger, are admitted free.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, call (734) 647-1371.

    Philology lecture series begins Oct.16

    The Institute for the Humanities is sponsoring a six-part lecture series, “Philology, Ancient and New,” noon–1:30 p.m. Tuesdays (starting Oct. 16) in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League.

    Piotr Michalowski, professor of Near Eastern studies, presents “Philology Begins at Sumer” Oct. 16 and Bruce Mannheim, associate professor of anthropology, explores “Philology and Colonialism in 17th-Century America” Oct. 23.

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

    Faculty women’s club meets Oct. 17

    The Faculty Women’s Club will host its annual fall reception and buffet luncheon noon–2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Michigan League Ballroom. This event welcomes returning members, faculty women, wives and female partners of faculty to a new year of activities.

    Members will have an opportunity to sign up for any of 38 interest sections in eight different categories.

    For more information, send e-mail to Rita Carpenter, or call Marlene Hubbard, (734) 426-5669.

    Dyson to give Wu physics lecture

    Freeman J. Dyson, professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.), will give the Department of Physics 2001 Ta-You Wu Lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in Hale Auditorium. Dyson also will present the Special Physics Colloquium, “Gravity is Cool, or Why Our Universe is Hospitable to Life,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Room 340, West Hall.

    The annual Ta-You Wu lecture serves as a permanent tribute to Ta-You Wu, U-M physics alumnus and honorary doctor of science recipient. Wu is one of the central figures of the Chinese and Taiwanese physics communities.

    For more information on these free lectures, call (734) 764-4437.

    CEW brown bags are Oct. 17, 18

    Laura Nitzberg, lecturer of psychiatry and clinical social worker at the University Hospital, will discuss “Dual-Career: The Joys and Challenges” noon–1:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Nitzberg will address the challenges that working women and men face when balancing careers and family life, and will offer tips on how to negotiate issues inherent in dual-career families.

    Jeanne Miller, student services associate at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), and Doreen Murasky, senior counselor at CEW, will present “From Networking to the ‘Net’: Generating Job Leads” noon–1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at CEW, 330 E. Liberty St.

    With only 20 percent of jobs appearing in the want ads, successful job seekers need to tap a variety of sources to land a position. Learn how to use personal, print and online resources to expand your list of potential job openings.

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

    Faulkner conference is Oct. 20

    “Multi-Cultural Perspectives in William Faulkner’s Life and Work: A Conference” will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Special Collections Library on the seventh floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. The conference will continue 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

    The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, the Special Collections Library of the University Library, the Michigan Center for the Book, and Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman.

    For additional information on this free event, call (734) 764-9377.

    SSHD conference begins Oct. 19

    The Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD) begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Michigan Union, and continues through 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

    The central focus of this society is to support researchers who do interdisciplinary research on human development across the life span.

    The cost is $55 for students, $80 for SSHD members and $105 for others. Registration will be offered on-site. The fee includes two evening receptions, one lunch, one continental breakfast and coffee breaks during the meeting.

    For more information, call (734) 647-0624 or visit the Web at

    Visiting writers series continues Oct. 18

    J.M. Coetzee, professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), author, computer scientist and linguist, will read from his work at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Bldg.

    Stranger Shores, Literary Essays, 1986–1999 is Coatzee’s most recent undertaking.

    Marcie Hershman of Tufts University, author and former writer-in-residence at Brandeis University, will read from her work at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in Hale Auditorium.

    Hershman is the author of Speak to Me.

    The Department of English and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring these free events as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

    For more information, call (734) 764-6330.

    Observatory open house is Oct. 24

    The historic U-M Detroit Observatory will be open for self-paced, docent-guided tours 2–5 p.m. Oct. 24 at 1398 E. Ann St.

    A $5 donation is suggested. Several new exhibits are in place about the early U-M and Detroit connection, the Observatory’s architect, and timekeeping. Visitors also can take a virtual tour of the facility on the Web at

    For more information, call (734) 763-2230.

    Add some spice to your life

    David C. Michener, assistant curator at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and assistant research scientist in the biology department, will explore the natural and social history of spices related to plant commodities during a series of three workshops, “Spice of Life,” 7–9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6 at the Gardens.

    Participants will be able to sample/smell “botanical confections” and learn early misconceptions about the properties, use and abuse of these plant products that were treasured by pre-industrial societies.

    Registration is required; the fee is $58.50 for Gardens members and $65 for non-members.

    For more information or to register, call (734) 998-7061.

    Grad school information fair is Oct. 24

    Career Planning and Placement is sponsoring the Graduate School Information Fair 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Michigan Union. The event is designed to connect students with graduate schools/programs from across the country. More than 90 schools are scheduled to participate.

    A list of participating schools/programs is available on the Web at

    For more information, call (734) 764-7460.

    Clements remembers the Raisin

    The Clements Library is hosting a fall field trip Oct. 25 for associates to Monroe, Mich. The day’s events will focus on early settlement and events of the War of 1812, and the history of Monroe’s famous 19th century resident, General George Armstrong Custer.

    The cost is $50 per person for Clements Library Associates, and includes transportation, fees, light refreshment on the bus and lunch. Reservations must be received by Oct. 19.

    For more information, to become an associate and/or make a reservation for the field trip, call (734) 764-2347.

    AWC accepting nominations for Sarah Goddard Power Award

    The Academic Women’s Caucus (AWC) is accepting nominations for its 18th Annual Sarah Goddard Power Award. Criteria and guidelines for candidate selection include individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to the development of the status of women, in addition to or separate from contributions undertaken as part of a specific job assignment.

    Candidates shall have demonstrated exceptional leadership, notable scholarship or significant professional accomplishments. Candidates also must be able to attend the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Michigan League.

    Nominations are due Nov. 16, along with four copies of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, sent by campus mail to AWC Power Award, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281.

    To obtain a nomination form, visit the Web at

    For more information, call (734) 763-0235.

    Challenge yourself at U-Move Fitness

    Try a challenging and fun aqua-cardio workout with U-Move Fitness. Swim Conditioning classes are held at 6 p.m. Mon. and Wed. Master Swim is at 5:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., and the Ultimate Water Workout is at 7 p.m. Mon. and Wed. and 6 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., in Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg. (CCRB).

    Current enrollees in two-day U-Move Fitness classes qualify for a half-price discount at the Co-ed Cardio Challenge, held noon–1 p.m. Saturdays in 1271 CCRB.

    For further details, call (734) 764-1342.