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MacKinnon to deliver lecture
Catharine A. MacKinnon will present, “From Powerlessness to Power: The Uses of Academic Freedom,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. The Senate Assembly’s Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom will be held in the Honigman Auditorium in Hutchins Hall. The Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, MacKinnon is the author of numerous articles and books. Her concentrations include constitutional and international law, and she specializes in sex equality issues and political theory. The Office of the President, the Law School, the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, the American Association of University Professors and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs also sponsor the lecture.

U-M­Flint to host investment event

U-M­Flint will host the presentation, “Community Investment: From Problems to Possibilities,” Nov. 1. John Kromer, Philadelphia housing director from 1992-2001, will give a lecture and discuss his book, “Neighborhood Recovery: Reinvestment Policy for the New Hometown.” Kromer’s lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Michigan Rooms of the University Center. Kromer’s expertise includes strategies for small business development, home ownership, housing production and development of vacant property. For more information, e-mail

Borders Benefits Days
The U-M Children’s Centers will benefit from purchases made at Ann Arbor-area Borders stores Nov. 1­3. As part of Borders Benefits Days, the retailer will donate a percentage of its sales to the centers if shoppers at the Arborland and Liberty Street locations mention that their purchases are for the Children’s Centers. Gift certificates and phone orders also are eligible for donations. For more information, call (734) 647-6886.

Dissertation award nominations sought
Nominations for the Distinguished Dissertation Awards must be received at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies by 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Nominees must have been awarded or will be awarded their doctoral degree during the 2002 calendar year. The purpose of the awards, which include a $1,000 honorarium, is to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. Faculty members from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to submit nominations, which must be endorsed by the department or program. For complete instructions and a downloadable coversheet, visit, or call (734) 647-7548.

Billi to lecture at program
Dr. John Billi, associate vice president for medical affairs, will serve as co-lecturer at the Oct. 29 program, “The FDA Process for Approving Generic Medications,” sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). The lecture, which begins at 6 p.m. at the BCBSM Bricktown Auditorium in Detroit, also features Gary Buehler, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers can register by calling (800) 921-8980 or (313) 225-0777.

M-CARE retains excellent accreditation
M-CARE, the not-for-profit managed care organization developed by U-M, has maintained its “excellent accreditation” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its commercial, Medicare and Medicaid HMOs. M-CARE has earned its accreditation for the past three years. The excellent accreditation, the highest offered by NCQA, is granted to plans that demonstrate levels of service and clinical quality that meet or exceed the committee’s requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement.

Men’s Glee Club to perform
The Men’s Glee Club will perform its 143rd fall concert at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Rackham Auditorium. The Glee Club, under the leadership of new director Stephen Lusmann, also will be joined by the Friars, an a cappella octet from the club, for several songs. The club, organized in 1859, is the second-oldest collegiate chorus in the United States and the oldest student organization on campus. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating, $7 for general admission and $5 for students with valid ID. For ticket information, call (734) 764-1448 or visit ~ummgc.

Herbie Hancock in town
Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock returns to Ann Arbor with his new quartet at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Michigan Theater. The University Musical Society presents Hancock’s performance. An original member of the Miles Davis Quintet, Hancock is known as a composer and accomplished pianist, having garnered acclaim with an Oscar nomination and eight Grammy Awards. Tickets can be purchased at the Michigan League ticket office. For more information, call (734) 764-2538. Tickets and information also are available at

United Way payroll deductions due Nov. 1
In order to facilitate a 12-month payroll deduction process, contributions to the United Way Campaign should be returned via campus mail by Nov. 1 to the United Way Office at 6080 Fleming Building, Campus Mail 1340. For additional pledge materials or information, call (734) 763-5554 or e-mail

GradCare transfers to M-CARE
U-M will transfer to M-CARE the administration of the GradCare medical plan for non-employee graduate students beginning Jan. 1. Non-employee groups include department-sponsored graduate students who hold a designated Rackham Fellowship; National Science Foundation Fellows in designated departments; Michigan Science Training Program Fellows; graduate students in designated departments; Medical School students and eligible LSA Regents Fellows. GradCare administration for employed Graduate Student Instructors, Graduate Student Staff Assistants and Graduate Student Research Assistants will not change. The University expects that this change for non-employee graduate students will allow streamlining of the enrollment process, improve communications with members, and reduce billing concerns for departments and plan participants.

Epidemiology hosts smallpox lecture
The Department of Epidemiology will host the Don W. Gudakunst Memorial Lecture at
4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Auditorium I of the School of Public Health. Dr. M. Elizabeth Halloran will deliver the lecture, “Can We Contain Bioterrorist Smallpox?” Halloran is a professor of biostatistics in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
For more information, call (734) 764-5435.

Real estate forum returns to Detroit
The 16th annual U-M/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum will be held in Detroit Nov. 6–7. The forum will include tours of new construction in Detroit, including Ford Field. In addition, topics such as neighborhood redevelopment, developing small buildings and many more real estate issues will be discussed. The cost to attend the forum, including lunch, is $280. A single day with lunch is $150. For students, the fee is $25 per day. For more information or to register, visit or call (734) 763-2582.

Building the Engaged University
U-M will host a series of events bringing national leaders in higher education together with students, nonprofit organizations, government, the arts and culture to Ann Arbor to recognize, explore and promote a national movement toward a civic university. The cornerstone event during the weeklong series of events, collectively titled “Building the Engaged University,” is the national conference, “Imagining America 2002: The Engaged University, the Engaged Community and the Daily Practice of Democracy,” Nov. 3–5. “Building the Engaged University” begins Oct. 30–Nov. 1 with another national event, a summit titled, “Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good,” for faculty, university presidents, state legislators, students and community members to discuss issues vital to higher education’s role in serving society.

At 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League, Harry Boyte, co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the John Dewey lecture, “Populism and John Dewey: The Politics of Pragmatism.” On Nov. 1, U-M will host the Michigan Community Scholars Program retreat. The events continue at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 with a Second Friday Breakfast with the Arts of Citizenship Program.

Brazilian dance company to perform
The University Musical Society (UMS) brings Brazil’s finest dance company, Grupo Corpo, to the Power Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 1–2. There also will be a one-hour family performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 2. The event is part of UMS’s yearlong Brazil series, with seven events featuring Brazilian artists. Tickets are available at the Michigan League ticket office. For more information, call (734) 764-2538 or visit

Sculptor Booker to give seminar
Chakaia Booker, a sculptor whose work focuses on social and cultural issues and on her personal experiences of being a Black woman, will give a seminar noon–1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Lane Hall, Room 2239. The seminar, “Contemporary Women Artists in Dialogue with Visual Culture,” is sponsored by the Visual Culture Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the School of Art and Design and the Museum of Art. The series is intended to help expand conversations by and about women as visual artists. For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

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