The University Record, September 24, 2001


Health, trade and ecology seminar

“The Economic Viability of Cuba’s Model of Sustainable Agriculture in the Process of Globalization,” the second in a series of seminars on health, trade and ecology, will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 in Room 2609 of the International Institute. The seminar is sponsored by the School of Public Health, International Institute, and the Museum of Zoology with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

For more information on this event, visit the Web at, send e-mail to, or call (734) 615-8483.

Timely symposium

The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle East and North African Studies will convene a symposium/teach-in titled “The U.S., the Middle East and Islam: Reflections on the Current Crisis” 7–9 p.m. Sept 25 in the Mendelssohn Theatre. For more information, call (734) 764-0314.

Architecture/tragic events discussions

As part of a series, the tragic events of Sept. 11 will be discussed 12:30–1 pm Sept. 26 and Oct. 5 in Room 2104 of the Art and Architecture Bldg. The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting these meetings to discuss and gain a greater understanding of the role that architecture and urban planning played in the disaster. The group also will discuss the role architecture can play in preventing such events in the future.

For more information, call (734) 764-1300.

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week

In celebration of the right to read, the University Library developed “Banned Books and the Freedom to Read,” an exhibition of books that have been banned or challenged for social, religious, sexual or political reasons throughout history. This free exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30 in the first floor lobby of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, North.

The Library, along with thousands of other libraries and bookstores, will observe Banned Books Week Sept. 22–29 with the theme of “Develop Yourself: Expose Your Mind to a Banned Book.”

For more information, visit the Web at

Gates recognizes Global Program on Youth

William H. Gates, chairman of Microsoft, recently recognized the School of Social Work’s Global Program on Youth: Transforming Social Work and Advancing the Well-Being of Youth. Gates nominated the program for inclusion in the Computerworld honors “A Search for New Heroes” Archives Online and for the Permanent Research Collection of the Affiliated Academic Council.

Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program identifies and honors individuals from around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change.

The Global Program on Youth is an initiative managed by the School of Social Work and funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program began in 1999 and is designed to establish broad-based groups of scholars, policy makers and service providers to address issues related to children and youth.

Freeze to present talk on environment

R. Allan Freeze, former professor and director of the geological engineering program at the University of British Columbia, will speak on “The Dilemma of Waste: Unpleasant Truths and Difficult Decisions” 4–5 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room 1200, Electrical and Computer Sciences (EECS) Bldg.

This free lecture is open to the public and is part of the 2001–02 Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy in the 21st Century (ESEP-21) seminar series.

For more information, visit the Web at

Library book store hours adjusted

Hours for the new Library Book Store, which opened in Room 100 of Hatcher Graduate Library, are 2–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri.. For more information, contact Erik Saran via e-mail, or by phone, (734) 763-5386.

U-M retirement plan 101

Human Resources Development (HRD) is offering U-M Retirement Plan 101: How to Enroll and Get Started in the Plan, 1–4 p.m. Oct. 3 at HRD. If you long to invest with confidence through your U-M retirement plan but do not know where to start, then this is the course for you.

Learn the “how-what-where-when” of the retirement plan and how to invest in it. Professionals from TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and the U-M Benefits Office will provide answers, handouts and other reference materials.

To register or for more information, visit the Web at, or call (734) 764-7410.

Library system demos scheduled

Vendor demonstrations of library management system software will take place four times in October as the University Library continues its assessment of current library systems and evolving technology trends. Each of the demonstrations are 1:30–5 p.m. in Room 806 of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The vendors and dates of the demonstrations include:

  • Endeavor—Oct. 5
  • epixtech—Oct. 16
  • Ex Libris—Oct. 26
  • SIRSI—Oct. 30

    Demonstrations will be limited to scenarios developed by Library staff and are a result of a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in July 2001 that included the needs of Library patrons as expressed through information obtained from reference desks, MIRLYN (the current online system), online surveys, and focus groups. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to provide feedback on how well each vendor meets the requirements.

    Members of the University community are invited to attend these “Gateway” (online catalog) demonstrations that will be provided by four of the responding vendors who specialize in library management systems.

    To participate in the Gateway demonstrations, send e-mail to the Library Management Lead Team at

    For more information about the Library Management System (LMS) evaluation, visit the Web at

    Visiting Writers Series presents Harvey

    Miles Harvey, journalist, author, and U-M graduate, will read from his works at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in Hale Auditorium. Harvey’s most recent book is The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime.

    For more information, call (734) 615-3710.

    A chance to go boo!

    The Matthaei Botanical Gardens will offer seasonal, children and family classes during October.

    “Leaf Sleuth,” a two-hour tree identification class is being held 4–6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 11, or 10 a.m.–noon Oct. 20. The fee is $15 per class (Gardens members $13.50).

    “A Halloween Happening: Spirited Plants” is 6–8 p.m. Oct. 28. The Conservatory will be transformed into a haunted house, and participants can come in costume. The fee is $5 per person.

    Pre-registration is required for all events. For more information, call (734) 998-7061.

    Study abroad fair announced

    The Office of International Programs (OIP) will be holding its annual Study Abroad Fair 4–6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Ballroom of the Michigan Union.

    Students in U-M programs receive in-residence credit for their studies abroad and can apply financial aid, Educational Trust and scholarship monies toward program costs. Additionally, the OIP considers all participants for its own scholarship awards. U-M Ann Arbor students pay no application fee for the programs. Some study abroad options are open to non-U-M students as well.

    For more information, call (734) 764-4311.

    IM Sports announces entry deadlines

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for its 2001 track and field meet for individuals and teams until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the IM Sports Bldg. The entry deadline for the 2001 roller hockey and ultimate Frisbee tournaments is 4:30 p.m. Oct 3, also at the IM Sports Bldg. Entry fees and meet/tournament dates are listed below.

  • Track and field meet, $5 per individual and $25 per team. The meet will begin at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Varsity Track (Ferry Field)

  • Roller hockey tournament, $50 per team. The tournament will be conducted at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at the Elbel Field Asphalt Pad.

  • Ultimate Frisbee tournament, $35 per team. The tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at the Mitchell Fields.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

    Fall 2001 UnCommon courses

    Pierpont Commons Arts and Programs will offer a variety of non-academic mini-courses this fall. These UnCommon courses are open to members of the University community and the general public. The class titles, dates and times are listed below.

  • Bartending/Mocktail Training, 6–8 p.m. Oct. 1–Nov. 5 (Mondays)

  • Artist’s Way Creativity Workshop, 7–8:30 p.m. Oct. 1–Nov. 5 (Mondays)

  • Scottish Country Dance, 7–9 p.m. Oct. 1–Nov. 19 (Mondays)

  • Qi Gung, 6–7:30 p.m. Oct. 2–Nov. 13 (Tuesdays, no class Oct. 16)

  • Tae Kwon Do, 7–9 p.m. Oct. 2–Nov. 20 (Tuesdays)

  • Public Speaking, 6–8 p.m. Oct. 3–24 (Wednesdays)

  • Massage, 6–8 p.m. Oct 3–31 (Wednesdays, no class Oct. 17)

  • Beginning Tai Chi Chuan, 6–7 p.m. Oct. 4–Nov. 8 (Thursdays)

  • Yoga, 4:30–6 p.m. Oct. 7–Nov. 11 (Sundays)

  • Salsa Dance, 7–9 p.m. Oct. 11–Nov. 15 (Thursdays)

  • Massage for Couples, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 21

    Registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the day of the first class. For further information (including course locations and fees), call (734) 647-6838.