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Retirees Association meeting
The annual membership meeting of the Retirees Association will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 in Suite 18 of Wolverine Tower. Light refreshments will be served and will be followed by a nominating committee report and the election of three members to the association board. Delegates will present reports of the proceedings at the Big Ten Retirees Association, held in August at Ohio State University. For more information, call (734) 763-0235.

‘Conscience of Caribbean’ lecture
George Lamming, author of “In the Castle of My Skin” and other Caribbean literature, will present the inaugural C.L.R. James Lecture of Caribbean Studies of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at 4 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Ehrlicher Room of West Hall. Lamming, a native of Barbados known as the “Conscience of the Caribbean,” also will take part in a panel discussion with Bill Schwarz of the University of London and U-M’s Simon Gikandi and Arlene Keizer at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in the Robert Hayden Lounge in West Hall. The lecture and panel are sponsored by the provost for Academic Affairs, King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professors Program, the Latin and Caribbean Studies Program, the Department of History and the International Institute. For more information, call (734) 764-5517 or contact ecnirp@umich.edu.

Dearborn walkathon will raise organ and tissue donation awareness
U-M–Dearborn and the International Association of Organ Donation (IAOD) will hold the third annual “Save A Life Walkathon” at 8 a.m. Oct. 5. The walkathon is at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course and follows a three-mile loop through the parks and neighborhoods of West Dearborn. Cost for participants the day of the event is $25, including refreshments and a T-shirt. Registration prior to the event is $15. For more information about the walkathon, call (313) 745-2379 or visit http://www.iaod.org.

Wolfram will speak of novel science
Stephen Wolfram, author of the new science book “A New Kind of Science,” is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 in the newly renovated Rackham Auditorium. Wolfram, a physicist, says there are different kinds of randomness that arise in different situations. His solution is to study simple rules, such as those embodied in basic computer systems called cellular automata. Wolfram’s visit is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. For more information, visit http://www.pscs.umich.edu.

Pollard documentary debuts
Award-winning film producer and editor Sam Pollard will screen and discuss the first episode of a new documentary, “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room 1030 of the CASL building at U-M–Dearborn. Pollard, an Emmy Award winner for his work on “Eyes on the Prize II,” is a producer of the four-part series that will air every Tuesday in October on PBS. A panel of social activists, members of the media and historians will respond to the one-hour documentary after the screening. Included in the panel is Saul Green, president of the Alumni Association and senior counsel at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit. For more information, call (313) 593-5644.

Humanities to host “Kali” discussion
The Institute for the Humanities will host a discussion about the making of “Kali” at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Schorling Auditorium in the School of Education. “Kali” is a new opera about the Hindu goddess of death and combines stories drawn from Indian and Japanese mythology with an aesthetic reflective of contemporary Indonesia and the West.

The primary collaborators will play selections from the work and will discuss creating an opera about death in a post-Sept. 11 world. For more information, call (734) 836-1930 or e-mail humin@umich.edu.

Microsoft exec to speak
Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Enterprise Storage Division and a 1991 LS&A graduate, will speak at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Gerald R. Ford Library on North Campus. Muglia is a member of Microsoft’s Technical Senior Leadership Team, which develops the company’s technical direction. Muglia has served a variety of positions at Microsoft, including management of the development of the MSN service and Microsoft Office. He also helped drive the customer requirements and product specifications for Windows NT. Industrial Partners of Computer Science and Engineering sponsors the event. For more information, call (734) 647-7086

Northwest offers employee discounts
The Travel Office has contracted with Northwest Airlines to provide discounts for business travel between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, 2003 for University employees who make reservations through one of the University’s designated travel agencies. The discounts, 14 percent on business fares such as full coach, and 8 percent on already discounted non-refundable fares, apply to domestic, transpacific and transatlantic business travel. For more information, call (734) 764-8212, send an e-mail to travel.office@umich.edu or visit http://umich.edu/~purch/AP/Travel/index.html.

MacKinnon to deliver lecture
Catharine A. MacKinnon, professor of law, will present, “From Powerlessness to Power: The Uses of Academic Freedom,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. The U-M 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.

UMHS holiday stockings program
The UMHS Division of Hematology/Oncology’s fourth annual Stockings for Chemotherapy Patients Project is underway. Volunteers are stitching 400 stockings together that will be filled with items for patients to help pass the time during their chemotherapy infusion this holiday season. A $5 donation will help cover the cost of purchasing items for the stocking, and donors will have their names attached to the stockings. F or more information, visit http://www.med.umich.edu/stockings/sock.htm or e-mail sblaisde@umich.edu.

Flint campus to open children’s center
U-M–Flint’s Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is enrolling children ages 15 months to 2 1/2 years as it begins the first stage of its new facility in the William S. White Building. The ECDC offers day care and outreach services for families enrolled at the center and also is available to members of the Flint community who do not attend classes or work at the University. For more information or to enroll children in ECDC, call (810) 424-5214.

Geriatrics Center to host series
The U-M Geriatrics Center’s Turner Clinic is hosting an informative series from 6–8 p.m. every Tuesday from Oct. 15–Nov. 19 at the Turner Conference room in the Geriatrics Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Topics include the caregiver role, Medicare and Medicaid legal issues, community resources, depression and dementia, substance abuse, physical changes related to aging, and planning for the future. A fee of $30 a person or $50 a couple is required, and scholarships are available. The registration deadline is Oct. 8. To register or for more information, call (734) 764-2556.

U-M–Dearborn receives grant
U-M–Dearborn’s Child Development Center (CDC) has received a $26,400 grant from the Michigan Department of Education’s Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP) to fund tuition for at-risk children who want to attend the CDC’s preschool program. Four-year-old children who may be at risk of becoming educationally disadvantaged or who exhibit special needs will be eligible for the grant. The grant will allow eight children per year to attend the CDC program for four half-days, free of charge. To qualify for the grant, children must exhibit at least two risk factors as defined by the state Board of Education. Children must be 4 years old with birthdays between Dec. 2, 1997 and Dec. 1, 1998. For more information about the MSRP grant, contact the CDC at (313) 593-5424.

Events feature contemporary dance
The Ann Arbor Dance Works will feature two nights of contemporary dance, sound and visual art Oct. 4–5. At 8 p.m. Oct. 4, faculty members from the departments of dance and music will team up with Japanese choreographer Ayako Kato for “Water Blue,” which portrays the interdependence of plants and water as metaphors for social responsibility and collective emotional responsibility. On both nights, choreographer Gay Delanghe will feature “Statues in Motion,” a combined dance, text, sculpture, media and music project funded by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The concert and production are free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more information, call (734) 763-5460 or (734) 647-2287.

UMS to host “Swan Lake”
The University Musical Society (UMS) and Sweden’s Cullberg Ballet will present Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece “Swan Lake,” 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Power Center. The Cullberg Ballet is touring for the first time since 1982 and is making its first first appearance with the UMS. The performance is the first of two interpretations of “Swan Lake” this season. The Bolshoi Ballet will perform the traditional version Nov. 20–23 at the Detroit Opera House in an event co-sponsored by the UMS. Tickets are available at the Michigan League ticket office. For more information, call (734) 615-6590.

 




 

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