The University Record, January 7, 1997

In Brief...

Panel will examine role
of women in the arts

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the University Musical Society will sponsor a panel discussion on "Women in the Arts/Arts in the Academy" 7:30---9:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the 4th floor assembly hall, Rackham Bldg. Panelists are Beth Genne, professor of dance; Yopie Prins, professor of English language and comparative literature; Patricia Simons, professor of history of art and of women's studies; and Louise Stein, professor of music. Sidonie Smith, director of the Women's Studies Program, will chair the panel for the free, public event. For information, call 647-6388.



Varsity Tennis Center
opens this week

The Athletic Department announces that the Varsity Tennis Center, located on S. State Street, will open to the University community Wed. (Jan. 8). Memberships are available for faculty and staff; membership fee for students is waived. Students pay only a $15-per-hour court fee. The Center has eight state-of-the-art courts and public locker rooms. For an application or more information, call 888-8743 or send e-mail to



Happy Birthday, Schubert
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth, pianist Louis Nagel will perform an all-Schubert program at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 in Rackham Auditorium. Included on the program: Four Impromptus, D. 935; "Wanderer Fantasia" in C Major, D. 670; Sixteen German Dances, D. 783 and Sonata in D Major, D. 850. The event is free and open to the public. Call 764-0583 for information.


Brush up on botany
David Michener will lead a course in botany for adults at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 7---9 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6. An introduction to the diversity of land plants, from mosses to flowering plants, the emphasis in the $65 class is on the major groups of plants as responses to ancient and modern ecological challenges. Call 998-7061 for information.


Conflict of interest is topic of 4th Research Responsibility Program
The fourth topic of the Research Responsibility Program will be presented 4-6 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Vandenberg Room in the Michigan League, and then repeated 7-9 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Anderson Rooms B-C-D in the Michigan Union. Fred L. Bookstein, Distinguished Research Scientist in the Institute of Gerontology, will present "Conflict of Interest" as part of the year-long program to introduce "best practicies" and ethical analyses of research issues for all disciplines. For information on this free program, call 763-1289, send e-mail to or visit the program's home page at


Beat 'blahs' at U-M-Dearborn wine tasting, silent auction
The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) Alumni Affiliate at U-M-Dearborn will hold its second annual "Beat the Winter Blahs" wine tasting and silent auction 7-10 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Henry Ford Estate. Live jazz will be featured at the event, the proceeds of which will fund an endowed alumni merit scholarship for outstanding CASL students. Tickets cost $35. For information, call (313) 593-5490.



Slusser will exhibit works of
humanist artist Shahn

An exhibition of 30 prints by American artist Ben Shahn will be displayed at the Slusser Gallery Jan. 13-30. All the works in the exhibition, which honors the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., are based on the artist's favorite theme, human rights. Shahn's work first attracted national attention in 1932, when he exhibited paintings based on the trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. The works in the Slusser exhibition will be on loan from the Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Washington, D.C. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sun. For information, call 936-2082.


Venetian Music provides
send-off to exhibition

The Museum of Art hosts the Academy of Early Music in a chamber concert of sacred and secular works from 16th- and 18th-century Venice at 7 p.m. Sun. (Jan. 12) at the Museum. Directed by Todd Borgerding, the choir and soloists of the Academy perform compositions by Adrian Willaert, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, and Monteverdi. Tickets, $10 ($6 for students and seniors), are available in advance at SKR Classical, 539 E. Liberty St. and at the Museum of Art Gift Shop. For ticket information, call 647-0521.


Fitness Center offers discounts to U-M employees
The M-Fit-managed Ann Arbor Ice Cube Fitness Center, located on Oak Valley Drive, is offering discounted memberships to all U-M employees. M-Fit began discounting annual memberships 10 percent on Jan. 1. A current U-M identification card is required to qualify for the discount. M-CARE subscribers are eligible to receive program discounts on aerobic classes, fitness assessments, personal training, body fat compositions, as well as other health education classes. Call 998-8700 for more information.



Fellowships offered for research on women and gender
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender invites proposals from graduate students planning or conducting research on women and gender. Eight fellowships will be awarded to graduate students for the summer of 1997. Fellowships will provide a stipend of $1,000 per month, May-August. Four more eight-month fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students in any field, each providing a monthly stipend of $1,000, GradCare coverage May-December, tuition at the candidacy rate and a research fund of $400. Application forms are available at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, or call 764-9537 for more information.


Instructional Technology Grants available
The College of Literature, Science, & the Arts (LS&A) has called for proposals for its 1997 Instructional Grant Program, which funds design and development of instructional packages based on technology, usually computing technology, for use in LS&A courses and other instructional activities. Funding is available for summer salary, GSRAs during the developmental phase, design and development assistance, computer hardware and software, and travel to professional meetings to present results. Typical grants are in the $10,000 to $30,000 range. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Jan. 24. For more detailed information or an application, call 647-2762.


`Watercolor tour' set
for U-M-Dearborn

The Fine Art Associates (FAA) of the U-M-Dearborn will offer a "Watercolor Tour" on Jan. 25, with participants viewing three exhibitions, including the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Michigan Watercolor Society at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A luncheon at the Scarab Club and a tour of the Founders of the Watercolor Society exhibition at the club follows the DIA tour. The tours, open to the public, cost $20 for FAA members and $30 for non-members. For information, call (313) 593-5058.


Exhibition focuses on African American successes, struggles
The Michigan Union Program Board and the Caribbean Students Association will present an exhibition, "My Sister, My Brother," Jan. 13---31 in the Michigan Union Art Lounge. The exhibition of photography and other art work portrays the struggles and successes of African Americans, as seen through the eyes of Shanon Muir, a sophomore majoring in social anthropology. "My Sister, My Brother" is part of the University's Martin Luther King Symposium. An artist's reception will be held 5:30---7 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Art Lounge. For information, call 763-5750.


Family Housing offers
English classes for families
of international students

English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff will be offered beginning Jan. 13 by the Family Housing Language Program. Registration is taking place now for the winter semester classes, which end April 11. Native speakers of English also are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. Call 763-1440 for more information.



U-Club hosts evening of song
The U-Club, located on the 1st floor, Michigan Union, will host "Sing Happy, A Celebration of Friends: An Evening of Cabaret" at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Musical theater students Amanda Stachell and Amy Eidelmann, both sopranos, will sing a variety of pop, show tunes and standards. Gordon Beefermann will be featured on the piano. Tickets, $4, are available at the door only. For information, call 763-3281.


Enjoy lunch and a lecture
at the Gardens

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens will present the second in a series of lectures and luncheons titled "The Art of Living with Nature" noon-2 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Gardens auditorium. Guests will enjoy a Japanese Tien-ben landscape garden box lunch designed by Fuji Restaurant and adapted to please American palates. Author and landscape designer Keith Alexander will give an illustrated slide lecture on Japanese garden design in America, exploring the theory and history behind Japanese gardens. Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call 998-7061.


Center for Child and Family forms new support groups
The Center for the Child and the Family will offer two new support groups 7-8 p.m. Monday evenings for 10 weeks, beginning Jan. 20.

The Coping with Divorce Group will assist youngsters ages 8-11 in coping with the issues surrounding divorce. The goals of the group are to help youngsters better understand their own feelings, learn new ways of coping and provide them an opportunity to share their reactions with others.

Transitions: the Divorced Parent Workshop will assist divorced or divorcing parents in helping their children make a positive adjustment in the wake of family transition.

Parent groups meet concurrently with groups for children. For more information, or to register, call 764-9466.



New couples therapy group formed
The Psychological Clinic announces a new therapy group for couples, "Living in a Pressure Cooker: Surviving Graduate School Without Blowing Your Relationship Apart," 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays for 10 weeks, beginning Jan. 28. Participants will explore ways of strengthening relationships during graduate school. The group is limited to five couples at a cost of $200 per couple. For information, call 764-3471.


Take a tour at the Gardens and get a closer look at horticulture
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens offer visitors the opportunity to explore the world of horticulture the year round through free docent-led tours. Tours of the Conservatory will highlight special plants in bloom and are scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. each Sunday in January. Sign up just prior to the tour at the front lobby reception desk. Conservatory admission is $2 for adults. For information, call 998-7061.