The University Record, March 18, 1998


Regents meet this week

The Regents will meet on the U-M-Dearborn campus Thurs. (March 19) and on the Ann Arbor campus Fri. (March 20). The March 19 meeting begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane. Agenda items include general remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger, the 1997 Report on Investments, a presentation on a proposed design for the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building and regular agenda items. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. The meeting resumes at 9:30 a.m. Fri. in the Regents' Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Neubacher Award nominations sought

The Council for Disability Concerns is seeking nominations for the 1998 James Neubacher Award. The award is given annually to individuals who have served as effective advocates for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Nominees must be affiliated with the University and must have made significant achievements in one or more of the following areas: removing barriers to full participation in programs and services by people with disabilities; promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life; advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities to increase their participation in the life of their communities and nations. Nomination forms, due May 4, are available from the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281, 763-0235 or 647-1388 (TTY). Nominations may also be submitted electronically at the Human Resources & Affirmative Action Web page,

Upgrade GQL by April 6

Users of Andyne GQL software should upgrade to version 4.1.1 by April 6 if they need to access datasets on the Data Systems Center (DSC) servers such as University financial, student, and personnel datasets.

GQL users who access departmental servers only are encouraged to upgrade, but should first check with their local network administrators. For details on how to upgrade, the cost of upgrading, and available documentation and workshops, please see the Administrative Consulting Hotline Web site at

For more information or assistance with troubleshooting GQL 4.1.1, call the consultants at the Administrative Hotline, 763-0107.

Women's Studies presents A Healthy Baby Girl, talk with filmmaker

The Womens Studies Program will present a showing of the film A Healthy Baby Girl and a discussion with the filmmaker Judith Helfand noon-1:30 p.m. Tues. (March 24) in Room B844, East Hall.

In 1963, filmmaker Judith Helfand's mother was prescribed the synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), a drug sold to millions of pregnant women in the United States to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. In 1971, when doctors discovered a link between the hormone and vaginal cancer in some young women exposed in utero, the FDA withdrew approval for the use of DES during pregnancy.

At age 25, Helfand was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. She went home to her family to heal from her radical hysterectomy and picked up her camera. Her video-diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, goes beyond loss to document a story of mother-daughter love, guilt, family renewal, survival, political awakening and community activism.

'Spring to Life' on March 29

The Comprehensive Cancer Center's eighth annual "Spring to Life" brunch and art auction to benefit cancer research and patient care will be held March 29 at Washtenaw Community College. For more information, call 764-7170.

16th century comedy reading is March 29

La Veniexiana, a comedy written in 1535, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Lawyers Club Lounge. The staged reading will be directed by Martin Walsh and performed by a six-person cast, including members of the Harlotry Players and the Theatre Department.

La Veniexiana was discovered in 1927, but has only been performed in the last 50 years, and never in English. This reading, translated into English by Carolyn Balducci of the Residential College, will be the first English language performance of the work in America.

The play is believed to have been written by a Venetian writer who was later executed for treason.

"In the light of this outcome," Balducci says, "it is no wonder that Veniexiana is such a marvel of naturalistic eroticism and undisguised anti-establishment defiance."

An open discussion will follow the performance and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the performance, but seating is limited.

Funds available for prostate cancer research

The Prostate SPORE Grant will award funding of up to $2,600 for research projects on understanding mechanisms involved in or toward a cure for prostate cancer. Fellows, undergraduate, graduate and medical students are eligible to apply. Applicants must designate a mentor for their project, and support will be for May-July, 1998.

Proposals are due by April 1, and will be judged on the basis of originality, scientific merit and relevance to prostate cancer. For an application, call Julie DeFilippo, 763-3455, or send e-mail to Review and funding decisions will be determined by the Prostate SPORE Executive Committee by May 1.

Join a vanpool

Regular and temporary employees from the Brighton, Clinton, Grass Lake or Jackson area may join a U-M Vanpool and ride to work with others from their town in a 15-passenger van for a monthly fee of $65 by payroll deduction. For more information, call Transportation Services, 764-3429 or visit the Web at

Reader lectures on gas attacks in Tokyo

Ian Reader, visiting fellow, International Institute Advanced Studies Center, will present a lecture on "Imagined Persecution: Aum Shinrikyo, Millennialism and the Legitimation of Violence," 4-5:30 p.m. Thurs. (March 19) in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies and Program in Buddhist Studies.

Reader is a well-respected scholar in Buddhist studies and will speak on the spring 1995 sarin gas attacks in Tokyo. For more information, call 763-6307.

Fulbright banquet is April 24

Fulbright scholars, students and alumni are invited to attend the second annual banquet of the Southeast Chapter of the Fulbright Association on April 24 at the Rackham Assembly Hall. The featured speaker will be Sen. Carl Levin. Ticket prices for visiting Fulbrighters and their spouses is $25; for Fulbright alumni, family and friends, tickets are $50, which includes a tax-deductible contribution of $20. To reserve a space, send a check with name and address and number of desired tickets to Thomas Gwaltney, 833 Cornell Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-2006 by April 6. For more information, call Judith Elkin, 996-2880, or Marilynn Rosenthal, 996-4545.

Claims Kits available for Reimbursement Accounts

To simplify the procedure for filing claims for reimbursement from Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, the Benefits Office recently developed a Claims Kit for participants. The kit contains general information on filing claims, eligible expenses and due dates for filing, plus the forms that might be needed to manage a reimbursement account. The forms were redesigned and, in some cases, new forms were developed to clarify and simplify the process. Claims kit materials are assembled into a folder that can be used as a file for receipts and other items that must be attached to reimbursement request forms. Forms may be photocopied as needed.

Claims kits were mailed in early February to all Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts participants. If you are enrolled in either or both types of accounts and did not receive a claims kit, visit the Benefits Office Web site at or call 763-1214.

HealthCall provides info to BCBSM members

HealthCall, a new health information service for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) members, provides 24-hour, 365 days-a-year access to registered nurses who can answer your questions, or to audio-taped health information on more than 200 topics. If you have a question about a home treatment, need to understand a treatment option or just want to know how to start living healthier, call (800) 811-1764. Hearing impaired members can call TTY (800) 240-3050. HealthCall gives BCBSM members information needed to make an informed health care decision. Calls are toll-free and confidential.

FASAP has moved, has new director

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) has moved to the Administrative Services Bldg., 1009 Greene St., Suite 2076, Box 1432. The new phone number is 936-8660.

FASAP offers all staff and faculty and family members assessment and referral services for an array of mental health, family, substance abuse and everyday life situations that may be stressful. The new location offers confidential and professional services.

In addition, FASAP has a new manager, Tom Waldecker. Waldecker has an M.S.W. from the U-M and an extensive background in the administration of employee assistance programs. Most recently he was the regional manager for Managed Health Network, and was responsible for the delivery of counseling services to more than 32,000 Ford Motor Co. salaried employees as well as employees at Cranbrook Schools, Stroh Brewery Company, Rouge Steel Co. and the Lincoln National Insurance Co. Waldecker has been a member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America, the American College of Mental Health Administration and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Monroe County Community College.

MUSKET presents Pippin March 27-29

MUSKET, the University's student-run musical theatre group, will present Pippin, the award-winning '70s pop-rock musical, at 8 p.m. March 27-28 and 2 p.m. March 29 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. The story follows Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, in his search for satisfaction in life.

Pippin opened in New York in 1972 and played for 1,944 performances on Broadway, winning Tony Awards for its direction, choreography, scene design and lighting. Tickets are available at the League Ticket Office, or by calling 764-0450.

CRLT seeks graduate student associates

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is seeking applicants for the second year of its Graduate Student Associates Program. Associates collaborate with CRLT instructional consultants on activities designed to promote excellence in graduate student teaching. They use their knowledge, experience and creative ideas about teaching to help graduate student instructors (GSIs). They also have an opportunity to learn more about teaching and learning while sharpening their skills and expanding their expertise.

Associates receive training in observing and videotaping classes, giving constructive feedback on teaching and collecting student feedback. Other responsibilities are determined by the interests and experience of the participants and the needs of GSIs.

Associates work approximately 80-100 hours during the academic year and are paid $6 per hour. Applicants should have at least four semesters of college or university teaching experience (U-M experience preferred).

To apply, submit a cover letter that documents your teaching experience, describes your philosophy of teaching and explains how the position fits with your past experience and goals; evidence of successful teaching, including student ratings; at least one letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your teaching.

Application deadline is April 3. Send materials to Graduate Student Associates Program, c/o Matt Kaplan, 3300 SEB 1259. Questions? Call 946-0644 or send e-mail to

Conference addresses 'Mixed Experience'

The U-M Mixed Initiative organization will sponsor "In Mixed Company: 2nd Annual Conference on the Mixed Experience," 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Sat. (March 21) in the Michigan Union. The conference includes a keynote speech by Maria Root, editor of Racially Mixed People in America and The Multiracial Experience; small-group discussions; paper presentations; a resource table; and an open-mic session. Child care will be provided.

In addition, the Mixed Initiative is sponsoring "Of Many Colors," an award-winning touring photo exhibition, in the Art Lounge, Michigan Union, through March 28. The display features photos of and interviews with 20 diverse American families formed through interracial relationships or transracial adoption.

Both the event and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, call Sara, 332-9675.

UMSARC accepting Fellow applications

The U-M Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) is accepting applications for two pre-doctoral and three post-doctoral fellows in the Interdisciplinary Training Program for the 1998-99 academic year. The purpose of the training grant is to prepare researchers and scholars who are capable of working in an interdisciplinary manner and who will be more able to bridge the gap between researchers and scholars and those who seek to transfer and apply their work. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1. For more information and an application packet, contact UMSARC, 998-6500, or send e-mail to

Table Tennis tourney deadline approaching

The entry deadline for the Intramural Sports Program's 1998 Singles and Doubles Table Tennis Tournament is 4:30 p.m. March 26. The entry fee is $5 for singles and $9 for doubles. The tournament will be at 10 a.m. March 28 at the Sports Coliseum. Entries should be turned in to the Intramural Sports Bldg. For more information, call 763-3562.

Angela Davis to speak March 26

Angela Y. Davis, professor in the history-of-consciousness program, University of California, Santa Cruz, will speak on her recent book, Blues Legacies & Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, & Billie Holiday at 8 p.m. March 26 in Auditorium 1324 East Hall.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Davis' book "challenges writers who have contended that the blues are a vehicle of complaint but not of protest. She argues that by telling women's stories that didn't fall within the bounds of middle-class morality--black or white--blues singers made gender politics part of the show." Davis argues that performers like Bessie Smith deserve to be recognized as major Black voices.

Davis, a 1970s civil rights activist, has continued her activism and published two other scholarly works. Her visit is sponsored in part by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

ABPAFS meets today

The Association of Black Professionals and Administrators Faculty and Staff (ABPAFS) will hold its general assembly meeting 4:15-5:45 p.m. today (March 18) in the MCHC Auditorium. The meeting features a presentation of ABPAFS's Agenda 2000 to speakers Gilbert Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs; Laurita Thomas, Health System human resources administrator; and Jackie McClain, executive director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.

Thomas will present "An Employee Empowered: Alternative Dispute Resolution Model Developed by UMH Human Resources" and will review the process for updating the Employee Discipline and Grievance Procedures. McClain will present an update on the status of the institutionwide salary equity review. Patricia Coleman-Burns, professor and director of multicultural affairs in the School of Nursing, will moderate the discussion.

Videoconference on race and admissions is today

Black Issues in Higher Education will host a videoconference 1-3 p.m. today (March 18) in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. Titled "Recruitment and Admissions: Dilemmas in Higher Education: What's Next for Students of Color," the videoconference will address defining and redefining diversity, effective recruitment strategies for reaching students of color, the impact of Proposition 209, Hopwood, demographics, majority institution recruitment and financial status on college and university admission decisions.

Panel members include Nancy Cantor, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Joyce Smith of the National Association for College Admission Counseling; Anthony Carnavale of the Educational Testing Service; Bob Schaeffer of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing; Bradford Wilson of the National Association of Scholars; and Don Brown of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For more information, call 764-3595.

Learn about M-Pathways accounting

Those who want to better understand the soon-to-be-implemented M-Pathways accounting system should attend one of four M-Pathways Interchanges Mon. (March 23) at 8:30-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. at the Kipke Conference Center, Campus Safety Services Bldg.

The sessions will help prepare those who do budgeting, purchasing or account statements for changes that will occur when the new system is implemented July 1. The General Ledger team will describe PeopleSoft ChartFields and how units across campus have translated their old account codes to a new system. Training will take place in late May and June.

Registration is not necessary, but early arrival is recommended. For more information, visit the Web at

Bosnian films, filmmaker come to campus

The Working Group on Southeast European Studies will present a screening of Ninad Dizdarevic's An Awkward Age and Fourth Part of the Brain at 7 p.m. Sun. (March 22) in Auditorium A, Angell Hall.

An Awkward Age is the first feature film to come out of Bosnia following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Based on Branko Copic's autobiographical novella published in Yugoslavia in 1950, it depicts the coming of age of a group of teenagers. The last scene was shot in Sarajevo just before the city came under siege in April 1992; final editing was completed in Paris. Fourth Part of the Brain is a documentary exploring the impact of the Bosnian war on young actors' lives.

Both films are in Bosnian with English subtitles. Dizdarevic will introduce the films and respond to questions after the screening. He also will conduct a brown bag lecture at noon March 25 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg.

For more information, call 764-0351 or send e-mail to

Challenges, possibilities focus of conference on media and technology March 27-28

"New Media, New Challenges, New Possibilities" will be explored at the first Conference on Media and Technology March 27-28 at the Michigan Union.

Business executives, scholars and media regulators will reflect on the challenges to industry, and the government, posed by new technologies, and discuss the relationship between older technologies, such as TV, and newer ones, such as the Internet.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and LS&A with support from the John D. Evans Fund for Media and Technology.

For more information, call 764-0402, or send e-mail to

Shepherd speaks on being a working parent

The Family Care Resources Program (FCRP) and Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will present "Who Has Time to Be A Working Parent," noon-1:30 p.m. March 25 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Wendy Shepherd, parenting educator, will provide practical approaches to time management for parents and will help participants design a workable action plan for meeting work and family needs. For special services and accommodations, or for more information, call, 998-7080 or 998-6133.

Massages available through M-Fit

M-Fit has joined with the Massage Therapy Center to provide massage therapy at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube Fitness Center. Clients may receive 1/2-hour ($35), 1-hour ($52) and 1 1/2-hour ($68) massages by calling (800) 552-8646 to schedule an appointment. Callers should mention the Ice Cube when calling.

The Ann Arbor Ice Cube Fitness Center is open 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon. -Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. It is located on the main floor of the Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Drive. For more information, call 998-8700.

Hepatitis C patient support group to start

A support group to help hepatitis C patients in Michigan cope with their condition will have its first meeting 9:30 a.m. Sat. (March 21) at the Sheraton Inn, 3200 Boardwalk. This initial meeting is part of a free, public conference featuring Ann Lok, a Health System liver specialist, who will discuss hepatitis C and its treatment options.

The support group will meet the first Monday of alternate months at the Medical Center or St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Hepatitis C is a liver disease afflicting four million Americans that can cause liver failure and cancer, usually with no warning symptoms in its early stages.

Rodriguez speaks on herbal treatments

La Salud, a Public Health Student Association, will sponsor a guest lecture by Eloy Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. Mon. (March 23) in Rackham Auditorium. Rodriguez will speak on "Traditional Herbal Treatments: A Way of Life in Communities Where Modern Health Care Is Non-Existent" as part of the celebration of Latin America History Month.

Rodriguez, one of the world's leading plant chemists, is the James A. Perkins Professor of Environmental Studies at Cornell University. He has more than 150 publications, and has received numerous awards, including awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Refreshments will be served after the free lecture. For more information, visit the La Salud Student Association Web page under 'Upcoming Events' at, or send e-mail to

Turner marks Women's History Month

Patricia Turner, professor and director of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis, will give two lectures and introduce a film March 26-27 at the U-M-Dearborn as part of a series of events celebrating Women's History Month.

On March 26 Turner will present "'I Know It's True; I Heard It On Oprah:' Rumors about Fashion and Food," noon-1:30 p.m. in the Student-Faculty Lounge, University Mall. She will speak on "The 'S' Word: The Problem of Stereotypes in African-American Literature," 1:40-3 p.m. in Room 2018, University Mall. On March 27, she will introduce the film Imitation of Life, which will be shown 7-9:30 p.m. in Room 138, Science Bldg.

Turner, the author of I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture and Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture, studies legend, rumor and images in mass media and folk culture. For more information, call Jacqueline Vansant, (313) 593-1391.

Paterson discusses memoir

Author Judith Hillman Paterson will discuss her memoir, Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering, at 3 p.m. March 26 in Lecture Hall C, School of Management Bldg., U-M-Dearborn. The discussion is sponsored by the Student Activities Board at U-M-Dearborn.

Paterson's book recalls a painful childhood in Montgomery, Ala., after the death of her alcoholic, mentally ill mother. Paterson now teaches journalism at the University of Maryland and is the author of numerous biographies and essays on politics and women's issues for leading national publications. For more information, call Sharon Bingley, (313) 593-5668.

Dance MFA thesis concerts are March 26-28

The Department of Dance will present its annual MFA Thesis Concert featuring chorographers Ayako Kato and Ruben T. Ornelas at 8 p.m. March 26-28 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater. Kato and Ornelas will present modern dance works that reflect their respective Japanese and Mexican heritage. Admission is $5 and seating is limited. For more information, call 763-5460.

Kids will enjoy 'Cosmic Capers'

The Exhibit Museum will host "Cosmic Capers," a free, public Discovery Day program for kids of all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. (March 21). The program features a wide variety of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities for fun and learning about space and astronomy. Children can build and fly their own model rockets and space shuttles, examine light through prisms, view sunspots and learn about NASA. All materials will be provided. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Stewart Bailey, director of the Michigan Space Center in Jackson, will lecture on being "Inside the Russian Space Program," and at noon and 2 p.m, there will be a demonstration of "How to Make a Comet."

The Exhibit Museum will validate parking at the South Forest Street parking structure on March 21 only. "Cosmic Capers" is sponsored the South University Area Association. For more information, call 763-6085 or visit the Web at

Anne Whiston Spirn to speak on 'The Language of Landscape'

Anne Whiston Spirn, professor of landscape architecture and regional planning, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a lecture titled "The Language of Landscape" at 4 p.m. Fri., (March 20) in Auditorium B, Angell Hall. A panel discussion and reception will follow.

In her forthcoming book of the same title, Spirn writes that landscape is rooted in nature and human nature and in its demand for transformative change in how we shape our environment. Spirn also wrote The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design and is director of the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an action research program integrating research, teaching and community service. Spirn's lecture is a YoHA Arts of Citizenship event and is co-sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Program, School of Natural Resources and Environment. For more information, visit the Web at, send e-mail to, or call 647-9085.

Minority health conference is March 20-21

Public Health Students of African Descent will present the 12th Annual Minority Health Conference, "Emerging and Re-emerging Public Health Issues in Communities of Color: What Have We Learned? What Are We Learning?" Fri.-Sat. (March 20-21) at Pierpont Commons.

On-site registration will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fri. (March 20). Friday's events include a welcome address by Noreen Clark, dean of the School of Public Health, and Larry Warren, interim executive director of the Health System, and a research symposium.

Saturday's highlights include workshops on recruiting students of color to public health, public health workers, use of outreach in health promotion and disease reduction, and race and the accelerated aging hypothesis. Presenters include public health field workers and faculty from the U-M and Harvard University.

Aida Giachello, director of the Midwest Latina Health Research Training and Policy Center, will give the lunchtime keynote. The talk will be followed by workshops on community health empowerment, delivery of health care services, culturally-relevant and gender-specific recovery responses, and environmental health as preventative strategy. The dinner keynote will be delivered by Robert Mayberry, director, Morehouse Medical Treatment Effectiveness Center, Morehouse School of Medicine.

ASEE accepting instructor award nominations

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Student Instructor Award, which recognizes exemplary teaching by both graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Engineering. Five students will be selected as recipients of a $500 cash award and a one-year membership in ASEE.

Any student who has taught an engineering or engineering-related course during spring, summer or fall 1997 and/or winter 1998 is eligible for nomination. Students can be nominated by a faculty member, students in their class or themselves. Nominations are due by noon April 6. The awards ceremony will be at noon April 21 in the Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center. Those interested in nominating a student instructor should contact Trevor Harding, 936-2409, or send e-mail to

Exhibit displays recent research by students

The Graduate Committee of the Society of Women Engineers' Fourth Annual Poster Exhibition will be 4-6 p.m. March 26 in the Media Union Gallery. This year's exhibition will highlight some of the recent research by undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Students will be available to discuss their research. Cash prizes will be awarded for best overall poster, best content, best presentation and best undergraduate poster. The exhibition is open to the public. For more information, send e-mail to Lee Harle,

Conference examines 'Covering Monetary Policy'

Leading experts on monetary policy will discuss "Covering Monetary Policy: The Press and Public Perception" with the national journalists who cover them 1:30-5 p.m. (March 23) in Rackham Amphitheater. The session is open to the public.

Experts include Edward Gramlich, Federal Reserve Board governor and former U-M professor and dean; Michelle Smith, director of public affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Kathryn Dominquez, professor of public policy.

Journalists include David Wessel, chief economic correspondent of the Wall Street Journal; William Murray, chief U.S. economic correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires; Clay Chandler, staff writer for The Washington Post; and Zanny Minton Beddoes, economics correspondent of The Economist.

The event is the second in a series of five sessions on journalistic coverage of public policy designed by the Michigan Journalism Fellows with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The School of Public Policy is co-sponsoring the event. A reception will follow. To reserve a space, or for more information, call 998-7666.

Harris speaks on 'Secret War Against Martin Luther King'

Bob Harris, noted political activist and speaker, will speak on "Killing the Dream: The Secret War Against Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement," at 7 p.m. March 26 at the U-Club. The lecture will feature investigative research findings as part of a controversial presentation designed to foster thinking about one's self and government power.

Harris is the author of "The Scoop," a syndicated weekly humor and political column. His trademark is a combination of humor and hard research to explain complex and troubling events such as the JFK assassination and campaign finance scandals.

This event is co-sponsored by Senior Days '98 and the Michigan Union Programming Board. For more information, call Uday Gajendar or Deb Mexicotte, 763-3202.

Sacred medieval music to fill galleries at Museum of Art

The Museum of Art will present an evening of spiritual awakening--music, poetry and the sacred songs of Hildegard von Bingen, as well as works by other composers--at 8 p.m. Sat. (March 21) in the Apse.

The works will be performed by Norma Gentile and the Ann Arbor Grail Singers. The concert marks the observance of the 900th anniversary of Hildegard's birth (1098-1179) and coincides with the installation of the Museum's medieval collection.

Hildegard was one of the dominant religious and social figures in 12th-century Europe. She was acclaimed as a seer, the founder and abbess of two monasteries for women, the composer of 77 songs and a morality play, a poet and the author of nine books. Gifted from childhood with vision, she experienced both images and sounds, which she attributed to heavenly sources. She described her music as translations of the sounds of the "Celestial Symphony," which she heard during these visions.

U-M alumna Gentile is a professional singer who specializes in the music of Hildegard. At the U-M she worked with harpsichordist and conductor Edward Parmentier. The Grail Singers are nationally known interpreters of music of the medieval period.

Summer math camps set for June, July

The Department of Mathematics will be offering two intensive summer math camp sessions (June 21-July 4 and July 5-18), with classes on probability, sessions on the nature of infinity and "Codes, Ciphers and Secret Messages."

The application deadline is April 15 and students will be admitted as their materials are received. Tuition is $550 for commuters, $1,050 for those living on campus. Financial aid is available.

Students will have access to computer facilities and departmental computer accounts. They will learn in small, state-of-the-art classes and will be monitored by graduate math students during the following year.

For information, write Math Scholars, 525 E. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; call 647-4466 and leave a message; call Carolyn Dean, the program director, 763-5034; or visit the Web at thsch.

See 'Wonders of the Middle East' on Kelsey tour next fall

The Kelsey Museum is sponsoring a behind-the-scenes archaeological tour of northern Israel and Jordan Oct. 18-28. Led by Museum Director Sharon Herbert, the tour follows the history of the area from the Bronze Age to the present. Participants will be able to talk with excavators and researchers working at each site. An active excavator with more than 25 years' experience in the area, Herbert has directed digs in Italy, Greece, Egypt and Israel. She currently is leading an expedition to Tel Kedesh, a Graeco-Phoenician village on the Israeli/Lebanese border.

Sites on the tour include Jerusalem, Caesarea, Tel Dor, Akko, Hazor, Sepphoris, Belvoir, Banias, Gamla, Hammat Gader, Petra, Gerash and Amman.

Cost of the tour is $3,972 per person, double occupancy (does not include $200 tax-deductible fee payable to the Kelsey); land only is $2,336. Single supplement is $356. A $400 per person deposit is requested. Final payment is due July 20.

For more information, call 677-0900 or (800) 426-6546.