The University Record, September 24, 1997


Symposium on African American musical traditions is Sept. 25

The School of Music will present a free, public symposium on the "Composer in African American Musical Traditions" from 2:30_5 p.m. Thurs. (Sept. 25) at the Museum of Art.

The symposium will use Floyd's International Biographical Dictionary of Black Composers as a starting point for a discussion about the problem of what the word "composer" means in African American music collections. The discussion will be accompanied by a musical performance.

Speakers include moderator Richard Crawford, music history/musicology; Samuel A. Floyd, director, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago; Mark Tucker, professor of music, College of William and Mary; Travis Jackson, assistant professor of music history/musicology; Jeffrey Magee, assistant professor of music, Indiana University; and Mark Clage, executive editor, Music of the United States of America.

The symposium is the first of many events sponsored by an endowment from University alumni James and Vivian Curtis.

World Transplant Games to be covered live on Transweb

TransWeb, a non-profit, educational Web site dedicated to organ donation and transplant maintained at the Medical Center, will provide live coverage of the World Transplant Games, Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

More than 1,000 athletes each the recipient of a life-saving transplant representing 58 countries will compete in a variety of events in Sydney, Australia, the site of the 2000 Olympics.

TransWeb's up-to-the-minute coverage of the games will include the latest scores, athlete profiles, audio interviews, photos of each day's events, and coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies. The web address is

U-Move offers Fitness Walk class

The U-Move Program is offering a Fitness Walk Class noon-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. on the track at Palmer Field near the Central Campus Recreation Building. The course fee, which includes a supervised walking session and body composition fitness and dietary assessments, is $50. Registration is in Room 3050, CCRB or by mail. For more information, or to request a brochure, call Jackie La New, 764-1342, or send e-mail to

Woodward speaks on Bosnia

Susan Woodward, senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, will speak on "Bosnia: Ancient Enmities or Ancient Paradigms?" at 4 p.m. Tues. (Sept. 30) in the Rackham West Conference Room. Woodward is a specialist in political economy and international policy relating to the former Yugoslavia, and is the author of Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War and Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990.

Her visit is sponsored by the Working Group on Southeast European Studies; the Program in Comparative Study of Social Transformations; the departments of history and political science; and the School of Public Policy. For more information, call the Center for Russian and East European Studies, 764-0351.

Dance alumni return for concert series

The Dance Department will sponsor an Alumni Guest Artist concert series at 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater. The concerts feature dance works from 16 alumni.

On Oct. 3, the program consists of solos, duets, trios and a quintet showcasing the work of Henry Van Kuiken, Stockton State College; Leslie Wexler, Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts; and Ann Arbor favorites Whitley Setrakian, Patricia Plasko, Stephanie Kosarin, William Crowley and Barbara Booth. Live musical accompaniment will range from original works to pieces by Mendelssohn.

On Oct. 4, the series continues with Amy Drum, Daniel Gwirtzman and Lynn Newman from the Artichoke Dance Company of New York; Maureen Janson, Michelle Millman, Janet Lilly, Nancy Lanier, Merry Clark and Christina Sears. The program features solos, duets and trios including numerous multi-media creations incorporating video and slide projections. This concert will be followed by a reception.

Tickets are $8 ($5 for students and senior citizens). For more information, call 764-0450.

University Symphony concert is Sept. 30

University Symphony Orchestra will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Tues. (Sept. 30) in Hill Auditorium, under the conductorship of Kenneth Kiesler.

The program consists of Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a and Aaron Copland's Third Symphony. For more information, call 764-0594.

Bengtsson plays in memory of Cassado

Cellist Erling Blondal Bengtsson will celebrate the 100th birthday and memory of his close friend, Spanish-born cellist Gasper Cassado, in a recital of Cassado's music at 8 p.m. Sun. (Sept. 28) in the Britton Recital Hall, School of Music. Arthur Green will accompany Bengtsson on the piano.

Bengtsson and Green will play Suite for Solo Cello, Sonata for Cello and Piano and Cassado's transcriptions of works by Handel, Schubert, Chopin and Granados. For more information, call 764-0594.

Flint wins `Good Work!' Award from Web publication

U-M-Flint received the National Critical Comparisons "Good Work!" Award for holding the line against spiraling tuition costs while providing competitive levels of service.

The award is given by Critical Comparisons of American Colleges and Universities, a World Wide Web publication that serves as an analytical college reference for prospective students. Fewer than 7 percent of the schools reviewed meet the award's criteria. U-M-Flint qualified because its tuition increase averaged no more than 4 percent per year over the last three years, its in-state and out-of-state tuition costs are below the norm, and on-campus violent crime rates are below the norm.

In addition, U-M-Flint was judged above the norm in faculty excellence and library and student services funding. More information is available on the Web at

Reading, film series focus on Berlin

The Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Goethe-Institut Ann Arbor will present a reading and discussion in German by Freya Klier, author, film-maker and co-founder of the East German peace movement who was expelled from the German Democratic Republic in 1988. Klier will read from her collection of essays Penetrante Verwandte, and discuss current Berlin issues at 4 p.m. Mon. (Sept. 29) in the Rackham West Conference Room.

In addition to Klier's discussion, the U-M-Dearborn Department of Humanities and the Goethe Institut-Ann Arbor are sponsoring a film series, "Berlin Yesterday and Today," a group of films set against the backdrop of post-1945 Berlin. The first film of the series, Murderers are Among Us, will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Dearborn Campus, Science Building Room 138. Subsequent films will be listed in the Record calendar.

5th Annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer's is Oct. 5

The Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (MADRC) Challenge Team will participate in its 5th Annual Memory Walk for the South Central Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Gallup Park. The MADRC Team has won first place as a challenge team for the past three years, last year raising more than $2,300 with the help of other members of the U-M community.

Those interested in becoming involved in the 5K walk may do so by becoming a member of a MADRC/U-M Challenge Team recruiting sponsors and participating in the walk, or by sponsoring a team member who will walk for them. For more information, call Sara Holmes, 936-0480, or send e-mail to

Turner offers workshop on caregiving for spouse or companion

The Turner Geriatric Clinic is offering a six-week workshop on caregiving for your spouse or companion beginning Oct. 6. Topics include finding helpful resources, hands-on caregiving tips, dealing with difficult behaviors, communication issues, interacting with adult children, finding time for yourself and adjusting to new roles. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Mary Rumman, 764-2556.

Fett speaks on medical care for African women in the 19th century

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will sponsor "`Recaptured' African Women and U.S. Southern Physicians: A Mid-19th Century Medical Encounter in the Black Atlantic World," 3:10-5 p.m. Fri. (Sept. 26) at Tisch Hall. The event is part of the History of Medicine and Health Colloquium, and features Sharla Fett, assistant professor of history, University of Arizona. Those interested in attending should obtain a pre-circulated paper by calling Patty Timmins, 647-0571, or sending e-mail to

Bell Towers to celebrate Confucian music

Carillonist Margo Halsted will perform six 14th-century tunes of Confucian ceremonial music Sun. (Sept. 29) in honor of Teachers' Day, a day on which the Chinese celebrate Confucius as a great teacher and pay respect to all teachers.

The music may be heard at three different times during the day: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Burton Memorial Tower and 1 p.m. from the Lurie (North Campus) Carillon.

For more information, call Joseph Lam, 647-9471, or Margo Halsted, 764-2539.

Search group appointed for School of Education dean

An 11-member search advisory committee for the School of Education dean has been appointed. The group is to conduct a national search and present Provost Nancy Cantor with an unranked slate of finalists in spring 1998. The members (all from the School of Education except as noted) are: Deborah L. Ball (chair), Gertrude Arnold, Arnetha F. Ball, Loren S. Barritt, Phyllis C. Blumenfeld, Peter G. Hinman (mathematics), Sylvia Hurtado, Ronald W. Marx, Annemarie S. Palincsar, Connie Thompson-Porter and Eric Warden.

Organogenesis Center announces fellowship competition

Pre- and postdoctoral fellowships have been established through National Institutes of Health support provided by the Organogenesis Training Grant. The goal of this Fellowship Award is to provide two years of support to Ph.D. students who have achieved candidacy and to postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. and/or M.D.) who wish to undertake a research project in the field of organogenesis. The project must cross disciplinary lines.

The field of organogenesis unites research in the clinical, basic science and applied arenas to understand the basic mechanisms by which organs and tissues are formed and maintained, and to use this knowledge to create long lasting artificial organs, stem cell therapies or organ transplantation systems that will correct genetic and acquired diseases.

Applications are due Nov. 1 at the Center for Organogenesis, 5714 Medical Science II 0616. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. For application materials, contact Michelle Shukait, 936-2499, or send e-mail to For more information, contact Pamela Raymond, 647-0811, or send e-mail to

SNRE exhibits African American gardens

The Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Natural Resources and Environment presents "African-American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South," an exhibit running through Oct. 10 outside Room 3512, Dana Bldg. The display is part of a project by Richard Westmacott, professor of environmental design, University of Georgia. Westmacott describes the principal functions of these gardens and yards and traces the evolution of their importance over the last 200 years. For information, call 763-4231.

Turner group explores meaning of life

"Exploring the Meaning of Life," a discussion group for people over 60 who want to examine issues such as relationships, humor, adversity, pleasure, death and spirituality, is being sponsored by Turner Learning Programs. The eight-week group begins 2_4 p.m. Tues. (Sept. 30) at Turner Geriatric Services in the Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. There is a $30 registration fee. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Lynn Stern, 764-2556.

Arb offers workshop on hazardous trees

The Nichols Arboretum is offering a workshop on hazardous tree evaluation and treatment 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Arb. Led by Harry Morton, director of the arboretum and professor of forest pathology, the session will focus on the concept of hazard trees, hazard tree indicators and developing a plan to prevent or correct hazardous trees. Cost is $30 per session. For more information, call 763-5832.

Picnic for Fulbrights is Sept. 28

A welcome picnic for visiting Fulbright students, teachers, scholars, alumni and their friends and family will be held 1-5 p.m. Sun. (Sept. 28) at the Gallup Park new shelter, rain or shine. To arrange a ride or for more information, call Susan, 995-5872, or Marilynn, 996-4545.