The University Record, April 3, 2000


Ann Arbor Software Council, IT Zone to meet April 5

The Ann Arbor Software Council and the IT Zone will hold a joint meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 5 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, State St. Geoffrey Moore, managing director with The Chasm Group, a consulting practice based in California, will be the featured speaker.

In addition to providing market development and business strategy services to many leading high-technology companies, Moore also is a Venture Partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures, which specializes in specific technology markets including e-commerce, internet, enterprise software, networking and semiconductors.

He will speak on “Living on the Fault Line” at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ann Arbor.

The meeting and program are $15 for non-IT Zone and Software Council members, $5 for students and free for IT Zone and the Software Council members. A book-signing session will precede the meeting. Pre-registration on the Web at is suggested. For more information, contact Martha Johnson, or (734) 214-0101.

Carville to speak April 5

Democratic political consultant James Carville will discuss American politics in a free, public talk at 8 p.m. April 5 in Rackham Auditorium. Tickets are required and are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

Carville, best known for his role as President Clinton’s chief political strategist in the 1992 presidential election campaign, currently is a consultant to the Democratic National Committee and a senior political adviser to the president.

He also has served as a political strategist for several Democratic governors and members of Congress, and has worked as a consultant and adviser to political parties and leaders in Canada, England, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador.

In addition, Carville is the author of We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And The Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty; and All’s Fair: Love, War & Running for President in 1994.

Carville’s talk is sponsored by the University Activities Center. For more information, call Jason Wedlick, (734) 763-1107.

Friends of League discuss U women in 1930s–60s

The Friends of the Michigan League will showcase their findings on the lives of campus women in the 1930s–1960s at a luncheon noon April 27 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. The event is $25, including lunch. To make a reservation, call the Friends’ office, (734) 647-7463, by April 17.

Headache, back pain, illness prevention focus of Health Night Out programs

The Health System will hold two Health Night Out programs April 4 and 6 on headaches, lower back pain and preventive medicine.

  • “Getting Relief from Headaches and Lower Back Pain,” Vildan Mullin, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, 7:30–9:30 p.m. April 4, Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Learn how severe headaches and lower back pain problems can be diagnosed, treated and managed so individuals can live without debilitating pain.

  • “Preventive Medicine: How to Live to 100 or At Least Die Trying,” Lawrence McMaster and David Cooke, clinical instructors in internal medicine, 7–9 p.m. April 6, Marion Oaks Golf Club, 2255 Pinckney Rd., Howell. Learn about the advantages of cardiovascular and cancer screening, regular exercise and good nutrition.

    For more information, call (800) 742-2300, category 1075.

    Journalist Wright to discuss ‘Turmoil and Transformation in Iran’ today

    Journalist Robin Wright will discuss “The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran” at 4 p.m. today (April 3) in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg.

    Wright has reported from more than 120 countries as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, CBS News, The Sunday Times,(London) and the Christian Science Monitor. She won a National Magazine Award for her reporting on Iran for The New Yorker and was the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award for best reporting requiring exceptional courage and initiative. Wright is the author of Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam, In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade, Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World and, most recently, The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran.

    A reception and book signing will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. For more information, call CMENAS, (734) 764-0350.

    Armenian Ambassador to speak April 7

    Arman Kirakossian, Armenia’s ambassador to the United States, will deliver the Berj H. Haidostian Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. April 7 in East Hall. The free, public lecture, sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, is the ambassador’s first appearance in the United States.

    A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact Kristy Demas, (734) 764-7087 or send e-mail to

    Vedejs to deliver Gomberg Lecture

    Edwin Vedejs, the Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, will deliver the Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture on “Mirror Images in Chemistry: Real and Almost Real” at 4:10 p.m. April 12 in Rackham Amphitheater.

    The lecture, in honor of Vedejs’ appointment to the Gomberg Professorship, will describe recent studies designed to access a single mirror image form of organic substances.

    A public reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call (734) 998-6255.

    CES hosts panel discussion

    “Austria Black and Blue,” a panel discussion on the resurgent ultra-right movement in Austria, will start at 2:30 p.m. April 5 in Room 1636 Social Work Bldg., sponsored by the Center for European Studies (CES).

    “The title is a horrendous pun based on the colors associated with the Austrian Christian Democrats and Joreg Haider’s Freedom parties, respectively,” notes CES Director Steven Whiting.

    Andrei Markovits, Germanic languages and literatures, will lead off the discussion with “Haiderism as an Expression of Austria’s Unresolved Past and Westernization: Old Right and New Right.”

    Other panelists are Daniel Halberstrom (law), “The Limits of European Integration”; Alma Clej (comparative literature/Romance languages), “Haider as Pop-Culture Authoritarian”; Brian Porter (history), “Where Does the Extreme Right Begin? Drawing the Line in Poland”; and Jacqueline Vansant (German, U-M-Dearborn), “New Tales from the Vienna Woods: Writers Protesting Haider.”

    Taubman CAUP hosts lectures April 3, 5

    The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will host lectures at 6 p.m. today (April 3) and April 5 in the Lecture Hall, Art and Architecture Bldg.

  • The Charles and Ray Eames Lecture by Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, Gigon and Guyer Architects, Switzerland, today. Gigon and Guyer have received numerous awards for their work on the Gallery at Davos, art museums, housing and sports facilities, and other projects. Their lecture recognizes the contributions of the Eames’ in influencing furniture design, ready-made industrial building components and multi-media presentations.

  • The John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture, Rafael Moneo, architect, Madrid, Spain, April 5. Moneo has designed numerous significant buildings, including the Museum of Roman Ruins, the School of Art at Wellesley College and the new Murcia city hall. Moneo’s lecture honors U-M alumnus John Dinkeloo, who made important technical contributions to building design.

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

    Robeson Symposium is April 7

    The Third Annual Paul L. Robeson Symposium focusing on interdisciplinary research and issues pertaining to sports and student-athletes will be held 2–5:30 p.m. April 7 in Room 3735, Central Campus Recreation Bldg. The symposium honors Robeson, a scholar-athlete, Columbia Law School graduate, civil rights activist and artist.

    The program will include lectures on current research projects, discussion panels and speeches by the 2000 Robeson Scholar-Athletes. Sponsors include the Division of Kinesiology, the Paul Robeson Research Center for Academic and Athletic Prowess, Office of the Associate Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Black Issues in Higher Education.

    A reception will follow the free, public program. For more information, call Mikerra Bostic, (734) 763-0186, or send e-mail to Quentin Love,

    Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine Series begins April 6

    The Women’s Health and Alternative Medicine Series, sponsored by the Women’s Health Program and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center, will include free, public events 7–8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 6–27 in Border’s Books and Music, Arborland, 3527 Washtenaw Ave.

  • “Herbal Allies for Menopause,” April 6—Learn about basic herbs that naturally support the menopausal process, including symptom relief from hot flashes, emotional swings and menstrual problems.

  • “Spirit and Movement,” April 13—Learn how Tai Chi and the Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA) technique can improve personal relaxation, balance and coordination while reducing physical stress levels and physical and mental tension.

  • “Aromatherapy and Women’s Wellness,” April 20—The instructor blends massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, herbalism, Shiatsu and trigger point therapies, dietetics and various energy-working techniques into a holistic healing style.

  • “Taking Charge of Your Fertility,” April 27—By charting menstrual cycles, women can learn a great deal about the variations and nuances of their bodies, including mood and eating cycles.

    For more information, contact Amy Greenberg, (734) 936-8886 or

    Yocum will discuss photosynthetic oxygen evolving site

    Charles Yocum, the Alfred S. Sussman Collegiate Professor of Biology and professor of chemistry, will discuss “Reactivity and Structure of the Photosynthetic Oxygen Evolving Site” at noon April 11 in the Rackham Amphitheater. Yocum will receive the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences at the program.

    A reception with Margaret Sokol will follow the lecture. For more information, call the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Development Office, (734) 764-1125.

    Philosopher Brzechczyn to speak April 10

    Krzysztof Brzechczyn, assistant professor of philosophy at A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, and Kosciuszko Foundation Research Scholar at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will discuss “The Collapse of ‘Real Socialism’ in Eastern Europe vs. the Overthrow of the Spanish Colonial Empire in Latin America” 4–5:30 p.m. April 10 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg.

    Brzechczyn is secretary of the Poznan Branch of the Polish Philosophical Society and the assistant editor of a philosophical book series “Poznan Studies in the Sciences and the Humanities,” published by the Rodopi Publishing House, Amsterdam-Atlanta, Georgia.

    The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the Ann Arbor chapter of the Polish American Congress. For more information, contact CREES, (734) 764-0351 or

    Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences presents Colloquium lectures

    The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences will present two lectures at 3:45 p.m. April 7 and April 14 in White Auditorium, Cooley Bldg, as part of its Winter 2000 Colloquium Series. Topics include:

  • “Science and Technology for the New Millennium,” Hans M. Mark, director of defense research and engineering, Department of Defense, April 7, joint colloquium with the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Seminar.

  • “History of U.S. and Soviet Nuclear Weapons Development,” T. Michael Sanders, professor of physics, April 14.

    For more information, call (734) 764-4260.

    Basements Arts to present ‘Family Life: Three Brutal Comedies’

    Basement Arts, the student-run theatre company in the Department of Theatre and Drama, will present “Family Life: Three Brutal Comedies” at 8 p.m. April 6–8 and at 11 p.m. April 7 in the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg. “Family Life,” directed by Marya Keefe and written by Wendy Hammond, assistant professor of theatre and drama, School of Music, and lecturer in English language and literature, is a series of three short comedies that portray modern American nuclear families.

    The plays present zany family situations that prompt the audience to reflect on modern family issues.

    Admission is free. For more information, call (734) 764-6800.

    Advisers to presidential campaigns to discuss health care reform

    With health policy issues playing a major role in this year’s race for the White House, the plans and reforms proposed by the major candidates are giving the American public a wide range of possibilities. The extent of health care coverage, funding levels and coverage packages for Medicare and Medicaid, and employers’ choice of health plans will be discussed by the senior health advisers to the Gore, Bush, Bradley and McCain campaigns, a panel of U-M and industry experts, and the general public 1–4 p.m. April 7 in the Auditorium, School of Public Health II Bldg.

    “What the Presidential Candidates Are Saying About Health Care Reform” will be moderated by Gilbert S. Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs, and Eugene Feingold, professor emeritus of health services management and policy. Panelists include Bruce Bradley, director of health benefits, General Motors; Zelda Geyer-Sylvia, executive director of M-CARE; Keith Crocker, the Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and professor of business economics; Max Heirich, professor emeritus of sociology and research scientist emeritus, Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations; Richard Lichtenstein, associate professor of health management and policy; and Howard Weinblatt, medical director of Integrated Health Associates, a Michigan physician organization.

    The free, public program is sponsored by the FORUM on Health Policy of the Program in Society and Medicine. For more information, call (734) 998-7271.

    Dearborn announces commencement speakers

    Congressman John D. Dingell and Heinz C. Prechter, chairman of Prechter Holdings Inc., will address graduates at U-M-Dearborn commencement ceremonies April 30.

    Prechter will address School of Management and School of Engineering and Computer Science graduates during the morning ceremony, and Dingell will speak to graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the School of Education at the afternoon commencement.

    Health and health care in Africa focus of conference this week

    Michigan and Africa will come together this week as physicians, social scientists and others from Africa, the United States and Britain meet to explore the state of health and health care on the African continent. The free, public conference, intended to encourage a new dialogue on the important medical and cultural issues facing the continent as it enters the 21st century, will be held April 3–7 at various campus locations.

    “Africans on HealthCare, and the Health of Africans” will feature lectures, discussions and a movie.

    “We want to focus a spotlight on the strides being made on African health issues, and the tremendous challenges, like AIDS and the effects of war, that still remain,” says co-organizer Nancy Hunt, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of history.

    Speakers will include Adeotokumbo Lucas, adjunct professor of international health at Harvard University and chair of the Global Forum for Health Research; Mairo Mandara, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital for Women and Children in Abuja, Nigeria; and Allen Herman, dean of the National School of Public Health in the Medical University of South Africa and an expert on AIDS in Africa.

    For information, see the Web at

    IT Zone sponsors Hi-Tech Tuesdays

    The Ann Arbor IT Zone, an organization promoting the growth of the technology industry, will sponsor a series of Hi-Tech Tuesday programs at 5 p.m. Tuesdays April 11–25 at the Launch Pad, 330 E. Liberty.

  • “Beefing Up Your Bandwidth,” April 11. Participants will learn how to build a brand in an online environment, have questions answered by nationally recognized experts and interact with local business leaders.

  • “Attracting the Right Angel,” April 18. Participants will learn how to differentiate angel investors and venture capital firms, develop criteria for selecting the appropriate angel, gather tips on structuring a favorable deal and have questions answered by a local entrepreneur and angel investor.

  • “Mindstretching in the 21st Century Workplace,” April 25. Participants will learn to be more innovative and effective leaders; assess, develop and enhance their management styles; improve their organizational effectiveness; and develop successful and dynamic relationships with their employees.

    Registration, required five days prior to the program date, can be done on the Web at, by calling (734) 623-8286 or by sending e-mail to Registration is free for members, $25 for non-members and $5 for students.

    ‘Future of Research University’ series continues

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies will continue its “The Future of the Research University” lecture series by focusing on the future of publishing in higher education. The lecture “At the Crossroads: Scholarship and Teaching in the Information Age,” also sponsored by the University Library, will be held at 3 p.m. April 17 in Rackham Amphitheater. James Hilton, special assistant to the provost for media rights, will review some of the forces driving information commodification and the implications they have for university policy and academic tradition.

    For more information, contact Lynne Dumas, (734) 647-2644 or

    Dance concerts showcase student choreography

    The Department of Dance will host two dance concerts showcasing student choreography.

  • “Freshly Squeezed,” 8 p.m. April 8, Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg. “Freshly Squeezed” highlights the choreography of six first-year graduate dance students. Works explore such topics as intergenerational relationships; memories and realities of the present; social and gender issues of demeanor and sensuality through movement; innocence, tenderness, love, passion, aggression and consumption; the objectification of the human body; love relationships; and the ornament and female image in Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Tickets are free, but seating is limited.

  • “you see,” 8 p.m. April 13–15, Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg. “you see” showcases the choreography of six graduating BFA/BDA dance students. Dance pieces focus on such topics as travels in West Africa; the search to find one’s identity within the crowd; beauty and the freedom of dance; and revealing the psyche through movement. Tickets, $5, can be purchased at the door one hour before the concert. Seating is limited.

    For more information, call (734) 763-5460. For directions, call (734) 763-5461.

    CMENAS sponsors lectures, films

    The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) is sponsoring two lectures and a film festival.

  • “The Death of Allegory and the Birth of the Novel,” Victoria Holbrook, associate professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures, Ohio State University, 7:30 p.m. today (April 3), Room 1636, Social Work Bldg, co-sponsored by the Turkish Studies Colloquium and Ayse’s Courtyard Cafe.. Holbrook, author of The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance, has translated many books and screenplays from Turkish into English.

  • “A Treasure of Qur’anic Manuscripts from the Great Mosque of Sanaa & Its Conservation,” Ursula Dreibholz, Department of Antiquities, Manuscripts and Museums, Republic of Yemen, 4 p.m. April 11, Room 3050, Frieze Bldg. Dreibholz has been a paper conservator for more than 20 years, recently specializing in early Islamic book bindings and structures. Her presentation, co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, will include slides of manuscripts, architectural drawings, microphotographs, sura dividers and verse stops.

  • “Children of the Middle East: A Film Festival,” 7 p.m. at the Michigan Theatre. The Key, called an Iranian version of Home Alone, will be presented today (April 3). War Generation: Beirut, which looks at the lives of children during the Lebanese Civil War, and Suspended Dreams, which tells the story of the rebuilding of Lebanon through the lives of three individuals, will be shown April 9. On April 10, Children of Fire, examining the lives of Palestinian children during the Intifada and the Israeli soldiers who were sent to patrol Nablus, and Children of Shatila, looking at the lives of children who survived the 1982 massacre at the refugee camp Shatila, will be presented.

    Children of Fire and Children of Shatila are by filmmaker Mai Masri, who will speak April 10 about her experiences in making the films.

    For more information, call (734) 764-0350 or visit the Web at

    UMS welcomes the Watts Prophets

    The University Musical Society (UMS) will sponsor a performance by the Watts Prophets and special guest hip-hop artist Toni Blackman at 8 p.m. April 8 in Michigan Theatre. The program, “Talk Up/Not Down,” provides an opportunity for adult and family audiences to develop a deeper understanding of the African American experience.

    Emerging from the Watts Writers Workshop in response to local despair following the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles, the Watts Prophets began telling stories from the ghetto while laying a lyrical foundation for West Coast rap. The Watts Prophets’ latest recordings combine a mixture of hip-hop, bop and jungle beats with lyrics challenging attitudes on race, class, generational conflict, ecology and personal responsibility.

    For tickets, $26, $24, $18 and $14, call the UMS Box Office, (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or visit the Web at Toni Blackman is presented in conjunction with the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program, Office of the Provost, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

    Springfest 2000 is April 15

    The Department of Athletics’ annual Springfest will be held April 15, starting with a fun run at 9 a.m. The 5k Fun Run/Walk will begin on the Michigan Stadium concourse and continue throughout the athletic campus. Registration, required by April 7, is free. A special race t-shirt will be available for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Jeff Reese Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (734) 615-2025.

    Springfest 2000 also will include a Garage Sale 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena. Socks, jackets, shorts, t-shirts and other Michigan team-issued apparel will be on sale.

    Sign up for Camp Explorations!

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer three new theme camps this summer through Camp Explorations!—“Explore Michigan!” “Travel ‘Round the World!” and “Get Wet!” Sessions in the one-week, half-day camps include a trip to the planetarium, science experiments, creative art projects and field trips to such places as the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

    The Exhibit Museum also is offering an all-day camp for children ages 5–7 in collaboration with KidSport, which is sponsored by the Division of Kinesiology. Children will spend the mornings at KidSport participating in noncompetitive recreational sports and the afternoon at the Exhibit Museum participating in hands-on science experiments, art activities and field trips.

    For more information and to request a Camp Explorations! brochure, call (734) 647-6421. For information on the all-day camp with KidSport, call (734) 647-2708.

    Mott benefit set for April 14

    Ready to do the limbo? In good enough shape to win a contest? Even if you aren’t, grab your Hawaiian outfit and join others who want to help kids at the 2000 Mott Rock ‘n Roll Party, 6–11 p.m. April 14 at the Holiday Inn North Campus.

    Activities include food, door prizes, contests and live music from the 1950s performed by Steve King and the Dittilies, with a special appearance by Joey D and the Dipsticks and Dipchicks. There also will be a silent auction and cash bar.

    Proceeds (tickets are $20 per person) will provide toys, books and games for children who are evaluated by the Child Protection Team for potential placement under protective care, as well as support camps for children with kidney disease and hemophilia and assist the Marshall Becker Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured children.

    For information, call (734) 936-9134 or send e-mail to

    Garfield comes to the Exhibit Museum

    “Garfield: A Cat for All Seasons” will be a featured planetarium show at the Exhibit Museum through June 18. Join Garfield as he learns about the “reasons for the seasons” with a little help from his human friend, Jon.

    The showings, sponsored by the U-M Credit Union, will be held at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The Museum will be closed April 23.

    Planetarium tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children under age 12. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount and Credit Union members will receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Store one hour before each show.

    For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message) or visit the Web at

    Dearborn’s Berkowitz Gallery displays ‘Visions in Glass’

    The U-M-Dearborn Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Mardigian Library, will showcase the works of glass artist Richard Ritter in “Suspended Expressions: Visions in Glass,” as part of the University’s Michigan Glass Month celebration in April. Works on loan from local collectors, pieces from the Dearborn collection and a group of 40 current works from the artist’s own collection are included in the exhibition.

    A Detroit native, Ritter has been practicing his art form of blown glass for more than 30 years. His recent works are primarily sculptural in form and utilize murrini, an Italian technique that creates images from bundles of colored glass rods, as well as the electroforming process.

    A reception and artist’s presentation will be held 5–8 p.m. April 7. For more information, call the Library, (313) 593-5400, or the Art Museum Project, (313) 593-5058.

    Herman to discuss HIV/AIDS, human rights in Africa

    Allen A. Herman, dean of the National School of Public Health, Medical University of South Africa, will deliver the Second Annual Distinguished Lecture on Public Health and Human Rights in Africa: A Time to Respond,” 3–4 p.m. April 6 in the Auditorium, School of Public Health I. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and the School of Public Health.

    Faculty and students in the health sciences interested in the AIDS pandemic as well as the social and economic development of southern Africa are encouraged to attend.

    A reception will follow the lecture in Room 3026, School of Public Health I. For more information, contact Lynda Fuerstnau, (734) 647-6665 or

    Exhibit Museum announces owl program

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History’s will host “All About Owls” 10 a.m.–3 p.m. April 8 as part of “Read! Learn! Connect!” a program organized by the Ann Arbor District Library. The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Main Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., where children and parents can obtain maps and materials about participating organizations.

    Event sites (and activities) include the Ann Arbor Art Center (making a sketchbook), the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (making slime), Community Television Network (be on TV), Nichols Arboretum (examine tree “cookies”), the Museum of Art (Polaroid portrait project) and the Exhibit Museum (investigate what an owl ate for dinner and assemble an owl prey skeleton). A free concert will be offered at 4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Main Library, to participants who visited two or more sites during the day.

    No registration is required for the free program. For more information, call the Main Library, (734) 327-8301.

    Indian Dance Ballet is April 16

    Malini Srirama and the Dances of India Troupe will perform “Vahini,” a classical Indian dance ballet, at 4 p.m. April 16 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. The ballet, sponsored by the Office of Major Events and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is choreographed and written by Srirama in the classical Indian dance styles of Bharatha Natya and Kuchipudi. The music, recorded in India, is in the Karnataka style (south Indian classical).

    Vahini, in Indian myth, refers to a sacred female flowing river. The ballet presents episodes in the lives of women from Indian history. Admission is $5. For tickets, call (734) 763-8587.

    Exhibit Museum co-sponsors art, science program

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History and the Ann Arbor Art Center will co-sponsor the second conversation between artists and scientists, titled “The Nature of Art and Science,” who work on similar subjects, but to very different ends. The program will be held 7–8 p.m. April 27 at the Exhibit Museum. The program will feature short presentations by an artist and a scientist, followed by discussion with the audience. Samples of the artist’s work and materials from the scientist’s field of study will be on display during the program.

    In “Spirals, Stars and Spineless Wonders,” Sadashi Inuzuka, assistant professor of art, will discuss his ceramic sculptures, pieces that suggest such simple organic forms as starfish or mollusks, but which are not based on direct study of the natural world. Peter Kaplan, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geological Sciences and a specialist in invertebrate paleontology, will talk about the form and function of animals without spines.

    Admission is free and open to the public. A hands-on art workshop for children ages 4–10 led by Ann Arbor Art Center instructors will be offered simultaneously with the adult program. Pre-registration, (734) 936-5834, is required, and a fee of $6 per child must be received in advance.

    For more information, call Amy Harris at the Exhibit Museum, (734) 936-5834, or Jason Kalajainen at the Ann Arbor Art Center, (734) 994-8004 x113.

    Travel-themed notecards are for sale

    University Library is offering a set of eight notecards based on architect Leonard Willeke’s worldwide travels in 1908–1910 for $10.60 (tax included), available at various sites around Ann Arbor including the circulation desks at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and the Media Union Library. Proceeds from the notecard sales will benefit the University Library.

    The four designs in the set, depicting scenes from Cornwall, Cairo and Venice, are examples from the Willeke postcard collection housed in the Media Union Rare Book and Special Collections Room.

    Library launches numeric data service

    To aid in teaching and research, the University Library has launched a new numeric data service. The service makes it easier for members of the U-M community to access ICPSR data, identify and locate a dataset, interpret documentation, transfer files, import data into statistical packages, acquire and store datasets for class instruction, and access data from the Roper Center, DRI or other data centers.

    The numeric data service can be used 1–3 p.m. Mon.–Fri. in Room 203J, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library North; via e-mail sent to; or on the Web at

    For more information, send e-mail to JoAnn Dionne, or

    ‘Rome’ on display at Art Museum

    “Rome,” an exhibition featuring a wide range of artistic responses to fabled monuments, piazzas and ruins, will be on display through May 21 at the Works on Paper Gallery, Museum of Art. “Rome” includes Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s large-scale etchings, the French painter Jean-Honore Fragonard’s portrayal of the ruins in the Tivoli and an array of 19th-century photographs documenting the picturesque Roman views that were popular with the period’s tourists and collectors.

    For more information, call (734) 764-0395 or (734) 763-8662 (recorded hotline).

    Allen, Estrada will discuss ‘Hands-On Poetry’

    Kelly Allen, lecturer in English language and literature, and Zilia Estrada, graduate student in the School of Information, will give a presentation, sponsored by Nichols Arboretum, on “Hands-On Poetry” 2–4 p.m. April 9 in the Reader Center, 1610 Washington Heights. Allen, Estrada and participants will explore the Arboretum and use their observations to write poems. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem to share, but no previous experience is expected.

    Allen and Estrada co-taught in the New England Literature Program. Allen’s poetry, which has received several Hopwood Awards.

    Estrada also has a background in theater and has had one children’s play produced.

    For more information, call (734) 998-9541.

    Michigan Radio receives national grant

    Michigan Radio has been selected to participate in a project to inform residents of southern Michigan about access to health care for uninsured children. Michigan Radio will join with the Center for Advancing Community Health in the effort, called “Sound Partners for Community Health,” a project of the Benton Foundation that is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Sound Partners” seeks to increase awareness of specific health issues and encourage citizen involvement in health care decisions.

    Michigan Radio has been awarded a $33,575 grant to provide reports on the state’s implementation of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as MIChild and Healthy Kids in Michigan, and examine factors that keep children from receiving adequate health screening and preventive services. Working with a statewide coalition of community-based health care organizations, Michigan Radio also will provide training on targeting messages about health insurance programs to hard-to-reach populations.

    Naficy will discuss Iranian-American music videos

    Hamid Naficy, professor of film and media studies, Rice University, will discuss “The Politics and Poetics of Ethnic Identity in Iranian-American Music Videos” at 11 a.m. April 10 in Lecture Hall B, School of Management Bldg., U-M-Dearborn, as part of a series on Middle Eastern history and culture.

    Naficy has written several books, and his film and television productions have covered such subjects as teacher training, Iran’s ancient subterranean water transport system, Beethoven’s hearing loss and American political institutions.

    The lecture series is sponsored by a Diversity Challenge Grant from the Office of the Provost and support from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Social Sciences.

    Kelsey Museum family days are April 29, May 13

    The Kelsey Museum will hold two family days 10 a.m.–noon April 29 and May 13. Children ages 5–12 will learn about ancient Egypt through such activities as crown making, a jewelry workshop and hieroglyphic writing. Each child also will make a clay lamp reproduction and a mummy. The galleries will be open so children can view artifacts from Ancient Egypt and other civilizations of the Mediterranean. Docents and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

    Reservations are required, as space is limited. The cost is $10 for one child and $7 for each additional child within the same family. To make reservations, call (734) 647-4167.

    For more information, call 764-0395 or 763-8662 (recorded hotline).