The University Record, March 20, 2000


Revision proposed to Regents’ Bylaw

The following revision has been proposed to Regents’ Bylaw Section 11.031: The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Executive Committee. Deletions are crossed out; additions are underlined.

“The executive committee shall consist of the dean and six seven faculty members of senate rank to be appointed by the Regents on recommendation by the chancellor and the president. The appointed members shall not be eligible for reappointment until after the lapse of one year. The terms shall be for three years and shall be adjusted that at least two vacancies shall occur each year. The dean shall chair the committee.”

Comments, sent via e-mail to or by fax to (734) 763-8011, must be received by April 3 in the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University.

Symposium to honor DeWoskin, Feuerwerker

The Center for Chinese Studies and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures will hold a free, public symposium, “Literary Icons and Iconic Texts: Chinese Literature and Its Cultural Interventions,” 3–5 p.m. March 24 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. The program recognizes the contributions of Kenneth DeWoskin, professor of Chinese language and literature and of business administration, and Yi-tsi Mei Feuerwerker, professor of Asian languages and cultures, who are retiring from the University this year. Symposium panelists are former students of the professors.

DeWoskin will chair a panel on early Chinese literature at 3 p.m. Anne Behnke Kinney, associate professor of Chinese literature, University of Virginia, will discuss “Super Models: Liu Xiang’s Biographies of Exemplary Women” and Scott Cook, assistant professor of Chinese literature, Grinnell College, will address “The Salt and Iron Debates and the Art of the Dissertation Defense.”

Feuerwerker will head the second panel on modern Chinese literature at 4 p.m. Cathy Silber, assistant professor of Chinese literature, Williams College, will speak on “Borrowing and Returning: Constructions of Authorship in Modern China” and Dian Li, assistant professor of Chinese literature, University of Arizona, will discuss “Readers Wanted: Reflections on the Consumption of Modern Chinese Literature.”

For more information, call (734) 764-8286. A reception will precede the symposium at 2 p.m.

Minority Health Conference is March 24–25

The annual Minority Health Conference, this year titled “Solutions for Diverse Communities: Putting Together the Public Health Puzzle,” will be held March 24–25 at the Michigan League. U-M faculty and national experts in minority health will discuss health disparities, sexually active adolescents, asthma, welfare reform and Census 2000.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders will speak on decreasing health disparities in communities of color at 8:45 p.m. March 25. Walter Williams, associate director of minority health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also will address health disparities at 8 p.m. March 24.

The conference is $15 for U-M students and $50 for the general public. To register, visit the Web at The conference is sponsored by Public Health Students of African Descent, LaSALUD Latino/a Health Association, Association for Arab Health and the Black Medical Association.

Wyclef Jean will perform March 30

Wyclef Jean, former member of the hip-hop group The Fugees, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Hill Auditorium. Jean’s latest release, The Carnival, uses an innovative hip-hop style to bring the plight of American ghetto youth to a worldwide audience.

Tickets are $20 for U-M students and $24 for non-students plus a service charge when applicable. All profits from the concert will be donated to Camp Heartland, a national non-profit organization that enhances, through support and advocacy programs, recreational activities and community AIDS-awareness efforts, the lives of children infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS. Tickets are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and by phone, 763-8587 or (248) 645-6666.

Circa 1908 doctor’s office on display March 27

An installation of a turn-of-the-century doctor’s office (circa 1908) will be on display beginning March 27 in the Taubman Health Care Center lobby, as part of the Medical School’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The artifacts on display are from the collections of the Historical Center for the Health Sciences (HCHS) and many were owned by Medical School alumni.

The installation was developed by Christopher Meehan, curator, HCHS, and is sponsored by the Medical School’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee.

Career development funds available

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is soliciting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Support of up to $70,000 for the first year (12 months) and up to $58,000 for the second year (10 months) is available for projects attempting to understand the mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or to find a cure for prostate cancer.

The SPORE grant is particularly seeking translational research. This award is tailored to the assistant professor level. Applicants may be new to prostate cancer research. The application deadline is May 1. For more information, contact Julie DeFilippo, 763-3455 or

Mark your calendars for Move-In

The Housing Information Office and the Office of New Student Programs recently announced fall student Move-In dates: Aug. 30–Sept. 1. Move-in will begin on Wednesday instead of Tuesday as in previous years. University Housing will convene its Move-In Task Force and Move-In Planning Group, which will implement the annual staggered program for early arrival, first-year and returning students.

The 300 Students and a Cart committee, formerly the Welcoming Committee, will provide assistance during Move-In. For more information regarding the summer orientation, fall orientation or Welcome to Michigan, contact Ann Hower,, or Christian Garcia, or 764-6413. Questions regarding the 300 Students and a Cart committee should be directed to Jackie Mims-Hickmon, or 763-1452. For more information about fall move-in, contact Alan Levy,, or Dana Fair,, 763-4104.

Border’s Days benefit Exhibit Museum

Community members are invited to help raise funds for the Exhibit Museum of Natural History by shopping at the downtown Ann Arbor Border’s Books, 612 E. Liberty, March 24–26. If shoppers mention the Exhibit Museum at the time of purchase, Border’s will donate 15 percent of the sale to the Museum.

The Exhibit Museum serves nearly 30,000 school children with guided tours and outreach programs each year, and offers a wide variety of programs for children, families and adults. The Museum raises half of its annual budget through program fees, Museum Store revenues and fundraising activities. For more information, call Amy Harris, (734) 936-5834.

Spring to Life Benefit is April 2

The Cancer Center and Ford Motor Co. will host the 10th annual Spring to Life brunch and art auction at noon April 2 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg, Washtenaw Community College. Proceeds will benefit cancer research and patient care programs at the Cancer Center.

Brunch will be prepared by The Common Grill, Food for All Seasons, The Moveable Feast and Cousins Heritage Inn. Preview showings of the art to be auctioned will be given throughout March at the Selo/Shevel, DeBoer and Chris Triola galleries in downtown Ann Arbor and at Jacobson’s in the Briarwood Mall.

Tickets for the event range from $90 per person ($65 tax-deductible gift) for Donors and $150 per person ($125 tax-deductible gift) for Sponsors to $250 per person ($225 tax-deductible gift) for Benefactors.

To make reservations, call (734) 615-0665 or visit the Web at

ITCom fair is April 12

Learn about making telephone calls over the Internet, see a demonstration of wireless technology and find out about some of the exciting new telephone, video and data products available to the U-M community at the ITCom Technology Fair, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. April 12 at the Alumni Center.

In addition to displays and the demonstrations, the fair will include a billing consultation area, demonstration of UMTV, a model of a standard wiring closet, feature presentations, prizes and give-aways.

The fair is sponsored by Information Technology Communication Services (ITCom), a unit of the Information Technology Division. For information, visit the Web at

Play IM table tennis

The entry deadline for the singles and doubles Table Tennis Tournament, sponsored by the Intramural (IM) Sports Program, is 4:30 p.m. March 23 at the IM Sports Bldg. The fee is $5 for singles and $9 for doubles. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. March 25. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

Astala will deliver Gehring Lecture

Kari Astala will deliver the Gehring Chair Inaugural Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, at 4:10 p.m. March 22 in Room 1324, East Hall. The lecture, “The Diversity of Quasiconformal Phenomena,” will celebrate the establishment of the Gehring Professorship, which Astala is the first to hold.

The recently established professorship honors the contributions of Frederick Gehring, the T.H. Hildebrandt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, and his wife Lois. At this time, the Gehring chair is used primarily as a visiting professorship, bringing distinguished mathematicians to the department and stimulating research activities.

Chinese opera lecture/demonstration is March 23

The Museum of Art, University Musical Society and Center for Chinese Studies will present a free lecture/demonstration on the jingju style of Chinese opera with jingju master Zhou Long of the Beijing Opera Academy at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Museum. In contrast to the sonorous singing style and restrained movements of Noh theatre, jingju is more flamboyant, characterized by stylized movements, acrobatic technique and elaborate costumes.

Zhou Long has been guest lead actor with different jingju companies in China and performed throughout Asia and England. He also has published essays and articles on different aspects of performance technique and contemporary creativity in jingju.

Individuals are encouraged to take the 6:30 p.m. docent tour of “The Orchid Pavilion Gathering” before the program. For more information, call (734) 764-0395.

Property Disposition closed March 23

Property Disposition will be closed March 23 for its annual inventory. The office will re-open at 7:30 a.m. March 24. For more information, call (734) 764-2470.

Theatre Department presents S’lichot (Forgiveness)

A desperately ill mother is lying in a hospital bed, the diagnosis cancer. Family members arrive and while they wait to hear what the doctor knows, they struggle to come to terms with their own grief, anger, confusion, denial and pain.

This is the disquieting subject matter of S’lichot, a new play by Kim Yaged, which will premier at Trueblood Theatre in the Frieze Bldg. March 23–April 2.

The U-M production of S’lichot (the Hebrew word for “forgiveness”) is the first time in at least 15 years that the Department of Theatre and Drama has staged a fully mounted production of a new work by a graduate playwright.

The term “S’lichot” refers to a series of penitential prayers found in the traditional Jewish liturgy for the period preceding the Rosh Hashanah services, uttered by believers seeking forgiveness and mercy from God for sins committed.

Yaged is a two-time Hopwood Award-winner whose short stories and poems have been included in anthologies published by Ballantine Books, Cleis Press and Arsenal Pulp Press. She was a finalist at the National Playwriting Contest at Wichita State University in 1999, where S’lichot was considered for top honors.

S’lichot will be presented at 8 p.m. March 23–25, March 30–31 and April 1 and at 2 p.m. March 26 and April 2. Tickets, $14 general admission, $7 students, are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office, open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., and one hour before performances at the Trueblood Box Office. For information, call (734) 764-0450.

Donate blood March 23–24, 27–28

The Greek Week 2000 Committee and the American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive 1–7 p.m. March 23–24 and March 27–28 in the Michigan Union. Red Cross officials and volunteers will be stationed in the following rooms:

  • March 23, Pendleton Room

  • March 24, Anderson Room

  • March 27–28, Ballroom

    For more information, send e-mail to

    Rock with the rocks

    The Exhibit Museum Rocks! Geology Discovery Day will be held noon–4 p.m. March 26 at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Most activities during the family-oriented program will be presented on an ongoing, drop-in basis, and most are appropriate for children ages 3–12 with adult companions.

    Ongoing hands-on activities include identifying mystery rocks, excavating to find a fossil, exploring earthquakes, watching videos on volcanoes, and making a “Rock Cycle Wheel” and “Puzzle over Continental Plates.”

    Scheduled activities are “Ann Arbor Geology,” with Museum Director Bill Farrand at 2 p.m. and “Rockin’ Stories and Fables” at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    Geology Discovery Day is offered as part of a family reading/informal science collaboration between the Museum and the Ann Arbor District Library, made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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

    Conference explores digital libraries

    Thanks to digital technology, the ways in which libraries and scholarly publishers conduct business have changed dramatically. Some of the effects of the information age will be explored March 23–24 in a conference on “The Economics and Use of Digital Library Collections,” sponsored by the Program for Research on the Information Economy and the University Library and its Digital Library Program.

    Open to the public, the program is designed primarily for research scholars, librarians and publishers who have an interest in the challenging opportunities of digital publication, distribution and collection management related to scholarly materials.

    Conference presenters include speakers from universities throughout the United States and Europe and representatives of private businesses and non-profit organizations.

    Public participation in the program is limited. For information, call (734) 647-8031 or visit the Web at

    Workshop focuses on resources for medieval and renaissance studies

    “Resources for Medieval and Renaissance Studies” will be presented 3–5 p.m. March 27 in the Faculty Exploratory at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

    The session will introduce scholars to the growing number of electronic resources that support research in these fields, including periodical indexes, full text materials, online journals and free Web sites. Related titles that might also be covered include the Middle English Compendium and Early English Books Online.

    Learn to ‘Navigate the Maize’

    The Center for the Education of Women will offer a free career enhancement workshop, “Navigating the ‘Maize’: Moving Ahead at U-M,” noon–1:30 p.m. March 28 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. Panelists who have served in a variety of University positions will share their personal career stories, explain what most managers look for in potential employees and give suggestions concerning the essential skills and competencies needed.

    For more information, call the Center, (734) 998-7080.

    Art symposium is March 25–26

    “A Symposium on Southeast Asian Art: Crossroads and Commodification,” will be held March 25–26. The symposium will bring together more than 20 scholars of Southeast Asian art and culture from around the world to present their ideas and engage in conversations among themselves and other participants about issues of “cultural tourism” affecting that area of the world. The symposium also will celebrate the gift of a collection of art and archival material from the Southeast Asian Art Foundation, donated by John Thierry, and demonstrate the ways in which scholars will be able to access the material.

    Sponsored by the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, the symposium will take place 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. March 25 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. March 26 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union.

    To register, contact Bonnie Brereton, (734) 764-0352 or For information on the symposium, visit the Web at

    Structural glass is focus of MacFarlane talk

    Tim MacFarlane, structural engineer at Dewhurst, MacFarlane & Partners, London/New York City, will discuss the use of glass in building design at 6 p.m. March 24 in the Lecture Hall, Art and Architecture Bldg.

    MacFarlane works in North America, Europe and Japan and designed the glass canopies at the Tokyo Forum with architect Rafael Vinoly. MacFarlane, whose work was published in the January issue of Metropolis, is currently working with Vinoly on the design of the new concert hall in Philadelphia, as well as convention centers in Pittsburgh and Boston.

    MacFarlane’s free, public talk is sponsored by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. For information, call (734) 764-1300 or visit the Web at

    U featured on Science Coalition Web site

    The U-M is featured on the Science Coalition’s Web site,, beginning today (March 20) for one month, marking it as an institution where many important scientific discoveries and medical treatments have originated.

    The Science Coalition is an alliance of 416 organizations, institutions and individuals, including Nobel Laureates, businesses, non-profit health organizations, medical groups, health care providers, scientific societies, and public and private universities. The Coalition aims to sustain the federal government’s commitment to university-based science research and to make the public aware of the importance of this research partnership.

    Novelist Cliff to read from work

    Jamaican-born novelist Michelle Cliff will read from her recent work at 5 p.m. March 22 in Rackham Amphitheater in a presentation sponsored in part by the Institute for the Humanities.

    In her first two novels, Abeng (1983) and No Telephone to Heaven (1989), Cliff drew on elements of her own experience as a young girl growing up in Jamaica. But she drew equally on the exhumed and reimagined pasts of her various forebears, Carib and Arawak Indians, African slaves and British plantation owners.

    As she explores issue of race, hybridity, class and gender in the islands marketed as tourist paradises, but whose soil is soaked in blood, Cliff asks not only, “Who am I?” but also “Who are we?”

    On March 23, she will join a symposium at noon in Rackham Assembly Hall focusing on how the past shapes and haunts the present. Other discussants will be Lemuel Johnson (English), Ifeoma Nwankwo (English and Afroamerican and African studies), Marianetta Porter (art and design) and Jocelyn Stitt (English and women’s studies).

    The free, public events also are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professors Program, Graduate School Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Centers for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and for Afroamerican and African Studies; and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

    For more information, call (734) 936-3518 or visit the Web at

    Broadside Press reading rescheduled

    The 35th Annual Broadside Press Poetry Reading has been rescheduled for 1–3 p.m. March 30 in Room 411, West Hall, due to inclement weather on the original February event date. All poets on the original program, including Melba Joyce Boyd, Bill Harris and Gloria House, will be reading at the March 30 event. Ed Weber, recently retired Special Collections librarian, will have original broadsides from the press on display, as well as works by Gwendolyn Brooks and Dudley Randall.

    Books and recent broadsides will be available for purchase at the reading. For more information, visit the Web at

    Huth to discuss European security, NATO

    Paul Huth, associate professor of political science and senior associate research scientist, Center for Political Studies, will discuss “European Security and NATO: The Debate Over Changes in the Alliance” 4–5:30 p.m. March 21 in the Eldersveld Room, Haven Hall.

    Free pizza will be provided for the free, public brown-bag discussion sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho, the international relations honor society.