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13 graduates to receive Gurin award

A newly established award named in honor of Patricia Gurin, a leading social scientist and the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor emerita, will be presented April 22.

Thirteen graduating seniors will receive the first Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations during a 4:30 p.m. ceremony in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League. The award recognizes Gurin's commitment to the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), which was founded in 1998. It will be given annually to students who have demonstrated academic mastery in intergroup relations.

Gurin's work as an expert witness in defense of affirmative action in the landmark Supreme Court cases of summer 2003 exemplifies her lifetime of commitment to intergroup relations through research, scholarship, practice and advocacy, says Monita Thompson, co-director of IGR.

"Dr. Gurin's personal and professional track record of disseminating and applying research on the benefits of structured interaction in intergroup relations by integrating research, teaching, policy and practice provides a scholarly model for the 21st century American university," Thomas says. "Her innovative ideas, respect for academic and student affairs as mutually supportive entities on college campuses, and her mentoring of younger scholars and students set her apart."

The first recipients of the award are Nickole Fox, Eric Hensel, Jenny Hobson, Brian Lobel, Montsine Nshom, Boatemaa Ntiri, Jenna Pollack, Nicholas Sorensen, Nicole Taylor, La Shanda Weldon, Stacey Winning, Rodney Wittbrodt and Nicholas Yoder.

Leafing through 'life changing' pages

President Mary Sue Coleman and Head Football Coach Lloyd Carr are among the panelists who will discuss "The Book that Changed My Life" at 10 a.m. April 24 in Auditorium 3 of the Modern Languages Building.

Other panelists include: fiction writer Charles Baxter, poet Thylias Moss, former Detroit Book Club president Joan Knoertzer, Ann Arbor District Library director Josie Parker, and young adult fiction author Zibby Oneal.

The event is part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival and is sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities. For more information, call
(734) 936-3518.

Women in mathematics subject of Sokol Lecture

Mel Hochster, the Jack E. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, will deliver the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Lecture in the Sciences at 4 p.m. April 22 in the Rackham Building Amphitheatre.

Although Hochster received his $25,000 Sokol Award in 2001, his Sokol Lecture was deferred until the Rackham Building officially re-opened April 1 after more than two years of renovation and restoration.

Hochster will deliver a talk entitled, "Women in Mathematics: We've Come a Long Way—or Have We?" In his talk he will discuss the situation of women mathematicians and other scientists, from a historical perspective and in terms of the problems that exist today.

Margaret Sokol, along with her late husband Herman, who graduated from U-M in 1940 with a master's degree in chemistry, first established an annual fellowship for graduate students in chemistry in 1983.

After Mr. Sokol's death in 1985, Margaret Sokol established additional awards to assist graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty in the sciences for research and teaching.

Revisiting the Class of '58

Columbia University anthropologist Sherry Ortner, renowned for her work on the Sherpas of Nepal, will deliver the Women's Studies Program McGuigan Lecture at 3 p.m. April 23 in Room 2239 of Lane Hall.

Her presentation, "The Making of Second Wave Feminism and the Liberation of the Women of the Class of '58," will focus on women of the class, many of whom have "gotten off the girl track" by leaving or restructuring their marriages, pursuing full-time careers, and becoming "class agents"—moving onto the ladder of mobility through their own occupations.

Ortner's recent book, "New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture, and the Class of '58," chronicles the lives of 300 members of her Newark, N.J. High School graduating class. Her study emphasizes the role class played in the opportunities and aspirations of those men and women, and she demonstrates that the Class of '58's upward mobility must be understood in relation to the major identity movements of the 20th century.

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