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Math illiteracy does not compute for founder of Algebra Project

His work has shifted from the ballot box to algebra, but civil rights leader Bob Moses still is leading a revolution—a charge to eliminate the math illiteracy impeding the success of Black youth.

On Dec. 18, Moses will share his vision and passion for math literacy at a
12:30 p.m. lecture entitled "Federalism and the Opportunity for All Children to Pursue a Quality Public School Education," in the Rackham Amphitheatre. He will discuss how the United States can shape federalism to ensure the opportunity for every child to pursue a quality public school education.

The most important social problem affecting people of color today is economic access," Moses says, "And this depends crucially on math and science literacy, because the economy is now based on knowledge and technology, not labor."

Venerated for his work on voting rights in the 1960s, Moses continues to fight the legacy of slavery—only now in the classroom. The Algebra Project, which he founded in 1982, reaches about 10,000 students and 300 teachers in 10 states, boosting math performance through a five-step instructional method. Moses works in the trenches each day, flying from Cambridge, Mass., to Jackson, Miss., each week to teach, sometimes instructing the grandchildren of voters he organized decades before.

The event is sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, School of Education and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. A reception will follow.

On Dec. 19, Moses will speak at Winter Commencement exercises and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Exhibit features AIDS art from South Africa
Above: A 2001 photo by Sam Nhlengethwa from Payneville Springs, Gauteng. The rate of HIV/AIDS infections is high among South African miners as a result of a migrant labor system and the prevalence of unsafe prostitution. (Photo by Sam Nhlengethwa)

The Institute for the Humanities ishosting the exhibit "AIDS Art/South Africa: The Visual Expression of a Pandemic" through Dec. 17 at the Rackham Building's Osterman Common Room.

Originally presented at the Iziko Museum in Capetown, the exhibition brings together prominent and emerging South African artists to address the issue of HIV/AIDS in that country. The works represent a new artistic activism, bold and outspoken, yet incorporating a wide range of informed perspectives and innovative media, say exhibit curators.

The exhibit, mounted in conjunction with the institute's conference "Reframing Infectious Disease" is on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room is closed noon-2 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

Red "Rover," come over to the Power Center

The School of Music's Department of Theatre and Drama will present the Restoration comedy "The Rover" by Aphra Behn at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Power Center for the Performing Arts.
Elizabeth Hoyt (Angellica) succumbs to the advances of J. Theo Klose (Willmore) in “The Rover.” A tale of sexual intrigue set in a 17th century Spanish colony during Carnival, “The Rover,” written by Aphra Behn and directed by Malcolm Tulip, is a comic tale of three sisters looking to escape the authority of their father and brother. The play runs Dec. 9-12 in the Power Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Peter Smith Photography)

A tale of sexual intrigue and feminist power, "The Rover" is considered a comedy of intrigue. Malcolm Tulip, assistant professor of theatre and drama, will direct.

"The Rover" is set in a 17th century Spanish colony. Three sisters gather together on the eve of Carnival, one destined for an arranged marriage, another for the nunnery, and all three looking to escape the authority of their father and brother.

Entranced by the charms and good looks of three exiled English cavaliers, the girls don masks and join the men in their licentious festivities. Their adventure takes dangerous turns before culminating in love everlasting and a future of their own choosing.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for reserved seating, $9 for students with ID, and are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office, by phone at (734) 764-2538, or online at

Performance artist explores our prosthetic future

Cutting-edge Australian artist Stelarc will discuss his ongoing investigations into the obsolescence of the human body in a performance entitled "Augmented and Avatar Bodies: Muscle Machine, Prosthetic Head and U+00C2U+00BC Scale Ear" at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Palmer Commons' Forum Hall.
Stelarc (Photo courtesy School of Art & Design)

For more than 30 years, Stelarc has utilized his own body as a means to explore biological limitations and to extend and enhance the body through technology.

"The body has become profoundly obsolete in the intense information environment it has created," Stelarc says. "How can the body function within this landscape of machines? We can't continue designing technology for the body because that technology begins to usurp and outperform the body. Perhaps it's now time to design the body to match its machines."

In creating a human-machine hybrid, Stelarc uses medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, virtual reality systems and the Internet. He performs with a third hand, a virtual arm, a virtual body and a stomach sculpture.

During his performance, Stelarc will discuss his recent projects, including a prosthetic head—an embodied conversational agent which responds to the person who interrogates it; a 1/4th-scale replica of the artist's ear, which was grown with human cells as a step toward constructing an extra ear on his arm; and the partial head, which involves growing facial parts with living cells that will result in a partial portrait of the artist.

The Life Sciences Institute and the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series at the School of Art & Design will sponsor the event.

For more information, call (734) 763-1265 or (734) 615-9390.

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