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Featured Events

Tamara Williams Memorial Lecture Oct. 13

Deborah Billings, a senior associate in research and evaluation for the international health organization Ipas, will deliver the annual Tamara Williams Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in Auditorium 1324 of East Hall.

Williams was a student and Family Housing resident who was killed by her boyfriend in 1997. The annual lecture is meant to commemorate her life, raise awareness of domestic violence issues, and increase interest among faculty members and students in research and training opportunities in the area of family violence.

Billings, who coordinates action and intervention research on sexual violence, abortion, post-abortion care, and sexual and reproductive rights of young people in Mexico City, will discuss "Gender-based Violence throughout Our World: How Do We Move Toward Peace?"

The Williams lecture is sponsored by University Housing, School of Social Work, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, Interdisciplinary Center, and the Interdisciplinary Research Program of Violence Across the Life Span.

For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

Keeping up with the Jones'

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones will read from his work at 5 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Jones won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his book "The Known World."

His appearance is sponsored by the Department of English and Office of the Provost. For more information, call (734) 615-3710.

School of Information goes to work for students

Students and staff passing Rooms 409 and 411 in West Hall between 1-3 p.m. Oct. 20 will need to exercise caution—it's SI@work day.

The inaugural SI@work program is open to the public and is aimed especially at campus units that need interns skilled in information technology-related fields. The event will showcase the talents of potential interns and students seeking regular post-graduation employment.

More than 70 students will give informal, first-hand accounts of their summer internships and explain how their own skills can benefit campus units. Guests will learn about the skills that students have in librarianship, archiving, human-computer interaction and information economics.

For more information, call (734) 936-8735.

Former United Nations commissioner here Oct. 21

Mary Robinson, former U.N. high commissioner for human rights, first woman president of Ireland, and professor at Columbia University, will present the William W. Bishop Jr. Lecture in International Law at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Law School's Honigman Auditorium.

Robinson's lecture, entitled "Advancing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Timely Debate," will examine the fact that nearly 40 years after the adoption of two international covenants on human rights—one protecting civil and political rights, the other, economic, social and cultural rights—debates continue to rage about the nature of these rights and how they can be implemented most effectively.

Robinson will reflect on her five years at the United Nations in which she led international efforts to give greater attention to the full international human rights agenda, and discuss her current project—Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative—which seeks to form new alliances to address global challenges and governance shortcomings through greater emphasis on human rights, gender sensitivity and enhanced accountability.

The Bishop Lecture was established by family and friends of Bishop ('31) following his death in 1987.

Symposium to honor writer Marge Piercy

U-M will honor contemporary feminist writer and graduate Marge Piercy with a two-day symposium on Jewish women's writing and its relationship to feminism Oct. 21-22.

Piercy, a Detroit native, graduated from U-M in 1957. While a student, she earned Hopwood Awards in both poetry and fiction. Though she has published 16 books of poetry, 16 novels and several books of prose, Piercy is best known for her novels "Woman on the Edge of Time" (1976), "Braided Lives" (1982), "Gone to Soldiers" (1987) and "He, She, and It" (1991).

Piercy will give a reading at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

The Special Collections Library, located on the seventh floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, is exhibiting "Marge Piercy: Writer, Feminist, Activist" featuring Piercy's Hopwood-award-winning manuscripts from her undergraduate years, drafts of her works in various stages of creation, published books, articles, broadsides and evidence of her political activism spanning several decades.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 27.

For detailed information on the symposium, visit or call (734) 764-9377.

Michigan Union caps centennial
The Michigan Union will host a series of public events during its Centennial Celebration Gala Weekend Oct. 29-31.
The Michigan Union will host a Centennial Celebration Gala weekend Oct. 29-31. (Photo by Todd McKinney)

At 6 p.m. Oct. 29, there will be a time capsule unveiling ceremony beginning at the Union's north entrance fountain area. At 6:45 p.m. the north entrance area will host a pep rally that will include the Michigan Fanfare Band, cheerleaders and head football coach Lloyd Carr.

From 7:15-11 p.m., there will be a gala and dinner in the ballroom, featuring a presentation by Bo Schembechler, a performance by the Men's Glee Club and sounds of the big band era by The Couriers.

On Oct. 30, a package of events will be available for purchase and include a football brunch, transportation to the football game versus Michigan State and "The First 100 Years Reception" following the game.

From 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 31, the anniversary weekend will close with guided tours of the Union. Tours will leave the lobby every 30 minutes.

To support the Michigan Union scholarship and building maintenance funds, a silent auction will be held Oct. 26-30 in the Sophia B. Jones Room. The auction will feature Michigan memorabilia, getaways and items from area merchants. Bids can be made 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration is sponsored by the Michigan Union/Centennial Committee. For more information, contact Barbara Niemi at (734) 763-6595 or

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