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Archived announcements for February, 2006

Recent Activities of the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP)
The recent activities of the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) can be found in their Letter to the Community, April 28, 2005. To read the letter, visit http://www.amherst.edu/~cap/letter.html.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~cap/letter.html

Amherst College Students and Faculty Travel to New Orleans to Clean Up
Seven Amherst College students and two professors joined a clean-up trip to New Orleans earlier this month, working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Pat O’Hara, the Thalheimer Professor of Chemistry at Amherst, who was one of the organizers of the trip, says they worked for five days in the devastated city. The Amherst College students were Sara Barmettler ’08, Chanel Clarke ’09, Cameron Lang ’08, Aeri Park ’09, Meg Ray ’08, Carolyn Shea ’08 and Lucy Sheehan ’08.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01ohara.html

Amherst College Asian Language Professor Wako Tawa Receives Grant
Wako Tawa, the William R. Kenan Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, has received a grant of ¥ 3,384,795 (~$30,000) from the Shoyu Club in Tokyo to disseminate to high school teachers her “meta-linguistic approach” for teaching Japanese and “step method” for learning the language. The Shoyu Club, founded in 1928 to promote Japanese culture through the use of the language overseas, considers Tawa’s unique approach, which she originated at Amherst College, a significant improvement in the task—often considered impossibly difficult for Americans—of acquiring the Japanese language.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01tawa.html

Fall 2005 Faculty Research Award Program Awards
Thirteen faculty members received funding awards in December 2005 through the college’s Faculty Research Award Program (FRAP), which supports the research activities of regular full- and part-time, tenured and tenure-track Amherst College faculty members. Since 2000, FRAP has been endowed by the H. Axel Schupf ’57 Fund for Intellectual Life. Visit http://www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding /frapawardfall05.html to read about these FRAP-supported projects.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/frapawardfall05.html

Theologian Michael J. Buckley, S.J. To Speak on Atheism on Feb. 2
Michael J. Buckley, S.J., University Professor of Theology at Boston College, will speak on “The Dialectical Progress of Modern Atheism” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Newman Club at Amherst College and the Willis D. Wood Fund, Buckley’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01buckley.html

Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans, Editor of New Edition of Writings of Rubén Darío, Receives Nicaraguan Award
Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, recently received the prestigious Rubén Darío Medal in Nicaragua and was named Distinguished Guest of Managua. Stavans was in Managua for the release of a new anthology, Rubén Darío: Selected Writings (Penguin, New York, 2005, paper, 496 pp.), a bilingual edition which he edited and introduced, with translations by Andrew Hurley, Greg Simon and Steven F. White.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01stavans.html

Grants Available from the Alpha Delta Phi and David P. Patchel Memorial Funds; Deadline Feb. 1
Support for senior projects is available in the form of grants from the Alpha Delta Phi Fund and the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics and other comparable independent projects. Monies from the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund can be used for senior projects having to do with the moving image specifically, whether essays, theses or production projects. Additional information and application procedures for these funds may be found on the Dean of the Faculty's Website at www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/studen tresearch.html. The deadline for submitting applications this semester is February 1, 2006.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/studentresearch/html

Admission Office Fellowship -- Deadline Feb. 1
The Admission Office Fellowship provides a recent graduate the opportunity to be an integral part of the Admission Office professional staff. The fellow serves as one of 10 members of the Admission Committee, makes public presentations on campus, travels to high schools and college fairs across the country, evaluates applications and contributes to admission decisions. Applications for the position will be available in mid- January, and we encourage all interested seniors to apply. Interviews will be conducted in February, and final decisions are expected to be made prior to Spring Break. If you would like to hear more about the fellowship, please call the current fellows, Julian Michael '04 and John Quigley '04, at ext. 2328.

Feb. 21 -- Effectively Engaging In Your Community
A Five College Workshop on community involvement will be held in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Please register with Karen Lee-Roberts, X5140.

Feb. 8 -- World Culture and the Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology
Daniel Kleinman will give a talk titled "On the Path to Standardization? World Culture and the Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology" on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room. Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Kleinman is author of "Politics on the Endless Frontier: Postwar Research Policy in the United States" (Duke, 1995), "Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce" (Wisconsin, 2003), and "From Biotechnology to the Internet: Science and Technology in Society: Contemporary Controversies" (Blackwell, forthcoming). This lecture sponsored by the Office of the President.

Bernstein and Wilbur’s Candide at Amherst College Feb. 2, 3 and 4
The Amherst College Department of Music will present a fully staged 50th anniversary production of the 1956 Broadway hit Candide, with songs by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Amherst College alumnus and former U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur ’42 at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, and Friday, Feb. 3, and at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. General admission is $5, but the show is free to Amherst College students. Reservations are recommended; e-mail candide@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01candide.html

Dance Auditions for Awakening February 3 and 4
Choreographed by Taela Brooks ’06, "Awakening" is a series of dance pieces of different styles from hip-hop to contemporary techniques. The overarching theme of the performance will revolve around interpersonal relationships and the complexities of love. Auditions will be held February 3 and 4 on the Amherst College campus. Hip-hop auditions will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Fitness Center Aerobics Room; contemporary dance auditions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in Studio 1, Webster Hall. Performance dates are April 13-15.

Dance Auditions for Soul Restriction Feb. 3 and 4
Nick Brentley '06 will be choreographing and performing original works in a dual thesis concert with fellow Theater/Dance major Taela Brooks '06. Such works will range from athletic hip-hop to contemporary floorwork to explosive Afro-fusion. Included will be a duet between the two dancers choreographed by Smith College artist- in-residence Mark Allan Davis. Led by an intense, dynamic drive, this will truly be an energetic concert with a heavy emphasis on the juxtaposition of music and movement. Dancers should be ready to move. Pop-n- lock experience is a plus but not necessary. Auditions will be held on February 3 and 4 on the Amherst College campus. Hip-hop auditions will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Fitness Center Aerobics Room, and the contemporary dance auditions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in Studio 1, Webster Hall. Performance dates are April 13-15.

Lori Pompa, Founder of Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, To Speak Feb. 6
On Feb. 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Octagon, Lori Pompa will speak on "Exploring Issues of Crime and Justice from Inside the Walls." Pompa will talk about her ten year experience at Temple University of bringing college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in seminars behind prison walls. Pompa's courses have allowed students to rethink what they have learned in the classroom and gain insights that will help them to better pursue the work of creating a more effective and humane criminal justice system. This lecture is the first in a series, "Regulating Citizens: Prisons and the Future of Democratic Societies," in conjunction with Political Science 56 and funded by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.
For more information: For more information about the lectureship series and the course please see the PS56 Blackboard site at blackboard.amhers

Feb. 6 -- Political Science and European Studies Lecture
Nicolas de Boisgrollier, of the Brookings Institution, Center on the U.S. and Europe, will give a lecture titled "Does Europe Have Anything To Offer The World" on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.

Writer Alexander Chee To Read on Feb. 6
Novelist Alexander Chee will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in Fayerweather 113 at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02Chee.html

Brookings Fellow Nicolas de Boisgrollier To Speak on Europe Feb. 6
Nicolas de Boisgrollier, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution Center on the U.S. and Europe, will give a lecture titled “Does Europe Have Anything To Offer The World?” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, de Boisgrollier’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02boisgrollier.html

An Invitation To Dinner Before This Friday's Multifaith Service
Members of the Amherst College community are invited to a dinner before the Martin Luther King Multifaith Service this Friday, Feb. 10. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Octagon, and the service (featuring The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury) will be held in Johnson Chapel beginning at 7 p.m. No RSVP is necessary for the dinner. All are encouraged to attend!

Prison Activist Lori Pompa To Speak Feb. 6
Temple University criminal justice instructor Lori Pompa will speak on “Exploring Issues of Crime and Justice from Inside the Walls” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon. The first in a series of lectures on “Regulating Citizens: Prisons and the Future of Democratic Societies” sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, Pompa’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02pompa.html

Russian Table Begins Feb. 3
The Russian Table (Valentine Terrace, Room B) begins Friday, February 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the semester.

SHAC Members Needed for Room Draw
The Student Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC) is accepting applications for two new members to assist with Room Draw coordination for this and next year's housing selection process. These paid, two-year positions are open only to members of the Classes of ’07 and ’08. Please note that you must have directly participated in at least one Room Draw in order to be eligible. If you are interested in applying to become a SHAC member, please pick up an application in the Residential Life Office (Converse 106). The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 8.

2006-07 Resident Counselor Positions Available
Applications for the 2006-07 Resident Counselor positions are now available in the Residential Life Office, Converse 106, and online at http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/. Current first-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2006, with interviews on February 10, 11 and 12.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/

Summer Fellowships to Study Chinese in China: Applications Due Feb. 15
The Chinese Language Program of the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations invites applications for summer fellowships to study Chinese in China beginning this year, thanks to the generous support of Paul and Debbie Ouyang '78. Grants will be applied to language study at one of an approved list of programs in the PRC or Taiwan and are intended to cover tuition, travel and room/board. Interested students should send a cover letter, a short essay explaining why he/she wishes to study Chinese in the summer and a current transcript to the department by Feb. 15. Upon review of the material and interviews with the candidates, the faculty of the program will award the grant to two qualified students. Call 413/542-5841 for further info.

Professor Guttmann Interviewed
Lengthy interviews with Professor Allen Guttmann (English and American Studies), on a wide range of sports-historical topics, have been published in current issues of HET SPORTA (Brussels) and DIE TIJD (Leuven). In none of the four photographs that accompany the interviews can Professor Guttmann's expression be fairly described as affable.

Breakthrough Collaborative Information Session on Feb. 8: Teach This Summer!
Interested in inspiring students in your own classroom this summer? Come learn about one of Princeton Review's Top 10 Internships in the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Chapin 101. Grasp the chance to teach and inspire low-income students at one of 25 sites around the country and in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.breakthroughcollaborative.org or contact Julie Kim at jhkim08@amherst.edu
For more information: www.breakthroughcollaborative.org

Finding a Not-for-Profit Internship Feb. 17
"Finding a Not-for-Profit Internship" will be discussed on Friday, Feb.17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Career Center, College Hall. Co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Community Outreach Office.

Feb. 7 -- Community Outreach Program Spring Community Involvement Fair
The Community Outreach Office invites you to attend the Fall Community Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room. Come learn how YOU can get involved! Organizations need volunteers, interns and activists to work on issues such as tutoring/teaching, law, environment, health, anti-racism, hunger/homelessness, economic development and much more. Make a difference! All students, faculty and staff are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

Bluestockings Auditions on Feb. 7
Auditions for the Bluestockings, one of the college's all-female a capella groups, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? Contact Rachael at rgross08@amherst.edu or Deborah at daraji@amherst.edu. Sorry guys, ladies only!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~bluesox

Rural Sociologist Daniel Kleinman To Speak Feb. 8
Daniel Kleinman, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will deliver a lecture titled “On the Path to Standardization? World Culture and the Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Kleinman’s lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01kleinman.html

Teach For America Panel on Feb. 8
By the time they are nine years old, children in low-income schools are already three grade levels behind their high-income peers. Come enjoy free Antonio's Pizza and learn how Natalie Young '05 and Julian Gibson '05 are changing that statistic as Teach For America corps members, and how you can join the movement to end educational inequity. Also on the panel, Sara Bass '06 will discuss what led her to join Teach For America's 2007 corps. The panel will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center.
For more information: www.teachforamerica.org

German Film Series Presents Annaluise & Anton on Feb. 9
On Feb. 9 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, the German Film Series presents the movie Annaluise & Anton (Caroline Link, 1999, 105 mins.) In contemporary Munich, two kids prove that their friendship can overcome societal prejudice and economic hardship in this charming comedy based an Erich Kästner’s famous children’s novel, Pünktchen und Anton. From the Academy Award-winning director of Nowhere in Africa (2001).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Neuroscience Seminar Feb. 9
Dr. Michael Rosenbaum '78, of General Clinical Research Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, will present "Body Weight Regulation - Why Is it so Hard To Keep Weight Off?" on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Merrill 4, at 4:30 p.m. There will be refreshments served at 4:15 p.m.

Grace and Culture Discussion on Feb. 9
On Thursdays this semester, the Amherst Christian Fellowship will hold discussions on the interaction of grace and culture. On February 9, we will meet in Chapin Lounge.

Raise Money for Hungry Children--Particpate in the 30-Hour Famine. Info Session Feb. 9
The 30-Hour Famine is a yearly fundraising event for World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to feeding hungry children in the Third World. In previous years, Amherst has raised more than $1,000 through this event. There will be a information session Thursday, Feb. 9, in Chapin 101 at 6 p.m. Contact: Aeri Park (apark09@amherst.edu) or Joseph Nwadiuko (jnwadiuko08@amherst.edu)for more information. Sponsored by the Amherst Christian Fellowship.

Amherst College Board Votes Against Investments in Sudan
The Amherst College Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January to divest any direct investments, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multinational companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02AmherstTrusteesSudan.html

Amherst College Fellowships -- Deadline Feb. 10
Seniors and recent graduates who wish to apply for an Amherst College Fellowship for graduate study in 2006-07 may pick up an application in the Office of Fellowships (213 Converse Hall). The fellowship opportunities are described in the Catalog starting on page 355. The deadline for application is February 10. Prior acceptance to graduate school is not necessary for application. Fellows are selected on the basis of merit and financial need, except in the case of the Kellogg Fellowship, which is based solely on merit. One application is used for all of the different Amherst College Fellowships. For further information, please contact Denise Gagnon in the Office of Fellowships,dmgagnon@amherst.edu, 413-542-2536.

Calvin O. Butts To Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King on Feb. 10
The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, will lead the annual interfaith service in celebration of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Johnson Chapel. The service will include music performed by Amherst College students, readings from King’s writings and an address by Butts, known as a stirring speaker. The Amherst College community is invited to a dinner before the service at 5:30 p.m. in the Octagon, and the public is invited to arrive early to listen to recorded speeches of King at 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01mlk%20internal.html

Ambassadors of Light Jazz Trio to Perform Feb. 10
Join the Ambassadors of Light Jazz Trio for an evening of jazz! The trio will perform a free concert in Buckley Recital Hall on Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. The Ambassadors of Light features pianist Eugene Uman, bassist Jamie MacDonald, and drummer Claire Arenius. Saxophonist Bruce Diehl, jazz director at Amherst College, will be featured as a special guest musician. For information, contact Bruce Diehl at 413/542-8308.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

The Lightning Before The Rain (adapted by Tim Hahn '06) Performed Feb. 9-11
The Lightning Before The Rain, an adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992," directed by Timothy Hahn '05, will be performed February 9-11 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. Twilight is a play about the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Similar to "The Laramie Project," it is a mosaic of people, stories and images created from the interviews of real- life people—blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos—following the tragically violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. Performed by a small ensemble of talented and diverse actors, this adaptation of the critically acclaimed one-woman show by Anna Deavere Smith seeks to expose viewpoints rarely heard and to highlight the shortcomings of understanding race as a solely black and white issue. Powerful words and characters tell the provocative story of a city in limbo, struggling to emerge from the darkness. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. For tickets, call the box office at 413/542-2277

Junko Watanabe and Chonghyo Shin to Perform Feb. 11
Soprano Junko Watanabe and pianist Chonghyo Shin, faculty members in the Amherst College Department of Music, will perform a free recital in Buckley Recital Hall on Saturday, February 11. Guest musicians Alex Ogle (flute) and Judith Serkin (cello) will join them for an evening of music by Handel, Mozart, Debussy and others. This free recital begins at 8 p.m.

Novelist David Anthony Durham To Read Feb. 13
Novelist David Anthony Durham will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02Durham.html

CIGNA Actuarial Executive Development Info Session Feb. 13
Join representatives from CIGNA as they discuss job and internship opportunities with the company on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Discussion of The Book of Tea Feb. 13
A round table discussion of “Okakura Kakuzō, The Book of Tea, and the Creation of a Japanese Art History,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in Fayerweather 113. The discussants will be Christopher Benfey, Mellon Professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College; Peter Grilli, the director of the Japan Society in Boston; and Anne Nishimura Morse, the curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the John Whitney Hall Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02tea.html

The Art of Interviewing - Monday, Feb. 13
Join Dean Rosalind Hoffa for this workshop on successful interviewing techniques on Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Career Center.

School Reform int he U.S.: A Conversation on Feb. 16
On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon, Professors William Howell (political science, Harvard University), Barry O’Connell (English, Amherst College) and Steven Rivkin (economics, Amherst College) will present “School Reform in the U.S.: A Conversation.” This is a public event to kick off a four-part, non-credit seminar on school reform held on Friday afternoons (March 10, March 31, April 14 and April 28). Though this event is open to the public, space in the four seminars is limited to 20 students and is open to all Five College students. To reserve a space, please e-mail English@amherst.edu

Amherst Geology Professor Hagadorn Receives Petroleum Research Fund Grant
Whitey Hagadorn, assistant professor of geology at Amherst College, has received a grant of $35,000 to support a pilot study of how microbial biofilms and burrowing organisms affect the fabric of sands. This research, which will focus on sands deposited in 500-million-year-old tidal flats of Ontario, Missouri and Wisconsin, has the potential to impact our understanding of how organisms control the architecture of prevegetated shoreline environments, and if/how they affect the ability of sandstones to house or transport fluids.

Get Excited for Recycle Mania!
We need your help! Beginning on January 29, Amherst College will compete with colleges around the nation to see who can recycle the most material per person (including paper, cardboard, bottles and cans). The contest will last for ten weeks, after which time the figures will be posted online. In 2005, Amherst College recycled more than 196 tons of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. Recycling those materials saved the college almost $20,000 compared to the cost we would have paid to landfill those items. Last year, our paper recycling efforts saved the equivalent of almost 1,850 trees. This year we want to do even more--help Amherst College recycle!
For more information: www.recyclemaniacs.org

Renovation to Charles Pratt (Formerly Pratt Museum & Geology Building)
The renovation and conversion of the former Pratt Museum and Geology Building to a dormitory will begin on February 13, 2006. The project will take approximately 18 months to complete. For details about this project and how it will affect campus pedestrian and vehicular traffic, please see the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/photos/charles%20pratt%20construction%20information.pdf

Enjoy an Evening of South Indian Karnatic Music with Kirtana on Feb. 18
The trio Kirtana will present an evening of Karnatic music (classical music of South India) on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Featuring Gordon Korstange on the bamboo flute, David Reck on the seven-stringed veena and David Nelson on the mrdangam drum, Kirtana formed in 1986. They have played at colleges and universities in New England as well as at concerts and festivals in India. This concert is free and open to the public.

2005-06 Croxton Lecture/Culture and Politics Series on Feb. 20
On February 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115,) Despina Kakoudaki will present the second of this year's Croxton Lectures, "Becoming Human: Robots, Identitiy and Civil Rights." Despina Kakoudaki teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture and the history of technology and new media. Her forthcoming book, “The Human Machine: A Cultural History of Artificial People,” traces the history and cultural function of constructed people and animated objects (from painting or statues that come to life to automata, robots, androids and cyborgs) from the 1800s to the present. This lecture is sponsored by the President’s Office and the working group on Culture and Politics.

19th-Century English Novel Prize Submissions Due Feb. 15
The English Department reminds students that submissions for the annual prize competition for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel are due February 15. The competition is open to all students.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~english/prizes/prizes.htm

Green Corps Environmental Leadership Training Program Info Session Wed. Feb. 15
Find out about Green Corps’ one-year, full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program at an informational session on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.
For more information: www.greencorps.org/training.asp?id2=19458

Patricia Williams Will Deliver McCloy Lecture at Amherst College Feb. 16
Patricia Williams, the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations at Amherst College and a professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, will give a talk titled “Gender, Genes and Genesis” on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The talk will be free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01williams.html

Physics Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 16
On Thursday, Feb. 16, Carleton College Professor Melissa Eblen-Zayasl will deliver a physics seminar titled "Electrical Modulation of Colossal Magnetoresistance Materials." Eblen-Zayasl will discuss her exploration of the transport and magnetization responses of ultrathin La0.8Ca0.2MnO3 films to applied electric and magnetic fields, and present an interpretation of gate effect, magnetoresistance and magnetization measurements in the context of phase boundary motion in a mixed phase scenario. The seminar will take place in Merrill 3 at 4:30 p.m., with tea beforehand at 4:15 in Merrill 204.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colschedule.html

Writer Thomas O’Malley To Read on Feb. 16
Memoirist and fiction writer Thomas O’Malley will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Fayerweather 117 at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02omalley.html

Relay for Life Kickoff Bash on Feb. 16
Relay for Life is a fun-filled, 18-hour community gathering and fundraising event that celebrates cancer survivorship and honors cancer victims. If you're interested in the cause in any way, shape or form, make sure to join us for our Relay for Life kickoff bash on Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. For more information, contact Amy Miller at relayforlife@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~relayforlife

Women's Healthcare Here & Abroad: Int'l Women's Health Panel Feb. 16
A panel discussion on "Women's Healthcare: Here and Abroad" will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in Porter Lounge. Hear from midwives and public health professionals who have worked in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Bring your questions about clinical training and other opportunities to serve in women's health. Refreshments will be served.

Steps to Study Abroad for Sophomores Feb. 16
Come to this meeting to find out everything you need to know about the study abroad process. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

French and Spanish Open House at Newport Feb. 16
On Thursday, February 16, from 9 to 11 p.m., join us for a joint open house to learn more about what living at Newport is like! Speak French and Spanish with our live-in TAs, eat, drink and listen to a fabulous mix of European pop music. For anyone interested in the theme house experience (underclassmen especially!), this is a great chance to see what we're all about. To apply online to the Spanish House, go to: http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/the mehouses/spanish.html . To apply to the French House, visit: http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/the mehouses/french.html . Applications for both houses are due at midnight on Monday, February 20.

What's So Amazing? A Discussion of Faith on Feb. 16
On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room, join students as we discuss grace and its place in our world. We're reading Phillip Yancey's "What's So Amazing about Grace?" This week, we'll be discussing the problem of pain meeting the scandal of grace--why would God reward an undeserving brat? There will be free food, and not just the usual candy.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~acf

School Reform in the U.S.: A Conversation on Feb. 16
On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon, Professors William Howell (political science, Harvard University), Barry O’Connell (English, Amherst College) and Steven Rivkin (economics, Amherst College) will present “School Reform in the U.S.: A Conversation.” This is a public event to kick off a four-part, non-credit seminar on school reform held on Friday afternoons (March 10, March 31, April 14 and April 28). Though this event is open to the public, space in the four seminars is limited to 20 students and is open to all Five College students. To reserve a space, please e-mail english@amherst.edu.

30-Hour Famine Informational Meeting Feb. 16
The 30-Hour Famine is a yearly fundraising event for World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to feeding hungry children in the Third World. In previous years, Amherst has raised more than $1,000 through this event. There will be a information session Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in Chapin 101.
For more information: www.30hourfamine.org

Faculty Discussions of the CAP Report
The Committee on Academic Priorities has submitted its report to the Committee of Six, which is considering how to shape the report in Faculty Meetings. The two committees would like to hear faculty observations and suggestions in open meetings small enough to allow wide-ranging discussion. Faculty members are invited to participate in one of the two remaining discussions, to be held Monday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni House (lunch will be served) and Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~cap/index.html

Award-Winning Flutist Alison Hale To Perform February 17
Award-winning flutist and Amherst College flute instructor Alison Hale will be joined by pianist Christopher Lewis for a delightful evening of exciting French repertoire and sonatas by Bach and Brahms. Please join them on Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. for a free performance in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Not-for-Profit Internship Workshop Feb. 17
Join Assistant Director of Community Outreach Karen Lee Roberts and Internships Coordinator Debra Krumholz to get tips and advice on finding an internship in the public service/not- for-profit arena on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Career Center.

Not Until You Know My Story by Carrie Gibson '80 on Feb. 14 and 17
A one-woman show based on actual interviews with 14 different characters, this performance invites people to explore and consider differences of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, size and privilege. Both performances are open to all Amherst faculty and staff. Carrie’s presentation is followed by an interactive discussion. Refreshments will be served. The performances are on Tuesday, February 14, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Both performances will be held in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Please contact Stephen Butler at ext. 2521 to attend. Sponsored by The Office of Diveristy and Inclusion, The Office of Human Resources and The Five College Training and Development Collaborative.

Vagina Monologues To Be Performed Feb. 17 and 18
This year, more than 50 Amherst College women will star in the college's 9th annual rendition of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues." Shows will be Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 and 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall. Tickets are $10 ($5 w/ student ID). All proceeds benefit the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), a non-profit organization in Greenfield, Mass. that provides services for survivors of rape and domestic abuse. Raffle prizes include massages, sex toys, gift certificates and CDs. Raffle tickets are $2 and will be sold while tabling and at all shows. To reserve tickets (recommended), e- mail ACVaginaMonologues@gmail.com before Feb. 17. For more info, call 413/542-8106.
For more information: note.amherst.edu/planworld/?id=vagina@planworld.net

Festival of Indian Music To Open With Kirtana Feb. 18
The musical group Kirtana will perform in a concert of South Indian bamboo flute music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College, kicking off the college’s semester-long Festival of India’s Music. All of the festival’s concerts will take place in Buckley Recital Hall unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02indiamusic.html

Student Employees - Time To Renew Your W-4 if Claiming Exemption
Attention all student employees: it’s time to complete a new 2006 W-4 form (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) if you are eligible to claim exemption from federal withholding for the current tax year. If you claimed exempt status in 2005, that W-4 form will expire on February 16, 2006. Please stop by the Financial Aid Office, 2nd floor of Converse Hall, from 8:30 to 12:30 or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete a new 2006 W-4.

Flu Vaccine Available
The Health Center has received an extra supply of flu vaccine for this flu season. Flu outbreaks are still being reported across the country. To get your vaccine, please call for an appointment at 413/542-2267. It's not too late!

Public Affairs Office Seeking Student Designers
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking students with a background and interest in graphic design to work as student designers. The student designers will work with the Public Affairs staff to design and print publicity materials for on-campus events. Students interested in the position should contact Samuel Masinter at samasinter@amherst.edu as soon as possible with any questions or to set up a meeting.

“Mega-Ditties,” Music by Retiring Professor Lewis Spratlan, on Feb. 19
“Mega-Ditties,” a selection of pieces by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan, who is retiring as the Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Music at Amherst College after 36 years, will be performed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.19, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert, and a reception following in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01spratlan.html

Writer Julie Orringer To Read at Amherst College Feb. 20
Short story writer Julie Orringer will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in Fayerweather 113 at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02orringer.html

Public School Activist Jonathan Kozol To Speak Feb. 20
Jonathan Kozol, public school teacher, award-winning writer and educational activist, will speak about “The Shame of the Nation: Schools Still Separate and Unequal in America” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund, Kozol’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02kozol.html

Resume Workshop Feb. 20
Come to the Career Center on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. for this workshop on writing a resume.

Biology Department Lecture Feb. 20
Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Pennsylvania State University Jaime E. Blair is a candidate for the Howard Hughes Medical Institution genomics position as postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Blair will present "Evolutionary genomics in eukaryote systems: Methods and applications" on Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Despina Kakoudaki To Speak on Robots and Humans Feb. 20
Despina Kakoudaki, assistant professor of visual and environmental studies and of comparative literature at Harvard University, will speak on “Becoming Human: Robots, Identity and Civil Rights,” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Croxton Lectureship, the President’s Office and the Working Group on Culture and Politics, this lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02kakoudaki.html

State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) Info Session Monday, Feb. 20
The state Public Interest Research Groups (the state PIRGs) are a nation- wide network of state-based public interest advocacy groups. This year they are hiring 150 graduating college students to determine where this country is going; to solve our energy problems; to protect our national forests; to reform the campaign finance system; to clean up our air; to safeguard individuals from identity theft; and make an impact on many other public interest issues. State PIRGs will be on campus holding an information session on Monday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center followed by interviews on Feb. 21. You can sign up for an interview through the Career Center and Experience network.

Effectively Engaging in Your Community on Feb. 21
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center's Friedmann Room, come meet and make connections with other Five College students who are involved in Community-Based Learning (CBL), service-learning and community service. This workshop, designed for students of all class years who have a range of experience in community involvement, will promote the continued development of cultural competence, intellectual curiosity and strong communicative and listening skills. Antonio’s pizza will be included. Please contact Ashley Brown at abrown@comcol.umass.edu or 413/577-2611 to register for the workshop by February 15. Registration forms are available in the Community Outreach Office.

Working Abroad Workshop Feb. 21
Join Dr. Bill Hoffa for this informational meeting about working abroad. Get tips, advice and learn about options and opportunities for overseas work. The meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at noon in the Career Center.

Study Abroad in Africa Workshop Feb. 21
Sophomores: Are you considering studying abroad next year? Not sure where to go? Come to this meeting with Dr. Hoffa and find out about opportunities to study in Africa on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler is Author of Book on 19th-Century Childhood
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, professor of American studies and English at Amherst College, is the author of Dependent States: the Child’s Part in 19th-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, Chicago), a recent book that explores what happens to our understanding of U.S. culture once we include children as historical actors, recognizing them as participants in the making of cultural meaning.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02childspart.html

Amherst TEACH General Meeting Feb. 21
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115, Amherst TEACH will discuss: Jonathan Kozol's lecture, networking possibilities with the Career Center, letter exchange with New York City elementary school students and future panel topics (a conversation with local high school students, discussion with area education experts, raising awareness about President Marx's plans for Amherst's future, etc.)

Launching the Medical School Application Feb. 22
Juniors and seniors: join Health Professions Advisor Dean Carolyn Bassett on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 115 for this workshop on getting your medical school application process rolling.

Green Dean Open House Feb. 22
Do you want to be a Green Dean next year? There will be positions open in Alumni and Parent Programs, Athletics, Information Technology, Public Affairs and the Quantitative Skills Center. Come to an open house to learn from current Green Deans about their jobs and hear what it’s like to stay on campus after graduation. The open house will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall.

How to Get a Job Teaching in the NYC Public Schools, with Kevin Jacobs '91 on Feb. 22
Join Kevin Jacobs '91, a 14-year veteran of the NYC public schools. Jacobs, who will discuss how to get a job in the NYC schools, has worked in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn in both high school and middle school classrooms as a history and math teacher. Jacobs has also worked as a professional developer, teaching teachers how to apply literacy techniques to social studies classes. Jacobs will speak on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

German Film Series Presents Die Scheinheiligen on Feb. 23
On Thursday, Feb. 23, the film Die Scheinheiligen (The Hypocrites, directed by Thomas Kronthaler, 2002, 79 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The movie is an odd-ball satire, full of understated black humor, about the trouble that ensues in a small Bavarian village over plans to build a fast food restaurant on land owned by gnarly old Magdalena, who teams up with some very weird friends to fight the project. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Classicist Donald J. Mastronarde ’69 To Speak Feb. 23
Donald J. Mastronarde ’69, the Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Some Aspects of Rhetoric and Character in Euripides” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. His talk and the reception to follow are sponsored by the Classics Department at Amherst College, and are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02mastronarde.html

Francis Bok To Speak on 21st Century Slavery and His Escape from Sudan on Feb. 23
On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, Re-Think presents Francis Bok, an escaped slave from the Sudan, who will speak on "21st Century: Living Proof," a lecture detailing his personal story of being enslaved, escaping from slavery and creating a new life. At the age of seven, Bok was captured and enslaved during an Arab militia raid on the village of Nymlal. For 10 years, he lived as the family slave to Giema Abdullah, forced to sleep with cattle, endure daily beatings and eat rotten food. In 1999, the United Nations resettled him in North Dakota. He since has spoken at a Capitol Hill ceremony and in hearings of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was invited to the White House for the Sudan Peace Act signing ceremony. Widely recognized for his community service, he is a frequent speaker in the media and at colleges and other venues across the U.S.

Summer Opportunities in Law on Feb. 23
Join pre-law advisor Dean Bekki Lee on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. for a workshop on finding a summer opportunity in the field of law.

Study Abroad in Latin America Feb. 23
Sophomores: Are you considering studying abroad next year? Not sure where to go? Come to this meeting with Dr. Hoffa and find out about opportunities to study in Latin America on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

A Musical Homage to Heinrich Heine March 1
Celebrating Heine’s 150th anniversary year, the Amherst College German Department presents a concert of works set to Heine’s poetry by various composers. Tenor Peter Shea, together with pianists Gregory Hayes and Monika Jakuc, will perform works by Amherst’s own Willis Bridegam, local composers Zeke Hecker and David Kidwell, as well as Schumann’s renowned song cycle, Dichterliebe. Admission is free and all are welcome. The performance is Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in Porter House.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Wilt Idema To Speak on Chinese Vernacular Literature on Feb. 24
Wilt Idema, the director of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research of Harvard University, will speak on “The Accidental Observation of Naked Women in Chinese Literature” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College and the John Whitney Hall Fund, this event is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02idema.html

Brentano Quartet and Hsin-Yun Huang To Present Music at Amherst Feb. 24
In the fourth installment of the 2005-06 Music at Amherst Series, the Brentano String Quartet will return to Amherst College to perform a program of Mozart viola quintets, in the 250th anniversary year of the composer’s birth, with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02brentano.html

Hugh Price '63 to Speak on Public Service Feb. 24
Hugh B. Price '63 will discuss his career in nonprofit and public service, including the influential forces that propelled him along this path. These include the pivotal roles of family, mentors, good fortune, Amherst, from where he graduated in 1963 and Yale Law, from where he graduated in 1966. Price will speak on Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room.

In Memoriam: Sally Keyes
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Sally Keyes, a retired member of the college staff, who passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. Ms. Keyes came to the college on a part-time basis in 1959 and became a full-time telephone operator in 1967. She retired in 1981.
For more information: www.dailyhampshiregazette.com

The Penny War Has Begun!
Bring all your copper pieces to Valentine during lunch this week (Feb. 20-24) to participate in the Penny War. All classes are pitted against each other to see who will give the most pennies. Bring your silver coins and dollar bills too, as every non- copper coin placed in another class' jar will coint against them. All funds will go to World Vision, a Christian emergency relief agency working in nearly 100 countries worldwide. This event is brought to you by the 30-Hour Famine at Amherst College.

Amherst College Purchases Renewable Energy
Jim Brassord, director of facilities planning and management, recently announced that personal computers at Amherst College are now powered by clean, wind-generated energy. The green power is being purchased to celebrate and reward participation in the Million Monitor Drive (MMD) which resulted in more than 1,700 students, faculty and staff pledging to let their computers “sleep” when idle. For the full article, please click on the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/photos/million%20monitor.pdf

Classics Lecture March 1
Professor of Classics from Trinity College Yelena Baraz will give a talk entitled "From the Academy to the Forum: Cicero's Philosophical Politics" in the Babbott Room of the Octagon on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. The talk and following reception are free and open to the public. Baraz has also worked on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. The event is sponsored by the Department of Classics.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~classics/

Mouth on the Microphone: Sink the Screen by Zeina Nasr '06 Feb. 23-25
Zeina Nasr will present "Mouth on the Microphone: Sink the Screen," a performance piece with video projection. As an experiment in the dynamics of public intimacy, two people face a screen. There is sound, image and light and it pushes them to seek what they have lost. The performance runs Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, and reservations recommended. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 413/542-2277

A String Quartet by David Wolff '06 Feb. 25
David Wolff ’06 will present his senior thesis in music composition, a modern string quartet, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Buckley Recital Hall. Admission is free.

The Oscars: A Night on the Red Carpet: a Semiformal Event Feb. 25
Pull out your dancing shoes; the big substance-free event of the year will soon be here! On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the Octagon, Health and Wellness will host its annual semi- formal. This year, the theme is “The Oscars: A Night on the Red Carpet.” There will be food and entertainment in abundance--catered desserts, sushi,other delectable treats, a New York-based DJ, great company and our very own red carpet for you to strut your stuff on. So, gentlemen, find your ties; ladies, air out your dresses, and we'll see you all on Saturday! For more information,contact astbrice08@amherst.edu.

Feb. 27 Open Meeting on College Priorities: What Should Amherst Be in 10 Years?
On Monday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, all students are invited to a conversation with President Marx and the Committee of Six about how the college should direct its energy and resources in the next years. The Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) has issued its final report, “Toward Amherst’s Third Century” (http://www.amherst.edu/~cap/), whose recommendations include: broader socio-economic diversity in admission, a small increase in the student body, more opportunities for student internships and research, an 11 percent increase in the faculty, more foundational courses in writing and quantitative skills, a writing requirement for all students and student evaluation of all faculty. Please come and add your voice to these important deliberations.

Biology Department Lecture Feb. 27
Sean Thomas, Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program, University of California Los Angeles, will present "Why be normal?: Molecular and computational techniques to understand the strange biology of kinetoplastid parasites" on Monday, Feb. 27. at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Fellowships in France for 2006-07 ; Deadline Feb. 27
The Department of French announces two fellowships in France reserved for graduating seniors for the scholastic year 2006-07. The first fellowship, without stipend, offers an affiliation with the most prestigious of French graduate schools, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and includes a free room, ENS library privileges and a card of admission to any university course in Paris, including those at the ENS. The second fellowship is a teaching assistantship in English language and American civilization at the Université de Dijon. The Dijon assistantship pays a monthly stipend of approximately 1150 euros after taxes, for 12 months (October-September) for nine months of teaching (mid-September through mid- June), and assures free admission to courses at the university. Fluency in French and a formal written statement in French are prerequisites to candidacy for either fellowship. For the ENS fellowship, applicants should prepare a two-page proposal in which they describe their study plans for their stay in France. Applicants for the Dijon Fellowship should submit a two-page statement describing the methods and materials they would use to teach a course on American culture and civilization. We invite all seniors to apply for either or both positions, but we ask the candidate to express a clear preference for one of the two. Statements of study plans written in French must be left in the Department Office (Barrett 5) by Monday, Feb. 27.

 
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