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    Apr. 17 to Apr. 30, 1998


    Fri., Apr. 17

    Noon. “Whose Tool is Television? Commercial vs. Public Broadcasting in Sweden,” by Fredric Fleisher, International Relations, Swedish Radio and Television Broadcasting. Afterward, Nina Solomin, Svenska Dagbladet, will speak on “Swedish Newspapers and the Radical Right.” The Swedish Program. Deutsches Haus.

    3:10 P.M. “Chaotic Flows and Magnetic Dynamics: The Origin of Magnetic Fields in the Universe,” by Edward Ott, University of Maryland. Plasma Physics Colloquium. 214 S.W. Mudd.

    Puppetry at Deutsches Haus
    At 6:30 P.M., Mon., Apr. 20 and Tues., April 21, the Hellenic Studies Program brings to Deutsches Haus a series of puppetry lectures and demonstrations, titled “Puppets in Performance: Avant-garde and Popular Perspectives.” Speakers will include Theodora Skipitares, theater artist; Anna Starakopoulou, lecturer, department of classics. and Harold Segel, professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature. Segel’s lecture on Tues., Apr. 21, will be followed by a film screening of the rare animation classic, The Adventures of Achmed, by Lotte Reiniger.

    Mon, Apr. 20

    11:00 A.M. “Managing Change in Autonomous Databases,” by Sudarshan S. Chawathe, Stanford. Computer Science Colloquium. Interschool Lab, 7th Floor, CEPSR.

    Noon. “The Khmelnytsky Uprising,” by Frank Sysyn, Alberta, Canada. The Harriman Institute. 1219 International Affairs.

    3:00 P.M. “New Observations of the Brain You’d Rather Not Know About,” by Ralph Holloway, professor of anthropology. CERC Conservation Research Talks. 1015 Schermerhorn Extension.

    6:00 P.M. ‘The Baltic Dimension of European Security,” by Dag Hartelius, Vice President, European Security Program. The Harriman Institute. 1512 International Affairs.

    Tues., Apr. 21

    Noon. “Civil Rights and Liberties in Indonesia,” by Budi Santoso, Director, Jogjakarta Legal Aid Institute, Indonesia, and Sidney Jones, Human Rights Watch Asia. East Asian Institute Brown Bag Lecture. Cosponsored by Human Rights Advocates Training Program. 918 International Affairs.

    Noon. “Coevolution of Early Pristine States in Oaxaca, Mexico,” by Andrew Balkansky, American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Anthropology. 456 Schermerhorn Extension.

    8:00 P.M. “L’Éloge paradoxal, ou lese paradoxes de l’éloquence,” by Patrick Dandrey, Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Maison Française. Buell.

    ‘Sita in the City’
    Good and Evil, by Anand Patole

    Sita, a central figure in Indian myth, is envisioned as the “ideal” woman and wife, and often as a role model in classical and contemporary contexts. The exhibit, “Sita in the City,”in conjunction with the Sita Symposium, seeks to explore through text and image the myriad ways in which she is evoked, interpreted and especially as imagined by a diversity of communities in the greater New York area. This exhibit is on view Apr. 16–May 3, and may be viewed 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M., Mon.–Fri. Low Rotunda.

    Wed., Apr. 22

    4:00 P.M. “Rights and Money,” by Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago Law School. Sponsored by the Samuel Rubin Program for Liberty and Equality Through the Law. 102 Jerome L. Greene.

    4:30 P.M. “Computational MHD Convection,” by Louis Tao, post-doctoral research fellow in astrophysics. Applied Mathematics Colloquium. 214 S.W. Mudd

    Thurs., Apr. 23

    Noon. “Multi-ethnic Japan,” by John Lie, University of Illinois. East Asian Institute Brown Bag Lecture. 918 International Affairs.

    Noon. “Financial Industrial Groups in Russia,” by Michael McFaul, Stanford. Cosponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Arnold Saltzman Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracies. 1219 International Affairs.

    4:10 P.M. “Diffraction Enhanced Imaging Applied to Mammography,” by William C. Thomlinson, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dept. of Applied Physics, Medical Physics Seminars. 214 S.W. Mudd.

    4:30 P.M. “Asymmetric Catalysis with Planar-Chiral Heterocycles,” by Gregory C. Fu, M.I.T. Dept. of Chemistry Colloquium. 309 Havemeyer.

    7:30 P.M. “Buddhist Tamil Literature,” by Anne Monius, University of Virginia. Part of the University Seminar on Indology Series. 1134 International Affairs.

    8:00 P.M. “L’avenir du roman,” by René Pons, author. Maison Française. Buell.

    8:00 P.M. “Broken Bodies, Ruptured Narratives: Reflections on Allegory in German Romanticism,” by Catriona MacLeod, Yale. Dept. of Germanic Languages. Deutsches Haus.

    University Seminars Dinner

    Martin Meisel, Brander Matthews Professor of Dramatic Literature, will deliver the Tannenbaum Lecture and Joan Ferrante, professor of English and comparative literature, will receive the Tannenbaum Award at the 54th annual dinner meeting of the University Seminars on Wed., Apr. 22, at 6:00 P.M. in Faculty House.

    Meisel’s topic: “When Science Thickens the Plot: Sophocles, Beckett and Stoppard.”

    Meisel, a specialist in the literature of the 19th century, joined Columbia in 1968, and has had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator. He has chaired the doctoral program on theatre and film, the Theatre Arts Division of the School of the Arts, and the department of English and comparative literature. From 1986 to 1993 he served as the vice president for arts and sciences.

    The Tannenbaum Lecture honors the memory of Professor Frank Tannenbaum, founder of the University Seminars in 1945, and their director until his death in 1969. He and his wife, Jane Belo Tannenbaum, established the Tannenbaum Endowment for the University Seminars, the income from which covers part of the Seminars’ expenses.

    Tickets are $40 each. For information and reservations, call the University Seminars office at 854-2389 or write them at 305 Faculty House, 400 W. 117th St., MC 2302, New York, N.Y. 10027.

    Fri., Apr. 24

    Noon. “Scandinavia and the Baltic,” by Dag Sebastian Ahlander, Consul General of Sweden. The Swedish Program and the Dept. of Germanic Languages in association with the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Deutsches Haus.

    3:10 P.M. “Novel Designs of Attractive Compact Stellarators,” by Michael Zarnstorff, Princeton. Dept. of Applied Physics Plasma Physics Colloquium. 214 S.W. Mudd.

    Mon., Apr. 27

    3:00 P.M. “The Medicinal Uses of Citrus,” by Alexandra Paul, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. CERC Conservation Research Talks. 1015 Schermerhorn Extension.

    Wed., Apr. 29

    Noon. “Reforming African Prisons: An Impossible Task?” by Kang’ethe Mungai, treasurer, Release Political Prisoners. Institute of African Studies Brown Bag Lecture. 1512 International Affairs.

    4:30 P.M. “The Ocean’s Overturning Circulation in the Limit of Weak Vertical Diffusion,” by Robert Hallberg, Princeton. Applied Mathematics Colloquium. 214 S.W. Mudd.

    5:30 P.M. “Global Capitalism: A Boon or Bane for Social Progress.” Moderated by Alice H. Amsden, M.I.T., with R.C. Longworth, Chicago Tribune, Claudia Rosett, The Wall Street Journal, and William G. Shipman, State Street Global Advisers. The Reuters Forum. Information: 854-6840. Main Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor Journalism.

    Thurs., Apr. 30

    4:10 P.M. “Brachytherapy Dosimetry,” by Mohamoud Gaildon, Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Dept. of Applied Physics, Medical Physics Seminars. 214 S.W. Mudd.

    4:30 P.M. “Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Nanoscale, Size-Tunable Periodic Particle Arrays,” by Richard P. Van Duyne, Northwestern. Dept. of Chemistry Colloquium. 309 Havemeyer.

    8:00 P.M. “Phylogeography of the Malagasy Primates,” by Anne Yoder, Northwestern. Dept. of Anthropology. 467 Schermerhorn Extension.

    McClellan to Lecture on Japanese Novels

    Edwin McClellan, Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale and one of America’s foremost specialists in Japanese literature, will deliver the annual Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture on Mon., Apr. 20 at 5:00 P.M. in the Faculty Room of Low Library, to be followed by a reception in his honor. McClellan’s lecture, titled “An Intimate Glimpse of Family Life in Japan Long Gone,” will address the autobiographical mode that has preoccupied many modern Japanese novelists, and will focus special attention on Yoshikawa Eiji’s Wasure-nokori no Ki, which he has translated as Fragments of a Past.

    Presented every spring by The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, the Sen Lecture is one of the Center’s principal events and is regarded as a major forum for cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and the United States.

    McClellan, one of America’s foremost academic specialists in modern Japanese literature, has taught at Yale since 1972, and has held the Sumitomo Chair since 1979. He has specialized in Japanese fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has devoted his academic career to the study of the lives and writing of several of Japan’s most celebrated modern novelists: Natsume Soseki, Mori Ogai, Shimazaki Toson, Shiga Naoya and Yoshikawa Eiji. His English translations have captured the tone and unique stylistic nuances of each of these Japanese writers, and his examination of their lives and creative careers has done much to shape understanding of the intellectual history of modern Japan.

    He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977, and has received two of Japan’s highest literary awards: the Kikuchi Kan Prize (1994) and the Noma Literary Translation Prize (1995).

    Soshitsu Sen XV was Grand Master of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony, which established the fund that supports this annual event.


    Jeanne d’Arc Through the Centuries: Seer, Soldier, Sinner, Saint. From the Jeanne d’Arc Griscom Collection of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Noon to 7:45 P.M., Mon., and 9:00 A.M.–4:45 P.M., Tues.–Fri. Through Sun., June 13. Kempner Exhibition Room, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler.

    The Colors of Seasons. An exhibition of the work of Luise Kaish, professor emeritus of sculpture. The Century Association. Through May 22. Opening Reception: 5:00 P.M., Tues., Apr. 21. Presidents Room, 7 W. 43rd St.

    Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China. A collection of 64 recent works by more than 20 leading calligraphers from the Peoples’ Republic of China. Wed.–Sat., 1:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M. Wed., Apr. 15–Wed., Jun. 6. Wallach Art Gallery, Schermerhorn.

    Merci. An exhibition of the works of Anton Vidoke. 2:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M., Mon.–Fri., through Apr. 24. Maison Française. Buell.

    Urbanity in Decay: 1920s Detroit Skyscrapers Face the Wrecker. Photographs by Camilo José Vergara. Noon–6:00 P.M., Tues.–Sat. Through Fri., May 8. Cosponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and Preservation. 100 Avery.

    Special Events

    6:30 P.M. Alumni Dinner. Celebrates the life of Paul Robeson, ‘23. Keynote Speaker: Eric H. Holder Jr., Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice. Sponsored by Dean David W. Leebron, the Black Students Association, and the 1998 Paul Robeson Scholarship Benefit Committee of Columbia Law School. Tickets: $50. Low.

    Sat., Apr. 18

    9:00 A.M. “Vision and Action in the New Millennium.” A symposium honoring the spirit and legacy of Paul Robeson. Speakers include Michael E. Dyson, visiting professor of African-American studies; Rev. Calvin Butts III, Abyssinian Baptist Church; Jessie Washington, managing editor, Vibe; Constance Baker Motley, Chief Judge, Southern District of New York. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. Jerome Greene.

    10:00 A.M. “Literary Magic: Exploring the Representations of Magic in Literature.” Seventh Graduate Student Conference in French, Francophone and Comparative Literature. Information: 864-0840. Maison Française. Buell.

    5:00 P.M. Video Screening. Premiere screening of current student John Jackson’s feature-length film, On the Wings of the People. The Polo Ralph Lauren New Works Festival. Dodge.

    Tues., Apr. 21

    2:00 P.M. The Institute of African Studies’ Diplomatic Forum. Ambassadors from across Africa react to President Clinton’s recent trip to the continent. Information: 854-4633 or mbr1@columbia.edu. 1512 International Affairs.

    Wed., Apr. 22

    12:15 P.M. Music Recital, with Natsuko Uemura, harpsichord. I.I. Rabi Concert Series. Faculty House.

    Wed.–Sat., Apr. 22–25

    8:00 P.M. (Sat.: 2:00 P.M.) New Works. Features the latest works of playwrights Fiona Keane, Eric Waldemar, Sheri Wilner and Aaron Villa. Graduate Theatre Division, School of the Arts. Tickets: $5, $3 students. Horace Mann Theatre, TC.

    Thurs., Apr. 23

    6:30 P.M. General Studies’ Annual Dinner, Celebrating 50 Years of Outstanding Women at G.S. Welcome and presentation of awards by Peter J. Awn, Dean, School of General Studies. Introduction by George Rupp, President. Tickets: $150. Low.

    8:00 P.M. Musicians Accord: Triptychs. Works by Stravinsky, Erwin Schulhoff, Paul Hofreiter, Laura Kaminsky and Amy Rubin. Tickets: $15, $10 members, $7 students, seniors. Miller Theatre.

    8:00 P.M. Take Back the Night. Men and women unite to protest sexual violence. All are invited to participate. Women’s march at Barnard Gates. Men’s meeting at McIntosh Student Center.

    Sat., Apr. 25

    10:00 A.M. Spring Fair. Festivities include a fire engine tour, international foods, children’s games, crafts, silent auction and raffle tickets. Features the band, The Bierkos. Presbyterian Church Nursery School. Information: 663-5746. 601 W. 114th St. and Broadway.

    8:00 P.M. Music Recital, with Deborah Bradley, piano, and Reiko Uchida, piano. Works by Boris Tishchenko, Jonathan Kramer, Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Kurtag and Olivier Messaien. Tickets: $15, $10 members, $5 students/seniors. Miller Theatre.

    Sun., Apr. 26

    4:00 P.M. Book Discussion: Golden Apples, by Eudora Welty. General Studies Alumni Association Literary Society. Baer Room, Lewisohn Hall.

    Mon., Apr. 27

    5:00 P.M. “Age Isn’t What It Used to Be: The Third Annual Barnard Conference for Women over 50.” Keynote speaker: Karen DeCrow, former President, National Organization for Women. Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard Student Health Services, the Office of Alumnae Affairs, and the Office of Career Development. Registration required: 854-2067. McIntosh Center.

    Mon.–Tues., Apr. 27–28

    6:00 P.M. Play Readings: Second Series. Features work of first year graduate playwrights. Graduate Theatre Division, School of the Arts. Schapiro Studio Theatre.

    Tues., Apr. 28

    5:00 P.M. Third Annual Child Care Fair. An opportunity for parents to connect with child care options available in the extended Columbia University area. Sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs. Low.

    Wed., Apr. 29

    12:05 P.M. Music Recital. The Interchurch Center Chorus sings music of Mozart, including excerpts from the Coronation Mass, to the accompaniment of a string quartet. The Interchurch Center.

    12:15 P.M. Music Recital, with Suzanne Fremon, piano. Sonatas by Schubert and Prokofiev. I.I. Rabi Concert Series. Faculty House.

    Thurs., Apr. 30

    2:00 P.M. Commemorative Symposium Honoring Robert Serber. Welcome by Norman H. Christ, professor of physics. Speakers include T.D. Lee, professor of physics; Vernon Hughes, Yale; Maurice Goldhaber, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Leon N. Cooper, Brown. Dept. of Physics. 428 Pupin.

    6:30 P.M. “Sita Sudhaar vs. Ram Suddhaar (Reforming Sitas vs. Reforming Rams),” by Madhu Kishwar, editor, Manushi. Opening key-note lecture for the Sita Symposium. Part of Asia Society lecture series titled, “Empowered Women: Achievements of Indian and Pakistani Women.” Dharam Hinduja Indic Research Center, Asia Society. Tickets: $10/ $7 members. Information: 854-5300. Tickets: 517-ASIA. Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th St.

    Health Sciences

    Fri., Apr. 17

    8:00 A.M. “The Heart of the Matter: The Status of Cardiovascular Health Among Women.” Heart of Harlem Symposium and Luncheon. Herbert G. Cave Auditorium, Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Lenox Ave.

    10:00 A.M. “Trouble-Shooting AcIS Internet Software Installation.” Scholarly Resources Workshop. Pre-registration required: 305-3694. 2A Hammer Health Sciences Center.

    Mon., Apr. 20

    Noon. “Clinical Presentation and Management of Methylmercury Intoxication,” by David W. Nierenberg, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Division of Environmental Health Sciences Seminar. Pharmacology Library, Black Building.

    Tues., Apr. 21

    Noon. “Conformational Switches of Annexin: The Reversible Conversion of a Soluble Protein into a Peripheral or Transmembrane Protein,” by Ralf Langen, University of California. 523 Black Building.

    Noon. “The Thyroid Iodide Transporter: The Emerging Molecular Picture,” by Nancy Carrasco, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Physiology and Cellular Biophysics Seminar. Rover Conference Room, P&S 11-505.

    Wed., Apr. 22

    Noon. “Taking a Tumble for RNA Structure in Solution,” by Paul Hagerman, University of Colorado. Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. 523 Black Building.

    Thurs., Apr. 23

    9:30 A.M. “Treatment of Acute and Early HIV-1 Infection,” by Martin Markovitz, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. 8th Floor Auditorium, NYSPI.

    Mon., Apr. 27

    8:00 A.M. “Androgen Deprivation in Prostate Cancer,” by Ronald D. Ennis, assistant professor of radiation oncology. Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Grand Rounds. Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 11, Babies Hospital.

    Wed., Apr. 29

    11:30 A.M. “Psychosocial Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Youth,” by Phillip C. Kendall, Temple. Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds. 8th Floor Auditorium, NYSPI.

    Thurs., Apr. 30

    9:30 A.M. “Assessing HIV Prevention Needs in Immigrant Communities in New York City: Looking at Men Who Have Sex with Men,” by Jeffrey Escoffier, deputy director, Office of Gay and Lesbian Health, and Andrew Spieldenner, director, Men of Color AIDS Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health. 8th Floor Auditorium, NYSPI.

    4:00 P.M. “Alternative Strategies for Data Analysis in Psychiatry,” by Andrew Leon, Cornell University Medical College. Division of Biostatistics Seminar. PH 19-401.

    4:00 P.M. “Viral and Host Functions in Bromovirus RNA Replication,” by Paul Ahlquist, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. 301 Hammer Health Sciences Center.

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