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Top Taiwan-China Negotiator to Speak

C. F. Koo, chief Taiwan representative in negotiations with China during the Taiwan Strait crisis last spring, is keynote speaker for the "Relations Across the Taiwan Strait" symposium Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28.

The symposium will provide a neutral forum for scholars from the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea to discuss the Taiwan issue,which is likely to be a main stumbling block between the U.S. and China. This will be the first time Koo has made a public appearance outside Asia.

The symposium will be held in the Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club. The keynote address by Koo is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

"Relations Across the Taiwan Strait" is a Shorenstein symposium organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies and funded by a gift from the Walter H. and Phyllis J. Shorenstein Foundation.

The conference is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended. Call Michele Delattre at 642-2809.

Volunteer Tutors Needed To Coach the "3 R's"

The CALS Project needs volunteer tutors. This program provides one-to-one tutoring for campus employees who want to improve their writing, speaking, reading or math skills.

Tutoring sessions are scheduled at times and locations convenient to the tutors and learners. Training, materials and ongoing support are provided.

Tutors involved in the program enjoy the benefits of working with self-selected, motivated adults. Learners develop important practical skills like writing better business letters.

For information contact Coordinator Jane Griswold at or 643-5280. The next tutor training begins Tuesday, Oct. 1.

White Men Against CCRI Sponsor Teach-In

A half-day conference focused on white men who support affirmative action is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Graduate School of Education.

"No on CCRI: White Men in Support of Affirmative Action" will provide a forum for discussing a range of issues surrounding attempts to roll back affirmative action in California.

These include the campaign against Proposition 209, also called the "California Civil Rights Initiative."

The conference will be held at Tolman Hall, Room 2515, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to all. For additional information call Steve at 527-9366 or Eric at (415) 553-8529.

The email address is and the web site is

Satellite Conference on Women Planned

The President's Interagency Council on Women will hold "The UN Women's Conference One Year Later," a national conference via satellite on the advancement of women and girls Saturday, Sept. 28.

Sibley Auditorium in the Bechtel Engineering center is one of the sites at which the public can participate.

Included in the agenda will be reports from Hillary Clinton, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and local communities on implementation of official recommendations of last year's Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing.

The conference is free, with no reservations necessary. Doors open at 10 a.m., with satellite broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As campus parking will be reserved for a football game, those who come by car should plan to use off-campus public parking.

For information, call 642-8466 or (415) 871-4100.

I-House Ethnic Meals

International House Dining Services offers buffet meals with unlimited seconds prepared by an international team of chefs from China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Germany, Latin America and the United States.

Throughout the year, in addition, it features ethnic theme dinners, including meals to celebrate African-American Heritage, Valentine's Day, Carnivale, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, Festa Italiana, Chicano Latino Heritage Day, Beach Party (complete with sand sculpture contest), Divali Feast of Lights, Native American Heritage Pow Wow, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Prices are $3.40 for breakfast, $5 for lunch, $6 for dinner and for weekend brunch.

Children are welcome and receive reduced rates. I-House is located at 2299 Piedmont Ave.

Biotech Education

A one-day symposium, "Meeting the Challenge: Graduate Education in the Biological Sciences in the 21st Century," will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the UCSF Laurel Heights Conference Center in San Francisco.

The event will focus on innovative strategies for maintaining the state's leadership in biotechnolgy into the 21st century.

Participants will include leaders from California business and academic institutions and from the National Academy of Sciences.

The sponsor of the symposium is the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program.

For information contact Joa Rubaloff at 643-0725 or via e-mail at

Chinese Eye Doctor Visits School of Optometry

Chinese ophthalmologist and scholar Shu-Zhen Li of Beijing Medical University arrived on campus earlier this month for a two-month visit to the School of Optometry.

Li is interested in furthering academic exchange between the two institutions in the areas of clinical eye care and basic eye and vision research.

She hopes to establish an optometric training center in China, which at present has no professional optometry programs to serve its population.

Li is participating in lectures, seminars, labs, clinics and other academic activities through mid-November.

For information on her schedule, leave a message for her at 642-3414 or contact Stephen Chu at


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