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posted October 7, 1998

Oct. 13: Virtual Learning &emdash; What Does It Mean for UC?

The impact of new communication technologies on higher education is the topic of an Oct. 13 presentation, "UC in the Era of Virtual Universities," presented by the Center for Studies in Higher Education.

Roy Pea, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at SRI International in Palo Alto, will speak in the Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Oct. 13 public presentation, followed by an afternoon colloquium by invitation only, is the first of three campus seminars on "UC in the Era of Virtual Universities." Subsequent sessions are scheduled for Nov. 10 and March 9.

For information see the CSHE's website at, call 642-5040, or email


Love, Spanish-Style at Oct. 14 Noon Concert

Judeo-Spanish love songs from medieval Spain, passed on by Sephardic Jews, will fill Hertz Hall Wednesday, Oct. 14, at one of the free noon concerts. Titled "The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, the Groom Faints," the program features Eitan Steinberg's arrangements of these traditional ballads and wedding songs sung in Ladino, with recorder, viola da gamba, cello and guitar.

The Wednesday noon concerts start promptly at 12:15 p.m. and end by 1 p.m. For information call 642-4864.


Feminism's Radical Roots at Berkeley, Oct. 12

Feminist Betty Friedan's political roots on the Berkeley campus are the subject of a lecture at 4 p.m., Oct. 12 by Daniel Horowitz.

Director of the American Studies Program at Smith College, Horowitz is author of the forthcoming book, "Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War and Modern Feminism."

He contends that the year Betty Goldstein (Friedan) spent as a grad student in psychology at Berkeley (1942-43) under the influence of such professors as E.C. Tolman and Erik Erikson, profoundly shaped her politics.

She had her first romantic relationship that year, with a physicist working on the Manhattan Project, and met people who would suffer under McCarthyism. Already radicalized at Smith College, Horowitz says, Friedan fully entered into popular front radicalism, which stamped her contribution to the American feminist movement.

Horowitz's talk takes place at 3335 Dwinelle Hall.


Wilkerson Accepts Post at Ford Foundation

The Center for Theater Arts will host a reception for Margaret Wilkerson Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Zellerbach Playhouse lobby.

The former director/chair of the Center for Theater Arts and a faculty member and former chair in African American studies, Wilkerson is taking a three-year leave from Berkeley to work at the Ford Foundation in New York. She will develop the national and international agenda on gender, ethnicity and identity for the foundation's division of education, media, arts and culture.


Oct. 9 Video: "Through Chinese Women's Eyes"

Mayfair Yang, anthropology professor at UC Santa Barbara, will present her video "Through Chinese Women's Eyes," Friday, Oct. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., in 117 Dwinelle Hall.

Shot on location in Shanghai and Beijing, with post-production in Los Angeles, Yang explores the boundaries between documentary and ethnographic film in this production.

Through archival footage and interviews with urban women, this video highlights changes in Chinese women's experiences between the era of Maoist state feminism and the current commercialized culture of gender difference and sexualization of women.

Information is available online at


Oct.13: Rethinking Life Sciences Graduate Education

Seating is still available for the Oct. 13 symposium, "Rethinking Graduate Education in the Life Sciences" to be held at UCSF's Laurel Heights campus.

Sponsored by the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program, the symposium is open to faculty, industry leaders and students.

Panels will discuss approaches to science and engineering education, managing research and development, and improved training of students as science communicators.

Speakers and panelists include Edward Penhoet, dean of the School of Public Health; Henry Riggs, president, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences; Larry Souza, senior vice president, research, Amgen Inc.; and Larry Kurtz, vice president, corporate communication, McKesson Corp.

Information and registration can be found online at or by telephone at 643-1447.


Benefits Orientation for Newly Eligible Employees

The Human Resources' Benefits Unit is offering a new service to department administrators, faculty and staff: weekly benefits orientation workshops for those newly eligible for benefits and still within their period of initial eligibility.

The workshops will be held every Thursday through December, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in 256 University Hall.

Department benefits counselors and supervisors may enroll employees by calling the Benefits Unit at 642-7053, or emailing (Include employee's department name and address, employee or social security number, phone number and email address.)

The new workshop replaces and expands on the benefits component of the new employee orientation by providing benefits materials and a thorough overview of all UC Benefits, health and welfare, retirement and savings plans. Instructions on signing up for benefits (and on using the interactive telephone system in particular) are included.

Workshop enrollment is important, since many of these initial benefits decisions have long-lasting effects.


Submissions on Prisons Due Oct. 15

The interdisciplinary publication Thresholds, based at UC Santa Barbara, is now accepting submissions on the modern prison punishment industry for its annual anthology of art and cultural criticism.

The prison anthology will analyze and compare historical cases of institutional reform, present theories about possibilities for direct political action and consider the potential roles of art in prison experience.

Critical essays, reviews, interviews and first-hand accounts will be considered, as will visual work and digital work formatted for the Web or CD-ROM.

For submission guidelines, web-based submissions or general information, email or see


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