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30 April 2003

Berkeleyan publishing schedule slows
Publication of the Berkeleyan is winding down as the end of the spring semester draws near. After the May 8 issue, the paper goes on a three-week hiatus, publishing again on June 5. The deadline for submissions for that issue will be Monday, May 26. The Berkeleyan will be published only once during the summer, on July 17, with a deadline of July 7.

May 2-3 conference looks at immigration, citizenship
A free, two-day conference, “A Nation of Immigrants: Ethnic Identity and Political Incorporation,” will be held Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at International House. It opens at 9 a.m. Friday with a keynote talk by Kenneth Prewitt, former director of the United States Census Bureau, on “New Americans and the Diversity Initiative.” Panel discussions by campus faculty and visiting scholars from around the country will address immigration, ethnic consciousness and conflict, political assimilation, and related topics.

Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies, this event is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. For details, see www.igs.berkeley.edu/events/nation_of_immigrants.htm.

Campus Observer Program seeks volunteers
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the Campus Observer Program, which provides volunteers to serve as impartial observers at campus events that might involve confrontations between protesters and police, or where violations of laws or campus regulations might occur. The presence of observers helps calm such situations, and observers often provide valuable eyewitness reports should complaints or disciplinary hearings follow the event.

Observers must be in the PSS and MSP classifications, or their equivalent. Volunteers attend a two-hour training session and typically serve two to three hours per semester. For information, contact Hal Reynolds in the Office of Student Life at hgr3@uclink4.berkeley.edu or 642-6772.

Beowulf reading is May 15
The campus’s annual Beowulf Marathon is now in its 51st year. The reading gets under way at 4 p.m, Thursday, May 15, in 100 Wheeler, as participants take turns reading sections of the entire epic tale, aloud, in Old English. Bring a copy of the text if you wish to participate; members of the campus community are also welcome to listen to all or part of the epic. Readings last between three hours and 20 minutes and four hours, with a break at midpoint. Refreshments will be provided.

Website for writing instructors available
A new web resource, UC Write, is available to help increase the effectiveness of writing instruction on UC campuses. Writing instructors and potential UC students will find materials such as sample syllabi and assignments, recommended textbooks, and computer-based exercises. The site, created by an intercampus team and funded by the UC Teaching, Learning & Technology Center, is located online at ucwrite.org.

Tariq Ali to deliver Elberg Lecture
Tariq Ali, author of Clash of Fundamentalisms and editor of the New Left Review, presents the campus’s Elberg Lecture on International Studies at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 8, in Sibley Auditorium, located in the Bechtel Engineering Center. His talk, entitled “War, Empire, and Resistance,” is sponsored by the Institute of International Studies.

The Elberg Lecture was established in 1987 to honor Emeritus Dean of the Graduate Division Sanford Elberg for his efforts to build support for graduate education and international studies at Berkeley.

Family medical leave now covers domestic-partner care
A recent revision to Academic Personnel Manual extends family- and medical-leave coverage to academic appointees who need to care for a seriously ill domestic partner. The revised policy is available on the UC Office of the President website, at http://ucop.edu/acadadv/acadpers/apm/apm-715.pdf.

EScholarship Repository marks milestones
The California Digital Library’s eScholarship Repository recently marked several milestones: nearly 100 institutes, departments, research units, and centers from nine UC campuses have deposited 1,200 papers and have logged 60,000 full-text downloads of scholarship.

Launched in April 2002, the repository is part of a new movement to disseminate scholarly materials at low or no cost over the Internet. It offers UC faculty a central online location for depositing working papers, technical reports, research results, datasets with commentary, and peer-reviewed series. Scholars may also download materials from the site for free.

The repository may be found online at repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship.

For the record….
A caption accompanying a photo of People’s Park in last issue’s Calendar misstated the management status of the park. It is university property, managed by the campus as a recreational resource for the campus and community.