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16 October 2003

Representations goes online
The University of California Press has launched a website for Representations, a journal of interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. The site (www.representations.org) offers searchable partial text from current and back issues, complete tables of contents, a downloadable sample copy, and other features.

A chance to learn Qi Gong
Qi Gong is a Chinese healing tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years. A weekly class in this system of “touchless acupuncture” (as instructor Arleen Kwan describes it) begins Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Haas Clubhouse at Strawberry Canyon Recreation Center. The class runs for seven weeks. All fitness levels are welcome. For information, call CalFIT at 543-5151.

Clark Kerr donates labor collection
The campus’s Institute of Industrial Relations library has recently received a donation of more than 500 books from the personal collection of Clark Kerr. The titles represent a lifetime of study, scholarship, and publishing in several fields associated with labor and industrial relations.

Kerr, 92, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California; he later served in various capacities on the War Labor Board from 1942 to 1947, and was the first director (1945-52) of the institute, where he still has an office. He went on to serve as Berkeley chancellor and UC president. Kerr also had a long career working directly in union issues — including several terms as contract arbitrator for union-management negotiations. His labor-related publications started in 1934 with journal articles on self-help cooperatives, coauthored with Paul Taylor, and went on to include several standard books in the field.

Cal luminaries air on UCTV
“Bear in Mind,” the monthly web-based talk show hosted by Chancellor Berdahl, makes its first television foray this week, with its premiere showing on UCTV. The October installment — airing Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. — features interviews with Ralph Hexter, dean of the College of Letters and Science, on the value of a liberal-arts education; Martin Covington, professor of psychology, on why love of learning is more important than grades; and Kristin Reed, an ESPM doctoral student, about her summer studying the impact of the oil industry in Angola.

UCTV will also offer video recordings of many UC events — including, from Berkeley, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s recent talk on “The War in Iraq and the American Economy” (at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22), and a discussion by national journalists on “Covering the Bush White House” (at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29).

UCTV is available on the EchoStar DISH Network, channel 9412; on cable channel 78 in Berkeley; and as streaming video on www.uctv.tv/streaming.shtml.

Text of Dynes’ chat with employees
During his first two weeks in office, UC President Robert Dynes held an hour-long web chat with faculty and staff around the UC system. A transcript is at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/webchats/emptranscript.pdf.