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26 October 2005

CSAS posts site for Pakistan earthquake relief

In response to the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, the Center for South Asia Studies has prepared a website (www.ias.berkeley.edu/southasia/earthquake.html) that includes links to blogs and news sources, relief agencies, and campus groups. For further information, or to suggest an additional information resource, contact CSAS vice-chair Daisy Rockwell (daisyr@berkeley.edu).

Nominations sought for award to honor distinguished emeriti

The board of directors of the UC Berkeley Emeriti Association is accepting nominations for an award to recognize colleagues who have continued to perform distinguished professional work in teaching, scholarship, or university or community service (such as serving on departmental or Academic Senate committees). This year's honoree is Professor Emeritus James Judge of the Department of Resource Economics in the College of Natural Resources. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30; address them to Errol Mauchlan, President, UC Berkeley Emeriti Association, c/o UC Berkeley Retirement Center, 2 Boalt Hall, # 7200.

Human-rights fieldwork showcase set for Nov. 2

The campus Human Rights Center will highlight fieldwork conducted by its summer fellows at a free daylong event open to the public, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Faculty Club's Heyns Room. Reports by 2005 summer fellows - on projects conducted around the globe - will be organized by topic, as follows: science and medicine (10 a.m. to noon), globalization and dislocation (1:15 to 2:45 p.m), resources for community building (3 to 4:45 p.m.).

A reception will follow at 4:45 p.m. For details, see www.hrcberkeley.org or contact the center at hrc@globetrotter.berkeley.edu or 642-0965.

Central Valley is focus of Boalt symposium next week

The Law School's Center for Social Justice is launching its new Central Valley Initiative with a symposium, "The New Face of California: The Great Central Valley," set for Nov. 3 to 5. The event begins with a talk by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, a prominent academic, jurist, and social-justice lawyer, delivering the Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture. Reynoso will speak on "In Hard Times: The Search for Social Justice" at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in Boalt Hall's Booth Auditorium; former Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes, the first Latina and one of the first women from the San Joaquin Valley to serve in the state Assembly, will respond.

The symposium will address challenges faced by the valley's most disadvantaged communities, showcase innovative social-justice work being conducted there, and lay the foundation for an ongoing collaboration to surmount the valley's most challenging obstacles to social justice. For information or to pre-register, see www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/csj/symposia/centralvalley/

State poet laureate to read at Hurricane Katrina benefit

A poetry reading to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, set for 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, will feature California Poet Laureate Al Young and student poets from eight campus groups and publications (including the Berkeley Poetry Review, Cal Slam, and Poetry for the People). A silent auction and reception will follow the readings. The benefit will be held in Heller Lounge (the new Multicultural Center), in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Union. It is free to the public; all donations and proceeds will go to relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

For information, contact berkeleypoetryreview@yahoo.com.

Gray Davis to keynote conference on special election

Former California Gov. Gray Davis will join policy experts, journalists, pundits, and political staffers at a one-day conference, Friday, Oct. 28, on the national implications of key issues in California's upcoming special election. "Government by the People in California: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" will take place at the UC Washington Center in Washington, D.C.; its panel discussions will be available via a live webcast on the UCDC website, www.ucdc.edu/faculty/special_event.cfm. The conference is sponsored by the center and the campus Institute of Governmental Studies, both directed by Professor Bruce Cain. Davis will give the keynote luncheon address on the initiative process and its effect on governing California.