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15 February 2006

Memorial service for slain Haas lecturer is Friday, Feb. 17

A memorial service for the late Haas School lecturer Paul Rogers and his wife, Julie Wycoff (both victims of a fatal attack on Jan. 31), will take place on Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. Attendees are urged to carpool or plan to arrive early.

Dead Man Walking author to speak on the death penalty Feb. 23

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the bestseller Dead Man Walking, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Valley Life Sciences Building, Chan Shun Auditorium. Prejean has counseled inmates on death row for more than two decades and is honorary chair of Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty. In her latest book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, Prejean writes on the risk of condemning innocent people to death.

Boalt biopic, Soul of Justice, features Judge Thelton Henderson '62

Boalt Hall will hold a screening on Tuesday, Feb. 21, of the new documentary Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey. The film traces the life of this Boalt alum from his days in the early 1960s as the first African-American attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to his quarter-century of service as U.S. District Court judge. The screening is at 5 p.m. in Booth Auditorium; a reception will follow. See law.berkeley.edu/centers/csj for details.

New Stronach Baccalaureate prize supports projects for public good by recent alums

The College of Letters & Science has announced a new campus award, the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, supporting intellectual and creative projects seeking to advance the visibility of issues of social consciousness and the public good. The competition is open to campus undergrads matriculating in December 2005 or May 2006, for projects in the arts and humanities, broadly defined; students from any area of undergraduate study are eligible. Recipients receive as much as $25,000 to execute a project that extends and reflects upon undergraduate coursework and research conducted at Berkeley. Student applicants are required to submit a project proposal; faculty are invited to submit supporting letters of nomination as well. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 8.

For information, see ls.berkeley.edu/StronachPrize.

Cardenas to speak March 2 on U.S.-Mexico relationship

What lies ahead for the United States and Mexico? On Thursday, March 2, three-time Mexican presidential candidate Cuauhtémoc Cardenas will discuss the challenges and opportunities the two countries face as they become more interdependent. Cardenas is the former mayor of Mexico City, former governor of the state of Michoacan, and one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática. His talk is at 7 p.m. in the Haas School's Andersen Auditorium.

March symposium will 'ReEnvision' the California delta region

The inundation of New Orleans has renewed concern about California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its role as a hub of infrastructure, water supply, and agriculture. "ReEnvisioning the Delta," a two-day symposium set for Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 will consider the ongoing urbanization of the Delta in light of its key role within the San Francisco-Sacramento-Stockton metropolis, and explore alternative futures for the region.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, in 112 Wurster. For details or to register, see landscape.ced.berkeley.edu/~delta.

Lecture looks at sustainable investing and university endowments

With an endowment of nearly $6 billion, UC could use its influence in the global marketplace to promote ideals of environmental sustainability and community development. At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, will discuss the basics of socially responsible investing and how universities and individuals can leverage their investments for a healthy, clean economy. The lecture will be held in the Living Room of the Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Ave. Refreshments will be served.