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26 October 2006

Arts consortium funding proposals for 2007-08 due Dec. 1, workshop set

The Consortium for the Arts invites faculty, students, and staff to submit proposals for major arts projects to take place in the 2007-08 academic year. The consortium allocates funds (usually between $3,000 and $10,000) to campus departments and presenting units to support collaborative, interdisciplinary arts projects. A proposal-preparation workshop is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in 205 Dwinelle Annex; first-time applicants are particularly encouraged to attend. For application guidelines or to register for the workshop, contact Michele Rabkin at micheler@berkeley.edu. The proposal submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. There is a separate process for requesting support for projects taking place in the current academic year.

Hearst Museum holds month-long tribute to Native heritage

November is American Indian Heritage Month, which will be marked this year with events at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, beginning Thursday, Nov. 2 and extending through the month. The lineup includes a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, with opening performances (11 a.m.), docent tours of the Native California Cultures Gallery (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), an Indian taco sale (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and performances by the Laguna Pueblo Buffalo Dancers (2 p.m.).

Other events include a series of talks, Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Hearst Museum Gallery. Speakers include anthropologist Nelson Graburn, the museum's curator of North American ethnology, on "The Uniqueness of Our Alaska Commercial Company Collection" (Nov. 2); cultural attaché Otis Parrish (Kashaya Pomo), who will speak before a screening of Pomo Shaman (Nov. 9); Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk), Portland State assistant professor of anthropology, on "Representing Indigenous History and Memory in Museum: Critical Reflections on Current Exhibition Practices" (Nov. 16); and Majel Boser (Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota), ethnic studies doctoral candidate, on "Indigen-izing the Museum: The Indian New Deal and the Osage Tribal Museum" (Nov. 30). For information, call 643-7649.

International conference features diverse takes on 'diversity' Nov. 2 and 3

An international, interdisciplinary group of scholars, the Working Group in Memory and Narrative, will converge on the Berkeley campus Thursday, Nov. 2, and Friday, Nov. 3, for a conference titled "'Diversity' in an International Context." Panelists will explore the concept of diversity as it is understood in the U.S.; analogous concepts in other countries; the relationship of social hierarchies within countries to larger, global patterns of inequity; and related topics. The conference begins Wednesday at San Francisco State; Thursday and Friday's panels at Berkeley take place in the Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities, 340 Stephens Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. All sessions are free to the public. For information and a detailed agenda, see bancroft.berkeley edu/ROHO/wgmn.

Los Angeles poet Will Alexander takes the podium at Lunch Poems

California writer Will Alexander is the featured reader at the Thursday, Nov. 2 installment of Lunch Poems. Called the (Aimé) Césaire of America, Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, and educator hailing from South Central Los Angeles and the author of six books - among them The Stratospheric Canticles, Towards the Primeval Lightning Field, and Asia & Haiti (a 1996 PEN finalist). His latest collection, Exobiology as Goddess, has been called "an exuberant excursion into the hyperreality of the cosmos." Alexander's reading begins at 12:10 p.m. in the Morrison Library, Doe Library. For details on Lunch Poems, see lunchpoems.berkeley.edu.

Colloquium on the transfer-student experience slated for Nov. 2.

Moderated by Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Christina Maslach, this colloquium, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Advising in the College of Letters and Science, seeks to raise awareness about the many issues transfer students face at Berkeley. Panelists include Eva Rivas, director of the campus Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center; Sereeta Alexander, a former transfer student and current graduate student in the School of Education; and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, assistant professor of psychology. The colloquium takes place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 370 Dwinelle Hall. It is free and open to the public.

For the record . . .

In last week's article on the proposed restart of employee pension contributions we misstated the amount of UC's annual payroll. Citing systemwide Academic Senate chair John Oakley, the article should have read: "UC's annual payroll is $7 billion, Oakley noted in his memo to faculty."