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02 April 2008

Celebration of Haas professor John Freeman's life to be held April 13

A celebration of the life of Haas School of Business Professor John Freeman, who died March 3, will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by phoning 642-2366 or e-mailing jessica_gill@haas.berkeley.edu. Parking will be available at the Kleeberger Lot, opposite the Haas School.

Student art on exhibit through April 12

"The Dirt Show," an exhibition of student works curated by art-practice professor Richard Shaw, will be on view at the Worth Ryder Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, between April 3 and 12; a reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. The gallery's hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; it will also be open on Cal Day, Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, phone 642-2582.

CSHE study considers undergraduate 'cultures of engagement'

A new working paper from the campus Center for Studies in Higher Education challenges the idea that undergraduate-student engagement can be defined as active participation in class and deep interest in the ideas presented in class. Researchers who analyzed upper-division-student attitudes using data from UC's Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) conclude that this description fits the culture of engagement in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, but not the dominant culture of engagement in the natural sciences, business, and engineering.

For access to the paper, "Two Cultures: Undergraduate Academic Engagement," visit cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/publications.php?id=298.

UC police chief issues open letter to students on tree protest

In a letter e-mailed to students and published as an ad in The Daily Californian on Wednesday, Chief Victoria Harrison outlined the UC Police Department's approach to handling the ongoing protest by tree-sitters near Memorial Stadium. In the letter she talks about the challenges of law enforcement in an environment like the Berkeley campus, where "policing requires understanding, sensitivity, and tolerance if this campus is to remain a hospitable host for the free exchange of ideas and opinions." Although it has been ruled illegal in court, she says, the long-lasting occupation of the oak grove continues for now. "While there should be consequences for these actions," she writes, "our response needs to be commensurate with the crime and consistent with our values."

The chief wrote that when the final ruling (expected by June) is issued in the court case over removal of the trees, "everyone will have had their day in court, and it will be time to end the occupation of trees." She said "planning continues for a peaceful but certain conclusion to this protest."

The full text of the letter is online at newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/policechief.

Diller Lecture, on Israeli/Palestinian economic issues, is April 10

The annual Diller Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, this year features Arie Arnon, professor of economics at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a visiting professor at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His topic is "Between One State and Two: The Political and Economic Future of Israel and Palestine." The lecture will review such current issues as the question of borders, Jerusalem, and the 1948 refugees. Special attention will be paid to the economic aspects of these issues, such as trade regimes, labor links, economic borders, and financial and monetary arrangements.

The Diller Lecture takes place Thursday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club. For information, phone 642-8208.

UCTV launches channels on YouTube and iTunesU

University of California Television (UCTV) has partnered with YouTube and Apple's iTunesU to launch channels that will extend the reach and accessibility of its growing video archive. Thousands of videos are available at UCTV's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/uctv) and in iTunesU's "Beyond Campus" podcast directory.

UCTV's YouTube channel houses an archive of more than 1,800 programs, with more added daily. Mobile listening and viewing of UCTV programs are also possible through UCTV's home page within iTunesU's "Beyond Campus" content area (deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/uctv.tv), which offers a directory of educational podcasts for the general public; visitors can access UCTV's monthly podcast features and subscribe to audio- and video-podcast feeds by subject area or series.

As always, UCTV is available to almost 18 million homes nationwide via the Dish Network (Channel 9412), the Internet (www.uctv.tv), and cable TV (www.uctv.tv/cable).