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Next Week At UC Berkeley: A round-up of key news events for the week of Feb. 16-22

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19
"The U.S., the Islamic World, and the Question of Palestine"

One of the most prominent literary and cultural critics of our time, Professor Edward Said of Columbia University, will lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium. Note: all public tickets have been distributed. Credentialed media wishing to cover must contact Janet Gilmore in the Media Relations Office at (510) 642-3734.

"Straight No Chaser: The Paradox of Black Identities in the Information Age"
Continuing the "New Directions in African Diasporic Thought" series sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, this lecture will discuss the role of globalization in the depoliticization of black popular culture and the dislocation of cultural identities. The lecture will be from 12-2 p.m. in the Albert Johnson Conference Room, 654 Barrows Hall. For more information, contact the Department of African American Studies at (510) 642-7084.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
"McJihad: Islam in the U.S. Global Order"

New York University Professor Timothy Mitchell, author of the recently published Rule of Experts: "Egypt, Techno-politics, Modernity" and Director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies, will discuss issues of the Middle East and U.S. at 5 p.m. in 340 Stephens Hall. For more information, call the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at (510) 642-8208.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
"Navigating the Murky Waters of Conflict of Interest: Public Controversies at Home and Abroad"

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, this one-day conference will present a distinguished panel of scholars, officeholders, political practitioners and reformers to discuss the conflict of interest in public life. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lipman Room of Barrows Hall. For more information, visit the conference website or call the Institute at (510) 642-5006.