News Briefs

Arab Cinema Series

"Badis," a Moroccan drama about two women living in a island community with traditional ties to Spain, is part of Pacific Film Archive's ongoing "Arab Cinema" series. The exhibition, through Feb. 28, spotlights features made since 1939 in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Many are local premieres.

Feb. 6 Regents' Lecture
By Artist Hans Haacke

Hans Haacke, an internationally exhibited conceptual artist, has been visiting campus as a Regents' Lecturer. On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. in 275 Kroeber Hall, he will be featured in "A Discussion with Hans Haacke."

"It is generally acknowledged that Haacke is one of the most interesting and significant artists working in Europe or American today," said Anne Wagner, professor of modern art history.

Haacke has won several prestigious prizes and often uses his work to demonstrate the connections between art and other aspects of contemporary life„the environment, corporations, historical memory or urban life, for example.

"In each instance, an important element of the work is intellectual: information and knowledge are offered, and the viewer is asked to think about the implication of both," said Wagner in nominating Haacke as a Regents' Lecturer.

Research Lecturers:
Nominations Sought

Each year the Academic Senate elects two faculty research lecturers to give public lectures under the auspices of the chancellor. Faculty members are invited to submit nominations.

Lecturers are selected on the basis of scholarly research chiefly conducted while on the faculty. Nominees should be recognized as leaders in their disciplines.

Send nominations to MC 5842, Faculty Research Lectureship, Academic Senate, Berkeley Division, 320 Stephans Hall. The deadline for nominations is March 2.

Townsend Lecture:
Of Africans and Jews

Historian Natalie Zemon Davis, Avenali Visiting Professor at the Townsend Center, will deliver a lecture on "Africans and Jews in the Plantation Culture of 18th-Century Suriname." It will take place Monday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building.

A follow-up discussion with Davis and a panel of commentators will be held Thursday, Feb, 13, at 4 p.m. in the Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler).

Both events are free and open to the public. Call 643-9670 for more information.

Davis is currently the Northrop Frye Visiting Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Toronto. Her scholarship has brought into focus an extraordinary range of "marginal" figures in the history of Early Modern Europe.

Her books include "Society and Culture in Early Modern France," "The Return of Martin Guerre" (translated into 10 languages), "Fiction in the Archives" and "Women on the Margins: Three 17th-Century Lives."

Hellman Awards
For Faculty Research

Applications are now being accepted for research awards from the Hellman Family Faculty Fund, which supports research of distinguished research projects of assistant professors.

In this, the third funding year for the awards, a total of $250,000 will be available, with a $50,000 maximum for any one award. Quality of research is the most important criterion for selection. The deadline for applications is March 7.

Further information can be found on the web site of the Office of the Vice Provost at, or call Sarah Moulton at 642-1963.

Creating a Web Page:
Help Is On the Way

Are you in a humanities or social science department without adequate technical assistance, or a faculty member without a Web page and too busy to read the HTML manuals?

Help in putting up your own Web page is available during Web Week, on a first-come-first served basis, for any Senate member teaching this semester. There is no need to register in advance.

To claim your piece of cyberspace, come to the help desk in 550 Moffitt Library, Feb. 18 through 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.

On a floppy diskette, bring spring course material (such as a reading list and syllabus) along with a resume or other biographical information. A Web Week technical assistant will show you the simple steps for launching your web page, and will capture your image with a digital camera. Your new account will be initiated immediately on the Socrates server.

Information on designing your own web page may be found at

For more information email or call 643-9433.


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