A rare Bay Area visit by one of the most distinguished writers of our time will take place Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m., when Pultizer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks offers an evening of poetry at Wheeler Auditorium.
Brooks became the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her book "Annie Allen." She is author of over 20 volumes of poetry and one novel. During her prolific career, Brooks has received the National Book Foundation's medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters, the National Endowment for the Humanities' 1994 Jefferson Lecturer post, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award and its highest honor, the Frost Medal.
As a beloved member of Chicago's artistic community, Brooks has been honored with a chair in her name at Chicago State University, where she serves as a writer in residence. She received the Chicago Pioneers Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and had two public schools named after her. Since 1968 she has been the Poet Laureate of the state of Illinois.
"An Evening with Gwendolyn Brooks" is sponsored by the African American Studies Department and several dozen campus cosponsors. Free and open to the public, this event is wheelchair accessible and sign-language interpreted.
Artwork by faculty members and their spouses is now being exhibited on a rotating basis along the central hallway of the Faculty Club.
Currently on display are paintings by Helen Angelakos, wife of Diogenes Angelakos, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences. The new show features oil and pastel landscapes depicting locations the artist has visited in the United States and abroad.
The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the recipient of a challenge grant from the Marcia Simon Weisman Foundation to support museum acquisitions. For every dollar in acquisition endowment pledged in 1997, the foundation will contribution two dollars, up to $100,000.
"This generous grant enables us to take a more active role in acquisitions," noted museum director Jacquelynn Baas. The new fund will be called the Berkeley Art Museum Friends and Trustees Acquisitions Fund.
Marcia Weisman was a devoted trustee of the museum from 1987 until her death in 1991. "At trustee meetings, Marcia would often cut right to the core of discussions by saying 'Don't forget about the art.' She herself never did," Baas noted, adding that the gift "also recognizes Marcia Weisman's respect for the expertise of members of the museum's staff."
Those interested in making a gift to help meet the challenge grant may call the museum's development office at 642-1636.
Java used to mean coffee. Now it's known as a hot new computer programming language. The campus is being treated to a full day of Java talk on April 21.
Sun Microsystems, developer of Java, has planned its first West Coast Java Day at Berkeley. Talks by top-level Sun researchers and developers are open to students, faculty and staff and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium.
The day will feature a 3:30 p.m. session on Java research projects at Berkeley. Other topics include Java's architecture, databases, graphics and browser. A panel discussion at 4:45 p.m. concludes the day.
Those wishing to attend all or part of the free event are asked to RSVP via email to javaday@dev. urel.berkeley.edu.
On Tuesday, April 8, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative passed by California voters in November, is constitutional.
The UC Office of the President issued the following statement in response to inquiries:
"Today's federal appellate court ruling upholding Proposition 209 will have no effect on University of California undergraduate admission decisions for fall of 1997. The UC Board of Regents' resolution eliminating the use of race, gender and ethnicity in admissions is consistent with Proposition 209. Any future university decisions regarding admissions or other programs that may be affected by Proposition 209 will be taken in accordance with the law."
The Boundaries in Question Conference will be held Friday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft Way (at Bowditch). Anyone interested in graduate student research in women, gender and sexuality is encouraged to attend.
Cal Corps, the campus's Public Service Center, is sponsoring activities through April 19 to celebrate national Service Week, a component of President Clinton's effort to generate "a new season of service."
Among the events is an Ameri-Corps information meeting on April 17 in the ASUC Senate chambers from noon to 1 p.m. and a Hunger Clean-up Day Service Project Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cal Corps is celebrating 30 years of service to campus. It has involved students in community. This year, more than 1,900 Berkeley students are involved in public service through the Public Service Center.
Students are involved with AmeriCorps, Cal Corps, as well as summer volunteer internships, service-learning classes and student-initiated service projects.
For more information call the Public Service Center at 643-0305.
Orchestral and choral music by Stravinsky-"Rite of Spring," along with "Mass" and "Symphony of Psalms-will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, in a Department of Music presentation at Hertz Hall.
The evening features the University Symphony Orchestra, with David Milnes as music director, and the University Chorus, led by visiting music director Joseph Jennings.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office, 642-9988 and at Hertz Hall starting one hour before each concert.