News Briefs

Workshop on Designing Barrier-Free Web

A free workshop on how to make pages on the World Wide Web accessible to people with disabilities will be held Sept. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive Gund Theater.

The workshop will consider issues facing users who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, it will provide information on how to develop pages for low-tech public libraries and schools.

The workshop is free but an RSVP is required. Contact is required.

The event is sponsored by Workstation Support Services of Information Systems and Technology and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

Information about the event, including accessibility and disability-related accommodations at the workshop, is available at:

Internet Experiment Seeks Volunteers

The Internet Demand Experiment (INDEX) is a project designed to determine how people value the quality of their Internet access. This information is important to internet users, service providers and economists.

The project will recruit 150 participants from among Berkeley students, faculty and staff. Participants will receive subsidized internet access in their homes. The project will pay for the ISDN phone line and loan equipment. Subjects will participate in a series of economic experiments to determine how they value internet access.

To learn more about this project, visit its web site: http://www.INDEX.Berkeley.EDU/public/index.phtml

Science and Math Enrichment Programs

Lawrence Hall of Science provides fun after-school science and math enrichment programs for schools, child care centers, scout troops, play groups, home schoolers, PTAs and others seeking enjoyable and unique educational activities.

Choose from single-visit workshops or multi-session visits. Your group can enjoy programs such as Getting to Know Animals, Exploring the Heavens, Life Under Water, Secret Formulas, Bubble-ology, Crime Lab Chemistry and many more.

For a catalog of programs and for information on how to schedule a program for your group, call 642-1700.

Dialogue on Refugees

The Working Group on Refugee Studies, formerly the Working Group on Refugee Health and Human Rights, holds its first meeting of the 1997-98 academic year Sept. 8. School of Law lecturer C. Patty Blum will speak on the current crisis in U.S. asylum law.

Topics of subsequent sessions are "Living in Anguish: The Refugees of Srebrenica," Oct. 13; health care of refugees, Nov. 10; and an open discussion Dec. 8.

Meetings are the second Monday of each month in Boalt Hall, room 14 (ground floor),4 to 6 p.m.

For information contact Harvey M. Weinstein at 642-0965, or via email at

Librarian Award Nominations Sought

The Berkeley division of the Librarians Association is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Librarian Award. The honor recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the missions of the university.

Nominations, due Sept. 19, may be made by librarians, faculty, staff or students.

For information, see or contact Kathleen Vanden Heuvel at the Law Library, 643-9147 or

Arabic Poetry/Arab Art At Worth Ryder

"There is between word and picture a visible relationship and an intelligible spiritual marriage," wrote Arab Muslim mystic Ibn Arabi (1165-1240 AD). That marriage is the subject of a group exhibition of seven contemporary Arab artists, "Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry," through Sept. 19 at Worth Ryder Gallery.

The gallery is free and open to the public. It is located in 116 Kroeber Hall, open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.

East Indian Films

A series of films from five regions of India over three decades is featured by Pacific Film Archive on Sundays and Thursdays during September. While many of the films focus on women's experiences, the Sunday screenings are devoted to films by women directors.

The Thursday night screenings include "The Chosen One," about a village woman possessed by a benign spirit; "Hot Winds," which deals on an intimate level with the effects of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan; the controversial box office smash hit "Roja," and "A Day's Bread," an adaptation of a short story about a Punjab village woman.

The Sunday series by women directors features "Roa Saheb," exploring the predicament of women in traditional Indian society; "Parama," a drama about a married woman who has an affair; and "Pestonjee," depicting the Parsi bourgeoisie and a man out of step with his times.

For 24-hour recorded PFA program information, call 642-1124. To charge tickets by phone, call 642-5249.



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