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Stories for April 8, 1998

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Nobelist Wole Soyinka To Give Elberg Lecture

Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka will deliver the 1998 Sanford S. Elberg Lecture, “Cultural Relativism and Global Claims,” Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Lipman Room, on the 8th floor of Barrows Hall.

A writer, poet, dramatist and human rights activist, Soyinka won the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1934, Soyinka’s literary career began in the experimental theater of 1950s England. His work includes plays, memoir, novels, poems, analysis and commentary.

Soyinka was imprisoned from 1967 to 1969 during the civil war in Nigeria for writing an article appealing for a cease-fire. His experience in solitary confinement is recorded in “The Man Died: Prison Notes.” He has taught at many universities, including Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Sheffield and Cambridge.

Persecuted and sentenced to death by the Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, Soyinka is now living in the United States. The Elberg Lecture was established in 1987 by the Institute of International Studies in honor of former graduate dean Sanford S. Elberg, emeritus professor of medical microbiology and immunology.

A transcript of Soyinka’s lecture, along with an interview, will be published on the Insitute of International Studies web site,

Campus Resource Guide for Sexual Minorities

The Berkeley Campus Resource Guide for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community, also known as the LGBT Resource Guide, is now available on the web.

The site includes a directory of LGBT-friendly staff and faculty who have volunteered to serve as resources for others on campus. The site is intended to facilitate improved referrals between departments and student service units, enhance networking between LGBT people on campus, and promote academic networking, says associate professor Jane Mauldon, chair of the Campus Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.

The resource guide can be found at A hard copy will be published next fall.

Dance Concert Explores Dramatic, Lyrical, Abstract

The Center for Theater Arts’ annual spring dance concert April 16-25 will feature original dances by dance faculty – Marni Thomas, Carol Murota, Christopher Dolder, David Wood and guest artist Anne Westwick.

Directed by Thomas, the concert will include two premieres: “Overnight,” set to the evocative music of the Celtic fiddle, and “Framed,” which ties the childhood game of hopscotch to the inevitable molds of the everyday grind.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, April 16 through 18 and 23 through 25 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances Sunday, April 19, and Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. All performances are in Zellerbach Playhouse.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for faculty and staff, and $10 general admission.

For tickets and reservations call 642-9988. For information call 642-9925 or 642-1677.

Colloquium on Scholarly Communication

On Thursday, April 23, the Townsend Center for the Humanities presents “The Future of Scholarly Communication: Audiences and Constituencies,” a colloquium offered in conjunction with activities celebrating the inauguration of Chancellor Berdahl.

Discussants will include Manual Castles of city and regional planning and the Center for West European Studies, Catherine Gallagher from English, Carla Hesse from history, Robion Kirby from mathematics and Michael Watts from geography and the Institute of International Studies. Randolph Starn and Christina Gillis will moderate.

The colloquium will take place at 2 p.m. in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall.

New Offices for Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies Department has moved to new and more centrally located offices in Dwinelle Hall.

During spring break the department left 2241 College, the 1885 Victorian in the Boalt Hall parking lot where Women’s Studies has been headquarted since 1993.

The new departmental office address is 3403 Dwinelle. Its campus mail code remains 1070.

For information call 642-2767.

Research Apprentice Proposals Due April 20

Faculty members who want to involve undergraduates in their research projects have until Monday, April 20, to submit their Undergraduate Research Apprentice proposals for fall 1998. Proposed projects will be publicized in the fall URAP brochure and web page, available to students in this semester’s last week of classes. Faculty select apprentices from applications submitted to the program at the start of fall term and receive a small grant to cover research expenses. Apprentices commit three to 12 hours weekly to a project.

For an application or information, call Terry Strathman at 642-3795, or email

April 24 ­ 26: Talking About Language and Gender

Language and gender will be examined at the fifth Berkeley Women and Language Conference, to be held April 24 to 26 at the Berkeley Conference Center.

The annual interdisciplinary conference includes work from fields ranging from anthropology to mass communication. This year’s presenters discuss gender and language in relation to professional identity; how women and men critique objects and buildings; lesbians and gays; sexual assault; the death of Princess Diana; bridal magazines; international issues; and other subjects.

On Saturday afternoon Ursula LeGuin, the author of “Nebula” and Hugo Award-winning science fiction classics, will present a performance piece entitled “Loud Cows” and answer questions.

Registration is $30 for students, $40 for others. Registration fees fund the conference. The public can attended Saturday’s sessions for $10, $7 for students.

Until April 26, conference proceedings can be ordered for the pre-publication price of $30.

For information contact the Berkeley Women and Language Group, 1203 Dwinelle Hall;; or The conference is wheelchair accessible.

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