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06 March 2001 |

NEH chair visits campus
William Ferris, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will discuss “The Humanities and the Blues” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in 315 Wheeler Hall.

An author, folklorist and filmmaker, Ferris became NEH chairman in 1997. Prior to that, he served 18 years as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

He also spearheaded the creation of the best-selling Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published in 1989, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Ferris’s visit is sponsored by African American Studies, the Department of English and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. For information, call 643-0734.

Parents’ newsletter online
The spring issue of Letter Home, the newsletter sent to the families of all undergraduates, is being mailed this week to some 20,000 households.

The issue features an overview of Cal Day activities with a special insert of the event’s promotional brochure; a faculty profile of nutritional science Professor George Chang; and an up-close look at Registrar Susanna Castillo-Robson and the campus’s registrar’s office. Also included are a question and answer section on the Disabled Students’ Program, the announcement of Professor Christina Maslach’s appointment as vice provost for undergraduate education, and the 2001 commencement schedule.

See for an online version of the newsletter, published by the Cal Parents unit in the Office of Public Affairs.

Advising conference registration is open
March 21 is the deadline to register for the 10th Annual Advising, Counseling and Mentoring Conference, to be held on campus March 26 through March 28. This year’s conference is titled “Sharing Our Best Practices: Collaborating Across the Campus Community.”

A welcome reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., March 26, in the atrium of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The conference begins with continental breakfast at 8 a.m., March 27, at the Clark Kerr Campus. Registration for both events is required and admission is free.

Visit to register.

Lange Fellowship winner exhibits at Moffitt Library
An exhibit of the photos of Peter Lemieux, recipient of the 2001 Dorothea Lange Fellowship in documentary photography, is currently on display in Moffitt Undergraduate Library.

Located next to the first-floor elevator bank, the exhibit features three showcases of photographs by Lemieux, as well as text and reference materials on acclaimed Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange.

A graduate student at the Haas School of Business, Lemieux plans to use his fellowship to document the lives of migrant workers living in San Francisco’s Mission District. The exhibition showcases preliminary work he has done there and his description of the project, as well as a series of photographs he made in Cuba during the past decade.

The exhibit was designed by the Office of Public Affairs, which sponsors the annual fellowship. It will remain on display for most of the semester. See for information about the fellowship and this year’s winner.


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