UC Berkeley press release

NEWS RELEASE, 10/20/97

This Week at UC Berkeley-Oct. 20-26
Events of interest to the press and public

by Lyn Hunter

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Have We Come A Long Way, Baby? Status of Women at Berkeley Explored

The Women's Resource Center and the Title IX Compliance Office celebrates 25 years on campus by sponsoring a panel discussion on "Women@Century's End: The Status of Women at Berkeley" at 4 p.m. in 250 Cesar Chavez Center.

The lecture features presentations by longtime faculty and staff at Berkeley on what the campus was like when they arrived, how things have changed and what the future holds for women at Berkeley.

Speakers include Barbara Christian, professor of African American Studies; Carmen McKines, Title IX Compliance coordinator; Anita Madrid, Berkeley Pledge coordinator; and Yvette Gullat, Early Academic Outreach coordinator. For more information, call 643-5727.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Internet Abuzz As Users Share Apocalyptic Visions for Next Century

As the year 2000 approaches, optimistic and pessimistic scenarios for the future are colliding and combining as participants debate the meaning of the millennium on the Internet.

Some envision a world where United Nations armies wait in abandoned U.S. military bases, preparing to swoop down and confiscate guns from patriotic Americans, and then implant microchips in these defenseless citizens so every move and commercial transaction can be observed and recorded.

Tim Duane, an associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, has studied the evolution of these millennial dreams and nightmares, and will share his thoughts on how new technologies serve as both an important theme and as a primary medium for apocalyptic discourse at 4 p.m. in 3205 Dwinelle Hall. For more information, call 643-9670.

Friday, Oct. 24
Indian Ambassador to U.S. Reflects on His Country's 50 Years of Freedom

After breaking the chains of British colonial control in 1947, India was left to pick up the pieces with a largely uneducated and exploited population. Now, 50 years later, India has emerged as the world's largest democracy, taking its place in the international economy as a growing industrial power.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Naresh Chandra will be on campus to reflect on "India at 50: Economic and Social Challenges" at 4:30 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium in the Bechtel Engineering building. For more information, call 642-3608.

A complete listing of campus events is available at: http://www.berkeley.edu/calendar/

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