September 24, 2002, Volume 20 number 3

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The exhibits, “Studio Glass from the Collection of Don and Carol Wiiken” and “Joel Philip Myers: New Works, 1996-2000” open with a lecture at 10 a.m. on September 27 by Carol Wiiken in the Tweed Lecture Gallery. The Wiikens, who have provided leadership to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, have announced a generous gift to the Tweed Museum of Art that will begin a world-class contemporary glass collection unique to the Great Lakes region. Both exhibits run through December 21.

A lecture by Jane Calvin will be presented at 6 p.m. on October 3. Densely layered and darkly seductive, Calvin’s photographs create and recreate references to the memories, impulses and fantasies that tug at the edge of our conscious minds. Her images are constructed by montaging projected imagery and found objects into room-sized assemblages, which she then photographs in color.

The exhibit, “Selections from the Collection: Photographs and Photo-derived Artworks” will be on display through November 3. This exhibition presents prints and photographs from the permanent collection, many newly acquired. It also complements “Discontinuum: Photographs by Jane Calvin,” which is on display now through November 10.
For more information regarding the exhibitions and lectures mentioned above, call Mary at the Tweed Museum of Art at 726-7823.

“SMAWK” will offer children (ages 5-12) a museum-based fine arts experience through art appreciation, art history, artistic creativity and exploration of the Tweed Museum of Art. The sessions run from 10 a.m. - noon. “Looking through the Looking Glass: Watercolors from Studio Glass” is offered October 5 and 12. “Colors and Shapes of Mexico: Mixed Media Explorations” is offered October 19 and 26. “Printing Patterns: Celebrate the Seasons” is offered December 7 and 14. Call 726-8527 for more information or registration materials.


Stanislaus Orlovski, will speak about his drawings at noon on October 9 in the Tweed.

A lecture by designers Lou Danziger and Keith Goodard will be presented at 2 p.m. on October 10 in the Tweed.

Janet Cummings & Peter Good, designers, will give a presentation at 6 p.m. on October 21 and noon on October 22, in the Video and Digital Imaging Lab.

For more information call Mary at the Tweed Museum of Art at 726-7823.

music EVENTS

The inaugural celebration for the Weber Music Hall will be held October 24-27. Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, will present the first performance in the Weber Music Hall 2002-03 Ovation Guest Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. on October 25, 2002. The other three performances in the series include the Dale Warland Singers on November 9, T.S. Monk, on March 7; and the Turtle Island String Quartet will perform with the Ying Quartet on April 26. Call 726-8561, or 726-8877 for reservations and further information.

Honor Choir Festival Concert will be held at 4:45 p.m. on October 29 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.
For more information call 726-8561, or 726-8877 for more information.

Senior High School String Festival Concert will be held at 4 p.m. on October 30 in the Weber Music Hall.
For more information call 726-8561 or 726-8877.

theatre EVENTS

Brighton Beach Memoirs will run October 17-20 & 23 – 26. It’s 1937 at Brighton Beach, NY. The characters are a Jewish extended family struggling through the Depression and heading into the terrors of WWII. The household is crowded and financially depressed, but rich in spirit, love, hope, humor, and hormones! Be prepared to laugh and cry as the wide-eyed teenager, Eugene, takes the audience on a roller coaster journey as he “comes of age.”

EVENTS workshops

Tatiana Kostadinova, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, will talk on “East European Public Support for NATO Membership: Fears, Aspirations, and Change” on Wednesday, September 25 at noon, in the Library Fourth Floor Rotunda. Kostadinova will discuss how people in Central and Eastern Europe feel about their countries’ possible membership in the North Atlantic military alliance, “security vacuum,” and the East and Central European fears of falling under the control of the Russians again. She will also discuss international events (the Kosovo crisis in particular), and the November Prague Summit when up to seven countries are expected to be invited to become new NATO members.

“The Human Cost of a Cup of Coffee: Nicaraguan Coffee Farmers, the Global Economy, and You” will be presented by Cornelio Rivera, a Nicaraguan coffee farmer and leader of the Cooperative of Active Small Farmers of Jalapa (CCAJ) at noon on Thursday, October 3 in Ballroom A. The impact of the global economy on the livelihood and lives of coffee producers and the “fair trade” coffee movement in Nicaragua. He will discuss his efforts to bring together coffee producers throughout Nicaragua’s northern region to analyze policies that have created the drop in coffee prices on the world market and his work to organize coffee producers to advocate for fair trade.

The UMD Department of Philosophy presents a colloquium by Steve Chilton of the UMD Department of Political Science at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 in 290 Engr. The title of his talk is: “The Logical Structure of Dialectical Systems.” You can view his talk in pdf at Everyone Welcome!


The Department of Geology will be offering a number of presentations throughout the year. All presentations will be at 4 p.m. in 175 Life Science, with coffee at 3:50 p.m.
* On Thursday, September 26, Professor Jacqueline Huntoon, Geological & Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University, will present “Linked Effects of Climate and Sea-Level Variation on Stratigraphy in a Foreland Basin: Permian Paradox Basin, Southeastern Utah.”
* On Thursday, October 3, Les Hasbargen, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Twin Cities, will present “Erosion Dynamics in Steady State Drainage.”
* On Thursday, October 10, Kim Smith and Jill Flater, Department of Geological Sciences, UMD, will present “Iceland.”
* On Thursday, October 17, Russell Shapiro, professor of Geology at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present “Using Bugs and Dirt to Draw Lines: Microbialites, Biostratigraphy, and Biogeography.”
* On Thursday, November 7, George “Rip” Rapp, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and director Archaeometry Laboratory, UMD, will present “A Geo-Odyssey: Shifting Fields, Shifting Geographies.”
* On Thursday, November 21, Lisa Park, professor of Geology, University of Akron, Akron, OH will present “The Neogene of Africa: The Role of Environments in Terrestrial Evolution.”
* On December 5, Jim Miller, Minnesota Geological Survey, St. Paul, MN and Mark Severson, Natural Resources Research Institute, UMD, will present “The Skaergaard Intrusion of East Greenland: A Geologic Travelogue on the Mother of all Layered Mafic Intrusions.”

David Karpeles, founder and director, Karpeles Manuscript Library, will present “The Bible, Genesis and the Birth of Mathematics” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27 in 130 Solon Campus Center.
Did Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses use mathematics? A short discussion will be presented on what type of mathematics was available during the lifetime of each of the earliest biblical characters. Counting tokens; the earliest writing (using pictographic tablets); multiplication tables; reciprocal tables; and square root tables are introduced, as well as administrative problems which resulted in the solution by quadratic equations and a quadratic formula. In addition, conversion tables listing mysterious so-called coefficients for gold, silver, bricks, water, walking, carrying, etc. will be analyzed. Illustrations and exhibits of the actual original clay manuscript cuneiform tablet tables from the archives of the Karpeles Manuscript Library will be shown.
Refreshments will be served at the reception, starting at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Ellery Eells, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, will present “Decision Theory: Problems and Paradoxes” from 7 - 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3 in 120 Campus Center. This presentation will address some puzzling aspects of rational decision theory, according to which individuals should act to maximize their values, which values may be evaluated in different ways. This includes the Prisoners’ Dilemma, Newcomb’s Paradox, Pascal’s Wager, and relationships between rationality, causality, and morality, especially when there appear to be conflicts between plausible principles of rationality or between rationality and morality. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Frida Berrigan from The Arms Trade Resource Center, The World Policy Institute, The New School, NY, NY will present “American Militarism” from 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 in 175 Life Science Building. This presentation will address entanglements between arms manufacturers and the American government that introduce bias into United States foreign policy. Included within its scope are nuclear weapon’s policy and military training practices, with examples drawn from the missile defense (“Star Wars”) program, Latin American countries, and more recent interventions in Southeast Asia. Administration efforts to promote war with Iraq will also be considered. This lecture is free and open to the public. For information contact 726-8616.


Frida Berrigan, senior research associate at the World Policy Institute’s Arms Trade Resource Center, will also lecture on “The Pernicious Axis of Influence: Missile ‘Defense,’ the Military Industry and the Bush White House” at noon on Tuesday, October 8 in the Library Fourth Floor Rotunda. Berrigan’s remarks will reflect the views of the Arms Trade Resource Center, the objective of which is to promote restraint in the international arms trade. The Center’s researchers investigate instances of corporate welfare for weapons dealers, waste and pork in the military budget and the use of U.S. weapons in other countries.They research the Military Industrial Complex and how that relationship affects U.S. security, democracy and relations with other countries. From this research, the Center publishes reports, op-eds, magazine articles, and resources for th media, activists, nongovernmental organizations, members of Congress, and Executive branch policy-makers.


Don Wyatt, editor of the Duluth News Tribune will present, “Public Journalism and the Duluth News Tribune” at the next Urban Studies Brown Bag presentation from noon to 1 pm on October 16 in Kirby Ballroom. Wyatt will discuss the role of the newspaper in Duluth.    
Sheldon Johnson, deputy director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Spooner, Wisconsin will present, “Regional Planning” at the Urban Studies Brown Bag presentation from noon to 1 pm on November 20 in Kirby Ballroom. Johnson will discuss the planning trends in towns and rural areas. For information contact Judy Trolander at 726-8271.


The Simpsons Rule: Mathematical Morsels from “The Simpsons,” will be presented by Sarah Greenwald at 7 p.m. on October 17 in 200 Chemistry Building. “The Simpsons” debuted in December 1989, and thus it has been on the air for most of college students’ lives. Greenwald, assistant professor of mathematics at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, will use clips from various episodes to introduce and explore the related mathematical content, accuracy and pedagogical value. She has documented more than one hundred instances of mathematics on “The Simpsons,” from arithmetic to calculus to Riemannian geometry. Greenwald’s presentation on the Simpson’s has been cited in the New York Times, Upfront Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. For more information contact Joe Gallian at or 726-7576.

“Current Issues in Medicine” is the focus of this fall 2002 lecture series presented by the UMD School of Medicine. Lectures are held at 7:30 p.m. in 142 School of Medicine.
On October 8, “Chronic Wasting Disease and Other Prion Diseases” will be presented.
On November 12, “Emerging Topics in Infectious Disease” will be presented.
On December 10, “2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine” will be presented.
For more information visit


Sharon Sayles Belton, former mayor of Minneapolis, will present, “Looking Backward and Moving Forward” at 7 pm on October 9 in 323 Kirby. The event is presented by the Human Diversity Commission. For information contact Judy Trolander at 726-8271.

“The Intersex Patient Advocacy Movement: People vs Theory” will be presented by Cheryl Chase at 7 p.m. on October 23 in the Kirby Ballroom. Chase, from the Intersex Society of North America, will talk about medical ethics, human rights and more. For info contact Angela Nichols at 726-7300.

The UMD Library will host author Sarah Stonich from 4 - 6 p.m. on November 7, on the Fourth Floor Library Rotunda. Stonich is a St. Paul resident and Proctor native whose debut novel, “These Granite Islands” received honorable mention at the 2002 North Eastern Minnesota Book Awards.
“These Granite Islands” is the tale of 99-year Isobel who recalls the haunting summer of 1936, a summer that changed her life forever. Stonich will discuss past and present Minnesota writers bringing to light some of the differences between a regional and mass-market author. She will also discuss her own personal journey down the road to becoming a writer

EVENTS classes

Virginia Johnson Anderson, professor of Biological Sciences at Towson University, will be presenting four instructional workshops on campus October 10 and 11. She is an assessment activist, consultant, and author who has led grading and assessment workshops at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation.

A workshop on “Using the Grading Process to Enhance Student Learning, Teaching, and Assessment” will be held form 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, in the Bullpub and repeated from 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 11. This interactive workshop is based on the book Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment by Walvoord and Anderson.
“Cluing Students in to Academia” will be presented from 2 - 4 p.m on Thursday, October 10 Bullpub.

She concludes with a luncheon session “Grading: Work Smarter, not Harder! Talking about Tips and Strategies” from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 for faculty who teach writing intensive classes.

To reserve a place, contact Sheri Pihlaja at 726-6975, e-mail spihlaja@d.umn. edu or use the Instructional Development Service web site at


A new study group entitled Local Authors, presents its first class in the series from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 in the Bullpub. Joe Kelly, founder and executive director of Dads and Daughters (DADs), a national nonprofit membership group for fathers and daughters, will present “Challenges and Rewards of Being the Father of a Girl.

Thomas Homan, director of International Studies at the College of St. Scholastica and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. State department, will examine the impact of the attacks of September 11th on the world community at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 in the Bullpub. “It’s an intensely interesting time to watch as the various players around the world stake out their positions, both through bilateral relations and through international force,” Homan says.

John Steinbeck is a familiar name to literature students. His writings are believed by many to capture the life of the common man during the Depression-era 1930s. Retired local businessman Don Cameron has a different view, however. A long-time admirer of Steinbeck, Cameron will present some of the unknown aspects of this uniquely American writer as he presents “Remembering John Steinbeck: When America Was Young” at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23 in the Bullpub.

The Rec Sports Outdoor Program is offering fall programs. “Climbing Outside at Ely’s Peak” will be held from 2 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. “Climbing Skills— Building Solid Top Rope Anchors” will be held from 6:30 - 9:30 on Thursday, October 3. A “Fall Colors Hike at Jay Cooke State Park” will be offered from 3 - 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4.

glensheen EVENTS

Guided tours are offered at Glensheen from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily through October. A fall exhibit, “Chester Congdon, A Man of the Land,” will run through November 3. The exhibit features more than 50 of Congdon’s personal items from the U.S. and around the world that show his interest and love of the land.
German visitors aboard the MS Columbus, and anyone else interested in refreshing his or her foreign language skills while exploring local history, will have the rare opportunity to enjoy a German-translated tour of the Historic Congdon Estate at either 2 or 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. Call 218-726 8910 or toll-free: 888-454-GLEN (4536) for more information.

special EVENTS

“Student’s Journeys through Western Australia’s Dreamtime” will be presented September 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in 185 Life Science Building. A flag ceremony featuring the Cedar Creek Drum Singers will be the highlight of the presentation, in addition to a display of original aboriginal artifacts and a Big Screen Picture Show presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jes Durfee at 726-8141,, or see

Highlights of German cinema will be shown every other Thursday during the fall semester at 6:30 p.m. in 403 Humanities. The videos cover 70 years of German cinema, from the 1920s to the 1970s, and are followed by a discussion in German. For a listing of dates and films to be shown, see

The Sustainable Farming Association Farmers’ Market will be held every Wednesday through September at 2 p.m. under the Kirby overpass on Kirby Drive.

Planetarium shows are offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in 130 Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. For more information contact or 726-7129.

Homecoming Weekend, which is Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 28, will feature several evenof special interest to UMD faculty, staff and alumni. On Saturday, the 5 K run on campus will begin at 10 a.m. and at 4 pm, a Chili challenge and Cook-Off will be held in Lot C. An Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends Party will also be held at Fitger’s Courtyard at 8 p.m. Several other events are offered including a Battle of the Bands, Women’s Volleyball and Soccer, campus tours, a Carnival, a Homecoming Parade, a Football Game, and a Homecoming Dance on the Vista Fleet. For information see the web page at: For alumni information, e-mail

A Biology Alumni Homecoming and barbeque will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on September 28 outside the UMD Greenhouse, located at 1110 Kirby Drive. There also will be a Life Science Open House from 1 - 3 p.m. Visit professors, tour labs, meet current students and meet with the local architects who designed the new James I. Swenson Science Building. To RSVP e-mail or call 726-6262.



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