Weekly Bulletin
November 8, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 8
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News and features
Human-powered vehicles
Cancer: a complex material
Surviving change
United Way Campaign begins November 10
Nassau Notes
Arts & Exhibits
Page one
Research funding announced
Cleveland Tower liberated

Nassau Notes


Dance series
     The Paul Taylor Dance Company will dance "Oh! You Kid!" choreographed by Taylor at McCarter Theatre at 8:00 pm on November 9. (Photo by Lois Greenfield)  


Nikita Mikhalkov and daughter Nadja from a 1996 documentary


Filmmaker examines past, future

     Filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov will give a lecture on "Russia! Her Past and Future" at 4:30 pm on November 9 in 101 McCormick.
     Mikhalkov has starred in and directed more than 20 films and won an Oscar in 1994 for Burnt By the Sun. His most recent film, The Barber of Siberia, is due to premier in the United States this month. Head of the Russian Filmmaker's Union, he is president of the Russian Cultural Foundation.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Russian Studies, Center of International Studies and Committee for European Studies.


     Juniors Dave Popoli and Lindsay Garrenton (r) star in Mad Forest, presented by Theatre Intime November 11 through 20.


     Novelist Edwidge Danticat (l) will read from her work at 4:30 pm on November 10 in the Stewart Theater at 185 Nassau St., as part of Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series. (Photo by Arturo Patten)

Pop music
     Flamenco song, dance. Guitarist Paco de Lucia Sextet will appear at McCarter Theatre at 8:00 pm on November 10.

Lyle Lovett will perform at McCarter Theatre at 8:00 and 10:45 pm on November 12. (Photo by Michael Wilson)



Portrait of Goethe by Ludwig Sebbers, 1826, on display in Firestone Library

Conference honors Goethe
     "Goethe and the Age of Romanticism," an international conference in honor of the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749&endash;1832), will be held on campus November 11 through 14.
     "The conference will offer perspectives on Goethe's versatility and influence as poet, playwright, novelist, artist, essayist and scientist," says conference organizer Walter Hinderer, professor of Germanic languages and literatures. "Although he was critical at times of Romantic literature and art, the Romantics admired him as the founding father and exemplar of their ideas on art and aesthetics."
     On the evening of November 11, a reception will be held in Firestone Library, where objects related to the conference (paintings, drawings, watercolors, original letters and first editions) will be on exhibit.
     All sessions on November 11 and 12 will be in 106 McCormick Hall; all sessions on November 13 and 14 will be in Betts Auditorium at the Architecture School.
     For more information, call 258-4141 or visit


Blumenthal speaks on presidents
     Sidney Blumenthal will give a public lecture on "Presidents and Democracy: An American History" at 8:00 pm on November 9 in Helm Auditorium, McCosh Hall 50.
     As assistant to the president, Blumenthal provides President Clinton with advice on a wide range of subjects, including politics and policy and major presidential speeches. He was a principal writer of the president's 1998 and 1999 State of the Union addresses and is presidential liaison to the prime minister of Great Britain.
     Before joining the White House, Blumenthal was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He has also been a staff writer for the Washington Post, and national political correspondent and senior editor for The New Republic.
     He is the author of several books, including Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War andOur Long National Daydream: A Political Pageant of the Reagan Era.
     This is the annual Willard and Margaret Thorp Lecture in American Studies, cosponsored this year by the Woodrow Wilson School. It will be simulcast on Channel 7 on campus and on RCN Channel A-11 and broadcast on the web at


Shultz looks at "Road Ahead"
     Former Secretary of State George Shultz will give a lecture on "The Road Ahead" at 9:30 am on November 13 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
     An economist, Shultz has combined academics and government service in a long and distinguished career. After earning his BA at Princeton in 1942 and his PhD at MIT in 1949, he was a member of President Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he later served as dean. Appointed secretary of labor in 1969, he went on to be director of the Office of Management and Budget and secretary of the Treasury and to chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Nixon.
     In 1974 Shultz left government to become president and director of the Bechtel Group for eight years. He also taught at Stanford University until appointed secretary of state by President Reagan in 1982.
     In this position for seven years, he played a key role in implementing foreign policy that brought about the end of the Cold War and the development of strong relationships between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.
     After leaving office in 1989, Shultz became director and senior counselor at Bechtel, professor of international economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 1989 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor.
     Among his many books are Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State (1993) and Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines (1978).

Ambassador discusses Slovak society
     Martin Butora will speak on "Slovakia Ten Years After: Rebirth of Civil Society" at 4:30 pm on November 11 in 1 Robertson Hall.
     Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States, Butora served as human rights adviser to President Vaclav Havel and director of the section for human rights from 1990 to 1992. A cofounder of the Public Against Violence movement, in 1997 he was cofounder of the Institute for Public Affairs, a public policy research think tank in Bratislava, of which he is president.
     A 1993-94 fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Butora later coordin-ated a research project based on video testimonies of Holocaust survivors from Slovakia, produced in cooperation with the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University. From 1996-98 he was the coeditor of Global Reports on Slovaki.
     Author of several books, he writes on post-Communist transformation. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.

Scholars discuss Latin American economies
     A conference on "Latin American Economies in the Long Run," organized by the Program in Latin American Studies, will be held on November 12 and 13.
     The focus of the conference will be supply-side changes within market factors and changes in the microeconomic policy climate, capital markets and technology. The format consists of panel discussions and presentations followed by open discussion sessions.
     Participants include Arminio Fraga, head of Brazil's central bank, and other financial leaders and economists, as well as others from academic, multilateral and governmental institutions.
     The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at
     The conference is sponsored by the Department of Economics, Woodrow Wilson School, Center of International Studies, Council on Regional Studies and Research Program in Development Studies.