News Briefs

Black History Month And LEGOS at LHS

Lawrence Hall of Science will celebrate Black History Month with two programs in February as it prepares for an upcoming exhibit featuring one of the world's most popular toys.

On Feb. 11 and Feb. 19, storyteller Tureeda Mikell and students from Oakland High School will present a story of how knowledge of African-American contributions in space affects the lives of two inner-city children.

"Outta Sight" will be presented at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. both days. It is free with regular hall admission.

Meanwhile, preparations are under way for the exhibit, Invention Adventure, developed by the LEGO Toy Co. especially for science centers.

A "block party" to kick off the program will be held Saturday, March 2. Two professional model designers will construct a 10-foot-tall robot from the plastic blocks.

The exhibit will feature three major areas: structures, machines and robotics. Visitors will be free to use thousands of LEGO parts to try their hand at serious building.

Invention Adventure will run from March 2 through June 2.

I-House Scholarships

Room and board scholarships at International House for academic year 1996-97 or fall semester '96 are available to graduate or upper-division students who have already completed one academic year at Berkeley and demonstrate financial need.

International students may obtain applications at the I-House Services for International Students and Scholars. Deadline is March 1. U.S. and permanent residents may obtain applications from the I-House Personnel Office by March 15.

Moral Thriller Opens

The Center for Theater Arts and the Townsend Center for the Humanities are presenting the play "Death and the Maiden," in the Durham Studio Theater at 8 p.m. through Jan. 31 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 4.

The joint effort of professional theater artists and Berkeley students will be directed by guest artist Joy Carlin. Tickets are $4 for students and seniors, $6 faculty and staff, and $8 general admission.

A free symposium, "Death and the Maiden Torture and the Dilemmas of Reconciliation," will be held Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Durham Studio Theater.

State's Master Plan Gets Close Look

California's much praised Master Plan for Higher Education will be reviewed by the Rand Corp. under the sponsorship of the California Education Round Table.

The round table received a $420,000 grant to review the master plan and has hired the Rand Corp. to focus on the state's changing environment, changing student demand, responses to current and foreseeable problems and resources planning.

The study is expected to be completed in the fall. Members of the round table have been reviewing issues--such as student access and funding resources--for more than a year and decided it was time to commission an independent organization to examine the issues.

The round table is comprised of the chief executives of California education.

California in the Making

The Berkeley Natural History Museums 1996 Lecture Series will host a visual exploration of the making of California by geologist Robert A. Matthews of UC Davis Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building. For information, call 642-7541.

They Still Wander

Nomads still carry on their traditional lifestyle in Mongolia, western China and Kazakstan and their culture will be explored by Jeannine Davis-Kimball, executive director of the Kazakh-American Research Project Inc., at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Kroeber Hall.

Slides and a collection of ethnic costumes and everyday wear will illustrate what such nomads wore then and now. Admission is $5.

A subsequent lecture sponsored by the museum Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. will feature famed women archaeologists Rosemary Joyce, Margaret Conkey and Ruth Tringha, who will apply feminist insights to understanding past societies. Audience participation will be solicited. Admission for this second lecture is also $5, same location.


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