News Briefs

United Nations Expert Is Regents' Lecturer

Sir Brian Urquhart, whose professional life has been, in many respects, a history of the United Nations, will be on campus from Feb. 28 through March 22 as a Regents' Lecturer. During his visit, which is being co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies and the Department of Political Science, he will give a lecture, participate in a forum on multilateral intervention, teach courses in the sponsoring departments and participate in an electronic forum with local high-school students.

His lecture, "An International Community: Fact or Fiction?" will take place Monday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Alumni House.

The forum, "Genocide, War Crimes and Multilateral Intervention," with Ernst Haas, Robson Research Professor of Government; and Eric Stover, director of the Human Rights Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, will take place Tuesday, March 12, also at 4 p.m. at Alumni House.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Urquhart, a leading writer on the future of the United Nations, served in various capacities at the United Nations from its founding in 1946 until he retired 40 years later. He was personal assistant to the first secretary general, Trygve Lie, then served in key capacities under Ralphe Bunche from 1954 to 1971. After 1972 he served as under-secretary general for special political affairs.

Among his books are biographies of Dag Hammarskjold and Ralphe Bunche, a study of decolonization and, most recently, on reforming the United Nations system. His articles have set the terms of debate for all future discussion of rethinking the UN system.

David Whitman Photos

The photographs of David Whitman, manager of Hertz Hall, will be showcased at Oakland's 60th Street Gallery from Saturday, March 2, through Sunday, March 31. The exhibit, "Brazilian Figurative Imagery," features award-winning photographer Whitman's images from the northeastern state of Bahia and watercolors by Oakland artist Karen Frey.

There will be a reception for the artists Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit was timed to coincide with the Bay Area debut of Brazil's acclaimed "Bale Folclorico da Bahia" on Friday, March 1, in Zellerbach Hall, presented by Cal Performances. The Brazilian troupe also will present a free workshop in Hertz Hall Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Department of Music.

The 60th Street Gallery is located at 544 60th St. in Oakland. For more information, phone 658-6920. For more information on the March 1 performance, call 642-9988.

Vehicle Requests

Departments interested in purchasing new vehicles during the 1996 calendar year should contact Fleet Services to place their orders.

The deadline for placing orders through the state contract varies according to make and model, but the majority of manufacturers' cutoff dates are in March.

Use of the contract is mandated by California's planned purchasing agreements. Campus departments must adhere to the contract and various ordering widows.

Departments that miss the 1996 ordering window must wait until the next ordering window opens in January 1997.

Fleet Services can assist departments in determining the best vehicle for their needs by completing a vehicle analysis form. For more information or to obtain a form, contact Eric Robinson at 643-6596 or

Gospel Spectacular

And Banquet Feb. 29

To top off its month-long celebration of African-American History Month, International House has planned a Heritage Dinner Thursday, Feb. 29, followed by a "Gospel Spectacular," featuring a lineup of African-American church choirs and soloists.

The all-you-can-eat buffet dinner in the Dining Commons, featuring African, New Orleans-style soul food and island dishes, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $6 at the door.

The Gospel Spectacular, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will include both traditional and contemporary numbers, performed either with instrumental accompaniment or a cappella. Admission to the concert is $3 for the general public or free for I House members. Call 642-9460 for reservations. For general information about the evening, call 642-3386.

Travel Grants

The application deadline for Caribbean summer field research grants, sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, is Friday, March 1, at 4 p.m.

All registered Berkeley graduate students are eligible to apply. Three to five awards will be granted. The money will cover travel to non-Spanish and non-Portuguese speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Applications must be picked up in person at the center, 2334 Bowditch St. Direct questions to Karina Robinson, 642-2088, or karinar@

Faculty Research Lectureship

The deadline for nominating candidates for the Faculty Research Lectureship, sponsored by the Academic Senate, is March 1.

Two faculty members will be selected, each of whom will give a public lecture under the auspices of Chancellor Tien. Lecturers are singled out for the distinction of their research, which should have been carried out chiefly while members of the Berkeley faculty.

Nominations should be sent to: 5482, Faculty Research Lectureship, Academic Senate-Berkeley Division, 320 Stephens Hall. For a petition, call xxx-xxxx.

Exchange Program

With support of William V. Power of the Class of 1930, the Center for Latin American Studies is offering funding for academic exchanges between Berkeley and education/research institutions in Latin America. The program is open to Berkeley faculty who want to travel to Latin America, including the Caribbean basin, or who wish to bring a collaborator to Berkeley. There is no deadline for submission; proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis. for more information, call 642-2088.

Much Ado About Trash

A lively new show written, produced and performed by educator-actors from The Lawrence Hall of Science, is bringing the three Rs for the 90s--reduce, reuse, recycle--to Alameda County students.

With laughs, songs and a teacher who disappears under a load of garbage, "Much Ado About Trash" is touring the schools, bringing kids information about what they can do to help the environment.

The show includes such skits as "The Trash is Right," in which students are invited to ponder the question, "Paper or plastic?"

The show is funded by a two-year grant from the Alameda County Recycling Board, and is free for the county's students. It also is available for a fee outside the county. Call 642-5134 for more information.


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