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Tenure Informationals

Each year The Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ meets informally with non-tenured faculty to provide an overview of the tenure process at Berkeley. Individuals who are new to the campus are especially encouraged to attend.

Four identical sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 6, 10 to noon.
  • Friday, Oct. 17, 10 to noon.
  • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Chancellor's Conference Room, 200 California Hall. Those interested in attending should contact or the Academic Personnel Office at 642-5626, indicating the session they wish to attend.

Cancer Science History Explored Oct. 1

"Crafting Science: A Sociohis-torical Perspective on the Discovery and Diffusion of the Oncogene Concept" is the season's first lecture in the series "Patterns of Scientific Discovery in the Sciences since 1800." Joan Fujimura, professor of sociology at Stanford University, delivers the lecture at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 1.

"Oncogene" refers to genes that may cause a normal cell to become cancerous when activated by radiation or a virus.

The series is sponsored by the Office for History of Science and Technology, the School of Public Health, the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for Humanities.

The talk will be held in 114 Morgan Hall.

Rudolf Steiner Revisited by BAM

An international interdisciplinary symposium on Rudolf Steiner, "Worldly/Unworldly: Rudolf Steiner and the 20th Century" will be held at Wheeler Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Rudolf Steiner was the founder of the early 20th-century movement known as anthroposophy. The symposium situates him in the context of the history of religion, science, economics and art of this century. It is scheduled in conjunction with an exhibition of Steiner's "Blackboard Drawings," on display at Berkeley Art Museum, Oct. 11 through Jan. 4.

Two weekend children's arts workshops, taught according to Steiner's principles and his Waldorf system of education, will be offered Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. (ages 4 to 6 years), and Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 to 3:45 p.m. (ages 7 to 10 years).

Call 642-2358 to reserve space in a workshop.

Upcoming Shows At Worth-Ryder

The Department of Art Practice has three new shows at the Worth-Ryder Gallery through October. "Contemporary Works by Chinese Women Artists" shows through Oct. 10, followed by "Contemporary View," an exhibition of work by first-year graduate students in the department, on view from Oct. 14 through Oct. 25. "Soft," a mixed-media art exhibition curated by Adam Driggs and Alexandra Darch-Stolarski, is on view Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.

The gallery, located at 116 Kroeber Hall, is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Virtual Worlds

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive is joining two other Bay Area museums to host "Virtual Worlds: Beyond the Screen" this fall.

The lecture series is being presented by the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, an interdisciplinary research group on campus.

The series, which opens Oct. 2, will showcase renowned artists, scientists and theorists who have pioneered interactive art forms, multimedia technologies and new perspectives on the digital age. The Thursday night lectures will explore the medium of virtual reality and the dissolution of spatial boundaries in cyberspace. Randall Packer, media artist and multimedia educator, is the curator of the lecture series.

The opening lecture, Oct. 2, features media artist Michael Naimark speaking at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The second is a Nov. 6 presentation by Mark Pesce, theorist and co-author of VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language), at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

The San Jose Museum of Art hosts the concluding lecture, Thursday, Dec. 4. It features Scott Fisher, founder and director of the Virtual Environment Workstation Project at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. For tickets call the City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or BASS at (800) 225-2277. A series pass for all three talks is $45 general, $30 students/museum members. Individual tickets are $16 general, $12 students/museum members.

For information, contact the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center at 643-0800 or visit its web site at

Hertz Piano Benefit For Music Students

The Department of Music opens its 1997-98 evening concert series with a special benefit recital by faculty pianist Deno Gianopoulos, Friday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Proceeds from the recital will go to the department's Music 150 program, providing private music lessons to advanced students.

An Oakland native, Gianopoulos has performed as soloist with many of California's symphony orchestras. Internationally he has performed as a soloist with the Camerata Orchestra of Athens and has given recitals in Greece and England. He has taught piano on campus for many years.

Tickets are $10, available in advance at the Zellerbach Hall ticket office, 642-9988.

If available, tickets will also be sold at Hertz Hall starting an hour before the concert. Advanced tickets are suggested.



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