News Briefs

Wellness Lecture On Youth Violence

Lawrence Wallack, professor of public heath, will speak on "Strategies for Reducing Youth Violence: Media, Community and Policy," Wed., Oct. 15. His talk is one of six 1997 Wellness Award Lectures sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation.

Framing youth violence as a microcosm of the larger society, Wallack will discuss the Violence Prevention Initiative, a program involving sophisticated political and grassroots organizing approaches to preventing youth violence through changing public policy in California. Findings of the five-year project funded by the foundation may be transferable to other communities throughout the nation.

Wallack is codirector of the Berkeley Media Studies Group and a proponent of working with mass media to advance public health. He has appeared on numerous national and local news and public affairs programs concerning social policy regarding alcohol, tobacco and other public health issues.

The one-hour lecture is at 5 p.m. in Bechtel Hall's Sibley Auditorium.

The lecture series, a collaboration UC and the California Wellness Foundation, challenges faculty to develop research-based strategies and public policies to bring health promotion perspectives into the mainstream of public health practice and healthcare delivery. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

The series will return to campus and Sibley Auditorium Oct. 29, when S. Leonard Syme, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, speaks on "Community Participation, Empowerment and Health: Development of a Wellness Guide for California."

For information on the series, call 987-9108 or check the foundation's web site at

Women Make Movies

Twenty-five years ago, only an isolated few women were making independent films. In 1972, a pioneering distribution group, Women Make Movies, formed to help make these films available to the public.

Pacific Film Archives salutes Women Make Movies on its 25th anniversary with three Wednesday evening screenings, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, of recent works by filmmakers distributed by the New York-based group.

Fertility drug DES is the subject of an intimate and oddly humorous "A Healthy Baby Girl," shown Oct. 15, along with shorts.

Women Make Movies' executive director Debra Zimmerman makes a special appearance for the Oct. 22 program. The screening includes "Ever Shot Anyone?" Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad's portrait of a platoon of army reservists on the Golan Heights, plus shorts by Arab filmmakers.

On Oct. 29, "Girls Like Us," winner of the Sundance '97 grand jury prize for best documentary, follows four South Philly teenage girls.

All three programs begin at 7:30 p.m. For 24-hour recorded information, call 642-1124.

Chancellor to Address Staff Oct. 7, Noon

The entire campus community is invited to hear Chancellor Berdahl Tuesday, Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., in an address sponsored by Berkeley Staff Assembly.

The chancellor will speak to the staff on Berkeley's Administrative Vision, the relationship of staff to the overall campus community and how we can work together to strengthen ties and increase communication among faculty, staff and students.

The event will be held in Hertz Hall Auditorium.

I-House Grants Available for Spring

International House is currently accepting applications for its room and board grants for spring semester 1998. Those eligible are graduate or upper-division international students and U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have already completed one academic year at Berkeley and demonstrate financial need.

Applications are available in the foyer of the Human Resources and Residence offices at I-House, or from the I-House web site at The application deadline is Oct. 17.

Gumshoe Novels To Be Cross-Examined

"Masters of Noir/Maitres du Noir," a conference on the detective novel, will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, and Friday, Oct. 3.

The conference features films, writing workshops and discussions about the French and American detective novel led by acclaimed novelists James Crumley and Patrick Raynal.

Crumley speaks on "Cultural Sensibilities: Reception of the Crime Novel in France and America," Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. in 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building. Raynal discusses "Le Roman noir ameri-cain: un concept francais," Friday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. in 2040 VLSB.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the two authors will lead a workshop on creative crime writing, beginning at 10 a.m. in 2040 VLSB.

For information on the conference, call the French department at 642-2712.



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