News Briefs

June Jordon Addresses American Identity Jan. 29

What does it mean to be an American today? In a series of Thursday evening events beginning Jan. 29, four prominent campus professors will share their thoughts on this topic, in conversation with David Batstone.

Batstone is an associate professor of social ethics at the University of San Francisco and a regular contributor to such publications as SPIN, Wired and the Sunday Chicago Tribune.

The Jan. 29 conversation features June Jordan, poet and professor of African American Studies.

Speakers for the subsequent sessions are William J. Drummond, professor of journalism, March 5; Pedro Noguera, associate professor of education, April 9; and Robert Hass, poet and professor of English, May 8.

An interactive website, at, offers the opportunity to read or listen to the presentations and to comment online.

The spring program is sponsored by UC Berkeley Extension in cooperation with the California Alumni Association, the Center for the Teaching and Study of American Cultures, and the Graduate Theological Union.

All of the discussions begin at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni House. Admission is $15 for the public; $5 for students from Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley Extension and members of the California Alumni Association.

For details visit Extension's website at

Registration Begins Feb. 1 for Free CPR Training

CPR Saturday, an annual event offering free training and certification in cardio pulmonary resuscitation, will be held on campus Saturday, March 14.

Classes begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; and at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Participants should allow three hours to complete training and certification.

CPR Saturday began in Berkeley in 1981 as a result of a unique partnership between the campus and the Berkeley chapter of the American Red Cross. The campus site, which trains and certifies as many as a thousand people a day, remains the largest of the free one-day trainings offered throughout Northern and Central California.

The training takes place in Hearst Gymnasium. Advance registration is required and registration phone lines will be activated Feb. 1. The number is (888) 686-3600.

Information regarding campus emergency preparedness presentations and training sessions is available throughout the year from the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 642-9036, or the OMP web site at

Travel Funds Available for Research in the Americas

Applications for field research grants in Latin America and the Caribbean are being accepted by the Center for Latin American Studies. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.

The competition is open to all registered Berkeley graduate students for travel support to Latin American and Caribbean countries. All travel must be completed by Aug. 31.

Awards are limited to monetary support for round-trip economy airfare between the United States and one Latin American or Caribbean country. The award amount is determined by a faculty selection committee. Due to the competitive nature of the program, awards may be less than the exact airfare.

Applications may be obtained from the Center for Latin American Studies, 2334 Bowditch St., between Durant and Channing.

Nesbet Introduces Eisenstein Films at PFA

Professor Anne Nesbet of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film Studies Program will introduce each program in the retrospective "Sergei Eisenstein, 100 Years," playing now through Feb. 22 at Pacific Film Archive.

Nesbet received the 1997 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award for her work on "The Dialectical Image" and has recently completed a book, "Savage Junctures: The Figurative Philosophy of S. M. Eisenstein."

Sergei Eisenstein is considered one of world cinema's great masters-a pioneer of powerful montage and one of the primary inventors of filmic language.

The schedule of the remaining films, all shown on Sundays, follows:

  • Feb. 1: "October," 5:30 p.m.
  • February 8: "The General Line," 5:30; "Alexander Nevsky," 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 15: "Ivan the Terrible, Part I," 5:30 p.m.; "Ivan the Terrible, Part II," 7:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: "Que Viva Mexico!" and "Bezhin Meadow," 5:30 p.m.; "Misery and Fortune of Women," 8:20 p.m.

General admission tickets are $6. For information call PFA at 642-0808.

Informational Meeting for Campus Scuba Divers

Students, faculty and staff who plan to use scuba diving as a tool in their research are required to maintain a University Scientific Diver permit.

Those interested in becoming scientific divers, and Berkeley divers interested in what the Division of Diving Safety has to offer in 1998, can attend a Feb. 3 informational meeting offered by the division, the group that trains, advises and monitors campus divers.

The meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in 245 Hearst Gym, will cover the scientific diving program and what is involved in obtaining a university permit. Future introductory training opportunities, as well as support courses in CPR, first aid and oxygen administration, will be addressed. Participants can also learn about "Introduction to Scientific Diving," a class for certified sport divers offered on campus.

For information contact the Diving Safety Office in 105 Hearst Gym, 642-1298, or email


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