News Briefs

Talk by Morrissey Marks Oral History's 50th

Nationally recognized oral historian Charles T. Morrissey will speak Thursday, Feb. 26, on "A Half-Century of Oral History in the United States, 1948-1998." He will address the Library's Townsend Center Oral History Working Group from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Stone Seminar Room on the third floor of the Bancroft Library.

Morrissey, who received his master's degree from Berkeley, will examine how oral history has been applied as a research methodology and with what consequences. He will also reflect on the future of oral history as a technique for documenting American history.

A past president of the Oral History Association, Morrissey is currently a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Baylor College of Medicine and the Oregon Health Science University. A frequent teacher of oral history workshops, he is currently assembling a book of essays, "Asking about America: Oral History and the Nation's Past."

For information call 642-7395.

Cutting the Rug for Better Health

Faculty and staff can salsa instead of Stairmaster or jitterbug instead of jog at a series of dance exercise classes offered by Health*Matters this semester.

Learn the steps of several popular dance forms-including the Charleston, salsa and swing -- from an experienced instructor while getting a great workout and meeting new people.

Said to expend as many as 250 to 400 calories per hour, social dancing burns fat more efficiently, with less stress on the body, than high-intensity or high-impact exercise.

You don't need to bring a partner to attend. Just come to 251 Hearst Gym from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 20, March 20 and May 1. Lessons are free; no enrollment is necessary.

For information call 643-4646.

Ballroom dance classes are also offered through the Recreational Sports Facility's CalFit program. For information call 643-5151 or visit the web site at

Cal Staff Summerfest '98 Seeks Logo and Band

Staff input is needed on two important aspects of the annual staff appreciation event, to be held in early June.

The planning committee is looking for a band and welcomes demonstration tapes from groups interested in playing for this festive gathering.

Art work to appear on T-shirts and promotional posters is also needed. Camera-ready, two-color designs no larger than 8 1/2" x 11" should include the words "Cal Staff Summerfest '98." No theme has yet been developed for this year's event, so designers should feel free to exercise their creativity.

Submit demo tapes and designs by March 13 to LaVern Lazzereschi, Office of the Registrar, 123 Sproul, MC 5404.



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