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Joyce’s “Ulysses”and the Common Reader

Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, award-winning author and Cal alumnus, will deliver a Research Lecture on “Joyce’s Ulysses and the Common Reader,” Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle Hall.
Alter’s eclectic critical work deals with a broad variety of American, British, French, Hebrew and German writers. Since the late 1970s, he has written on literary aspects of the Hebrew Bible, using the resources of close reading to advance general arguments.

Alter joined Berkeley’s newly founded Department of Comparative Literature in 1967, and has held a stimulating dialogue with campus students for three decades since.

Doe Doorway Set for Temporary Move East

Due to seismic retrofitting of Doe Library’s historic north wing, the north entry facing Memorial Glade will be closed beginning April 1 for approximately 13 months.

A temporary entrance to Doe Library will be provided on the eastern side of the North Terrace, approximately 100 feet east of the existing door. It will be available for patrons from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library hours, with full access to the Information Center (also in the north wing), will remain the same.

Fulbright Awards for Work in Vietnam Due April 1

The Fulbright Scholars Program is offering six new fellowships for work in Vietnam.

Five of the new awards for 1998-99 are open to scholars in American studies/
American history, international and agricultural economics, law (with a preference for specialists in commercial, international and environmental law) and environmental policy (especially those with expertise in the protection of marine environments).

The sixth award is in education administration. Applicants should be senior administrators such as chancellors, provosts or vice chancellors, or senior scholars in this field with extensive international consulting experience. The grantee will advise the Ministry of Education and Training and conduct workshops on U.S. higher education models and on planning and implementing higher education reform.

Applications are available at the Graduate Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall, 642-0672. The application deadline is April 1.

For information, contact David Adams, program officer for Vietnam, at (202) 686-4021 or, or his assistant Cheryl Schoenberg at (202) 686-4025,

Service-Learning Instructional Grants Offered

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for fall courses that include service-learning. The integration of community service activities into the academic curriculum, service-learning enriches academic instruction by giving students the opportunity to apply course concepts to meet community needs.

The instructional minigrants are offered by the Office of Educational Development and the Service-Learning Research and Development Center at the Graduate School of Education. The application deadline is April 17.

For a minigrant application packet, assistance in developing a proposal, or information about services available through the Service-Learning Center, email Ken Yale, assistant director, at, phone 643-0556, or fax 642-6105.

Cal Staff Summerfest ’98 Soliciting Artwork

The planning committee for the annual staff appreciation event, to be held Wednesday, June 17, has chosen the slogan “Bear Pause” for the celebration. A vacation theme accompanies the image of Oski Bear taking a break during summer.
Members of the campus community are invited to submit artwork using the theme and slogan for a poster and T-shirts. Send two-color camera-ready art – 81/2 by 11 inches – and including the words “Cal Staff Summerfest ‘98” – to LaVern Lazzereschi, Office of the Registrar, 123 Sproul, MC 5404, by April 2.
For information call Lazzereschi at 642-1321.

LHS: Magic Trees of Your Child’s Mind

How to nurture your child’s intelligence, creativity and healthy emotions from birth through adolescence is the subtitle of Professor Marian Diamond’s newest book and the subject of an evening with her Thursday, April 16, at Lawrence Hall of Science. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Diamond’s “Magic Trees of the Mind” discusses the crucial years of brain development from before birth through adolescence. Diamond will talk about the astonishing amount of neural activity that takes place in the earliest years of life, and the surprising ways the brain continues to develop in specific, crucial periods as children develop.

Parents’ contribution during these critical periods can have a significant influence on a child’s abilities, intelligence and emotions. Diamond will discuss specific actions parents can take to nurture children’s growth and learning. Her talk will be followed by refreshments and a book signing.

Tickets are $8, available in advance through the LHS registration office and by phone at 642-5134.

Hewlett Grant Applications Are Due April 7

Applications for the Hewlett Foundation Grants in General Education, for courses to be taught next spring, are due April 7. Up to $20,000 per course is available for course development.

The Hewlett Grants are for undergraduate courses team-taught by faculty from the College of Letters and Science and for the professional schools or colleges. The goal is to establish interdisciplinary undergraduate courses that combine academic and professional problems and points of view and continue beyond the grant period.

The first Hewlett General Education course, “The Neural Basis of Thought and Language,” is being taught this spring by linguistics professor George Lakoff and computer science professor Jerome Feldman.

Send applications to Hewlett Foundation Grants, Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, 301 Campbell Hall, MC 2922. For information or a grant application contact Dona Budd at 642-5640 or

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