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Experts Share Their Knowledge Through Regents' Lectures

posted October 21, 1998

To enrich campus life and complement the work of students and faculty, UC Regents instituted a lectureship program in 1954 to bring distinguished persons in arts, letters, sciences and business, outside the realm of academia, to each campus.

For the past 44 years, Berkeley has invited Regents' Lecturers to campus to share their expertise through classes, office hours and public lectures.

"Because of Berkeley's prestige, no one has ever declined our invitation," said John Letiche, professor emeritus of economics and chair of the campus committee on Regents' professorships and lectureships for the past 18 years. "Some even refuse to accept our honorarium."

Guests from previous years read like a Who's Who list, including musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis, former Secretary of State Robert Macnamara and South African human rights activist Albie Sachs.

This year is no exception as physicists, musicians, politicians and others are scheduled to visit the campus during 1998-99.

Following is a list of this year's lecturers. For information, call the sponsoring department.

Charles Alcock - Physics
A native of New Zealand, Alcock is currently head of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Institute promotes the basic research involved in understanding the structure, origin and evolution of the solar system. Alcock will be on campus Feb. 22 through March 3.

Robert Colescott - Art Practice
Colescott, 72, has close ties to the Bay Area, growing up in Oakland and earning both his BA and MA from Berkeley. Colescott is now considered one the most important American figurative painters of his generation. His provocative work deals with issues of race, culture and sexual desire. An exhibit of his work will be displayed at the Berkeley Art Museum May 12 through August 29 to coincide with his visit.

Jacques Delors - Sociology
As a politician and economist for his native France, Delors has held many positions. He was a member of Prime Minister Chaban-Delmas's cabinet in 1969, in charge of social and cultural affairs, and social finance and economics. He was committee director of France's Socialist party in 1979 and served as president of the Commission of the European Economic Community from 1985-1995. He will be here for one week in April.

Leo Esaki - Physics
Winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics, Esaki and his colleagues pioneered semiconductor quantum structures. His other discoveries have assisted the boom in wireless communications. Esaki is currently president of the University of Tsukuba in Japan and conducts research at the IBM Watson Research Center. A public lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 5 in 155 Dwinelle.

Joe Goode - Center for Theater Arts
Goode is recognized internationally as an innovator in the development of contemporary dance theater. In addition to stage repertory, The Joe Goode Performance Group is known for its innovative performance installations. The group also provides outreach services, including workshops and lectures, to gay and lesbian teens, low-income and at-risk youth, senior citizens and battered women. Goode will be on campus Feb. 15 through March 12.

Stephen Kovacevich - Music
A Grammy-nominated pianist, Kovacevich is well known for his highly original interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. While on campus, he will collaborate with professor of musicology and Beethoven expert Joseph Kerman. Kovacevich will conduct master classes on Wednesday, April 14 and Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in Hertz Hall. He will present a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 21 in Morrison Hall and is scheduled for Cal Performance concerts Sunday, April 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. in Hertz Hall.

Geoffry Summers -Near Eastern Studies
A practicing archaeologist of wide experience, Summers is currently combining aerial photography and archaeological soundings at Kerkenes Dag, the largest pre-Hellenistic site in Asia Minor. His finds have lent force to his theory that Kerkenes Dag was a Median gateway city to the west. Summers is the former assistant director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey. He will present a lecture on his work Monday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in 370 Dwinelle.

Henrik Thrane - Near Eastern Studies
One of Europe's leading Bronze Age and Migration Period archaeologists, Thrane has spent most of his professional career in curatorial positions, mounting major exhibitions on settlement archaeology, Bronze Age discoveries and Ukranian archaeology. He is also known for his major innovations in Danish museum practice. Thrane will be on campus in early March and will participate in events connected with the upcoming exhibit of bronzes from Luristan at the Hearst Museum.


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