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MEDIA ADVISORY: Top Professors To Lecture at UCB Homecoming Weekend

ATTENTION: Assignment editors, higher education reporters

16 October 2002
Contact: Alice Boatwright, Development Communications



A rare opportunity for the 5,500 alumni and parents expected at the University of California, Berkeley’s Homecoming & Parents Weekend to get first-hand updates from top professors about the state of the world.


Homecoming & Parents Weekend runs Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20. The lectures take place on Friday and Saturday only.


Various classrooms and lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus.


Among the 23 lecture topics and speakers are:

TERRORISM: Michael Nacht, dean of the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy (Friday, 6-6:45 p.m., 2060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.)
CALIFORNIA POLITICS: Bruce Cain, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies (Friday, 2-3 p.m., 110 South Hall)
WORLD TRADE CENTER COLLAPSE: Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, professor of civil and environmental engineering (Saturday, 9-9:45 a.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center)
ETHICS AND THE AMERICAN PRESS: Cynthia Gorney, associate professor of journalism (Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 110 South Hall)
CYBER WARS: Robert Berring Jr., law librarian and a professor of law and of information management and systems (Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 370 Dwinelle Hall)
RECENT DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE: Bernard Sadoulet, physics professor and director of the Center for Particle Astrophysics (Friday, 11 a.m.-noon, 370 Dwinelle Hall)


In addition to the highly popular faculty seminars, the weekend — sponsored by UC Berkeley and the California Alumni Association — offers dozens of activities for alumni, parents, students and friends, including class reunions, open houses and tours, a chancellor’s address, homecoming rally, and all-class procession to the Cal vs. UCLA football game.