The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 14, 2003
April 14, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 30


In Brief

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Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Portia to 'visit' Shriver Hall stage

In celebration of Shakespeare's April birthday, Cherie Weinert will return to Johns Hopkins this week with her one-woman show, "Shakespeare's Spirited Women."

Wearing a simple costume and using only a small bench as a prop, she will bring to life the playwright's passionate and strong-minded heroines--Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Viola and both Portias--as she shares the stage with the unseen characters.

The performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and will take place at noon on April 16 in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

Weinert earned her master's degree in theater from California State University at San Jose and has performed numerous leading roles at universities and regional theaters in northern California. In Baltimore, she most recently portrayed Bessie in Theatre Hopkins' production of Marvin's Room. For more information, call 410-516-7157.

Exhibit looks back at what 'going co-ed' meant to JHU

A new exhibit at the Sheridan Libraries takes a closer look at the forces surrounding the 1969 decision to make the university co-educational. "Going Co-ed: Representations of Gender at The Johns Hopkins University, 1962-1972" explores through the lenses of two student publications--before and after the first female students were admitted--the complex ideas surrounding women's place in the university and in broader American society.

Presented in coordination with the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, the exhibit at Homewood's MSE Library highlights the challenges of co-education shared by male and female students and the array of responses that "going co-ed" provoked at Johns Hopkins, ranging from open hostility to earnest support.

Curators Katharine Hijar and Kate Jones, History Department graduate students, say that three decades later these materials underscore the reality that the basic rights of educational opportunity, which women sometimes may assume they have always had, were neither always granted nor so easily won.

The exhibit, open through May in Special Collections on A-Level of MSEL, may be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (until 8 p.m. on Thursday).

Narrative painter Patrick Webb to discuss his Punchinello work

Patrick Webb, one of America's leading narrative painters, will make a rare appearance in Baltimore on Tuesday, April 15. Using slides and paintings, Webb will deliver a lecture on his work titled "Punchinello: Self and Other." Webb's images cast the tragicomic masked clown Punchinello in the role of gay Everyman and follow him from the squall of birth through the experiences of childhood, love and, ultimately, mortality.

Webb's talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Decade Society Room of the Mattin Center's Ross Jones Building, Homewood campus.

Webb's work can be found in a range of public and corporate collections. He has been a visiting artist at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale, Cranbrook Academy, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Cornell University. He is currently an associate professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Part of the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance's Awareness Days Series, Webb's talk is co-sponsored by the Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs.

Ecological design expert John Todd to give Earth Day lecture

The Center for a Livable Future will hold a special Earth Day lecture to honor the 40th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, in which she trumpeted the devastating consequences of ignoring the balance of nature in our headlong search for quick solutions.

John Todd, research professor and distinguished lecturer at the University of Vermont's School of Natural Resources, will give a talk titled "The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Towards Science and Practice of Ecological Health" from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Todd is an internationally recognized biologist and a leader in the field of planetary stewardship and ecological design. He will discuss these concepts and highlight their importance to public health.

Rachel Carson earned a master's degree in marine biology from Johns Hopkins in 1932.

Memorial service planned for allergist Anne Kagey-Sobotka

A memorial service has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, to honor Anne Kagey-Sobotka, an associate professor in the School of Medicine's Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, who died recently after a long illness.

According to Kagey-Sobotka's colleagues, she had been "an extraordinarily valuable contributor" to allergy research at Johns Hopkins for more than 40 years.

The service will be held at 1 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium of the Asthma and Allergy Center at Bayview. A reception will follow in the Norman Library, room 2B65.

To honor Kagey-Sobotka's lasting impact on the field of allergy, including the many trainees she mentored, contributions can be made to the Asthma and Allergy Alumni Education Group Fund. Inquiries should be directed to Janet Dorer at