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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 1, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 10
In Brief


Hispanic Voter Project partners in national Voter Alert Line

The Hispanic Voter Project at Johns Hopkins has joined forces with NBC News, VoterLink Data Systems, Chesapeake Enterprises, Common Cause Education Fund, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reform Institute to create a Voter Alert Line for Tuesday's elections. Real-time analysis will be broadcast exclusively by NBC News, Telemundo and

Voters will be able to call 1-866-MY-VOTE1 on election day to report problems at the polls or to find out their voting location. The system will handle calls in both English and Spanish. Hopkins graduate students will be analyzing call patterns from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Adam Segal, director of the Hispanic Voter Project and a leading expert on the growing importance of the Hispanic voting block, said the sophisticated phone system will allow for some immediate reporting of voters' experience at the polls and will also will provide a means for a more in-depth post-election analysis.


Jason DeParle of 'New York Times' to give IPS lecture

Jason DeParle, senior writer for The New York Times, will speak at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Great Hall in Levering, Homewood campus. The talk is part of the Press and Public Policy seminar series presented by the Institute for Policy Studies to spotlight the common ground between those who study and those who report on domestic policy issues.

DeParle will discuss the challenges facing poor Americans in an era in which personal responsibility has eclipsed the "social safety net" as the dominant social policy. In addition to his work for the Times, DeParle has written for The New Republic, Washington Monthly and The Times-Picayune. A former Henry Luce Scholar, DeParle was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and 1998 for his reporting on the welfare system. After his lecture, he will sign copies of his new book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. Because seating is limited, reservations are requested at 410-516-4186.


Analyst Bill Schneider of CNN to give post-election lecture

As part of the MSE Symposium, CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider will present a post-election lecture at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer period in the Clipper Room.

The theme of this year's series is "Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at What Price? A Symposium on a Struggling Domestic Legitimacy."

Schneider's analysis of politics, the presidency and public opinion make him one of the foremost voices in America in the political arena. He is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The National Journal and The Los Angeles Times and co-author with Seymour Martin Lipset of The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind. He holds a doctorate in political science from Harvard and has been a professor of government there and at Brandeis and Boston College. He also was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a fellow on international affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Beat generation writers are highlighted in MSEL exhibition

A new exhibition titled "On the Road: The Beat Writers of New York and San Francisco" has opened on the M-Level of Homewood's MSE Library, where it will be on view through Friday, Jan. 7. Highlighting Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other writers who defined the beat generation of the 1950s, the exhibit features selected works from the collection of alumnus Richard S. Frary.


JHU Theatre continues debut season with Dos Passos' 'U.S.A.'

The Johns Hopkins University Theatre continues its debut season with "U.S.A.," a stage adaptation of John Dos Passos' famous trilogy of novels. The performances, all in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium, will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

The stage revue version of U.S.A., adapted by the author and Paul Shyre, captures Dos Passos' impassioned and structurally groundbreaking panorama of early-20th-century America. The production stars undergraduates James Zwerneman, Anthony Blaha, Chunwoo Kae, Tania Hamod, Liz Gilbert and Elspeth Kursh and is directed by faculty member John Astin and Loren Dunn, a 2004 graduate

Tickets are $15; $14 for seniors; $10 for museum members; and $5 for students. For tickets, call 410-516-5153 or e-mail your request to


South Asia Studies Program program screens Hindi films

The South Asia Studies Program at SAIS this week will host a film seminar series focusing on the portrayal in Hindi films of conflict between parents and children. Through Bollywood's Lens: Representations of South Asian Society, Politics and Identity in Bollywood Films will run from today, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 6.

Screenings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; a discussion will follow on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The events take place in rooms 200 and 203 of the Rome Building. For a listing of the films, go to southasiaevents.html. Non-SAIS affiliates should R.S.V.P. to or 202-663-5722.



In the article "Celebrating a dual legacy of a Johns Hopkins luminary," which appeared in the Oct. 25 issue, the name of the architect who designed the Welch Medical Library was misspelled. His name is Edward L. Tilton. Also, as part of the library's long-term plan, books now in the main branch's stacks will not go to Moravia Park, as stated in the article, but to a new state-of-the-art facility to be built at APL in the coming year.

Due to an editing error, the last digit was dropped in the first reference to the total gifts and commitments already attracted to the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World campaign. The number should be $1.544 billion. The amount is correct elsewhere in the article.


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