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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 23, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 23
In Brief


Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, to speak at SAIS

Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili, on his first official visit to the United States, will speak at the School of Advanced International Studies at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Saakashvili's lecture topic will be "Georgia After the Rose Revolution: Rebuilding Democracy and Stability." In this major policy statement, Saakashvili, who was elected president on Jan. 4, will explain his proposed solutions to the many problems facing Georgia and the region.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at SAIS and former national security adviser, will introduce the president. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute's W.P. Carey Forum at SAIS and the National Democratic Institute are co-hosting this event.

The lecture will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates who want to attend must make a reservation by calling 202-663-7721 or e-mailing


Hopkins Studio Players to stage 'A Doll House' in Swirnow

The Hopkins Studio Players and John Astin will present three performances of A Doll House, directed by Brandom R. Nielsen, produced by Tarik Najeddine, and featuring Jessie Gilligan and Loren Dunn.

Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theatre, Homewood campus. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 students. To reserve tickets, call 410-516-4695 or e-mail


Sports writer Paul McMullen to tell tales of Maryland basketball

Paul McMullen, sports writer for The Sun, will recall the colorful and sometimes tragic story of Maryland basketball during the Cole Field House era in a lecture at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

In "Maryland Basketball: Tales from Cole Field House," McMullen will chronicle the history of the University of Maryland men's basketball program spanning 1955 to 2002, describing how teams led by All-American players Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Len Bias, Walt Williams, Joe Smith, Steve Francis and Juan Dixon earned their remarkable 485-151 record at Cole.

McMullen's Johns Hopkins University Press book shares the same title as the lecture and features a foreword by Len Elmore. The book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

Looking back, McMullen chronicles the careers of coaches Bud Millikan, who in 1958 took the Terps to their first ACC title; Lefty Driesell, who nearly succeeded in making Maryland "the UCLA of the East"; and Gary Williams, the former Terp who returned in 1989 to lead the team to two straight NCAA Final Fours and its first national championship. He also follows the ups and downs of the basketball program off the court, from recruiting violations and the death of Len Bias to the post-collegiate success of the team's players and coaches.

This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored by JHU Press. For more information, call the Office of Special Events at 443-287-9900.


JHU Press begins alliance with journal covering health disparities

Meharry Medical College and the Johns Hopkins University Press are sponsoring a lunch today, Feb. 23, to celebrate the new alliance of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved with the Press and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

The journal of record for covering health disparities in the United States, JHCPU was founded under the auspices of former Surgeon General David Satcher, then president of Meharry, the historically Black medical school in Nashville, Tenn. The journal was published privately for a few years and then by a commercial firm for nine; now having grown in size and stature, it moves to JHU Press. The editorial offices remain at Meharry.

One of today's scheduled speakers is Thomas O'Toole, assistant professor at the JHU School of Medicine, who is discussing the effects of race and insurance status on whether or not patients are challenged about their ability to pay when visiting a doctor's office. His paper appears in the February issue of JHCPU.


Egypt revisited: 1906 photos inspire side-by-side comparison

L. Frank Baum may be best known as the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but he had another way of telling stories: through photography. In 1906 Baum and his wife, Maud, joined a group traveling from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Cairo. After a few days there, they boarded a Thomas Cook & Co. steamer for Luxor and Aswan with other stops along the way, a "grand tour" itinerary nearly identical to popular Egypt tours today.

Baum recorded their trip with numerous photos, now in the possession of his great-grandson, Robert Baum. Baum's friend David Moyer, a special correspondent for KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt, has revisited the sites and will show the paired images at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in SAIS' Rome Auditorium. The lecture, which will include commentary gleaned from letters written by Maud Baum to family members, is sponsored by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Research Center. The talk is titled "Up the Nile in Style: Travel in Egypt During the Early 20th Century."


Sign-up time for Junior Jays, official kids' club of JHU LAX

For the second year, the Department of Athletics is recruiting lacrosse fans in the eighth grade or below for membership in the Junior Jays club.

For an annual fee of $25, members will receive a general admission ticket to all 2004 home games, a Junior Jays T-shirt, an opportunity to attend a youth clinic presented by the JHU men's or women's team, a 10 percent discount on the registration fee for a JHU lacrosse camp, an invitation to a party before the North Carolina men's lacrosse game and numerous other benefits. The first 150 Junior Jays to join will be entered in a drawing to win two all-session tickets to the Final Four, being held May 29 to 31 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

For more information or to register, go to and click on "Junior Jays," or contact Ernie Larossa, associate director of athletics, at 410-516-0552 or


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