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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 20, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 22
In Brief


Kay Redfield Jamison to talk about the phenomenon of exuberance

The Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries will present a lecture and book signing by Kay Redfield Jamison on "Exuberance: The Passion for Life" at the Evergreen Carriage House on Wednesday, Feb. 22. A professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine and author of national best sellers on manic-depressive illness, Jamison will discuss exuberance and how it fuels important creative achievements. Drawing on her 2004 best seller, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, she will offer insights on the exuberant temperaments of authors, scientists and politicians and their impact on society.

A member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty since 1987, Jamison is the co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and has published more than 100 articles on mood disorders, creativity and psychopharmacology. An Unquiet Mind, published in 1995, chronicled her own struggle with manic-depression and quickly became a New York Times best seller.

Jamison will sign copies of her books during a reception beginning at 5 p.m., which will be followed by her lecture at 6 p.m.

This is the third annual Paula U. Hamburger Endowed Lecture, a series established in 2003 to honor the late Paula Hamburger's devotion to the university's libraries by her son, John Greenspan, and granddaughter Katie Applefeld. To attend, contact Stacie Spence at or 410-516-7943.


Mary Habeck of SAIS pens book on jihadist ideology, war on terror

Mary Habeck, associate professor of strategic studies at SAIS, has recently published Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror (Yale University Press).

Habeck is the first to present in a book the inner logic of al Qaeda and like-minded extremist groups by which they justify 9/11 and other terrorist attacks. Digging deeply into the elaborate ideology embraced by the radical jihadist faction of Islamists who are behind recent attacks in the U.S. and Europe, Habeck explains how their ideas arose and what they mean in terms of U.S. security, and also suggests how the United States might defeat the jihadis using their own ideology against them.


Baltimore Free University begins registration for spring courses

The spring semester of Baltimore Free University kicks off this week with a "meet and greet" with instructors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St.

The program, offered through a partnership of the VLP and the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern, offers a range of free offerings (with a registration fee of $10 per course) that includes jazz, photojournalism, gardening, local environmental issues, childbirth, ballroom dance, cooking, immigrants rights, public speaking, conversational Spanish and Web sites for small businesses. The complete course catalog is online at the CSC Web site

Registration is in person at the VLP from Feb. 22 to March 2 during library hours or by calling Tonya at 410-235-2210, ext. 204, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For additional information, call 410-235-2210.


Theatre Hopkins begins run of 'What I Did Last Summer'

Theatre Hopkins will present A.R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer beginning Friday, Feb. 24, in the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theater on the Homewood campus.

The author of The Dining Room sets this nostalgic comedy at a genteel lake resort during World War II, when 14-year-old Charlie, chafing against his proper upbringing, becomes fascinated by the rebellious notions of a notorious neighbor.

The cast, led by Jonas Grey, includes Laurel Burggraf, Kateri Chambers, Rob Douglas, Binnie Ritchie Holum and Judy Thornton.

The production will run two weekends, through Sunday, March 5. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. Student rush tickets for $5 are available at curtain time for all performances, if space allows. For reservations or information, call 410-516-7159 or e-mail


Nominations sought for Diversity Recognition Award

The Diversity Leadership Council is seeking nominations for its Diversity Recognition Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions of faculty, staff and students in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Johns Hopkins.

Faculty, staff and students from all divisions of the university and health system are eligible, with the exception of current DLC members. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by any member of the Johns Hopkins community.

The nomination package, to be submitted electronically to should include a form (available on the Web site) and description of the nominee's commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion and/or multiculturalism as demonstrated by specific efforts and accomplishments above and beyond their regular duties and responsibilities. Nominees should be informed in advance of nomination. The DLC Selection Panel will recommend recipients to President Brody.

The deadline is March 17. The awards event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on May 2 in the O'Connor Recreation Center at Homewood.


John Hollander to give Percy Graeme Turnbull Lecture

Renowned poet, editor and critic Johns Hollander will deliver the Percy Graeme Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in 110 Maryland, Homewood campus. Hollander has written 16 volumes of poetry and criticism, including Powers of Thirteen and The Figure of Echo.

Begun in March 1891, the Turnbull lectures honor the memory of Percy Graeme Turnbull, who was born in 1878 to Baltimoreans Lawrence Turnbull, a publisher, and Francese Turnbull, a novelist. When Percy died unexpectedly in 1887, the Turnbulls approached Johns Hopkins with an offer to fund visits by prominent scholars and poets.

Among those who have given lectures are T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Paul de Man, Harold Bloom, Charles Eliot Norton, Marianne Moore, Richard Wilber and Robert Frost.


Extra Homewood blood drive set for Tuesday

Due to the overwhelming response and success of the Homewood campus's Valentine's Day blood drive, an extra drive has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall in Levering.

The drive is primarily for those with appointments, but walk-ins are welcome. If you plan to donate, go to index.cfm?locationID=11 to schedule an appointment or contact John Black at 410-516-0138 or

Prospective donors are urged to check eligibility requirements, which are available at


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