The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 21, 2000
February 21, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 23


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

It's almost LAX time--free tix available for faculty and staff

The countdown begins to March 4, when the Blue Jays open the 2000 lacrosse season at home against Princeton. Other teams visiting Homewood Field this year are North Carolina, Villanova, Ohio State, Maryland and Towson.

Faculty and staff members can receive two complimentary season's passes by bringing a valid university I.D. to the main office in the Athletic Center after Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. All full-time students get free admission by showing their JCards at the gate.

For a look at the season ahead, log onto the Athletic Department's website at

Noted historian to address Holocaust, German identity

Hans Mommsen, a professor at Ruhr-University Bochum and currently the J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will lecture at Homewood on the topic of the ongoing problem of the Germans and the Holocaust at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library.

Considered one of the most distinguished historians of 20th-century Germany, Mommsen will address the question of collective responsibility and how the Holocaust and the memory of it influence the sense of German identity.

"Amidst all the historians who have written on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Mommsen stands out for his sober and honest judgments, his willingness as a German to face the most wrenching problems and his great knowledge and scholarly productivity," says Vernon Lidtke, professor of history.

The lecture, sponsored by the Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Sculptors creating new works for an Evergreen exhibition

Ten sculptors selected in a competition entered by 130 artists have begun designing sculptures for an outdoor exhibition that will open May 7 and run through October on the grounds of Evergreen House.

The large-scale, site-responsive sculpture will be installed on the historic mansion's front lawn, in the back meadow and along a branch of Stoney Run and will focus attention on the history and nuances of the site and its environment.

The competition for the 10 commissions for the exhibition was judged by Michael Brenson, author, curator, educator and former art critic for The New York Times. The winners are Derek Arnold, White Hall, Md.; Brent Crothers, Bel Air, Md.; Gale Jamieson, New Park, Pa.; Leonard Streckfus, Upperco, Md.; and Maren Hassinger, Timothy Lonergan, Beth Ann G. Morrison, Wayne Nield, Jann Rosen-Queralt and John Ruppert, all of Baltimore.

Programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition include lectures and panel discussions by the exhibiting artists and a series of sculpture tours in the Wurtzburger and Levi gardens at the Baltimore Museum of Art; at the Walters Art Gallery; at the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Rinehart studios; and in four city neighborhoods.

Fowler architecture books on display at Eisenhower Library

Learn the stories behind some of history's most interesting architecture in the exhibit "Palaces to Cottages: Additions to the Fowler Architectural Collection," on display from now through May in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Laurence Hall Fowler (1876-1971), the Baltimore architect who designed the War Memorial and the library at Evergreen House as well as some of the most notable residences located near the Homewood campus, donated his collection of the classic works of architecture to the university in 1945. A catalog was published in 1961, and Fowler left an endowment to add to the collection.

The 13 books displayed in the library's M-Level cases illustrate finished buildings, designs, theory and construction methods from the Renaissance to the early 19th century. Among the palaces featured are Pratolino, a Medici villa near Florence, and the Grotto of Versailles, a work of architectural fantasy employing Louis XIV's imagery of the Sun King. More modest buildings include the imaginative private house of the British architect Sir John Soane and laborers' cottages designed by one of the principal architects of Bath.

The Sciagraphia of Johann Schubler, published in 1736, explains some preindustrial building practices, and a French book published 50 years later explores the psychological effects of space in design.

Local film, TV veteran to talk on women in film and video

Gayle V. Economos, president of Women in Film and Video of Maryland, will give a lecture, "Women in Film and Video: On-Screen and Behind the Scenes," at noon on Wednesday, March 1, in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

Economos, a veteran of local film and TV, will share a revealing look at the past, present and future of women in those media, both generally and in Maryland specifically; at national studies of women in front of and behind the camera and their portrayal in TV series; and at local opportunities for women in film and TV.

Women in Film and Video of Maryland is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting women in film, TV and related industries.

This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events. Admission is free.