The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 7, 2002
October 7, 2002
VOL. 32, NO. 6


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

British ambassador Christopher Meyer to speak at SAIS

Christopher Meyer, ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States and a graduate of the SAIS Bologna Center, will speak at SAIS at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Meyer will speak about the British perspective on the current state of affairs in transatlantic relations.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should reserve a place by contacting the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, the event's sponsor, at 202-663-5880 or

School of Nursing to host fall open house this weekend

The School of Nursing will host a fall open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, for students interested in undergraduate, master's, postmaster's, doctoral and certificate nursing programs. The open house begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Anne M. Pinkard Building, located at 525 N. Wolfe St.

Academic program seminars will cover traditional undergraduate, accelerated undergraduate, RN to BS undergraduate, the BS to MSN program, the Business of Nursing certificate program and graduate and doctoral programs. Representatives from faculty, admissions, financial aid, student body, U.S. military, U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Public Health Service and ROTC will be available. Refreshments and tours of the School of Nursing building will be offered.

The open house is free. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at 410-955-7548.

Journalist David Brock to speak on power of news media

Ten years ago, journalist David Brock catapulted to fame after he wrote a controversial investigative story for The American Spectator, questioning the credibility of Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Brock expanded upon the piece with his book The Real Anita Hill: The Untold Story and then wrote about President Bill Clinton's extramarital affairs. Brock later admitted to attacking both Clinton and Hill in print. He tells the tale in his new book, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Brock will give a lecture titled "Defining the Times: The Power of the News Media" as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, a student-run series whose topic this year is "Changing Times: Who are We? An Introspective Look at American Identity in the 21st Century."

The lecture will be at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus; a reception and book signing follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Hopkins community to take part in Fort McHenry cleanup

Faculty, staff, students, retirees and their families are invited to join a group of Baltimore area volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 26, to refurbish Historic Fort McHenry in memory of two local victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Darin Pontell, age 26, lost his life at the Pentagon. Daniel Walker McNeal, 29, died in the World Trade Center.

The event is part of National Make a Difference Day, a nationwide volunteer effort traditionally held on the last Saturday in October.

The Fort McHenry project will focus on weeding and grouting sand-bedded brick walks throughout the historic fort and outer battery areas, weeding and removing debris from the historic boundary fence, cleaning and painting park benches at Armistead Plaza and the picnic area, and cleaning up the beach area at the tidal wetlands.

Children are welcome to participate with one-on-one adult supervision. Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Matt Smith in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-0345 or by Friday, Oct. 18.

Hopkins 4K for Cancer presents donation to Cancer Society

Johns Hopkins students who spent the summer cycling across America to raise money for cancer research presented a $47,000 donation to the American Cancer Society during the Oct. 4 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Division's board of trustees.

The students completed the 4,000-mile journey from the Homewood campus to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in just under two months.

Hosted by local residents along the way, the students participated in many community service projects during Hopkins 4K for Cancer, including coaching a team of Special Olympics cyclists in Greensburg, Pa., and sewing a quilt with residents of the Midland Hospice in Topeka, Kan.

Mattin ART Munch launched; will be first Thursday of month

Mattin ART Munch, a monthly presentation and discussion about a wide range of topics in the arts, was inaugurated last week with a look at the future of the gaming industry.

Pondering whether games might be the utmost achievement possible with the interface of art and technology, local artist/filmmaker/animator Steve Estes led a discussion called "Could the 21st Century Become the Age of Games?"

Sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops, Homewood Student Affairs and the Digital Media Center, the Mattin ART Munch hopes to provide a refreshing look at the arts world in a casual setting. It will be held the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m in 161 Mattin Center, Homewood campus. "Bring your lunch and your open mind," say the organizers.

'Small Town Baltimore' author to speak at Wednesday Noon Series

Gilbert Sandler, popular columnist for The Sun and The Baltimore Jewish Times, will give a lecture titled "Small Town Baltimore: An Album of Memories," at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Shriver Hall Auditorium, Homewood campus.

In his Johns Hopkins University Press book by the same name, Sandler sketches life in Baltimore from the 1920s through the 1970s--a time, the author says, when most Baltimoreans would agree that living here was like living in a small town. Sandler will talk about how Baltimore has veered from its "Charm City" roots and what has been lost in the process. The book will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.

Sandler's other books are Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album, The Neighborhood: The Story of Baltimore's Little Italy and Baltimore Glimpses Revisited.

The lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and is is co-sponsored with the Johns Hopkins University Press. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-516-7157.