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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 3
In Brief


JHU Press editor and authors to discuss regional publishing

When the annual Baltimore Book Festival opens on Mt. Vernon Place on Friday, Sept. 19, the Creativity Cafe will host a 6-7 p.m. discussion on "The Importance of Regional Publishing" by JHU Press editor Bob Brugger and authors Tom Horton, Bryan MacKay, Michael Olesker, Gil Sandler, Anthea Smith and Bert Smith. The festival continues through Sunday, Sept. 21.


Wirth-Nesher to give Jewish Studies Program lecture

Hana Wirth-Nesher, the Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair on the Study of the Jewish Experience in the United States at Tel Aviv University, will talk this week on "Pronouncing Love in Yiddish Letters."

The lecture, sponsored by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, celebrates the newly dedicated Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Professorship in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture. A reception follows, with dietary laws observed.

The event takes place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Homewood campus. For more information, call 410-516-0206.


Registration set for fall classes at new Baltimore Free University

Registration for adult education courses offered by the newly revived Baltimore Free University at Johns Hopkins will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, in Levering Hall's Sherwood Room on the Homewood campus.

The first incarnation of Baltimore Free University existed from 1968 to 1984. The university decided to bring back the program in response to growing demand from the community. Like its predecessor, it features a wide array of personal enrichment, social issues and practical courses for a nominal registration fee of $10 for two courses. Play writing, photojournalism, health and human rights, ballroom dancing, public speaking and debt management are among the courses being offered during the fall semester, which begins Oct. 6. For more information about the program, go to or call 410-516-4777.


Nominations sought for 2003 M.L.K. Jr. Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. This award recognizes outstanding commitment to volunteer community service by faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the university and staff, employees and retirees of the hospital.

Winners will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration in mid-January 2004. This event, now in its 22nd year, features nationally known keynote speakers whose work honors and supports King's memory.

For nomination forms and more information about the awards, go to: or contact Matt Smith at 410-516-6060.


Peabody's Stephen Kates to be remembered Sunday in concert

Friends and colleagues will reminisce and perform in memory of longtime Peabody faculty member Stephen Kates at a free concert to be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, in Friedberg Hall.

Anticipated guests include Peabody alumni Carter Brey, David Hardy, Zuill Bailey and David Teie, as well as members of the cello faculty and students.

A student of Piatigorsky's and Silver Medal winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Kates taught at Peabody for 20 years. He died in January at age 59.


Memorial planned this week for eminent historian John Higham

A memorial service will be held this week for John Higham, an eminent historian of American culture and of the interplay of ethnic and national identity in the United States.

A 1941 graduate of JHU, Higham returned to Homewood 30 years later to be the John Martin Vincent Professor of History. He retired as professor emeritus in 1989. At the time of his death in August, at age 82, he had just finished an innovative essay on immigration, race and ethnicity.

Higham will be remembered at a service to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Johns Hopkins Club.


Committee on Status of Women nominations due

The JHU Committee on the Status of Women has extended until Monday, Oct. 6, its solicitation for nominations for new members.

The committee acts as an advocate for the entire community of women--faculty, staff and students--at Johns Hopkins and advises the provost on issues related to women, gender and diversity.

Self-nominations as well as those by others are encouraged; all should include a short biography and a statement of why the nominee should be appointed.

Applications should be addressed to University Committee on the Status of Women and submitted to Ray Gillian, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs, 130 Garland, Homewood campus. Questions or comments my be directed to Ray Gillian at 410-516-8075.


Friends of JHU Libraries celebrates book collecting

The Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries will celebrate book collecting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, when Robert A. Wilson, owner of the legendary Phoenix Book Shop in New York, speaks at the Evergreen Carriage House.

Wilson, a Baltimore native and 1943 JHU alumnus, owned the shop--a premier destination for book lovers and collectors--from 1962 to 1988. The author of Modern Book Collecting and Seeing Shelley Plain: Memories of New York's Legendary Phoenix Book Shop, Wilson will talk about his long friendships with some of the 20th century's literary giants, including Marianne Moore and W.H. Auden, as well as famous Beat Generation poets such as Allen Ginsberg.

A 5 p.m. wine and cheese reception will precede the 6 p.m discussion. R.S.V.P. to 410-516-7943 or


Digital asset management system to be demonstrated

For the past several months, 13 departments across the Johns Hopkins enterprise have been working on developing a university database for the storage and sharing of images, documents and other electronic assets, using a product called Webware.

There will be a demonstration of this digital asset management system from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 16, at Eastern High School, room B102.

For more information, call 410-516-7922 or go to



In a Sept. 8 story about the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, the names of the co-chairs were transposed under their photograph.

From the left were Feroze Sidhwa, Payal Patel and Michael Mondo.


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