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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 16, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 22
In Brief


Lax tix available for faculty, staff and students with J-cards

The men's lacrosse season gets under way next week, when the Blue Jays face off against the University of Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, on Homewood Field. Other home games this year pit the Blue Jays against Princeton, Albany, Syracuse, North Carolina, Maryland and Towson.

Faculty and staff can pick up their two complimentary season's passes beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 18, by bringing their J-card to the Athletic Center's main office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Again this year, students also must have tickets to attend games. J-cards must be shown to obtain the tickets, which can be picked up in the Athletic Center's main office beginning on Monday of game week, or in the lobby of the Athletic Center on game day.

For questions about tickets, call 410-516-7490. For the season schedule, go to


Honor goes to SAIS prof's book on national security studies

Eliot Cohen, director of the SAIS Strategic Studies Program, has been awarded the first Huntington Prize for his book Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime.

Administered by the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the prize recognizes the best book published each year in the field of national security studies. The book can be a work of history or political science, or a work by a statecraft practitioner. The prize honors renowned political scientist Samuel P. Huntington, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard and author of Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

"This book speaks to our time by laying forth the enduring dimensions of the interactions between great leaders of democracies and their senior military officers," wrote the Huntington Prize Committee. "Supreme Command is an excellent example of the policy-relevant scholarship long encouraged by Samuel P. Huntington."

Supreme Command, published in June 2002 by Free Press, examines leadership in wartime, specifically the tension between civilian and military leadership. The book has been or is being translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.


'Acoustic Urban Blues' set for Wednesday Noon Series

The sounds of Acoustic Urban Blues will fill Shriver Hall at noon on Wendesday, Feb. 18, when Chic Street Man takes the stage for a musical performance.

Chic Street Man's music is rooted in the blues, but he branches out to reggae, acoustic funk, cat-gut jazz and folk. His musical goal, he says, is to share his message of equality and racial harmony while motivating listeners to laugh and think about their relationship to the larger world.

Presented in observance of Black History Month, this program is part of the Office of Special Events' Wednesday Noon Series. For more information, call 443-287-9900.


Johns Hopkins women perform 'Vagina Monologues' for V Day

Twenty-one female students and staff members will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues this week on the Homewood campus. The performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb 21, and for 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 in Levering Hall's Arellano Theater.

The Johns Hopkins production is among those at 1,000 college campuses as part of the V Day 2004 College Campaign, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international programs to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing antiviolence groups.

The Johns Hopkins women — a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students and staff members from the Homewood, Peabody and East Baltimore campuses — are dedicating all proceeds to the House of Ruth, a domestic violence shelter in Baltimore. Last year, V Day JHU 2003 raised $3,000 for the House of Ruth and TurnAround, another domestic violence shelter in Baltimore.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for Johns Hopkins students with ID. Tickets may be purchased or reserved by e-mailing For more information, e-mail producer Leah Miller at


JHPIEGO recognizes Suzanne Mubarak, first lady of Egypt

Leslie Mancuso, chief executive officer of JHPIEGO, recently returned from Egypt, where she conferred JHPIEGO's Leader in Health Award to Suzanne Mubarak, first lady of Egypt.

The award was created in 2003 to celebrate JHPIEGO's 30th anniversary by honoring those who are working to improve the health of women and their families around the world.

Mubarak, one of seven inaugural honorees, was recognized for a recently launched initiative against female genital mutilation and the establishment in 2000 of the National Council for Women to improve the social status of Egyptian women, as well as earlier achievements.

JHPIEGO is currently engaged in a project in Egypt through the Ministry of Higher Education under sanctioning from Egypt's 2000 National Conference on Higher Education to work with the government to strengthen the national medical and nursing school curricula, improve teaching strategies and improve the use of communication technologies to better prepare students to enter the medical and nursing fields. Egypt currently has 17 medical schools graduating more than 8,000 physicians a year and 11 nursing schools training 1,200 nurses a year.


An inside look at U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq's national library

Mary-Jane Deeb, an author and media commentator who led a Library of Congress mission to Baghdad, will describe efforts to rebuild that nation's library system in a talk this week at Evergreen House. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries.

Deeb, the Arab World Area specialist at the Library of Congress, will speak on the topic "The Library of Congress Mission to Baghdad: Assisting with the Reconstruction of Iraq's National Library" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18. A wine and cheese reception will precede the lecture at 5 p.m. Deeb has worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia, UNICEF, Amideast and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Beirut. She also served as a U.N. observer for the June 1997 Algerian legislative elections.

She received her doctorate in international relations from SAIS and her bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and anthropology from the American University in Cairo.


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