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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 25, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 4
In Brief


DLC Diversity Conference to be held Nov. 1 at Homewood

The third annual Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council Diversity Conference will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Homewood.

The half-day event will open with a keynote address by former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and Martha Hill, dean of the School of Nursing, will be the luncheon speaker. The workshops will examine critical issues related to excellence, diversity, inclusion, equity and cultural awareness in higher education.

The conference is designed for faculty, staff and administrators institutionswide. Supervisors are encouraged to be supportive of staff who wish to attend, and staff are advised to seek approval to attend prior to registering. There is no registration fee, but the deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 20. For more information and to register, go to DiversityConference/DiversityConference.


Homewood House admission waived for two months

History buffs and design aficionados alike can check out Homewood House as many times as they like during the months of October and November, when the National Historic Landmark waives its admission fees as part of Free Fall Baltimore 2006, a citywide program designed to make the arts available to everyone.

The museum's permanent collections are accessible through guided tours on the half-hour. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.).


America's urban crisis is topic of upcoming IPS seminar

Peter D. Salins, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the State University of New York system and a scholar in the field of urban planning, will be the speaker this week in the Institute for Policy Studies' Social Policy Seminar Series. His topic is "America's Urban Crisis: Have Our Cities Turned the Corner?"

Salins has written and presented extensively on U.S. urban policies affecting New York and other American cities in the fields of housing, urban development, economic planning and immigration. He also has edited a number of scholarly journals.

The talk is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Shriver Hall's Clipper Room, Homewood campus.


Saturday memorial service and activities to honor Mike Durgala

A memorial service and a full day of activities honoring Mike Durgala have been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30. Durgala, a four-year member of the Blue Jay baseball team (2002-2005) and an assistant coach with the team last year, was killed in a car accident on Aug. 3 while returning to Baltimore after serving as a counselor at a baseball camp at Gettysburg College.

The service will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center and will be followed by a dinner at the Elkridge Club. The cost of the dinner is $60, with a portion benefiting the Mike Durgala Coaching Fund established by baseball coach Bob Babb and many of Durgala's close friends and family. Anyone interested in attending should contact Babb at or 410-516-7485.

Other activities planned for the day include the JHU vs. Dickinson football game and an old-timers baseball game. For details, go to 091506aaa.html.

The 2007 Johns Hopkins baseball team has dedicated the upcoming season to Durgala.


Annual Best Dressed Sale begins its four-day run on Thursday

Thousands of shoppers are expected to turn out this week for the Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique, now in its 39th year. Sponsored by the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the event last year raised $145,000 to support patient care at the hospital.

Designer dresses, contemporary fashions, classic accessories and vintage clothing will be on the racks at Evergreen's Carriage House for four days. The inventory includes gently used shoes and handbags, skirts, suits, tuxedos, furs and wedding gowns.

The sale begins on Thursday, Sept. 28, with pre-sale shopping and refreshments from 4 to 8 p.m. ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) and continues with free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 (with student discounts); and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.


Registration set for fall classes at Baltimore Free University

Registration for fall semester adult education courses offered by the Baltimore Free University will be held during a "meet the instructors" event from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St. Registration continues through Oct. 5.

The session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the informal noncredit program and meet instructors, many of whom live in the community or are affiliated with Johns Hopkins.

Sponsored by the VLP and the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Free University features personal enrichment, social issues and practical trade courses for a nominal registration fee of $10 per course. Fall's courses include a boot camp for first-time homebuyers, ballroom dancing, early dialogues of Plato and creating Web sites for small businesses. The complete course list is available at

The number of sessions varies, and classes will be held throughout the city, including the Homewood campus. To register, call the VLP at 410-235-2210, ext. 204, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


SAIS will look at transatlantic responses to promoting democracy

SAIS will host a daylong conference, "Defending the Gains? Transatlantic Responses When Democracy Is Under Threat," from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 25.

The event is sponsored by the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, the European Studies Centre at the University of Oxford's St. Antony's College and the University of Paris II's Centre Thucydide.

Panelists will address several questions including: What do outsiders do when democracy erodes? Are the United States and the EU able to respond effectively when democracy is in trouble? Democracy promotion is high politics in transatlantic diplomacy, but is that attention helping deepen democracy around the world? Democracy promotion efforts have focused primarily on ways to encourage democracy where it does not exist or to consolidate democracy where it has taken hold, but what can the United States and Europe do when nascent democracies backslide or there is a general erosion of democracy?

A complete agenda is available at

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5730.


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