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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 27, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 23
In Brief


Hopkins-affiliated medical center in Lebanon begins operations

The first Middle East clinical facility affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International opened Feb. 20 in Beirut, Lebanon. The affiliation with Clemenceau Medical Center began in early 2002 with the major goal of building a state-of-the-art health care facility to benefit the people of Lebanon and the surrounding region.

The affiliation calls for collaborations in the areas of clinical program development, patient and quality management services, educational packages for physicians, nurses and technical staff, and the exploration of research activities.


Japanese ambassador to U.S., Ryozo Kato, to speak at SAIS

Ryozo Kato, Japanese ambassador to the United States, will speak at the School of Advanced International Studies on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

As speaker for the first Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecture at SAIS, he will address the topic of "The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Asia."

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the SAIS Reischauer Center at 202-663-5812 or


JHU Theatre to present world premiere of Yasmine Rana play

The Johns Hopkins University Theatre will present the world premiere production of Yasmine Rana's play Returning this week in the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus.

Returning concerns war-displaced young women trying to go home. A blend of passion, humor and intimate drama, the play is based in part on Rana's work with refugee and returning populations at youth houses in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia. Directed by James Glossman, the production's stars are undergraduates Michelle Brown, Elizabeth Eldride, Tania Hamod, Elspeth Kursh, Akshay Oberoi and Julie Sihilling.

The play will run on two weekends, March 3 to 5 and March 10 to 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $14 seniors and $5 for students. Call the JHU Theatre box office at 410-516-5153 for tickets, or e-mail your ticket request to


Timore-Leste foreign minister to speak about United Nations

Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta, Timor-Leste's senior minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, will speak at SAIS today, Feb. 27, on the topic "The United Nations and the United States: A View From Afar."

An internationally recognized leader of Timor-Leste, the world's newest democracy and the first new country of this millennium, Ramos-Horta shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize with his fellow countryman, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, for their sustained efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict of East Timor (now Timor-Leste) based on the people's right to self-determination.

After the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, Ramos-Horta served in exile as the vice president of the National Council Maubere Resistance, an umbrella organization of pro-independence movements both within and outside that country.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the SAIS Southeast Asia Studies Program at 202-663-5837 or


Peabody at Homewood Concert Series begins this week

Top students and graduates of the Peabody Conservatory will bring their music to Homewood House this spring for a series of three concerts. Each performance in the Friday night Peabody at Homewood Concert Series begins at 5:45 p.m. and is followed by a reception in the wine cellar.

This week, on March 3, cellist Caleb Jones will perform a wide range of music from classical to modern, including Bach, Prokofiev and a work of his own composition.

On April 7, Emily Noel, a renowned soprano, will sing a varied program of Renaissance music accompanied by Edward Greenhood on the lute. The Delorean String Quartet, composed of violinists Amos Fayette and Adrienne Geisler, violist Alexander Baldock and cellist Bonnie Obel, will perform works by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven on May 5.

The concerts are $12 each, or $35 for the three-concert series, for JHU faculty and staff. For reservations or more information, call 410-516-5589 or email


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