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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 16, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 30
In Brief


Former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volcker to give IPS lecture

Former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker will speak on Wednesday, April 18, as part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies' Revitalizing Government Service lecture series. Volcker, who chaired the 2002 National Commission on the Public Service, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of government service.

Sandee Newman, IPS director, says the lecture series, which was launched last fall, seeks to raise awareness among students about the importance of government service by showcasing distinguished leaders.

"Paul Volcker has been one of the most influential public servants of the last half century," Newman said. "I'm hopeful that his talk will inspire others to follow his example."

The lecture will be held in the Eisenhower Room of the Johns Hopkins Club, Homewood campus. For more information, call 410-516-4186 or e-mail


Pop art prints to be displayed at Homewood's Mattin Center

An exhibition of eight pop art prints from the collection of Morton and Toby Mower are on display through Monday, April 30, on the first floor of the F. Ross Jones Building of Homewood's Mattin Center. Exhibition hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The works by artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring span nearly 40 years. The earliest piece is a rare 1951 lithograph by Lichtenstein titled Hunter and Dog. Two of the Warhol Hamburger prints were screened onto primed, stretched canvases by the artist in 1986. Icon, a heraldic silk-screen print of a barking dog, was made by Haring in 1990, shortly before his death at age 31.

The Mowers are Johns Hopkins alumni and Baltimore residents. Morton Mower, who earned a bachelor's degree from the School of Arts and Sciences in 1955, is a cardiologist and co-inventor of the implantable defibrillator. He was a faculty member at the School of Medicine early in his career. Toby Mower earned her nursing degree in 1976 from what was then the Evening College.


Peabody Jazz concert features Charles Mingus compositions

A performance by the Peabody Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, April 21, will feature the music of the late Charles Mingus in celebration of the 85th anniversary of his birth. Included in this concert, under the direction of faculty artist Michael Formanek, are Mingus' works arranged by Ronnie Cuber, Sy Johnson, Steve Slagle and Jack Walrath, including "Nostalgia in Times Square," "Ecclusiastics," "Gunslinging Bird," "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" and "Boogie Stop Shuffle."

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in East Hall. Tickets are $18, $10 for seniors, $8 for students with ID and are available through the Peabody Box Office at 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

A free informal concert at Maestro's Cafe Annex, 11 Centre St., will precede the concert from 4 to 6 p.m. The program includes tunes featuring two Peabody vocalists, as well as smaller jazz groups playing Mingus' music.


Daylong Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Conference set for April 20

The inaugural Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in the Great Hall of Levering Hall, Homewood campus, and is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern and the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group. The theme of the conference is Serving the Community, Serving the Nation.

Organizers describe the event as an "opportunity for students and staff to network, learn about other volunteer programs in the region and collaborate on community service activities."

The conference includes a keynote address at 10 a.m. by Del. Maggie McIntosh of Baltimore's 43rd District and a panel discussion at 10:45 a.m. on "Identifying Needs in Communities," featuring Matthew Crenson, chairman of the Johns Hopkins Political Science Department; Bishop Douglas Miles of the Koinonia Baptist Church and Baltimoreans United for Leadership Development, known as BUILD; Leigh Fernald, community schools partner of the Greater Homewood Community Corp.; and 2001 JHU alumnus Wes Moore, special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, White House fellow and Rhodes Scholar. Breakout sessions are also scheduled.

Registration and more information can be found on the conference Web site at


SAIS to host one-day Middle East human rights conference

SAIS will hold a one-day human rights conference, "Middle East Agenda for Reform: Challenges and Opportunities," from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Hosted by the SAIS Protection Project, it will feature keynote remarks by Samir Shakir Sumaida'ie, ambassador of Iraq to the United States, and Naser Al Belooshi, ambassador of Bahrain to the United States, on the topic of "Indicators for Reform in the Middle East."

The conference is intended to provide an in-depth analysis of human rights in the Middle East in order to promote a fuller observance of those rights in a just and balanced manner and formulate specific action plans to be taken up by the countries involved. Experts from government, NGOs, international organizations, news organizations and academia will speak throughout the day; for a complete agenda, go to (Upcoming Events section).

The conference will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to 202-663-5894 or


JHU Press hosts 'Beyond the Blog: Scholarship on the Semantic Web'

The JHU Press will sponsor a talk on the future of scholarly communication on the Internet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in 3 Shaffer Hall, Homewood campus.

The program, titled "Beyond the Blog: Scholarship on the Semantic Web," will explore the technology behind new tools such as Smart Wiki, new authorship opportunities, the evolution of peer review and the impact of these developments on scholarly communication and university press publishing.

The program begins with an overview of "Wiki for Professionals" by Albert Mons, chief executive officer of Knewco, a company developing advanced management tools for supporting scientific discovery and information. Ronald G. Walters, professor of history at Johns Hopkins, follows with "The View from the History Department," a discussion of how such tools might apply to scholarship in the humanities and how they might affect teaching, peer review and scholarly communication. A discussion and question and answer period will follow. For more information, call 410-516-6928.


Lebanese finance minister Jihad Azour to speak at SAIS

Jihad Azour, Lebanon's minister of finance, will speak at SAIS at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16. Azour's talk, titled "Lebanon's Economic Landscape and Government Medium-Term Reform Program," is hosted by the SAIS International Economics Program and two student groups, the Middle East Perspective Club and the Finance Club.

The session will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the Rome Building. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to


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