Intercom Online......October 7, 1999


Center for Women Students
plans full schedule for fall

The Center for Women Students has a variety of events scheduled for fall. The schedule follows:

n Thursday, Oct. 14 -- Speaker: Floyd Cochran, former director of propaganda for the Neo-Nazi group, Aryan Nation, in Idaho. Cochran, who renounced racism in 1992, now the director of the Education and Vigilance Network, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m., in Alumni Hall, HUB.

n Wednesday, Oct. 20 -- Domestic violence film presentation/discussion: "No Safe Place." 120 Boucke Building, noon to 1 p.m.

n Wednesday, Oct. 27 -- Speaker: Brianna Scurry, goalkeeper, USA National Women's Soccer Team, which recently won the 1999 Women's World Cup. Sponsored by the University Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the Center for Women Students; Eisenhower Auditorium, 8 p.m.

n Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- Brown-bag presentation/discussion on "Computer-based Sexual Harassment: Its Prevalence and Impact on Students," presented by Sarah Rogerson. An overview of what can be done to empower students and promote a safe and nurturing environment will be discussed in this interactive presentation in 120 Boucke Building, from noon-1 p.m.

n Wednesday, Nov. 17 -- "Dangerous Dating," part of the CWS Sexual Assault Awareness/Prevention Series, will be presented in 120 Boucke Building, from noon to 1 p.m.

n Thursday, Nov. 18 -- Women's Studies Feminist Scholars Speaker Series presents Seyla Benhabib, professor of government and chair of the Committee for the Degree on Social Studies, Harvard University. Benhabib will discuss "Feminism and Multiculturalism: The End of Identity Politics" in 112 Kern at 4 p.m.

Olympics authority to speak Oct. 14

John Lucas, Penn State professor emeritus of exercise and sport science, will be the first speaker in the 1999-2000 International Speaker Series with his presentation "The Olympic Games Crisis: Sydney 2000 and Prospects for the Future." The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in 222 Boucke Building on the University Park campus.

Lucas, one of the world's foremost authorities on the Olympics, recently returned from Sydney, Australia, where he participated in a forum with experts from around the world on the 2000 Games.

For more information, contact John M. Keller, coordinator of the series, at (814) 863-6035 or by
e-mail at

Management consultant to
speak on company growth

Learn how to lift your organization to the next level of performance from management consultant Thomas Doorley III from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, on the University Park campus.

Doorley, a 1967 Penn State graduate, will discuss strategies for expanding your organization in the free public lecture, titled "Value-Creating Growth: Successfully Growing Your Company, Investments and Career."

Doorley has 25 years experience in counseling senior management from
all major global economies on company-building tools and methods to drive sustainable growth.

Doorley founded the consulting firm Braxton Associates, then merged it with Deloitte Consulting, where it has continued to grow to 20 offices worldwide.

He leads Deloitte Consulting/Braxton Associates' Global Growth Initiative.

For more information on Braxton Associates, check the Web at

The future of scholarship
to be focus of Oct. 19 lecture

Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will give a lecture, "Digital Libraries, Internet 2 and the Future of Scholarship," on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in 111 Wartik Lab on the University Park campus. The Coalition for Networked Information, which is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Director of the coalition since 1997, Lynch is internationally known for his development of MELVYL, the University of California's online library catalog. Before joining the coalition, Lynch worked for 18 years in the University of California Office of the President, spending his last 10 years there as director of library automation.

Lynch, who has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, is an adjunct professor in Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. He currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council and the National Research Council Committee on Intellectual Property in the Emerging Information Infrastructure.

For more information on the coalition, visit

Oct. 12 talk examines change
in the global nitrogen cycle

Pamela Matson, professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and the Institute of International Studies, Stanford University, will speak on "Too Much of a Good Thing? Agricultural Fertilization and Change in the Global Nitrogen Cycle" at the Life Sciences Consortium's Colloquium Oct. 12.

The colloquium will be videoconferenced from 101 Thomas Building on the University Park campus to Lecture Room D at The Hershey Medical Center and to several other campus locations at 4 p.m.

Matson, who has a doctorate in forest ecology from Oregon State University, worked for 10 years as a research scientist at NASA/Ames Research Center, and was professor of ecosystem ecology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1993-1997.

Her research has focused on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on biochemical cycling and trace gas exchange in tropical and temperate ecosystems.

In 1995, Matson was selected as a MacArthur Fellow. In 1997, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Modernist studies conference
includes many public events

The inaugural Conference of the Modernist Studies Association is taking place on the University Park campus and several events are open to the public.

On Friday, Oct. 8, the following events are open:

n Recital of works by Webern, Poulenc, Ives, Hindemith and Stravinsky, 3 p.m. Recital Hall, Music Building;

n Lecture and slide presentation on "The House that Mabel (Dodge Luhan) Built: Modernism Comes to New Mexico," by Lois Rudnick, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 4:15 p.m., Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art; and

n Poetry readings by a host of scholars from across the nation, 9 p.m., Ballroom A, Nittany Lion Inn.

The following events are open on Saturday, Oct. 9:

n Reading from Transgressions, a novel in progress based on the lives of H.D., Richard Aldington and others in their modernist circle, 9:15 p.m., Ballroom D, Nittany Lion Inn;

n A screening of contemporary avant-garde films at 3 p.m., Carnegie Cinema, 113 Carnegie; and

n Poetry readings at 9:15 p.m., 112 Keller.

During the Oct. 7-10 conference, well-known academics from across the country and around the world will examine the far-reaching impacts of the modernist period -- usually thought of as the last quarter of the 19th century to about 1945 -- which ushered in ground-breaking artists like Pablo Picasso, writers like James Joyce, and composers like Igor Stravinsky, as well as massive social and economic changes that altered the ways people look at the world.

For more information, go to the Web at

Management talk set for Oct. 12

"Learning to Lead: Skills for the 21st Century," a talk aimed at helping managers learn to communicate effectively in cross-cultural contexts, will begin at noon Oct. 12 at the Eastgate Center, 1010 N. Seventh St. in Harrisburg. The free talk, sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration, is part of the "Current Issues in Business" lunchtime series.

David Morand, associate professor of management, will discuss how managers can gain a sense of how cultures vary and can lead the way to successful operations in any international setting.

For information, call the Eastgate Center at (717) 772-3590.

Cancer symposium set for Oct. 21

The Penn State University Cancer Center at Penn State College of Medicine is sponsoring the fifth annual cancer symposium to acquaint participants with current and promising trends in basic research and clinical applications in the field of cancer.

"Recent Advances in Cancer Research" will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital auditorium at the medical center. The symposium is designed for the benefit of oncologists, general and family practitioners, internists, nurses, residents, basic scientists, surgeons and other healthcare professionals.

The $50 fee for the symposium includes the cost of instruction, handout materials, break refreshments and lunch.

For more information, or to enroll, call (717) 531-6483.

"Fall Sprawl" symposium at Harrisburg

The midstate's governmental, community and business leadership will converge at Penn State Harrisburg on Oct. 13 for the third annual gathering of the South Central Assembly for Effective Governance.

The symposium in the college's Capital Union Building, dubbed "Fall Sprawl," draws leaders from cities, townships, boroughs and other municipalities in the region.

This year's gathering will focus on land use issues, and more specifically, the impact of sprawl on economic, environmental and social factors.

Opening remarks will be offered at 12:30 p.m.

Other groups and individuals that may be interested include those from agricultural, forestry, historical societies, transportation providers, housing, colleges and universities, and realtors.

The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited so early registration is urged. For more information or to register, call (717) 948-6464.

Values in Community
lecture series continues Oct. 25

The Values in Community lecture series offered by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at University Park continues Oct. 25 with "A Dialogue: 'Sexuality, Black Religion and the Black Church.'" The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Building.

The talk will be given by Leslie Braxton, pastor-elect of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle, and Kelly Brown Douglas from Howard University School of Divinity. Carolyn Carter, a senior lecturer in human development and family studies at Penn State, will serve as the faculty respondent.

For more information, call (814) 865-6548.

Discussion to examine
world religions at Penn State

A series of discussions on ethical considerations for students will continue Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the University Park campus with a Power Point presentation and discussion on "On Common Ground -- World Religions in America and at Penn State." The talk, to be held in the Pollock Cultural Lounge, is the second in a series of four scheduled talks.

For more information, call the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at (814) 865-6548.

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