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Volume 23, No. 14       April 2, 2001


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Author Gail Sheehy Selected as Commencement Speaker

Best-selling author and cultural observer Gail Sheehy will deliver the main address at Ithaca College’s 106th Commencement on Saturday, May 19. Sheehy is best known for her 1976 book, Passages, which remained on the New York Times best-seller list for more than three years and was named in a Library of Congress survey as one of the 10 most influential books of our time.

Film Explores School-Sanctioned Prayer

The Emmy Award-winning documentary School Prayer: A Community at War will be shown on Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium. The film, made by associate professor of television-radio Ben Crane and former faculty member Slawomir Grünberg, won an Emmy last fall for outstanding coverage of a continuing news story. The film also won the Jan Karski Competition, which recognizes outstanding television documentaries produced on the theme of moral courage.

‘Celebration of Service’ to Recognize Year-Round Efforts

The College’s fourth annual day of service --- renamed last year a Celebration of Service" --- took place on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, and included the establishment of a new annual award.

Former Presidential Appointee To Speak on Race Relations

Angela Oh --- who served on the advisory board to the President’s Initiative on Race during the Clinton administration --- will give a talk, "The Future of Race Relations in America," on Tuesday, April 10. The lecture, presented as part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Awareness Series and Focus Asia 2001, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suite A, Phillips Hall.

Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speaker to Discuss Successful Aging

Robert Kahn, professor emeritus of psychology and public health at the University of Michigan, will present a lecture, "Successful Aging: Prospects and Potentialities," on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. The event is part of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings leaders in the field of gerontology to campus.

Poet Donald Hall Is This Spring’s Distinguished Visiting Writer

Donald Hall, author of 13 volumes of poetry and a three-time National Book Award nominee, will visit the College April 16–20 as the Department of Writing’s distinguished visiting writer. In addition to conducting five master classes in poetry writing, Hall will make two free public presentations.

Feminist Principles in Iroquois Culture Will Be Topic of Talk

Women’s history scholar Sally Roesch Wagner and Jeanne Shenandoah of the Onondaga Nation communications office will give a talk entitled "Sisters in Spirit: Iroquois Women, an Inspiration to Early Feminists" on Thursday, April 5. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7:00 p.m. in Textor 103, with a reception and book signing to follow.

Acclaimed Physician Will Discuss Experiences Treating AIDS Patients

The Health, Policy, and Culture Speaker Series will be inaugurated with two free events centering on Abraham Verghese, a critically acclaimed author and professor of medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The first event, a screening of the film My Own Country, will take place on Tuesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Textor 102.

Voice Students Win Top Honors in Regional Competition

Six Ithaca students won first place in their division in the Eastern Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference held at the College in March. An additional eight voice students placed as finalists in the competition.

Local Couple Will Discuss Same-Sex Marriage

Toshav and Philip Storrs, two Ithaca men who have challenged the state of New York for recognition as marriage partners, will speak on "Same-Sex Marriage: The Time Has Come" on Tuesday, April 10. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suite C, Phillips Hall.

Reggae and Salsa Featured in ‘Reverberations’ Series

The yearlong lecture and performance series "Reverberations: Music of the African Diaspora" will continue with two events in April — a guest lecture by poet, musician, and music scholar Kwame Dawes and a performance by Jimmy Bosch and His All-Star Salsa Band.

Calendar of Events

Principal events on campus April 2-18.

Andrejs Ozolins, Ithaca College Office of Publications. 2. Apr. 2001