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Published: September 9, 2004

Simpson to address voting faculty on Sept. 21

The Annual Meeting of the Voting Faculty, "A Dialogue on the Future," with remarks by President John B. Simpson, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

All members of the university community are invited to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Office at 645-2003.

Baldy Center to host workshop

The impact of government policies on cultural production and personal privacy, and the art sector's response to censorship will be the subject of an interdisciplinary art and law workshop to be held tomorrow at UB.

"Government Policy, Cultural Production, Personal Privacy" will be held from 1-5:15 p.m. in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Organized by the UB Art Galleries and UB Law School, the workshop will be hosted by the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy.

Two panels will be presented as part of the workshop. The first will be an historical discussion of the McCarthy era and the ramifications of the 1966 Freedom of Information Act on the visual arts. Participants will be Nancy Buchanan, professor in the CalArts School of Film and Video; Arnold Mesches, artist and professor, University of Florida, Gainesville; David Craven, professor of art history, University of New Mexico and author of "Abstract Expressionism as Cultural Critique: Dissent during the McCarthy Period," and Nils Olsen, professor and dean of the UB Law School.

The second panel will address contemporary threats to free expression, focusing on the Patriot Act, censorship in the arts and trends in the age of the Internet. Panelists will be Lee Albert, professor, UB Law School; Niels Bonde, artist and professor, Malm´┐Ż Art Academy, Copenhagen; Marjorie Heins, founding director, The Free Expression Policy Project and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law; Svetlana Mintcheva, director of arts advocacy, National Coalition Against Censorship, and Miguel Ruiz, assistant professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, UB School of Informatics.

In conjunction with the workshop, the UB Art Gallery will present two contemporary art exhibitions: "Arnold Mesches: The FBI Files" and a group exhibition, "Shutters," which will consider the interface of monitoring strategies and domestic spaces. Receptions for both exhibitions will be held from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow. For further information about "Shutters," see the story in the "Top Stories" section of this week's issue.

Both the workshop and receptions are free and open to the public; however, registration for the workshop is required by contacting the Baldy Center at or calling 645-2102. For more information, go to /baldycenter.

Acclaimed literary series to open today

Wednesdays at 4 PLUS, the distinguished literary series founded by poet Robert Creeley, former David Gray Chair in Poetics at UB, will open its Fall 2004 program today with presentations by Indian novelist and activist Arundhati Roy and author Ulla Dydo, a "reader of Gertrude Stein without equal."

Roy, critically acclaimed author of the Booker Prize-winning "The God of Small Things" and "Power Politics," will be the featured guest in a live interview with Amy Goodman titled "Another World is Possible: A Conversation with Arundhati Roy" at 9 p.m. in Central Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

This event is co-sponsored by Visions for a Better World. There will be a $10 admission charge.

Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now," a nationally syndicated public radio program produced by the Pacifica Broadcast Network and carried weekdays from 8-9 a.m. on WHLD 1270 AM.

Born in Bengal and raised in Kerala, India, Roy trained as an architect at the Delhi School of Architecture, but became better known for her complex, scathing film scripts. In keeping with her longtime interest in social issues, she has immersed herself in such causes as the anti-nuclear movement and the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a national coalition of environmental and human rights activists, scientists, academics and project-affected people, working to stop several dam projects in India's Narmada Valley.

Her two major essays, "The End of Imagination" and "The Greater Common Good," are available online as well as in print. Her personal fame has drawn attention and donations to these causes, to which she also has made significant monetary contributions. Her involvement in these causes has attracted controversy, with some criticism from all sides of the political spectrum.

Ulla Dydo, one of the world's foremost authorities on Gertrude Stein and the co-author of "Gertrude Stein: The Language That Arises: 1923-1934"—the most extensive study to date of Stein's writing—will present a talk titled "I am not any longer I when I see" at 12:30 p.m. in 436 Clemens Hall, North Campus. The talk will be free and open to the public.

Dydo is the editor of "A Stein Reader" and co-editor of "The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder."

Dydo's latest book examines the process by which Stein created and recreated her work as it moved from notepad to notebook to manuscript—from an idea to its ultimate refinement as the author's intentions and concerns assert themselves.

"'The Language That Arises' is not a biographical study," writes one critic, "but sets each text in the context of Stein's daily life and work, showing how the elements of her immediate world enter her writing and are enlarged upon, deleted, transformed or combined with other elements of reading or remembering. The result is an unprecedented view of the development of Stein's work, word by word, text by text, and over time."

Pendergast to speak at Emeritus meeting

David Pendergast, professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and associate director of the Center for Research and Education in Special Environments, will speak at the September meeting of the Emeritus Center, to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the South Lounge, 102 Goodyear Hall, South Campus.

Pendergast's topic will be "From Buffalo to Outer Space: Experiences of a UB Research Team."

A UB faculty member since 1973, Pendergast studies a broad range of human adaptations to exercise on land, in water and in outer space. He received an Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement from UB earlier this year.

For further information about Tuesday's meeting, contact the Emeritus Center at 829-2271.

Sodeman to deliver Terplan lecture

Thomas Sodeman, president-elect of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), will deliver the fifth annual Kornel L. Terplan Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday in 144 Farber Hall, South Campus.

Sodeman will discuss "Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Drivers for Change."

A reception will be held immediately following the lecture, which is sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. The Terplan lecture is presented in memory of Kornel L. Terplan, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology for nearly 30 years.

Recognized as one of the preeminent figures in the field of pathology, Sodeman serves as chairman for laboratory medicine at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. He previously was chief of pathology service for Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, and held faculty positions at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, University of Michigan and West Virginia University.

In addition to his academic achievements, Sodeman has served in multiple national and international organizations, among them the Medical Group Management Association, the National Committee on Clinical Laboratory Standards, the Association of Pathology Chairmen and the National Quality Forum, as well as CAP.

Participants sought for study on mood and food

Researchers in the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory are seeking subjects for a study examining the effect of drinking a beverage that contains dietary fiber on mood and responses to food.

This study is being conducted by Christine Pelkman, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Overweight, non-smoking women between the ages of 20 and 40 may qualify for participation. There will be 30 women enrolled in this study, which will take place in the Nutrition and Health Research Lab, 62 Farber Hall, South Campus.

Participants would be required to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the lab six times within a five-week period. Subjects will be paid for their participation, with those successfully completing the study earning as much as $150.

Anyone interested in participating should call 829-3438. The study has been approved by the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board at UB.

Informational meeting for women's rowing set

An informational meeting for female students who are interested in rowing will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday in 164 Alumni Arena, North Campus.

No experience is necessary.

For further information, contact Aina Williams, assistant coach for the women's rowing team, at

Lecture by "Apprentice" winner cancelled

A lecture by Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of NBC's hit reality show, "The Apprentice," scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Center for the Arts has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Full refunds may be obtained at point of purchase.

Refunds are available at the CFA box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all Ticketmaster locations. For further information, call 645-ARTS.