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Author Helen Vendler to speak at Union College on Thursday, May 7

Posted on Apr 27, 1998

Schenectady, N.Y. (April 27, 1998) – Literary critic Helen Vendler will give a lecture titled “Melville's Civil War Poetry: Epic into Lyric” on Thursday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Union College's Nott Memorial.

Her talk is free and open to the public.

Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University, will be visiting Union for several days. Designated by Seamus Heaney as “our best reader of poems,” Vendler sits on the committee that annually determines the winners in poetry and fiction of the Pulitzer Prize.

Vendler has written about British poetry from the 14th century to the present, United States poetry from the 19th century to today and poetry written throughout the 20th century in Central and South America and in Eastern and Western Europe. In all her writing Vendler has taken notice of current developments in criticism and theory, but she maintains strenuous attention to the factor above all others that distinguishes poetry from other forms of discourse, notably its aesthetic power.

Author of a dozen books on poets and poetry, her most recent The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets “will prove to be the most valuable critical performance in recent American literature on classic texts…,” according to Richard Howard in The New York Times Book Review. He continues: “Vendler's Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets is an authentic act of contemporary criticism as well as a reading of the most cherished lyric poetry in the English language. It constitutes a ground of poetic apprehension that cannot be gainsaid, and it offers the opportunity to enjoy the art of poetry where we all agree it must be found, as one enjoys most what one understands best.”

The lecture, sponsored by the Union College English department, will be followed by a reception in the Nott Memorial.

The 16-sided Nott Memorial is located at the center of campus and parking is available on campus and on nearby side streets.

For more information, call 388-6131.

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For the Record

Posted on Apr 24, 1998

Rebecca Fisher, language lab coordinator, gave a talk on
“Providing Technical Support For Faculty Using Digital Non-Roman Text” at the
Northeast Association of Language Learning Technology (NEALL) conference at Skidmore
College recently.

J. Richard Shanebrook, professor of mechanical engineering; Charles
Howarth '96;
and John DeMarco '94 are co-authors of a paper,
“Vortex Blood Pump,” in the 1998 volume, Heart Replacement – Artificial
published by Springer-Verlag, Tokyo. Presented as a new type of blood pump
suitable for an artificial heart or ventricular assist device, it utilizes a strong vortex
motion to prevent the formation of blood clots within the cylindrical pumping chamber.
Currently, blood clot formation is one of the most destructive complications for patients
who rely on artificial pumping devices.

James C. Adrian, Jr., assistant professor of chemistry, has just
published a paper in the journal Tetrahedron (Vol. 54, 1998) titled “A New
Approach to Symmetric 2,2':6',2 'Terpyridines.'” Co-authors include Lamyaa
Hassib '98
and Prof. N. De Kimpe and Dr. M. Keppens, both of the Univ. of Gent,
Belgium. The paper presents a novel four-step process for the preparation of symmetric
terpyridines. This new process affords these otherwise difficult-to- obtain molecules in
high yields and excellent purities.

John Sowa, professor of chemistry, has been named to the Sales
Tax Committee for the Town of Glenville.

Charles Steckler, professor of theater, recently presented a
portfolio of his design work to the students and faculty in the conservatory program in
stage design at the Korean National University of the Arts, School of Drama in Seoul,
Korea. Speaking through an interpreter, Steckler discussed the role of the designer in the
production process from concept to implementation.

Kenneth DeBono, Gilbert R. Livingston Professor of Behavioral
Sciences, recently gave a colloquium to the Social/Personality graduate program at
UMASS-Amherst titled “Attitude Functions and Consumer Decision-making.”

Robert Baker, professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled
“History and Minority Distrust of Medicine” at a conference on “Hope,
Distrust and Allocation: Minority Encounters with the Healthcare System, Issues in Medical
Ethics 1998” at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Catherine Womack, assistant professor of philosophy, delivered
comments on a paper on “Longino's Social Epistemology” at the Pacific
meeting of the American Philosophical Association recently. She is to chair an upcoming
session at a conference on “Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics” to be held
at Notre Dame University.

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AAC Minutes Listed

Posted on Apr 24, 1998

April 17, 1998

1. Minutes of April 10 were approved.

2. Representatives from Concordiensis attended in order to
discuss the possibility of acquiring academic credit for work on Concordiensis. The
request is for 1/3 credit per term. The possibility of awarding WAC credit for the work on
Concordiensis was also considered. The discussion will continue. The Subcouncil
suggested that the Concordiensis representatives speak with the English Department
and then return to the AAC.

3. The proposal by the GenEd Board to eliminate Section IV Option 2 was
introduced by Brad Lewis. The change would first apply to the class of 2003. The proposal
was approved to be sent to the faculty.

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Heroth, Adamu Earn NCAA Honors

Posted on Apr 24, 1998

Juniors Carrie Heroth and Ibrahim Adamu have been selected to
participate in the second annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference May 25 through 28
in Orlando, Fla., it was announced by Richard Sakala, director of athletics.

Heroth and Adamu were among 370 chosen from nominations nationwide. At
the conference, student-athletes will explore solutions to issues facing their peers
around the country, enhance their leadership skills, and promote better communications
between student-athletes and others at their institutions.

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‘Dialogues’ Events Extend into May

Posted on Apr 24, 1998

“Dialogues on Race,” the series of campus-wide discussions
aimed at fostering diversity at Union, has been extended with a numberof events scheduled
through early May.

Coordinated by MAG, Student Forum and Peer Facilitators,
“Dialogues” features a number of discussions on topics including stereotypes,
affirmative action, race and admissions, and race and politics.

Upcoming “Dialogues on Race” events include:

Friday, April 24, noon to 1:10 p.m., Social Sciences 110:
“Does Race Affect Your Salary?” led by Profs. Therese McCarty and Stephen

Monday, April 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Strauss Lounge, Reamer Campus
Center: “150 Years of U.S. Imperialism: 1848 (1898) to Present” led by Ricardo
Laremont, with Profs. Andy Feffer, Sarah Henry, Ibon Izurieta, Tom Lobe and Teresa Meade.

Tuesday, April 28, noon to 1:10 p.m., Reamer Campus Center 205.
Discussion led by Prof. Andy Feffer on “The Campaign against Affirmative Action: What
Shall We Do About It?”; and 1:30-3:20 p.m., Humanities 112: “Black
Existentialism” led by Prof. Linda Patrik.

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thurston House (in
Davidson): “Different Eye Shapes, Different Skin Colors: Can We Come Together”
led by Profs. Yoshi Kahn and Twitty Styles.

Thursday, April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Reamer Campus Center 308 :
“Who is Listening to Our Dialogue?” led by Prof. A.T. Miller.

Tuesday, May 5, 9:15 to 11:05 a.m., Humanities 019: “Latino
Stereotypes: A Discussion,” led by Prof. Teresa Meade.

Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Reamer Campus Center, Mobil
Lounge: “Race At Union: A Discussion of the Issues Raised in 'Dialogues on
Race'” led by Peer Facilitators.

Tuesday, May 12, noon to 1:10 p.m., Reamer Campus Center
Auditorium: “Recruiting Diversity: Race and Admissions,” led by Vice President
Dan Lundquist and Associate Dean Darryl Tiggle of the Admissions Office.

Ongoing through April, faculty have opened the following classes:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., Humanities 113: “Race in
American Politics” with Prof. Terry Weiner.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., Humanities 112, sessions on
“Black Existentialism” with Prof. Linda Patrik.

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