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For the Faculty and Staff of the University of Miami
Monday, February 25, 2008

Seen at the check presentation are, from left to right, Otis Brown, dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science; Timothy Dixon, codirector of CSTARS and a professor of marine geology and geophysics; Hans C. Graber, codirector of CSTARS and professor of applied marine physics; UM President Donna E. Shalala; and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

CSTARS gets $2 million boost
A boost from Uncle Sam—in the form of a $2 million check—will help ensure that a University of Miami satellite sensing facility can continue the cutting-edge research that aids scientists and relief workers around the world. At a press conference held Thursday on UM’s Richmond campus, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart presented the federal funding to the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS).

The aid is the latest installment of more than $14 million in federal appropriations to the facility since it opened five years ago. Diaz-Balart has been a longtime supporter of the facility, which is part of UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. With satellite data transmitted to its three antenna dishes, CSTARS is able to provide data that help scientists monitor the Earth’s environmental regions, assess the health of ecological communities, peer into the core of storms, and predict environmental disturbances. CSTARS data also has been used to aid relief efforts in parts of the United States and the Caribbean that were devastated by natural disasters.

Words of Faith
African-American artist and author Faith Ringgold is famous for her innovative, quilted narrations that communicate her political beliefs. Last Thursday evening, the Harlem-born Ringgold, whose American People Series of paintings portrays the civil rights movement from a female perspective, gave a lecture (top) at the University of Miami’s Bill Cosford Cinema, recounting her experiences with the civil rights movement in the early 1960s and her life’s work as an artist, activist, author, teacher, and parent. After the lecture, she greeted admirers and guests at a reception and book signing (above) at the Lowe Art Museum. Her visit was sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Museums Magnet Program and by UM trustee Marilyn Holifield and Marvin Holloway.


To learn more, click here.

Campus Safety magazine names UM police chief Director of the Year
Campus Safety magazine has honored University of Miami Police Chief David Rivero as Director of the Year 2007 in the education category. The annual award recognizes campus law enforcement officials who exhibit outstanding leadership and management abilities, maintain high officer morale, and foster excellent community relations and extensive involvement with the public.

Rivero was cited for introducing crime mapping at almost no cost, introducing patrol scripting to study crime in high-risk areas, expanding UM’s crime prevention unit, and enhancing officer and employee incentives. Also, he was commended for developing the 'Canes Resource Officer program that now involves five officers who focus their efforts campus-wide with students, resident assistants, organizations, and departments, and for introducing ten Segway personal transport vehicles, three electric cars, and tripling bicycle patrols so officers can more easily interact with the campus constituency.

A 26-year veteran of the City of Miami Police Department, Rivero joined UM in October 2006 and immediately created a new vision for UM Police by redesigning patrol vehicles, renaming the department, and improving the Web site to enhance visibility on campus. To learn more, click here.

President of Harvard University to speak at Women’s and Gender Studies Speaker Series
Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University and founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, an interdisciplinary initiative committed to the study of women, gender, and society, will present “Women, Death, and Mourning in the American Civil War” on Wednesday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Program in American Studies, and the Office of the President, and is free and open to the public.

UM Libraries host special exhibit reception for Black History Month
The UM Libraries is currently hosting The Bob Simms Collection: An Activist’s Life and Legacy, offering a snapshot into the life and legacy of Robert H. Simms, UM emeritus trustee, teacher, historian, photographer, and social engineer. The exhibition includes photographs, letters, and publications, in addition to a photographic odyssey of the history of Coconut Grove from 1953 to 1964 and students and teachers at the George Washington Carver schools.

On February 28, the UM Libraries will host a Black History Month program to celebrate the exhibition, featuring Simms, Maria R. Estorino, previous interim head of special collections, and Chanelle Rose, faculty member at Florida Memorial University. The special program takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Otto G. Richter Library, Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion. To attend, R.S.V.P. by calling 305-284-4026 or e-mail cgoycochea@miami.edu by Monday, February 25. For more information, visit scholar.library.miami.edu/bobsimms. The exhibit is open during regular business hours.

We Media Forum comes to UM; webcast available
The 2008 We Media Forum, hosted by the School of Communication, is taking place on the Coral Gables campus from Tuesday, February 26 through Thursday, February 28. The event is bringing more than 200 thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and media pioneers to activities held at numerous facilities on campus. An opportunity to view live broadcast content is being made available at the Cosford Cinema and through the Web. Some of the activities include: panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations, mentoring sessions, and a pitch session for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas.

For schedule information, click here. For more information on the forum, click here. For a complete schedule of live-streamed Web events, click here.

Alumni Association accepting nominations for alumni awards
Do you know an outstanding alumna or alumnus? The Alumni Association is seeking recommendations for nominations for its annual Alumni Awards Reception on Thursday, April 24. Submit recommendations online. For a complete listing of all nine alumni awards and their descriptions, visit www.miami.edu/alumni.

Bachelor of General Studies information session
Attend the Bachelor of General Studies information session at Allen Hall, room 101, on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear about the many features of the adult-friendly degree program and to meet the dean and academic advisors. The Bachelor of General Studies is a part-time program designed specifically for adult students. To R.S.V.P., call 305-284-2727.

General Research Support Awards on the rise
The Office of Research has announced a 30 percent increase in General Research Support Award (GRSA) funding this year. The University of Miami Research Council administers these funds to support individual faculty projects related to all types of research activities. Proposals are due Friday, February 29. Regular faculty and full-time research faculty members are eligible to apply. Adjunct, visiting or affiliated faculty, lecturers, and instructors are not eligible. Miller School of Medicine faculty are also not eligible. For more information, visit the Office of Research, call 305-243-9051, or e-mail mindustrious@med.miami.edu.

Register now for Spring Break Spanish program
Take advantage of Spring Break to improve your Spanish in UM’s Seven-Day Intensive Spanish program. This immersion-style Spanish program is a full-time, weeklong program for all levels of learners, running from March 8 through March 14. You can boost your Spanish language skills dramatically in just seven days, and enjoy yourself at the same time! Classes meet from Saturday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full-time UM employees may be eligible for tuition remission for this course. For more information, call 305-284-2752, e-mail alc.cstudies@miami.edu, or visit www.edmiami.com/7day.

Cosmetic surgery procedures offered at a discount
The Division of Plastic Surgery offers a 20 percent discount on cosmetic procedures such as abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, facelift, blepharoplasty, and liposuction to UM employees.  They also offer 20 percent discounts on BOTOX, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptra, and the latest long-term filler, ArteFill. Services are provided at the Miller school campus and at Jackson South/Deering Medical Plaza Cosmetic Center. For appointments or more information, call 305-585-5285 or 305-256-5057.

Fascinated by China? Begin building Mandarin Chinese skills
Beginning Tuesday, March 11, the University’s Intensive Language Institute Basic Chinese for Business and Culture course begins. The six-week evening course focuses on beginning language skills in Chinese, including communication, comprehension, and cultural tips for successful interactions. Eligible UM employees may receive a 40 percent discount on tuition. For more information and to register, visit the course Web site or call 305-284-4727.

Upcoming workshop assists with electronic thesis or dissertation preparation
The Graduate School has scheduled three workshops titled “Preparing Your Electronic Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Essay (ETD).” Faculty members are asked to remind students preparing an ETD for graduation during the 2008 school year that they may want to consider attending a session in order to familiarize themselves with the submission process. Representatives from the Graduate School and Richter Library will be available to answer questions regarding the various stages of the ETD preparation process. The workshops are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Coral Gables campus: Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m. in the School of Architecture,
    Perez Auditorium
  • Rosenstiel campus: Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Building, seminar room
  • Miller School campus: Wednesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in the Calder Library, third-floor computer lab

Registrants should send their name and expected graduation date to grad.dissertation@miami.edu or call 305-284-4154.

Register now for Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference XIII
Register now for Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference XIII, Session B: "Genetics and the Developing Child: What We Know, What We Are Learning and Why It Matters To You." The conference takes place Wednesday, March 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mailman Center for Child Development, eighth-floor auditorium. Speakers include Don Bailey, distinguished fellow, RTI International and expert in Fragile X Syndrome; Jeffrey P. Brosco, associate professor of pediatrics at UM; Susan Hahn, instructor at the Miami Institute for Human Genomics; Astrid Mack, associate dean for minority affairs and associate director of the Sickle Cell Clinical Center; and Klaas Jan J. Wierenga, assistant professor of pediatrics.

The conference will examine topics such as potential benefits and major concerns about newborn screening for FXS, how newborn screening when linked to timely diagnostic testing and comprehensive care reduces morbidity and mortality from sickle cell disease, and the current and future applications of human genetics toward the well-being of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Six CEUs will be offered to nurses, social workers, psychologists and speech language pathologists and audiologists. 5.75 CEUs will be offered to occupational and physical therapists. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $30 for professionals and parents. Registration is $15 for students. To register and for more information, visit peds2.med.miami.edu/mailman, e-mail wcastro@med.miami.edu, or call 305-243-4466.

Cancelled: Miami Institute for Human Genomics Seminar on March 4
The Miami Institute for Human Gemonics has cancelled a seminar originally scheduled to feature P. Michael Conneally, distinguished professor emeritus of medical and molecular genetics and neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. The lecture titled "The Role of DNA in Forensics and Mass Tragedies" will be rescheduled.

TIAA-CREF to visit this week
Need investment and retirement planning assistance? TIAA-CREF will offer individual financial consultations this week. Visit with a TIAA-CREF representative Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 in the Max Orovitz Building's Human Resources conference room. A representative will be available on the Miller School campus on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday February 28 in the Park Plaza East Garage, Equality Administration Conference Room, suite D.  To schedule an appointment with TIAA-CREF, call 866-842-3357. Also, don’t forget to make an appointment at any time with LTSave for free investment advice. To make an appointment with LTSave, call 305-284-4556.

If you have questions about any of your UMatter Benefits, visit www.miami.edu/benefits/ask and complete the online form.

The proving grounds
“For those who say there is not much evidence that embryonic stem cells can cure diabetes, there you go.”

Camillo Ricordi, professor, scientific director, and chief academic officer of the Diabetes Research Institute, on a report released last week establishing that scientists are now able to control diabetes in mice by harnessing human embryonic stem cells.

The New York Times
February 21

It's all about the U
“Signature win? That's for those guys on ESPN to talk about. I just know it's a big win for us.”

Frank Haith, head coach of the men's basketball team, after defeating No. 5-ranked Duke for the first time in 45 years.

The Miami Herald
February 21

Out with the old?
“All we're seeing is a successful transition from one comandante to another.”

José Azel, research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, on the prospects of change in Cuba after Fidel Castro announced that he would not seek reelection.

The Wall Street Journal
February 20

Today, Monday, February 25 Author Paul Hockenos. Berlin-based author Paul Hockenos presents excerpts from his book Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ferre Building, room 126. Paul Hockenos shows how the grassroots movements that became the German Greens challenged and changed the republic's status quo, making postwar Germany more democratic, liberal, and worldly along the way. For more information, call 305-284-2143 or e-mail davidson@miami.edu.

Today, Monday, February 25 “The Land of Israel as a Crossroads in Antiquity.” The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies host a discussion featuring Mordechai “Motti” Aviam, director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology, director of the Galilee Research Center, and lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel, and David Graf, a professor in UM’s Department of Religious Studies and an accomplished archaeologist and scholar. The event occurs from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Merrick Building, Miller Center Auditorium. To R.S.V.P., e-mail ccjs@miami.edu, call 305-284-6882, fax 305-284-5274. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Today, Monday, February 25 “The European Union and Regional Integration.” The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence presents two panel discussions from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Ferre Building, room 126. The keynote speaker is Finn Laursen, professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, who will present “Theory and Practice of Regional Integration: Lessons for the Americas.” The first panel features Florida International University professors Elizabeth Pruegl, Lavinia Bucsa, and Markus Thiel. The second panel features UM professors Ambler Moss, Astrid Boening, and María Lorca, and Frank Ortoleva, professor at Florida International University.

Monday, February 25 and Thursday, February 28 Henry King Stanford Distinguished Speaker Series. Enjoy a fascinating lecture with one of the University of Miami’s visiting Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors in the Humanities. Natalie Zemon Davis, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University and an adjunct professor and senior fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, presents two lectures this week: “Joanna, Stedman, and the Knot of Slavery” today, Monday, February 25 at 5 p.m.; and “Jews, Africans, and Philosophes” on Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m. Both lectures take place at The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Both lectures are free and open to the public and are part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker Series.

Tuesday, February 26 Human Subjects Protections Seminar. Attend a lunch-and-learn session and discover how the Velos eResearch clinical research management system is used. This session will give an update on the tool's deployment status and rollout, process transformation, and will provide an overview of the functionality with a brief demonstration. This is a great opportunity for departments and study coordinators to learn more about how this product will benefit them. The project team will be available to answer questions as well. The event occurs from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Mailman Center for Child Development, room 3023. To register, visit Ulearn.miami.edu. For more information, e-mail saymerich@med.miami.edu.

Tuesday, February 26 “Cancer Vaccines: Where Are We Going From Here?” Eli Gilboa, Dodson Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, director of the Dodson Interdisciplinary Immunotherapy Institute, and co-leader of the Tumor Immunology Research Program, presents at 12 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, fourth-floor auditorium. For more information, call 305-243-6691 or e-mail naviles@med.miami.edu.

Wednesday, February 27 “The European Union Economic Policies: What Americans Should Know.” The Jean Monnet Chair in cooperation with the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence presents Anthony Smallwood, counselor, head of press and public diplomacy and spokesperson for the delegation of the European Commission in Washington D.C. Smallwood will lecture from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Learning Center, room 160.

On Urbanism : Architect Matthew Bell presents a lecture on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 27 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds. Robert Irwin, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, presents “Evidence Basis for Epidural Injections" from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center's seventh-floor Apex Center Main Conference Room. For more information, call 305-585-1431. The department offers 1 CME credit for attendance.

Wednesday, February 27 “Adventures in Urbanism: Big Projects, Small Projects, Making It Work.” Architect Matthew Bell, professor at the University of Maryland, presents a lecture in the School of Architecture's Glasgow Hall. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the lecture commences at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27 Archeological Sites in the Galilee. Mordechai “Motti” Aviam, director of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology, director of the Galilee Research Center, and lecturer at the Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel, will be a guest speaker during a Judaic Studies class from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Learning Center, room 190. An accomplished archeologist and scholar, Aviam will present a slide show of relevant archeological sites in the Galilee. His book, Jews, Pagans, and Christians in the Galilee: 25 Years of Archaeological Excavations and Surveys: Hellenistic Byzantine Periods, is available for purchase at the UM Bookstore. To R.S.V.P., e-mail ccjs@miami.edu or call 305-284-6882.

Wednesday, February 27 Cytoskeleton Signaling Moves to the Nucleus and Beyond.” Rakesh Kumar, John G. and Marie Stella Kennedy Memorial Foundation Chair, professor, and deputy chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will lecture at 12 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Conference Room, room 6018.

Thursday, February 28 Getting in Shape: A Leaner and Healthier Built Environment.” The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Grand Rounds presents Lawrence Frank, associate professor and J. Armand Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transport at the University of British ColumbiaThe lecture will explore the land development and transportation investment practices that have resulted in sprawl and have been demonstrated to be adverse to health. A summary discussion will focus on the policy decisions that shape our communities and how they can be developed in ways that are more consistent with existing and emerging health-based evidence. The event occurs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Clinical Research Building, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, first floor. For more information, call 305-243-6005.

Thursday, February 28 Transcriptional Regulation of Heart Valve and Chamber Development.” Katherine Yutzey, professor in the Division of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, will be a guest speaker at 12 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Conference Room, room 6018. For more information, call 305-243-1078.

Thursday, February 28 Special Seminar: Approaches to Engineering Highly Organized Collagenous Extracellular Matrix: Corneal Stroma.” The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis hosts Ericka M. Bueno, postdoctoral research associate at Northeastern University, who will present from 1 to 1:50 p.m. at Lois Pope LIFE Center, second-floor library, room 2-29. To learn more about upcoming seminars, click here.

Thursday, February 28 Exploring Alternatives to Medicaid Reform.” As Florida considers the appropriateness of expanding Medicaid reform, examine other concepts and models that may serve Floridians better at this event sponsored by Florida CHAIN, Health Foundation of South Florida, Mailman Center for Child Development, The Children’s Trust, Human Services Coalition, and Collins Center for Public Policy. Presenters will argue that the state abandoned MediPass too hastily, and that Florida Medicaid can contain costs without sacrificing essential access to quality health care. Speakers include Doug Cook, AHCA Secretary; Bob Sharpe, from the Florida Council for Community Mental Health; Louis St. Petery, of the Florida Pediatric Society, and Adam Searing, of North Carolina’s Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition. The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mailman Center for Child Development, eighth-floor auditorium. To R.S.V.P., e-mail lisam@floridachain.org or call 954-791-7314. Persons with disabilities needing sign language interpreters, printed material in alternative formats, or other services under the ADA should contact the organizers at least seven days in advance of the meeting. For directions, click here. A live webcast of the event will also be available.

Friday, February 29 U.S. Perspective on Spain’s Policy Towards Latin America.” The Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts a program with Hugo Llorens, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. The event occurs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. The program fee is $30, but faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with valid identification. To R.S.V.P., e-mail isabel.artime@miami.edu. For more information, call 305-284-9918 or visit www.miami.edu/chp.

Friday, February 29 Terri Schiavo in Perspective: Ethics, Politics and Medicine.” The UM Ethics Programs present a panel discussion moderated by Kenneth Goodman, program director of the bioethics program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, fourth-floor auditorium. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit www.miami.edu/ethics, e-mail ethics@miami.edu, or call 305-243-5723.

Friday, February 29 The Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity Grand Rounds Series. Heidi Behforouz, director of the PACT Project, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners in Health, presents “PACT: A Community Health Worker Approach to Reducing HIV Health Disparities in Urban United States,” at 12 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, third-floor auditorium. Lunch will be provided. For more information, e-mail Khoughton@med.miami.edu or visit www.jayweisscenter.org.

Friday, February 29 Department of Medical Education Grand Rounds Series. The Educational Development Office sponsors an event featuring Peter Scoles, senior president of assessment programs for the National Board of Medical Examiners. Scoles's presentation will focus on the current USMLE format and its role in licensure. The event takes place at 12 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, fifth-floor auditorium. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 305-243-7482.

Friday, February 29 “MAPK Signaling Induces Membrane Lipid Anisotropy.” The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology presents Jeremy Thorner, William V. Power Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. The event occurs at 12 p.m. in the Gautier Building, room 118. For more information, call 305-243-6265 or e-mail sperez6@med.miami.edu.

Monday, March 3 Biology Departmental Seminars. Aaron Ellison, distinguished visiting professor in the Department of Biology and senior research fellow in organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, presents "Plants that build environments: a tale of two foundation species" at 12:20 p.m. at the Cox Science Center, room 166.

Monday, March 3 The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis: Special Lecture Series. Richard Stein, professor of neuroscience at the University Of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, presents “Improving Mobility after Spinal Cord and Other CNS Injuries” from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, Apex Auditorium, on the seventh floor. For more information, call 305-243-7108 or visit this Web site.

Wednesday, March 5 “Colombia: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Update.” The Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts a panel discussion featuring Santiago Montenegro, visiting fellow of the Center for Hemispheric Policy, president of ASOFONDOS, a private, nonprofit national association of pension funds administrators, and professor of economics at La Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia; Joseph Ganitsky, visiting professor of management in the School of Business Administration; and Phillip McLean, senior associate of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The event occurs at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables from 8 to 9:45 a.m. For more information and to R.S.V.P., e-mail alana.gutierrez@miami.edu or visit www.miami.edu/chp.

Wednesday, March 5 Gail F. Beach Memorial Visiting Lectureship Series. Michael Sofroniew, professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, presents "Recovery of Function Via Relay Circuits After Spinal Cord Injury" from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center Apex Auditorium, seventh-floor.  For more information, call 305-243-7108 or visit this Web site.

Wednesday, March 5 Women’s and Gender Studies Speaker Series. This series features esteemed scholars speaking on the impact of gender and sexuality across disciplines. Elizabeth Spelke, professor of psychology and codirector of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative at Harvard University, presents “Women and Science” at 3:30 p.m. at The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Spelke’s research refutes the claim that males have a greater biological aptitude for math and science than females. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

Through Sunday, March 2 Jerry Herman Ring Theatre: Double the Drama. The Department of Theatre Arts presents two gripping dramas that hold an unconventional mirror to life and show how personal experience can warp a story in the retelling. The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre will present the two plays in an alternating schedule. Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play is a powerful theatre piece that echoes the works of Samuel Beckett while focusing on race, history, aspiration, and their role in shaping the contemporary American identity. British playwright Caryl Churchill wrote Mad Forest, a crazy-quilt drama focusing on two families — one upper class, the other lower — dealing with the social cataclysm brought about by the collapse of a totalitarian government. For tickets and show dates and times, including a complete listing of the Ring’s 2007-2008 season, visit www.miami.edu/ring. Contact the box office Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. at 305-284-3355. For more information, click here.

Through Sunday, March 30 Women Only! In Their Studios and Labors of Love. The Lowe Art Museum will show Women Only! In Their Studios, an exhibit featuring contemporary women artists who have exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States and worldwide. The show displays an eclectic assemblage of 50 paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculpture, quilts, and videos. Complementing Women Only, the Lowe presents an exhibit titled, Labors of Love: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection.

Today, Monday, February 25 World Press Photo Exhibit Opening Reception. The School of Communication welcomes this touring photo exhibit for the second year featuring a collection of the organization’s 2007 award-winning photographs. The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday, February 26 through Wednesday, March 5 begins with a reception tonight at 7 p.m. in the School of Communication Common Ground Courtyard. The event and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: com.miami.edu.

Tuesday, February 26 Book Signing and Lecture: Edward Sullivan and Edouard Duval Carrie. Attend a book signing and lecture featuring Edward Sullivan, editor, professor of art history and dean for humanities at New York University, and Edouard Duval Carrie, contemporary Haitian artist, at the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Glasgow Hall at 7 p.m. A book on Carrie's work titled Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrie, edited by Sullivan, is available for advance purchase at the Lowe Art Museum Store. All purchases support the exhibits and programs of the museum. The event is part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker Series. For information, call 305-284-6988 or e-mail lstassun@miami.edu.

Thursday, February 28. Film Screening: ¿Puedo Hablar? The Latin American Studies Film Series presents ¿Puedo Hablar? (May I Speak?), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Chris Sol. This documentary chronicles the 2006 presidential elections in Venezuela and offers its audience a portrait of a Venezuelan society at a crossroads. The film screens at 7 p.m. in the Cosford Cinema. The screening is co-sponsored by the School of Communication and the Center for Latin American Studies. For more information, call 305-284-2017.

Friday, February 29 Jazz Saxophonist Dave Liebman. The Frost School of Music and WDNA 88.9 FM present jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman and the UM Frost Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of Dante Luciani, in concert at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8 p.m. General admission is $15. For tickets, call 305-284-5813.

Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 The Art of Table Decorating. The Lowe Art Museum presents showcases featuring tables that have been decorated by some of the most prominent designers and retailers in South Florida. View the work on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15. For more information, visit www.beauxartsmiami.org.


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