Vol. 19, No. 22

March 2, 2000

Historian to discuss culture, politics of Puccini’s opera

On Monday, March 13, historian Susan Vandiver Nicassio will speak on “Sardou’s Rome, Puccini’s Rome, Tosca’s Rome.” Cosponsored by the departments of Music, Art History and Foreign Languages and Literatures, the free lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 207 Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

The lecture celebrates the centennial of Puccini’s opera Tosca, which occurred on Jan. 18, 2000. Nicassio, associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafeyette, is the author of the recently released Tosca’s Rome: The Play and the Opera in Historical Perspective (University of Chicago Press). A former opera singer with a passion for Tosca, Nicassio will focus on how the political and cultural backgrounds of the playwright Sardou and the composer Puccini led them to create a vision of Rome in 1800 at variance with historical reality.

Nicassio’s previous work has focused on public welfare in early modern Italy. She is a past recipient of a Fulbright grant and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

For more information, call 831-2577.

Teleconference on binge drinking scheduled March 16

Binge Drinking: From Understanding to Action” is the topic of a teleconference, to be aired from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 16, in Multipurpose Rooms A and B, Trabant University Center.

University faculty, staff and students from across campus have been invited to attend the event, which is cosponsored by the offices of the Vice President for Student Life and the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning.

“The teleconference, which originates from the University of South Carolina, has well-qualified experts on its panel, and the topics are relevant to our campus program to curb binge drinking under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant,” Roland Smith, student life, said. “The response thus far has been excellent, and we encourage all those who have been invited to attend.”

Speakers include John Gardner, senior fellow of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina; James Turner, director of the University of Virginia Student Health Center; Henry Wechsler, a lecturer and principal investigator of the College Alcohol Studies Program at the Harvard School of Public Health; and Sharon Wilsnack, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Carol Sawyer will be the moderator.

The number-one campus public health problem is binge drinking, and the conference will look at the consequences and secondary effects of binge drinking from the point of view of age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomics, athletic participation, Greek membership and institutional characteristics and whether effective methods of prevention and treatment exist.

Specific topics include

  • Definition and history of the problem;
  • Scope of the problem today;
  • Impact on campus and community;
  • Impact on drinkers, short and long term;
  • Factors that encourage binge drinking;
  • Impact of the media;
  • Influence of local outlet density and pricing;
  • Education efforts, prevention, treatment;
  • Alternative events;
  • Binge drinking and the first college year;
  • Binge drinking’s antecedents in high school;
  • Role of campus CEO, staff and faculty;
  • Legal aspects and case studies; and
  • Recommendations for further research and action.

The web site of the teleconference may be visited at <http://www.sc.edu/fye/ conferences/tele 00/bd.htm>.

Concert is a preview of ensembles’ tour of Israel

The University’s Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble and Steel Band, directed by Harvey Price, will appear in concert at 8 p.m., Monday, March 13, in the Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

The program will feature Ballet Mecanique by George Anteil, Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, Slap Shift by J.B. Smith and Concerto for Marimba by Ney Rosauro, plus additional tunes for steel band and for marimba ensemble.

The concert previews the music the ensembles will perform on their nine-day tour of Israel in late March. The seven-concert tour will include performances at the Tel Aviv Museum, Kfar Blum, the All-Israel Percussion Festival in Arad and in Eilat. The Percussion/ Marimba/Steel Band tour will include UD students Tomo Azuma, Lauren Siple, Nicole Monte, Kristen Sobanski, Jon Whitney, Matt Watson, Brent Thorpe, Adam Leff, Jack Kidd and Will Duncan; and UD faculty members Harvey Price, Jim Ancona and Heidi Sarver.

For more information, call 831-2577.

About the tour

The tour, cosponsored by the International Council of Delaware, the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA) and UD, is a result of Gov. Thomas R. Carper’s trade mission to Israel last summer. Commenting on the added dimension that musicians brought to this mission, DDOA Director Peggy Amsterdam remarked, “The musicians were outstanding ambassadors. They opened doors of communication through the international language of music.”

Along on the mission were a number of UD faculty musicians, including percussionist Harvey Price, who recognized an opportunity for ongoing musical exchange between Delaware and Israel. The tour is the first outcome of the newly forged relationship.

Lectures discuss science education in schools

The Role of the Research University in Science Education K-16” is the theme of a series of lectures being held this spring and sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences.

The free public presentations feature speakers who will explore current trends in science education and offer provocative perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of university faculty in science education.

“There are dramatic changes under way in science education at elementary and secondary levels to attempt to provide students with better opportunities to ask meaningful questions about the natural world and to engage in scientific inquiry to find answers to their questions.

“Because university science professors teach future elementary and secondary teachers, faculty are a key link in the cycle of science education reform,” Steve Fifield, biological sciences, and one of the organizers of the event, said.

Remaining speakers in the series include Brian Coppola, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan and 1998 Pew Scholar, who will discuss “Student-Assisted Teaching and Learning or I Cannot Write My Final Exam Until the Students Finish the Text” at 2 p.m., Friday, March 10, in 316-C Wolf Hall. He will speak again at 4 p.m. in 208 Gore Hall on “Interdisciplinary Sciences at the Interface of Education: An Exemplar in Chemistry.”

On Thursday, April 13, Charles Drewes, professor of zoology and genetics at Iowa State University, will speak on “Beyond the Hierarchical Boundaries of Biology Education,” at 4 p.m. in 103 Gore Hall.

Rachael Wood, science curriculum supervisor for the Delaware Department of Education, will speak at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 27. Her talk, “Science Education Reform in Delaware, Appropriate Roles for the University,” will be presented in 103 Gore Hall.

The series concludes on Tuesday, May 16, with a 4 p.m. lecture by John Jungek, professor of biology at Beloit College and a member of the BioQUEST Consortium. He will speak on “Ten Equations that Changed Biology and That Should Change Biology Education” in 103 Gore Hall.

Cosponsors of the series include the Center for Teaching Effectiveness, the College of Arts and Science, the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education and the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center, all at UD, with support from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to several UD academic departments.

For more information, call 831-1469 or visit the program’s web site at <http://www.udel. edu/bio/public_html/ sciedabstracts.html>.

Ralph Nader to bring his 2000 campaign to campus

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who recently announced his candidacy for the Green Party’s nomination for president of the United States, will campaign at UD, Wednesday, March 8. Nader will speak from 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Multipurpose Rooms A/B at the Trabant University Center. His speech is free and open to the public.

A longtime activist for consumer, worker, taxpayer and environmental causes, Nader said he is seeking the Green Party’s nomination for president because of what he sees as a widening “democracy gap.” He said his campaign will spotlight activists who have solutions to these problems and bring their ideas before the American people.

His UD appearance is sponsored by Students for the Environment. For more information, call 837-3160.

Grad’s production features turn-of-the-century divas

An alumni newsletter from E-52 Student Theatre at the University of Delaware prompted UD alumnus William K. Brown to bring his production of Goodbye My Lady Love to the Newark campus for three performances in March.

Actress Sally Sherwood will star in this tale of Broadway at the turn of the century as she portrays Lillian Russell, Blanche Ring, Eva Tanguay and Anna Held, all divas in their day.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19, in the Bacchus Theatre of the Perkins Student Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for the general public and may be purchased at University box offices at the Trabant University Center and the Bob Carpenter Center.

Between Anna Held’s milk baths and Lillian Russell’s diamond-studded corsets, the Broadway musical scene at the turn of the century was a combination of talent, excess and genuine good fun. Adulated on one hand and disparaged on the other, these women bravely shed the conventions of their era and left a legacy of musical theatre history that remains with audiences to this day.

Goodbye My Lady Love recreates the bustling, extravagant era when the Waldort-Astoria and Delmonico’s transformed eating into an art form, when the brand new subway charged mercilessly under city streets at the rocketing speed of 40 mph and the theatre district stretched from 14th to 42nd streets. Written by Sherwood, it premiered at the Shooting Star Theatre in the South Street Seaport in New York City in the fall.

Brown, who produced the show through his Montauk Theatre Productions, graduated from UD in 1956. A former president of E-52 Student Theatre, he invited current E-52 president Jon Bell and four other students to New York to see the show in December. Arrangements to have the show performed at UD soon followed.

For information, call E-52 at 831-6014.

Folksinger/storyteller in Mitchell Hall on March 13

Rose Polenzani is not so much a folksinger as she is a storyteller, and at 8 p.m., Monday, March 13, she will spin her tales in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets for this Women’s History Month concert are $8 for the general public and $5 for UD students, faculty and staff. They are on sale at UD box offices

and will be available at the door the night of the performance.

Polenzani, an award-winning lyricist and a relative newcomer to the world of music, dropped out of college in 1997, at age 20, to immerse herself in the Chicago open-mike music scene.

She released her first album, Dragersville, in 1998 on her own label and her second, Anybody, which includes background harmonies by the Indigo Girls, last August. Since the release, she has been touring nationally.

She has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, the Lilith Fair, at the Ark and the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Her songs have been described as “dark and provocative,” “hypnotic and alluring,” more like ghost, crime and love stories than songs.

For more information on Rose Polenzani’s UD appearance, call 831-8064.

Loving Arms panel set on March 20

Madeline E. Lambrecht, health and nursing sciences, will moderate a panel discussion on “Parent Perspectives on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death” on Monday, March 20.

The discussion, a special meeting of the Loving Arms Parent Support Group, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in 217 Gore Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The discussion is sponsored by Loving Arms, the March of Dimes and the College of Heath and Nursing Sciences as part of Genetics Week in Delaware.

For more information, call 225-1020.

Anthropology lecture series features distinguished scholars

The Anthropology Alumni Colloquium Spring 2000 Lectures Series is being held from 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesdays, with the exception of a lecture scheduled on Monday, April 3. All lectures will be given in 205 Kirkbride Hall.

The remaining lectures, which are free and open to the public, include

  • March 8–“Archaeologists and Native Americans: Exploring New Ways of Learning about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680,” Robert Preucel, University of Pennsylvania;
  • March 15–“Perspectives on Anthropology from the Workplace–30 Years Later,” Dan Griffith, state of Delaware;
  • Monday, April 3–“What is a Modern Human: Race and Understandings of the Evolution of Modernity,” Rachel Caspari, University of Michigan;
  • April 19–“From Their Hands to Yours: Alternative Trade in the Global Economy,” Kimberley Grimes, Made by Hand, International Cooperative;
  • April 26–“Why do Anthropologists Study Child Growth?”, Sara Stinson, Queens College, City University of New York;
  • May 3–“Getting Roots and Growing Wings: The Wonders of a Career in Archaeology,” Michael Stewart, Temple University; and
  • May 10–Senior theses, UD anthropology majors Nicole Cornell, Meghan Howey and Cheryl Smith.

For more information, contact Ken Ackerman by phone at 831-1857 or by e-mail to <ackerman@udel.edu> or Karen Rosenberg by phone at 831-1855 or by e-mail to <krrk@udel.edu>.

Recovering alcoholic to share his tragic experiences

Jason Barber, a drug and alcohol counselor from California will share his personal, tragic story of the consequences of driving drunk in a talk at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, in 120 Smith Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Barber’s story aims to make audience members think twice before getting behind the wheel, especially after they have been drinking. Convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1991, he is a recovering alcoholic whose story has been featured on many talk shows and in newspaper articles.

His UD appearance is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Robert Wood Johnson Matter of Degree Program to curb binge drinking.

For more information, call 831-2023.

Technofeminist to talk in Memorial Hall this evening

A cyborg–half machine, half woman–sits at her keyboard; the living cougar draped around her shoulders appears to be part of her. This image is a web-based illustration of the concepts in Donna Haraway’s book Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. The technofeminist will present a free, public talk at 7:30 p.m., tonight, March 2, in 127 Memorial Hall.

Haraway teaches science and women’s studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her writings and teachings explore the interface between human, machine, animal and information in terms of race, gender, species or technology. In her work, science fiction, feminism and nature become tightly woven themes that form the backdrop of her philosophy. Haraway’s books include Primate Visions: Gender Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science and Crystals, Fabrics and Fields: Metaphors of Ogranicism in 20th Century Developmental Biology.

The lecture is cosponsored by the UD departments of Art History, English and History, the Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Program, the Minority Discourse Group and the Office of Women’s Affairs.

For more information, call 831-2361.

‘Dear Liar’ next PTTP show

Dear Liar, the delightful and lively play based on 40 years of correspondence between playwright George Bernard Shaw and renowned actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, is the next production in the Alumni Series currently being offered by the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University.

Husband and wife alumni Steve Tague and Kathleen Pirkl Tague of Newark star in the show, slated for 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, in Hartshorn Hall.

Tickets are $17 for the general public, $15 for UD faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students and members of the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

For more information, call 831-2204.

Backache help at March 8 session

About eight out of 10 adults will experience back pain at least once in their lifetimes. Low-back injuries also are a major cause of lost workdays.

An informative session on back health will be held from 12:05-12:55 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, in 109 Memorial Hall, providing information to help employees learn some basics about how the back works. There will be information on some dos and don’ts for keeping a healthy back, and participants will be able to check out new products that can help maintain proper back posture at work.

The program, presented by Linda Smith, exercise physiologist, is $10 Wellness Dollars.

To register, call the Employee Wellness Center at 831-8388 or sign up online at <www.udel. edu/wellness>.

Band concerts announced

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform free concerts later this month in the Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

At 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, the Symphonic Band will appear under the direction of Heidi Sarver in a program featuring the “Finale” from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and the Ives/Schumann Variations on America.

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Robert J. Streckfuss, will present its concert at 8 p.m., Monday, March 20. Featured guest conductor James Satcher, band director at Brandywine High School, will conduct Abram’s Pursuit by David Holsinger. Graduate students Jessica Raczynski and Brian Casey also will appear on the podium. Featured works include Paeans and Dances of Heathen Iberia by Carlos Surinach and The Pines of Rome by Ottorino Resphigi.

For more information, call 831-2577.

Warner Week celebration to offer full slate of events

Warner Week will be celebrated next week with a series of events for members of the campus community.

The programs begin on Sunday, March 5, with a brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Warner Hall lounge, featuring singer Mary Arden Collins and the D-#Sharps#, UD’s all-female a capella group

At 7 p.m., Monday, in the Warner Hall lounge, Carol Hoffecker, Richards Professor of History, will present a program on the “History of Warner Hall.” At 7:45 p.m., Ed Okonowicz, public relations, will talk about “The Art of Storytelling from the Brandywine to the Bay” and also share Warner Hall ghost stories.

From 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, Wellspring will present a program on massage at the Trabant University Center.

At 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, in the Warner Hall lounge, Donna Tuites, Faculty Staff Assistance Program, will talk about “Self-Esteem: How to Feel Good About Yourself at College.”

Representatives of Mary Kay cosmetics will present a program on facials and makeovers at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9, in the Warner Hall lounge.

At 9 p.m., Friday, March 10, in the Warner Hall basement, a Tae-Bo workout is scheduled.

At every program, participants will receive a raffle ticket. A drawing for prizes will take place on Friday, following the Tae-Bo program, and the winners must be present to win.

For more information on Warner Week, contact Stacey Schecter at 837-8855.

Special sendoff ticket prices offered to UD community

Tickets are on sale for the World Championship Sendoff Figure Skating Exhibition scheduled for 5 p.m., Sunday, March 19, in the Fred Rust Ice Arena.

Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, but there is a special $10 price for senior citizens and members of the UD community. Tickets are $7 for children under 12.

Headlining the event will be pairs skaters Tiffany Scott and Philip Dulebohn, U.S. National Pairs silver medalists, and Russian ice dance champions Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh. All four skaters will compete at the 2000 World Championships March 26-April 2 in Nice.

Scott and Dulebohn, originally alternates to the U.S. National Team, replaced fellow skaters Laura Handy and her injured partner Paul Binnebose at the 2000 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held recently in Cleveland.

The two placed third in the 2000 Four Continents Championships just held in Osaka, Japan.

The husband and wife team of Lobacheva and Averbukh are from Moscow and have known each other since they were children. Averbukh started skating at the age of 5 at the urging of his mother, although he dreamed of being a tennis player. Lobacheva started skating when she was 6 years old. The two skated in the same group until she was 10 and began to pursue singles skating.

When Lobacheva switched from singles to ice dancing, she skated with Alexei Pospelov finishing first in the Nebelhorn Trophy in 1991 and sixth in the Russian Nationals in 1992.

The couple began skating together and were married in 1995. After the Goodwill Games in the summer of 1994, their trainers moved to the University of Delaware. Wanting to stay with their families in Russia, the couple waited a year before following them. Averbukh’s mother, who remains in Russia, still helps with the sewing of their costumes.

For more information on the UD skating sendoff, call 831-2788.