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April 2001

Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No.4

Around the College .................................. 2
The Dean's Musings.................................. 3
A Fam ily Affair ........................................ .. 4
Jacques Derrida to Visit UF .................. 5
Seeking Zora .............................................. 6
Higher Education in Africa..................... 8
Mapping Mammal History..................... 8
Discussing the Humanities.................... 9
Grants ........................... ........................... 10
Bookbeat ........................................... ....... 11
Botany Professor's CAREER Award.... 12

Around the College

Heather Walsh-Haney, a PhD student in ..1111. .i. .. won the Forensic Science
Foundation's Emerging Forensic Scientist Award for her paper, "Trauma in the
Archaic? The Frequency of Antemortem and Perimortem Fractures at Two Archaic
Sites." She presented her paper at the 53rd American Academy of Forensic Sciences
meetings, which were held in Seattle in February.

Paul Magnarella was among 14 international scholars who were invited to partici-
pate in a conference in March sponsored by the United Nations University devoted to
Human Rights and Societies in Transition. Magnarella's presentation was titled "The
Consequences of the War Crimes Tribunals and an International Criminal Court for
Human Rights in Transitioning Societies."

Romance Languages and Literatures
Charles A. Perrone was invited by the ambassador of Brazil to represent UF at "The
Study of Brazil in the United States: Trends and Perspectives 1945-2000," an inter-
national academic summit and seminar at the Brazilian Embassy, Washington DC on
December 3. This spring Perrone was a featured speaker at the Center for Portuguese
Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, delivered the annual memori-
al lecture in a Brazilian seminar at Brown University, was an invited lecturer and pan-
elist at events of Brazil Week at the University of Texas, and gave the second inau-
gural paper in the new Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami.
Perrone is also a respondent and discussant of the contribution about "Literature and
Culture" that will appear in a special multi-disciplinary publication later this year.

Third Year of Mathematics Colloquia Draws Renowned Speakers
In 1999, the mathematics department launched two series
of distinguished colloquia, the Erdos Colloquium in pure
mathematics and the Ulam Colloquium in applied math-
ematics. These colloquia, held for the third time in February
and March, are given by eminent mathematicians and are of
wide appeal to members of other disciplines. "By bringing
high profile speakers to give such lectures, we inform the
public that interesting and important things are happening in
the world of mathematics," says Krishnaswami Alladi, chair
of the math department.

Paul Erdos, one of
the legends of twentieth
century mathematics,
was a regular visitor to
the UF math department
until his death in 1996. He
collaborated with many
members of the UF math
faculty. Stan Ulam, an
applied mathematician of
world repute, was gradu-
ate research professor
in the UF math depart-
ment from 1975 to 1984.
"Conducting these distin-
guished colloquia is our
way of honoring Erdos
and Ulam and building
on our legacy," explains

This year's Erdos
Colloquium was held
on February 16 and fea-
tured Hyman Bass of the
University of Michigan.
Bass, who is the current
president of the American
Mathematical Society,
gave a talk titled "The
Zeta Function of a Graph."
During his visit Bass also
made a joint presenta-
tion with Deborah Ball,
also of the University of
Michigan, to the Teaching
Innovations Seminar
on the topic "Making
Changes in Mathematics
On March 12, Persi



Friday, May 4,4:00 PM
University Auditorium

Interim Dean Neil Sullivan invites
all faculty to participate in the
annual CLAS Baccalaureate
Ceremony honoring our graduat-
ing seniors. Cap and gown are
optional. A reception on the lawn
will follow.

II prv-


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Persi Diaconis speaking "On Coincidences" to a packed University Auditorium.
Diaconis of Stanford a doctorate in statistics always as surprising as
University, a world from Harvard University. one may think. In addition
amous mathematician He is a winner of the to the Ulam Colloquium,
md statistician, gave the prestigious MacArthur Diaconis gave a special
hird Ulam Colloquium. Prize and a member of lecture organized by the
Diaconis studied violin at the National Academy of statistics department
Juiliard and magic with Sciences. and a plenary talk at a
Dai Vernon, who has been In his talk, titled "On conference on Stochastic
called the greatest magi- Coincidences," Diaconis Processes, which was
ian in the US. He then reviewed work of Jung organized by Joseph
earned a degree in math- and Freud and showed, Glover and Irene Hueter
matics at the College of by quantitative analysis, of the math department.

the City of New York and

that coincidences are not

CLASnotes April 2001




page 2

In Memory
Stephen Griffin, a machinist in the physics/astron-
omy machine shop for 32 years, passed away on
March 5, 2001. Griffin began in the shop in 1969
after working with the physical plant division
for nine months. Over three decades, Griffin saw
many changes in the physics department, including
seven department chairs, four supervisors, and the
move into the New Physics Building, in which he
played an important role. Most of his recent projects
involved the fabrication of precision components
used in infrared cameras for the astronomy depart-
Co-workers describe Griffin as a quiet individ-
ual who never complained, did his work with great pride, and always had a smile on
his face. Neil Sullivan of the physics department says Griffin will be greatly missed.
"Steve will be remembered by many experimentalists and research students in phys-
ics and astronomy for his skill in precision instrument building and for the great care
he took to understand what was being designed and needed for the laboratory. Steve
played an important role in helping build my experimental nuclear magnetic reso-
nance (NMR) laboratory when I first arrived at UF in 1983. With his help, and that of
the physics/astronomy machine shop, we were able to test some innovative designs
that gave us an edge over the competition and are still functioning today."

CLAS Staff Receive Awards
Seven CLAS staff members recently received UF Superior Accomplishment Awards.
This program recognizes staff members who contribute outstanding and meritori-
ous service to the university and have improved the quality of life for students and
employees. CLAS had seven divisional winners who will compete for university-level
awards, which will be announced in late May. They are:

Evelyn Butler-Executive Secretary, Dean's Office
Sherry Feagle-Office Assistant, Dean's Office
Greg Labbe-Engineer, Physics
John Mocko- Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Physics
Lynn O'Sickey-Assistant Director, Academic Advising
Linda Opper-Senior Secretary, History
Michael Tuccelli-Lecturer, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Teaching and Advising Awards
CLAS had seven college-level teaching and advising award winners for 2000-2001.
The awards recognize excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in either teaching or
advising. Nominations were collected from students, faculty, department chairs, and

Teaching Awards
Tina Carter, Mathematics
Gardiner H. Myers, Chemistry
James J. Paxson, English
Kenneth Sassaman, Anthropology
Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, History
Yasu Takano, Physics

The Quiet

Heroes and Heroines
As we acclaim our academic achieve-
ments of note and distinction, and the
prominent prizes won by members of our
faculty and our students, it is important that
we pause and recognize how much of our
success depends on our staff, technicians,
and engineers at all levels. The creative
innovations that we develop as scientists,
the clever surveys and analyses we devise
as social scientists, or the crafting and art-
work of an ..i.ll..i .. of poems are seldom
the work of a single individual, but depend
critically on the specialized skill and dedica-
tion of our staff.
We are blessed more than we fully
realize by having staff members who are
dedicated to the institution and to high qual-
ity workmanship, and who take pride in
their part of the successes of our academic
endeavor. Many a time, as either struggling
scientists, devoted scholars, or frustrated
administrators, we had projects that needed
to be completed on time and also needed to
be of the highest quality. It was often the
willingness of our staff to go the extra mile
and add the finishing touches that made the
difference between success and just another
We depend on our staff to put together
and maintain many of our most visible
projects: the building of infra-red detectors
for the Gemini telescopes, the operation of
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) systems
and mass spectrometers, the preparation
of artistic manuscripts, the compilation of
bibliographies for premiere dictionaries, the
care of animals in psychology test facilities,
and the preparation and management of our
research proposals to name just a few. We
count on our staff to execute sustain these
projects with the highest standards. Let us
all take time out to thank our supporters for
the work they do to make UF a better place
at all levels.

Neil Sullivan

Advising Award
LaCusia Washington, Academic Advising

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Myers, Paxson, and Washington have been nominated for university-wide teaching
and advising awards, which will be announced later in April.

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A Family Affair

They work in the same college, live in the same neighborhood, and even have the same name, so

it is no surprise that these two women are related. Rosamaria (Rosa) Piedra and her daughter,
Rosamaria (Rosie) Piedra Hall, have a combined 43 years of service to the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences. Rosa has worked in the English department since 1979. Her daughter, Rosie, has been at
UF since 1994 and currently works in the department of African and Asian languages and literatures.
Rosa says,"I've been here a long time and seen a lot of changes, good and bad, but I never left because
I felt like I belonged here."

Rosa, who is origi-
nally from Cuba, immi-
grated to the US in the
early 1960s and settled
in Gainesville. She began
working at UF in 1963
as a clerk in the physi-
cal sciences department,
which was then part of the
University College. When
the University College
merged with the College
of Arts and Sciences to
become the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
in 1978, Rosa was promot-

ed to the dean's office and
then moved to the English
department. She has been
there ever since, having
worked as a staff assistant,
office manager, and now
an administrative assis-
tant. "I like my job. I love
working with numbers and
dealing with the budget."
Rosa is in charge of
the department's seven
staff members and eight
student assistants, and
has worked under four
department chairs. She is

responsible for personnel
appointments, payroll,
reimbursements, staff
supervision, room schedul-
ing, and all other major
office functions. "Being in
a supervisory position isn't
always easy. I do have
the advantage of having a
great staff, and we always
try to solve the prob-
lems before they become
Ira Clark, former
English department chair,
says Rosa's loyal dedica-

tion is invaluable. "Chairs
come and go, and the
faculty worry about prin-
ciples and goals, policies
and support, and putting
these into effect. Rosa has
stayed, and she gives the
department the administra-
tive and fiscal continuity
and the necessary founda-
tion that makes all the rest
While English is
one of the largest CLAS
department in terms of
numbers of students and
faculty, African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
(AALL) is among the
smallest. The small size
of the department, how-
ever, does not diminish
Rosie's job responsibili-
ties. "AALL administers
an unusually large variety
of academic programs,
and we work closely
with other campus-wide
interdisciplinary centers
including African stud-
ies, Jewish studies, the
film and media studies
program, and the graduate
Program in Linguistics,"
says Rosie. In fact, Rosie's
mother says her daughter
probably has as much
work, or more, than she
does. "Rosie doesn't have
a large support staff, but
they still have to handle
the same tasks as any
other department."
Rosie started in the
Latin American studies
department as a part-time
secretary in 1994 and has
also worked at the Institute
of Food and Agricultural
Science (IFAS). She then
moved into a secretary

CLASnotes April 2001

page 4

position in AALL, and
department chair Avraham
Balaban says when the
office manager posi-
tion became vacant in
1997, Rosie was his first
choice to fill it. "I was
very impressed with her
dedication to our depart-
ment. She keeps all of us
on track and has always
done more than we've
asked of her. AALL is a
complicated department
because we branch out
into other programs, but
Rosie makes everything

and being in school, "
says Rosie. "Even though
I work 40 hours a week,
taking classes is a nice
break from my job and
vice versa. I don't always
have a lot of extra time,
but I'm not wasting the
time I have." Rosie plans
to pursue graduate studies
in counseling psychology
at UE "Working here is
a good stepping stone for
me. I don't plan to be here
forever, but it's where I
need to be right now."
Rosa will not be here

"Our whole family has a connection to

UF in some way," says Rosie. "My dad

graduated from here with his degree in

math, and my parents have had season

football tickets forever. My siblings and

I were practically born in the stadium."

run smoothly." Rosie
says she learned how to
handle everything at once
from her mom. "She has
taught me from her own
experiences. She is a great
source of information, and
I've called her many times
asking for help."
Rosie spends the
majority of her days pre-
paring the budget, sched-
uling classes, maintaining
the department's web site,
and handling payroll and
personnel matters. During
her lunch break and some-
times at night she takes
classes, working towards
a degree in psychology at
UE "There is an advan-
tage to having a career

CLASnotes April 2001

forever either. "I have
three more years to go,"
she says. "Once I retire,
my husband and I plan to
travel. I've never been to
Europe, and I would love
to go." Rosa's husband,
a math professor, retired
last year from Santa Fe
Community College. Rosa
has two other children, a
daughter, Cristina, who
is taking classes at Santa
Fe, and a son, Carlos, who
works at the UF College
of Dentistry and attends
UF "Our whole family
has a connection to UF in
some way," says Rosie.
"My dad graduated from
here with his degree in
math, and my parents have

had season football tickets
forever. My siblings and
I were practically born in
the stadium."
While a number of
UF's 6,500 staff members
are related, Mary Anne
Morgan, Coordinator of
Administrative Services
for CLAS, says the
Piedras are unique.
"Having a mother and
daughter working in the
same college is rare," says
Morgan. "Also, Rosa's 40-
year-commitment to UF
and CLAS in particular
deserves special recogni-
Rosa says one of the
biggest changes she has
seen while at UF is the
registration process. "I
remember when students
had to wait in line to reg-
ister, and then there was
drop/add-a nightmare,"
says Rosa. "Students
would line up in the
English office and the line
would stretch all the way
around the fourth floor of
Turlington. I do not miss
those days."
When the Piedras are
not working, they enjoy
their families. The whole
family lives within five
minutes of each other, and
Rosa and Rosie often take
off at the same time, so
they can entertain the new-
est member of the Piedra
family, Rosa's eighteen-
month-old granddaughter.
"My niece is spoiled in the
best way possible." says
Rosie. Jokingly she adds,
"My mom might not know
it yet, but after she retires,
she will have a new
job-the family's babysit-
ter," Rosa smiles, and says
that is fine with her. "After
working at UF for so long
and learning how to deal
with all kinds of people, I
think I can handle my own
grandchildren. "'
-Allyson A. Beutke



to Visit UF

acques Derrida is an internationally renowned
philosopher critic whose writing and teaching
over the past 30 years have transformed the
Derrida's work has had ramifications in fields
such as philosophy, literature, law, architecture,
art criticism, education, history, and politics.
Acclaimed as the founder of deconstruction and
as a leading figure in the "theory" wars, Derrida
continues to concern himself with the limits and
bounds of Western thought. He writes from the
perspective of and about boundaries: those places
that include and exclude, that indicate where
the clash of power and politics has often been
obscured, particularly in systemic and institutional
ways. He is the author of such groundbreaking
works as Of Grammatology, Dissemination, Glas,
and Specters of Marx.
Born in 1930 to an assimilated Jewish family
in Algeria, Derrida attended the Ecole Normale
Superieure in Paris and studied at Harvard
for a year. He has taught at the Sorbonne, the
Ecole Normale Superieure, the Ecole des hautes
etudes en sciences sociales, as well as numerous
American universities including Yale, University
of California at Irvine, and Cornell. In 1981 he
led a clandestine seminar in Prague, and he was
arrested on the trumped-up charge of "production
and trafficking of drugs" when he arrived at the
airport to return to Paris. He was released upon
the intervention of Fran9ois Mitterand.
The two lectures he is giving at UF as the
first CLAS Term Lecturer in the Humanities are
about the shape and future of the humanities in
the university, and about the concept of the lie and
testimony in politics. There will also be a discus-
sion on the death penalty, with thirty minutes of
opening comments by Derrida.
-John Leavey
Chair, Department of English

Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Gannett Auditorium, Weimer Hall 1064
"The Future of the Profession: Or, The
Unconditional University (Thanks to the
'Humanities,' What Could Take Place Tomorrow)"

Friday, April 13, 5:15 PM
New Physics Building 1001
"History of the Lie"

Saturday, April 14, 11 AM
Keene Faculty Center
Discussion on the Death Penalty

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Seeking Zora

Zar. This is the farthest known point of the
imagination. It is way on the other side of
Far. Little is known about the doings of the
people ofZar because only one or two have
ever found their way back.
-Zora Neale Hurston

Spanish moss hangs like
antique lace from the
firm upstretched branches
of the great oak tree. Under
its shaded canopy sits
a Black woman dressed
in coveralls,a cigarette
dangling from the side of
her mouth, her hand occa-
sionally pushing up a few
strands of curled hair from
her sweaty forehead. It is
late morning in early July
1928,and the Southern
heat has begun its punish-
ing assault.
Not far away, the
sounds of the railroad
workers'camps drift in
occasionally to punctu-
ate the scratching of her

pen on the blank paper or
the peck of her typewriter
against the wind.
To any passer-by,
she might have seemed
a distant recluse, so deep
did her writing take her
into Zar. But on this day,
she is inclined to be less
concerned about what the
onlooker might think. She
is battling the demons of
writer's block.
Zora Neale Hurston
is feverishly penning one
of her many belle lettres to
her friend and confidant,
Langston Hughes.

"Dear Langston,
I have been through

one of those terrible
periods when I can't
make myself write. But
you understand, since
you have them your-

The letters to
Langston Hughes were
written during a two-year
period between 1928 and
1930 and sent bi-weekly.
They always began
"Dear Langston,"and
ended with the salutation,
"Love Zora,"or"Lovingly
They were filled with
descriptions of her field-
work in the worker camps
where she found much of

her folk material: stories,
songs, dances.
Zora confided in
Langston about her book
ideas and revealed her
vision of a time when
they would collaborate
and bring the Black folk
culture she found in her
own Florida backyard of
Maitland, Eatonville,and
Jacksonville, and in places
like Magazine, Ala., to the
stage and the public's
attention. Zora was to
make this documentation
and legitimatization of
Black folk culture the focal
point of her life.

14 4

T he above excerpts are from an essay I wrote titled "Belle
Lettres: 'Dear Langston, Love Zora,'" which was published in
FlaVour, a Black Florida life and style magazine. The essay is about
the correspondence between Zora Neale Hurston, famous Florida
anthropologist and novelist, whose novel Their Eyes were Watching
God has sold one million copies to date, and Langston Hughes, one
of the most prolific writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

I discovered this
exchange of ideas and let-
ters during my tenure as a
Donald C. Gallup Fellow
in American Literature at
the Beinecke Rare Book
and Manuscript Library
at Yale University, a
residency also supported
by a CLAS Humanities
Enhancement Fund Grant.
I used the letters found in
the James Weldon Johnson
Afro-American Studies
Collection at the Beinecke
as a point of departure to

speculate about this par-
ticular moment in the life
of Zora Neale Hurston. I
drew on my background
in ,..i .l .!i ..- my M FA
in English, and my experi-
ences as a published poet,
journalist, and essayist
to create a narrative that
blends literary conventions
of fiction with ethnographic
and archival research. My
goal was to produce an
unusual portrait of Zora
Neale Hurston, anthropolo-
gist, ethnographer, writer.

CLASnotes April 2001

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page 6

Researching the rare
book archives on Zora
Neale Hurston at both Yale
and UF has transformed me
into somewhat of a liter-
ary and anthropological
detective. Deciding to write
the article for FlaVour, a
magazine geared toward a
popular audience, allowed
me to build on the paral-
lels between my own
background in creative
writing and ..,iii '!p. l .-
and that of Zora, who also
wrote for audiences beyond
the academy. Finally, this
work is my contribution to
the formation of a "public
anthropology," a hotly
debated field dealing with
the relationship between
scholarship and politics,
and the need to build better
communication between

CLASnotes April 2001

page /

Finding New Solutions

Governance and Higher Education in Africa

T he international conference on "Governance and Higher Education in Africa," which took place at

the UF Hotel and Conference Center on March 22-25, marks yet another milestone in our college's
efforts to internationalize its programs and curriculum. Organized by the Center for African Studies,
the conference brought together some 50 participants from countries as diverse as Tanzania, Eritrea, Australia,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, and Namibia. All of the participants
were unified by a desire to find solutions to the problems currently facing universities and colleges in Africa.

Although there are some
prominent exceptions (like
Makerere University in Uganda
and Fourah Bay College in Sierra
Leone) most universities in mod-
ern Africa were established by
European colonial authorities,
predominantly after World War
II. They were organized largely
on the model of British, French,
Belgian, or Portuguese universi-
ties-depending on the incumbent
colonial power. These became
principally state universities at
independence in the 1960s, and
for the most part they served
African societies well in terms of
providing nation-building skills.
They functioned effectively until
the late 1970s when economic
and political crises affected them
severely, driving out faculty into
other careers or part-time univer-




Zoology researchers, with
the research assistance of
the health science libraries, have
finished a nearly comprehensive
history for the evolution of pla-
cental mammals. The findings,
published in the March 2nd issue
of Science, offer new evidence
that scientists are close to pin-
ning down the evolutionary road
map for the most diverse and
largest subgroup of mammals.
Michael Miyamoto, pro-
fessor and associate chairman
of zoology, led the UF team

sity employment as they sought
to earn livelihoods elsewhere.
External donors, led by the World
Bank, also declined funding high-
er education in favor of primary
and secondary education.
Now the situation is chang-
ing. The World Bank and the
major private foundations-some
of which were represented in
the conference-have found that
higher education in the devel-
oping world matters after all.
African universities and govern-
ments are finding new ways to
strengthen higher education.
Private universities are being built
by local organizations and outsid-
ers. Unlike the 1950s, the issue of
gender equality is at the top of the
The "Governance and Higher
Education" conference was about

along with Fu-Guo Robert Liu,
a PhD student in zoology. Other
researchers included Nicole
Freire, a master's student in
zoology; Phong Q. Ong, a for-
mer undergraduate in zoology;
Michele R. Tennant, an assistant
university librarian at the health
science center libraries; Timothy
Young, a doctoral student in
zoology; and Kikumi Gugel, a
former undergraduate in zoology.
"Five years ago, nobody
thought this would happen," said
Miyamoto. "We have come from
great pessimism to great hope
that we've nearly resolved pla-
cental mammal history."
Instead of working in the

how to make sure these new strat-
egies work. Papers on a variety
of related topics were presented
by African university heads, as
well as experts from Africa, the
US, and the rest of the world. Our
own faculty and graduate students
made great contributions to the
discussion. Their papers will be
edited and published as a book.
Africa is not of course one
entity, and the problems of the
universities located there are
as diverse as the continent's 56
countries. In South Africa, the
problem the post-apartheid gov-
ernment faces is one of striking
an equitable balance between
well-endowed historically white
universities (like University of
Cape Town and Witwatersrand
University) and resource-poor
historically black universities (like

lab or field, the researchers used
the library and the internet to
identify 16,102 papers dating
back to 1966 on placental mam-
mal evolution. After spending
two years on the project, the
team then narrowed the field to
1,477 papers that offered prom-
ising data. Among this group,
they found 315 publications that
contained 430 published "trees,"
or graphic representations of
evolutionary histories, compiled
for different placental mammals.
By clarifying the evolution-
ary histories of other mammals,
the placental mammal history
will help scientists interpret the
vast bulk of data generated in

Fort Hare and Transkei). In states
like Uganda, Tanzania and Congo,
innovative measures are paying
off. In war-torn states like Liberia,
Somalia and Sierra Leone, uni-
versities are dysfunctional if still
It is best to develop solutions
that fit this diverse set of institu-
tions. With one of the largest
concentrations of African special-
ists in the nation, UF is bound to
set the pace in that direction. At
the concluding session, African
participants asked UF to play the
role of a long-term partner in that
process. %
-Michael Chege, Director
African Studies Program

the human genome project. It
could shed light, for example,
on where people might have
obtained certain genes and what
role they played in their animal
The paper also may prove
useful in the emerging field of
genomic "prospecting." In this
area scientists hunt for genetic
clues to how living animals sur-
vived historical disasters, such as
disease epidemics, with the goal
of developing new and better
strategies for human health and

-Allyson A. Beutke

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the Humanities

In March, John

D'Arms, president
of the American
Council of Learned

Societies and
scholar of ancient

Rome, gave a
talk at the Keene

Faculty Center titled
"The State of the

Humanities." Earlier

that day, he met
with CLASnotes edi-
tor Laura H. Griffis

to share some of his

ideas on the topic.

The following is an

excerpt from their

LG: What makes the humanities distinctive?
JD: First, they are not abstract fields at all. Almost all of them-history, philosophy, literature, language-thrive on
lived experience. They certainly can be quite abstract at times, but they emerge out of the varieties of human lived
experience. Second, unlike the social sciences and sciences, they point to a particular model-a written work, piece of
history, religious tract, poem, novel, work of art-that has a magnetic kind of pull that draws people to it as an original
source. The reason these sources are so powerful is that they have something to convey to us. They enrich our experi-
ences; encourage us to dramatize and reimagine life; enlighten, move, and educate us. They tell us something about how
life can be quite terrible or quite wonderful, or they describe achievement's or failures in ways that other things cannot.

LG: Must these models be historical?
JD: No, they simply must be there-a modern building
or the poetry of Seamus Heaney for instance. Certainly
there are inspirational past achievements and great
authors of the classical world, but original sources are
not limited to a historical setting.

LG: How are the humanities faring right now in the
JD: They are not particularly well understood. In fact,
they are not understood to a degree that is compatible
with their importance. They are a tremendously valuable
subset of fields, but this is not a moment in which they
are thriving. Some people think that what really matters
can be determined by how much money you throw at it,
and we all know what enormous expenditures the federal
government makes annually in the sciences as opposed
to the humanities.
But I do not think that is real reason why the
humanities are not valued. There are some tremendously
important works of literature being created and books
being written by historians, and there are some great
scholars in these fields. But in comparison to other dis-
ciplines, a smaller proportion of graduating seniors in
any given year go into these humanistic fields. This is
a vocational age and all these graduates, including the
really smart ones, have their eyes on making money, on
going to business school, law school, or medical school.
The liberal arts are not val-
ued the way they were even
a generation ago, and that is v -
where the humanities really
live and breathe.

LG: Do you attribute that
to today's social climate
and the growing impor-
tance placed on business
and the economy?
JD: Few parents are send-
ing their children to college
to become enlightened citi-
zens. They are getting them
ready for good, lucrative
jobs. But let us not pretend
otherwise; a college educa-
tion is a real engine for
mobility for large numbers
of people who have never

had such opportunities before. But it is not the humani-
ties that are at the front and center of the university cur-
riculum anymore. It is not that they have disappeared;
rather, they have become more marginal since other
things have risen to take their place, pre-professional
business or pre-professional law for instance. I think
that campus leaders are looking to the humanities with
some anxiety and hoping they can reassert their values
and their importance. It is not, however, a moment in the
country's history where these things are uppermost on
people's minds.

LG: Do you see the growth of information technology
in the last decade as having a particularly positive or
negative affect on the humanities?
JD: I certainly do not think the impact of information
technology on the humanities has been negative. If any-
thing, the opportunities are there waiting to be seized
more vigorously. We will never have the voices of the
great lecturers of the past, but with the audiovisual mate-
rials now available there is no reason why the great lec-
turers of today cannot be present always. The new possi-
bilities of digitizing images and working freshly with text
and images are changing the construction of the humani-
ties. Scholars can now use the electronic capacities that
have been created for us to conceive their historical work
differently. I think that there is tremendous potential and
we will catch up, but it may take a while. %

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Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
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Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.

Burns, A.
Kitajima K.

Talham, D.

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Recent publications
from CLAS faculty

Understanding the Role of Public Policy
Centers and Institutes in Fostering
University-Government Partnerships
Edited by Lynn H. Leverty (Political Science)
and David R.Colburn (History)
Jossey-Bass Inc.

Over the past hundred years, public policy
institutes have provided scholarship and
training programs that have helped address
the needs of the public and private sectors.
Their work has been important to local, state,
and federal governments in the United States,
as well as to an increasing number of coun-
tries around the world.These institutes have
demonstrated an enduring commitment to
public service and to finding effective and
innovative ways to address the problems
of a changing society.This volume of New
Directions for Higher Education provides an
overview of the wide variety of university
programs that have been established to
interface with governments, some of the
models they have created,and the ways in
which they intersect with society.

Buncombe Bob:
The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds
Julian M. Pleasants (History)
University of North Carolina Press

Robert Rice Reynolds, U.S. senator from
North Carolina from 1933 to 1945, was one
of the most eccentric politicians in American
history. His travels, his five marriages, his
public faux pas,and his flamboyant cam-
paigns provided years of amusements for his
constituents.This political biography rescues
Reynolds from his cartoon-character repu-
tation, however, by explaining his political
appeal and highlighting his contributions
without overlooking his flaws.
Julian Pleasants argues that Reynolds must
be understood in the context of Depression-
era North Carolina. An ardent New Dealer,
Reynolds favored federal intervention to
regulate banks, extend cheap credit, and
provide housing and jobs for those unable to
find work. He capitalized on the discontent of
the poverty-stricken lower class, campaigning
as a poor man against his wealthy opponent,
incumbent senator Cam Morrison....
Fleshing out a man typically dismissed as a
stereotypical southern demagogue, Pleasants
reveals Reynolds to be a showman of the first
order,a skilled practitioner of class politics,
and a uniquely southern politician.

Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization
Edited by Charles A. Perrone (Romance
Language and Literatures) and Christopher
University Press of Florida

This illustrated collection of essays devoted
to the international character and appeal
of Brazil's song and dance music includes
contributions from scholars in the fields of
ethnomusicology, cultural studies, literature,
anthropology, sociology, and communica-
tions; roughly half are from the United States
and half from Brazil and elsewhere.
The introduction,"Chiclete com Banana,"
provides historical context for the studies
that follow,which consider topics ranging
from film music, diasporic aesthetics,and
contemporary Carnival to variants of hip-hop,
rock,and heavy metal in relation to local,
regional,and globalized forms of identity.
Whether focused on the era of radio or the
age of the Internet, discussions of urban pop-
ular music in Brazil have inevitably involved
hemispheric interplay and a multifaceted
dynamic of national and international factors.
These essays explore how Brazilian artists
and audiences have negotiated meanings
in a spectrum of musical situations and how
geographical or political circumstances may
mediate musical communication.

"With an impressive variety of essays from
some of the major scholars in the field today,
this collection is an important contribution
to the study of contemporary Brazilian popu-
lar music."-Randal Johnson, University of
California, Los Angeles

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Botany Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Kaoru Kitajima, an assistant professor of botany, has recently been awarded a Faculty
Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award by the National Science
Foundation for her proposal titled "Functional Bases for the Trade-Off Between
Growth and Survival of Tree Seedlings." Her CAREER award, which totals $386,487 and
will be distributed over five years, will support her research on comparative ecology of tropi-
cal tree species and will integrate undergraduate educational opportunities. "I am thrilled to
have the support to follow through on something that I really want to pursue," Kitajima says.

Theoretical models
have demonstrated that
trade-offs between survival
probability and growth rates
among coexisting species
are universal organizational
principles for the mainte-
nance of species diversity
for both plants and animals.
In her earlier research,
Kitajima found such a
trade-off pattern in her
comparative study of tropi-
cal tree seedlings in a moist
tropical forest community in
Panama in Central America.
Physiological constraints
that underlie these trade-
offs, however, remain large-

ly hypothetical. With the
funding from her CAREER
award, Kitajima plans to
test her hypothesis that this
trade-off between growth
rates and survival is due to
trade-offs in carbon alloca-
tion to growth, storage,
and defense. In particular,
she plans to combine field,
greenhouse, and growth
chamber studies to quantify
contrasting patterns of car-
bon allocation to defensive
purpose and storage.
Central to her educa-
tional plan under this award,
Kitajima will organize a
six-week long field research

internship for a select
number of undergraduate
students each summer, start-
ing next year. The students
will have an opportunity
to be involved in "real"
research and to develop their
independent projects in spe-
cies-rich tropical forests.
Kitajima believes that eco-
logical models founded on
allocation-based trade-offs
are important in training not
only those students antici-
pating professional careers
as ecologists, but also for
those students pursuing
studies in non-scientific dis-
ciplines that affect the soci-

etal responses to ecological
and environmental issues.
She hopes to use her study
as a model case to demon-

state why fast growth rate
is inherently incompatible
with stability.kt

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