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By Kim Stravers
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 4, 1999
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Damn the media (except the Wildcat, of course)! Those wily journalists have portrayed African American women in some pretty unflattering lights. In order to break those stereotypes and give you a fresh perspective, Dr. Beretta Smith-Shomade will be speaking at this afternoon's Black History Month Lecture. Join her in room 103 of the Center for English as a Second Language building at 2 p.m. and "Change Your Life T.V.: African American Woman as Cultural Icon." Refreshments will be available, thanks to the generous folks in the Africana Studies Department. Call Eleanor Navarro at 621-5665 for more information.

Think biology majors and sculpture majors have nothing to talk about? Well, they're more closely related than you may assume. The Central Arts Collective, in an effort to expose the connectivity between right-brainers and left-brainers, is sponsoring "Merged Realities: A Synthesis of Art and Science," a three-day series of events that will take place all over the UA and downtown. Today is the debut - opening remarks will be made in the Modern Languages Auditorium at 1 p.m. by Charles Geoffrion and Gail Hewlett. Get a schedule of events by calling Gail Hewlett at 325-6504.

You want someone to tell it like it is? Then come to today's Plant-Insect Interaction Group Seminar. At precisely 2 p.m., Dr. Michel Dollet (ORSTOM, France) will give you the straight talk on "Lincus sp., Pentatomidae, and the diseases they transmit to palms in Latin America." No fancy words, just science. Get the facts in room 307 of the Forbes (Agriculture) building. Questions, direct or frivolous, will be handled by Ann Fraser at 626-6560.

More no-frills bug talk: Thomas Whitham (Northern Arizona University) will plainly assert that "Plant Hybridization Affects Biodiversity: Tools for a Genetic Based Understanding of Community Structure" this afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Entomology Department Seminar. Before you head into room 230 of the Marley building for the lecture, stop in the breezeway between 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. for some complimentary refreshments. It's no wonder this lecture is in the same straightforward vein as the preceding lecture - the Center for Insect Science's Plant-Insect Interactions Program is behind both of 'em. Rose Kilby will tell you more at 621-7165.

If I told you that Shilong Zhang's lecture on "Lumped Parameter Modeling of Elastically Coupled Bodies" had nothing to do with artistic rendering of latex-bound people, would you believe me? You should. It's actually the name of today's Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 696G Graduate Seminar. Check it out from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room S202 of the AME building. Barbara Heefner can fill you in on the details at 621-4692.

Far from following the straight and narrow path, the Arizona State Museum and the Department of Anthropology are taking New Directions in Southwestern Anthropology. Meet one of their fellow travelers today at 7:30 p.m. at the Anthropology Public Lecture Series. Suzanne K. Fish will explore "Residence, Ritual, and Everyday Life: The Terraced Villages of Arizona and Sonora" in room 103 of the Center for English as a Second Language building. Questions about the lecture can be asked of the speaker herself if you call 626-8290.