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Undergraduate students often have to watch researchers find evidence to support their findings from behind a closed lab door. The UA Honors College and the Vice President for Research will present the key to that door at today's 14th annual Undergraduate Research Forum in the Bear Down Gym. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 40 students will showcase their own research in diverse fields such as dance, biology and international studies. There is no charge for the forum, and all graduates and prospective research students are invited. For more information, please call Lucia Barton at 621-7183.

Gender meets history in today's noontime lecture "Gender and Nation: A Personal Perspective on Zionist Identity and Israeli Community." UA Judaic studies professor Esther Fuchs discusses the role of men and women in Middle Eastern societies. The talk is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and will take place in the Franklin building, Room 202H. If you have any questions regarding the discussion, please call Anne Bennett, assistant director and outreach coordinator, at 621-8079.

Arizona has long been considered a laid-back society, where formal dress means nice jeans and a belt. With all of this open-minded ideology floating around, persecution of gays and lesbians should be merely a topic of history. However, as Safe Zone trainers at today's 1 p.m. training session will tell you, discrimination is alive and well. Safe Zone training is an educational seminar that teaches students, faculty and staff how to make people of all sexual preferences comfortable on the UA campus. Classes are free to participants, and locations will vary. For more information or to reserve a space, please e-mail the organization at

Put on your black beret and head on over to the Poetry Center Reading Series presentation of Carl Dennis. The New York teacher and creative writer will share pieces from his collections, "Meetings with Time" and "The Near World." The reading will begin at 8 p.m., and refreshments will be served afterwards. Poetry enthusiasts should meet in the Modern Languages auditorium and wait for the lights to go down. If you have any questions regarding future poetry presentations, please call Frances Shoberg at 321-7760.

The Africana Studies department continues its support of Black History Month with today's lecture, "The Experience of Somewhat." Adjunct lecturer Elwood McDowell will focus on educational processes for African-Americans in the United States. The lecture will begin at noon and will take place in the Martin Luther King Jr. building, Room 209. For more information regarding African American Student Affairs or the Africana Studies department, please call 621-5665.