Hopwood Awards ceremony to honor writers

The Hopwood Awards ceremony will be held today at Rackham Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.

Following the announcement of the award winners, translator and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard will give a lecture. The Pulitzer Prize was given to Howard in 1969 for “Untitled Subjects,” one of Howard’s 11 volumes of poetry.

Lecture to focus on comparative economics in China

Hailing from Tsinghua University in Beijing, economic history Prof. Li Bozhong, will be giving a lecture titled “Involution: The Huang Debate, What We Know, Why We Should Care” today in room 1636 of the School of Social Work Building, at noon.

Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies, Li will address the significance of the Chinese comparative economics.

Writers provide insight on Arab Americans

As part of the Arab American Writers Series, Lisa Suhair Majaj will give a talk titled “Understanding Arab Americans Through Poetry and Personal Essays” today in the LSA Building, room 1030, at 4 p.m. Majaj won the New England Poetry Club award for best published poem in 1995 and received her masters degree in English literature and American culture from the University.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies.

Role of copper in human growth to be discussed

Biological chemistry Prof. Dennis Thiele will give a lecture titled “The Role of Copper in Growth and Development: A View from Yeast to Humans” tomorrow in the Natural Science Building, room 2004, at 12:10 p.m.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Former volunteers talk about Peace Corps experience

Former Peace Corps volunteers and soon-to-be Peace Corps volunteers from Ann Arbor will present an information session about their organization tomorrow at the International Center in room 9 of the Michigan Union at 7 p.m.

The Peace Corps offer paid positions in various countries around the world for a two-year commitment.

Vietnam veteran will perform personal works

Vietnam war veteran and singer/songwriter Michael Martin will perform songs about his past experiences and the current war in Iraq tomorrow in auditorium 4 of the Modern Languages Building at 3 p.m.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Martin and several other Vietnam veterans.

Engineers sponsor end-of-term bash on North Campus

To celebrate the end of the winter term, the University of Michigan Engineering Council is sponsoring “Springfest” on North Campus all day tomorrow.

Outdoor activities, games and food will be available for students to enjoy.

Simulator to study behavior when crossing streets

University of Iowa psychology Prof. Jodie Plumert will be holding a discussion session titled “Using an Interactive, Immersive Bicycling Simulator to Study Children’s Road-Crossing Behavior” Thursday in the McCormick Conference Room of the Transportation Research Institute at noon.

The talk is sponsored by the University Transportation Research Institute Research Colloquia Series.

Anti-war groups to rally at Ann Arbor Federal Building

A “Tax Day Rally of Resistance “will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Federal Building on East Liberty Street today. Several anti-war groups will be in attendance. The event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Coalition Against the War.

– Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Carmen Johnson.

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