Oldest member of ‘Little Rock Nine’ to visit
campus

The University’s commemoration of Brown v. Board of
Education
continues with a lecture called “The Long
Shadow of Little Rock” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham
Auditorium.

The lecture will feature Ernest Green, oldest of the
“Little Rock Nine,” and the first black student to
graduate from Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansa in
1958.

The Little Rock Nine was the original group of nine African
American students to attend Central High School under forced
desegregation.

Green later worked as assistant secretary of housing and urban
affairs under President Jimmy Carter. Green is currently vice
president of Lehman Brothers, an investment banking company in
Washington.

Prof to discuss paper on literary, disability studies

Prof. Tobin Sebiers, director of the in Comparative Literature
program, will discuss his recent paper in the Osterman Common Room
of the Rackham building. The title of his lecture is “Words
Stare Like a Glass Eye: From Literary to Visual to Disability
Studies and Back Again.”

Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, Sieber will talk
about how to picture texts according to theories of visual culture.
His paper uses disability studies as a connecting point between
literary and visual studies.

Sieber has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of
Fellows, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. In
1999, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for “My Withered
Limb,” an account of growing up with polio.

Dialogue will examine Asian thinking processes

Art history Prof. Marty Powers, Psychology Prof. Fiona Lee and
business school Prof. Linda Lim will hold a discussion titled
“Do Chinese Think Differently?” at noon today in room
1636 in the School of Social Work building.

Powers will review psychology Prof. Richard Nisbett’s new
book “Geography of Thought” that details how and why
Asians and Westerners think differently. Lee and Lim will respond
to his presentation.

Panel to explore Brazil’s politics and economy

A panel of speakers will discuss the topic “Brazil: A New
Global Leader” tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in Hale Auditorium of
the Business School. Guests include Albert Fishlow, leading expert
on the Brazilian economy and Business Prof. Katherine Terrell.

Other speakers include Horacio Forjaz, executive vice president
of communications at Embraer, one of the world’s largest
aircraft builders, and Nelson Silva, global commercial director at
CVRD, the biggest iron ore mining company in the world. The
panelists will address challenges Brazil faces in becoming a market
power and the position of Brazilian businesses in the world’s
economy.

Prize-winning poet to perform excerpts of work

As part of the Visitor Writer’s Series, the English
Department will sponsor a poetry reading by Anne Carson Thursday at
5 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium.

Carson, who is the director of graduate studies in classics at
McGill University in Montreal, has written several works, including
“Plainwater”, a book of poems. She has received many
awards such as the Pushcart Prize for poetry in 1997 and a
nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998.

Activist speaks on experiences under dicatatorship

The International Institute will sponsor a lecture featuring
Juan Mendez on Thursday at 4 p.m. in room 1636 in the School of
Social Work building. Mendez is the director of the Center for
Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School.

A native Argentinean, Mendez has dedicated his legal career to
human-rights advocacy throughout the Americas.

In the early 1990s, the Argentinean military dictatorship
arrested him for what reasons he attributes to his involvement in
representing political prisoners.

During this time, he was adopted as an Amnesty International
“Prisoner of Conscience.”

 

— Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Mona Rafeeq

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