Experts to discuss debate over of alternative
medicine

The Forum on Health Policy of the University Medical School and
the Internal Medicine Department will sponsor a panel on
alternative medicine today at noon in the Ford Amphitheater on the
second floor of the University Hospital.

The discussion will include a panel of experts who will address
the “mainstreaming” of alternative medicine and the
debate between using alternative medicine versus scientific
medicine. Panelists will include medical school student Andrew
Heyman, Integrative Medicine Program Co-Director Sara Warber and
nursing Prof. Jeanne Raisler.

 

Festival to kick off weekend for students, siblings

A carnival at the Michigan Union at 8 p.m. today will kick off
the 67th annual Little Sibs Weekend. The event, called
“Michigras,” offers a free night of inflatable games,
antique photos, animals, live music, food and prizes. The Michigan
Union Program Board, the Residence Hall Association and Michigan
Union Arts and Programs will sponsor the event.

 

Terrorism’s causes, consequences topic of
colloquium

A panel of scholars will discuss the importance, causes and
consequences of terrorism as part of a colloquium called “The
Roots of Terrorism Initiative” beginning at 8:30 a.m.
tomorrow in room 4448 of East Hall.

Participants will include history Prof. Juan Cole and political
science Prof. Mark Tessler. Todd Stewart, director of the Ohio
State University Program for Homeland Security will also
participate. The University of Michigan’s Institute for
Social Research sponsors the colloquium.

 

Author to read work on Olympics, Greek history

Author Alexander Kitroeff will read an excerpt of his book
“Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the
Olympics” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Shaman Drum Bookshop. The book
is a historical study that examines Greece’s role in the
Olympics from the 19th century to this year’s games in
Athens.

Kitroeff is an associate history professor at Haverford College.
He has won several awards, including a 2001 grant from the Center
for Neohellenic Research in Athens. This reading is sponsored by
the Modern Greek department.

 

Cultural show will focus on Islamic cultural
traditions

The Muslim Graduate Students Association will present a cultural
program called “Secrets of the Heart, Part II” at 5
p.m. on Sunday in the Rackham Auditorium. The show will feature
performances by the Persian Music Ensemble, Indonesian dances by
Pencak Silat USA, readings from the work of Sufi poet Jalal Al-Din,
sacred drumming by the Chicago Bosnian Drumming Troupe, and Sufi
meditation.

 

Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet to share work

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, poet Frank Bidart will
read some of his work at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Pendleton Room
of the Michigan Union. Bidart is a professor at Wellesley College
and has published five books of poetry. He was awarded the Shelley
Award of the Poetry Society of America.

Bidart has also been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the
National Book Critics Circle Award. A public reception will follow
the reading. The event is sponsored by the English Department and
the Office of the Provost.

 

Son of ‘the Pianist’ to talk on father’s
WWII experiences

The Center for Russian and East European Studies will sponsor a
lecture called “The Pianist’s Life After the War”
on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in room 1200 of the Chemistry building.
Chris Szpilman, the featured speaker, is the son of Wladislaw
Szpilman — a concert pianist and Polish Jew who was a witness
to the Nazi invasion of Warsaw and avoided the concentration
camps.

Szpilman will talk about his father’s experiences in World
War II and the difficulty in dealing with his past. Wladislaw
Szpilman’s story was recently turned into an Academy
Award-winning movie, “The Pianist.”

 

—Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Mona Rafeeq

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