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Task Force on Community and Civility seeks input
The Chancellor's Task Force on Community and Civility is working to finalize its report and recommendations. If you have views or information you would like the task force to take into consideration , please send e-mail to or call (860) 486-2264, by Monday, November 23.

St. Thomas Aquinas Center to hold Thanksgiving Dinner
Continuing a 10-year tradition, there will be a free Thanksgiving dinner on November 26 at noon in the St.Thomas Aquinas Center, open to all members of the University and local community. The feast, which typically serves more than 200 area residents and international students, is organized by staff of St.Thomas Aquinas and members of the community. Volunteers for preparation, serving and clean-up, and donations, particularly turkeys, will be welcome. Those interested in helping or donating food should call Richard K. Gross at (860) 429-6436.

Submissions sought for women's studies conference
The Women's Studies Program is seeking submissions for its eleventh annual Conference on Women and Gender. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 27. Faculty, students, staff and administrator s are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels, or roundtable discussions focusing on any aspect of women's or gender issues. Performance pieces, video recordings, and other visual works are encouraged. Presentations should be submitted to Donna May at 354 Mansfield Road, U-181, no later than January 10. For more information, call (860) 486-1134.

Expert on future of English language to give lecture November 11
"'Because of the Angels:' Getting Serious about Reading," is the topic of a public lecture by Robert Scholes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, on Wednesday, November 11. The lecture will take place in the Konover Auditorium of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, from 4-5 p.m. Scholes will elaborate on themes presented in his new book, The Rise and Fall of English (Yale University Press, 1998), on how the English language has evolved from its origins 1,000 years ago as an island language, to becoming a virtual world language a millennium later.

November 16 lecture to focus on containing health care costs
Professor Burton Weisbrod, from the Department of Economics at Northwestern University, will present a public lecture titled: Health Care Cost Containment and Scientific Advance: Can We 'Have It All?' in the Konover Auditorium of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on Monday, November 16, at 3 p.m. Currently John Evans Professor of Economics at Northwestern, Weisbrod was Director of Northwestern's Center for Urban Affairs and Policy research from 1990-95 and previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madis on. Weisbrod, who served as a senior staff member of the Council of Economic Advisors to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine-National Academy of Sciences.

Continuing Ed to offer new information technology courses
To help train individuals in information technology, the Division of Extended and Continuing Education will offer two courses in December at Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford.

Designed for computer professionals of varying experience, "Programming in Visual Basic 6" is taught by noted author, columnist and editor Gary Cornell and is based on Cornell's best-selling books Visual Basic 6 from the Ground Up and Core Visual Basic. Each part of the two-part course consists of 24 hours of instruction. The courses may be taken individually, or together at a discounted price. "Visual Basic I," on December 2-4, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., will introduce and explain the rudiments of the Visual Basic 6 program, including the Visual Basic programming language and file handling. "Visual Basic II," Dec 9-11, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., will cover more complex topics, such as object-oriented programming and advanced user interface issues.

To register for "Programming in Visual Basic 6" courses, call (800) 622-9905. For a free brochure, call (800) 622-9908 or visit the Continuing Education web site: