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  March 1, 2004

Coming to Campus

*Fuel Cell Center To Host Major Conference March 7-10
*Writer Edmund White To Speak During Three-Day Residency

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Fuel Cell Center To Host Major Conference March 7-10
Major investments in fuel cell research have spawned tremendous advances in the last several years, but their commercial potential has yet to be realized. With this in mind, the School of Engineering's Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center is holding an international fuel cell conference March 7-10.

The First International Conference on Fuel Cell Development and Deployment will provide a review of the technological, developmental, and manufacturing status of all types of fuel cells worldwide. Leaders from government, industry, and academia will present and discuss the latest in fuel cell development and deployment activities.

Participants include Maj. Gen. John C. Doesburg, in command of the U.S. Army's research, development, and engineering division; Frank Preli, vice president of engineering at UTC Fuel Cells; and Mark Williams and Patrick Davis of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Conference details can be found at, or call 860.486.8375.

Writer Edmund White To Speak During Three-Day Residency
Author Edmund White will visit UConn for a three-day visiting writer residency from March 17 to 19.

White has been praised as one of America's most important writers. His many fiction and non-fiction works include Nocturnes for the King of Naples; A Boy's Own Story; The Farewell Symphony; States of Desire: Travels in Gay America; and The Burning Library. His biography of Jean Genet won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Of his recent novel The Married Man, The Daily Telegraph commented, "White is a worthy heir of that earlier anatomist of the transatlantic relationship, Henry James -- subtle, complex, unsparing, and profound."

While White's novels have been praised by writers including Vladimir Nabokov and Susan Sontag, it is perhaps as a cultural critic that White has had his greatest influence. His chronicles of gay life from the 1970's through the 1990's are witty, sophisticated, and insightful.

In addition to working with students, White will give two talks:

On Wednesday, March 17, at noon, White will speak as part of the Rainbow Center's weekly Out-to-Lunch series, which features noted authors, artists, and activists who discuss a range of topics relating to current gay issues. The lectures are free and can be taken for credit. Lunch is included. All Out-to-Lunch lectures take place at noon in the Student Union, Room 386. For more information, contact the Rainbow Center at 860.486.5821 or visit the website

On Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., White will give a public reading from his works at Konover Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, see the Creative Writing Program website at

White's visit is sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the Rainbow Center, and the Creative Writing Program of the English Department.

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