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November 1, 2004

Coming to Campus

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail:, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Archaeology Lecture
Harold Juli of the Department of Anthropology at Connecticut College will give a slide lecture titled, “Perspectives on Mexican Hacienda Archaeology,” on Sunday, Nov. 7. The talk, sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn, will begin at 3 p.m., in room 130 of the Biology/Physics Building. Admission is free.

In his talk, Juli will introduce the emerging field of hacienda (plantation) archaeology, with examples from the state of Puebla in central Mexico. Juli will discuss his survey of abandoned haciendas and his current project, which includes both archaeology and an ethnographic study of traditional architecture in a community of hacienda worker descendants.

Juli has been vice chair of the Connecticut Historical Commission, and has worked on 22 archaeological digs throughout the world.

Comparative Human Rights Conference
Journalists, communications specialists, and human rights advocates from around the world will discuss how and why some issues are dramatized by the news media while others are downplayed, during the fifth annual Comparative Human Rights Conference, “Human Rights in the Media.”

The conference, sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.

Speakers include:

Nkosinathi Biko, son of slain South African anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko, and freelance journalist and TV documentary producer.

Elizabeth Blunt, international correspondent for the BBC.

Mandla Langa, chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, and former director of television programming at the South African Broadcasting Corp.

Salim Lone, director of communications for the UN Mission in Iraq, former director of the news and media division in the Department of Public Information at UN headquarters in New York, and former editor of the Sunday Post in Nairobi, Kenya.

Barbara Masekela, South African ambassador to the United States, former chief of staff to Nelson Mandela, former South African ambassador to UNESCO, and member of the board of directors of the South African Broadcasting Corp.

Paula Newberg, special advisor to the UN Foundation and former special advisor to the UN in Afghanistan.

Gregory Alonso Pirio, consultant to WorldSpace Corp. and former manager of broadcasts in English and Portuguese to Africa for Voice of America.

Pierre Sane, assistant-director general for social sciences and human sciences, ethics, and human rights for UNESCO, and former secretary general of Amnesty International.

The conference is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to 860.486.1038.

Economics of India Lecture
Arvind Panagariya will give a lecture on “Emerging India: Threat or Opportunity,” on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. in Konover Auditorium. He will present a broad picture of economic developments in India over the past two decades and explore some of the issues arising from outsourcing.

Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Department of Economics at Columbia University. He has served as the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and as an advisor to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

He is the author of nine books, more than 50 scholarly articles, and many policy papers on the global trading system. He has just published an article on outsourcing for the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He writes a monthly column for the Economic Times, India’s top financial daily, and has written columns for the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the India Studies Program.

Statistics Colloquium
David R. Brillinger of the University of California-Berkeley, will deliver this year’s Pfizer Colloquium in Statistics. His talk, “A Journey through Random Process Data Analysis: One Type to the Next,” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the CLAS Building, room 108.

Brillinger pioneered statistical methodologies that have shaped the model-building techniques in many areas including ecology, environment, and earthquake predictions.

In the colloquium, he will review some of the milestones in his journey through the field of statistics. His lecture will be followed by a discussion from 3 to 4:15 p.m. with Professor William H. Williams of Hunter College, City University of New York, and Professor Kjell Doksum of the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both segments of the event will be filmed for the statistical archives of the American Statistical Association.