Monday, May 01, 2000

Talks, shows highlight Worldfest

UC events begin this week

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Worldfest 2000 will bring Nobel Peace Prize and Grammy winners to the University of Cincinnati this month.

        Worldfest also will present a satire on African-American identity and a talk on allegations of bias in the prosecution of a Chinese-American nuclear scientist.

        Most events are on UC's main campus.

        The satire, The Colored Museum, by George C. Wolfe, will be 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. On the opening night, the Rev. Clarence J. Rivers, an African-American liturgist and composer, will be honored. For tickets, call 556-0358.

        Other events:

        ăMay 8: Funfest at McMicken Commons will include free food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. in Room 427 of the Engineering Research Center, Robert Vrooman will speak on “The Case of Wen Ho Lee — What Went Wrong?” Mr. Vrooman, former head of counterintelligence at Los Alamos National Laboratory, says Mr. Lee was accused of security breaches and fired because he is Taiwan-born.

        ăMay 9: Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner whose books focus on Judaism and on the Holocaust, will speak at 2 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center. Tickets, 556-6049.

        ăMay 10: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an Ujima celebration of African-American culture will be on McMicken Commons. It includes a talent expo, the choir from the African-American Cultural and Research Center, and step show competition by African-American fraternities and sororities. At a 1 p.m. career forum in the Alumni Center, Scott Bailey, director of engineering for Delphi Energy and Chassis Systems, will speak about preparing for the global market.

        ăMay 11: A “Tunnel of Oppression” will introduce students to civil rights protests, ethnic intimidation and domestic violence from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Calhoun Hall. An International Festival will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on McMicken Commons with performances, food and crafts.

        ăMay 12: At 7 p.m., the national Spitfire Tour comes to Zimmer Auditorium, with Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Grammy winning Indigo Girls, environmental activist Julia “Butterfly” Hill, musician and composer Michael Franti and Tracey Conaty of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the bookstore, Ms. Hill will sign her book, The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods.

        ăMay 13: Volunteers will clean up Burnet Woods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Rafael Rennella Scholarship Dance will be 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Kingsgate Conference Center. Scholarships go to Latino students. Mr. Rennella organized Latinos En Accion and graduated in engineering in 1994, one year before he died of asthma.

        At Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash, “Yia Sou! A Tale of Two Greek Travelers,” will begin at noon Sunday in Muntz Hall. On May 11, the college's Worldfest Dancers will perform at 11:30 a.m. in the hall. The finale on May 12 on The Commons includes an ice cream social and international music.


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