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In Today’s Issue

  • Documentary, Symposium Explore Hurricane Katrina
  • Memorial Art Gallery Commissions Wendell Castle Sculpture
  • Rochester Students ‘Shave to Save’
  • Music Department Offers Free Concerts
  • Breakfast with Santa Is Saturday
  • Employees Invited to Walk (and Chat) with a Doc
  • Discount Tickets Available for RPO Holiday Pops
  • Gala Wine Tasting to Benefit Medical Center Patients

News and Announcements

Documentary, Symposium Explore Hurricane Katrina
In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will screen the acclaimed Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. Two panel discussions by scholars from around the nation and the University follow on Dec. 9. The morning discussion centers around the book The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans. The afternoon session examines the ethical and personal responses to the disaster. All three events are in the Hawkins-Carlson Room at Rush Rhees Library.

Memorial Art Gallery Commissions Wendell Castle Sculpture
The Memorial Art Gallery has commissioned a cast-iron sculpture by Rochester sculptor and furniture maker Wendell Castle as one of the anchor installations of its planned Centennial Sculpture Park.

Rochester Students ‘Shave to Save’
Undergraduates at the University will shed their locks while raising money for the American Cancer Society during Colleges Against Cancer’s annual Shave to Save benefit today. The funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society and help support cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Music Department Offers Free Concerts
The Department of Music will end the year with a series of free concerts on the River Campus, including a performance by the Percussion Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Strong Auditorium; a holiday concert by the Gospel Choir and Brass Choir at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Munnerlyn Atrium at Goergen Hall; and a performance by the Men’s Glee Club and Chamber Singers at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Interfaith Chapel.

Breakfast with Santa Is Saturday
Alumni, families, and friends are invited to the University’s annual holiday Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Douglass Dining Center. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child up to age 14 for donation to the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 to register.

Employees Invited to Walk (and Chat) with a Doc
Walk With a Doc, a new University wellness program that allows you a chance to get some outdoor exercise and ask medical professionals a few questions about your health, continues Saturday, Dec. 10. This week’s topic is hypertension and pre-hypertension. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Staybridge Circle, by the pedestrian bridge at the corner of Genesee Street and Plymouth Avenue South. Enroll online or email for more information.

Discount Tickets Available for RPO Holiday Pops
University faculty, staff, and students can receive a 20 percent discount on tickets for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Pops performances Dec. 16–18 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Order online using the promo code “UROC,” by phone at 454-2100, or at the Eastman Theatre Box Office. Reference the promotion and identify yourself as a member of the University community to receive the discount. All phone, online, and facilities fees still apply.

Gala Wine Tasting to Benefit Medical Center Patients
Guests will sample hundreds of domestic and imported wines and champagnes at the annual Gala Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the ballroom of the Rochester Hyatt Regency Hotel. Presented by Friends of Strong, the event marks its 21st year raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dec. 7, 2011
Mixed Snow/Rain
Today’s Forecast:
AM Rain/Snow, High 39°
PM Snow Showers, High 36°

Today’s Event Highlight

Holiday Reading
5:30 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Dec. 5)
Robotics Team Competition Soars as Word Gets Around
The Finger Lakes FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Championship Tournament at the University of Rochester has grown dramatically since it started in 2005. About 360 students from 9 to 14 years old gathered in the Goergen Athletic Center for the event Sunday. Read more...

The Atlantic (Dec. 5)
From Haring to Condom Man: Art aw Weapon in the War Against AIDS
View historic placards from the University of Rochester’s online archive that used, alluded to, or just plain ripped off works by Eadweard Muybridge, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, among others. In a Q&A with art historian Joan Saab, an associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies, find out why visual design was instrumental in the war against AIDS and how the lowly poster became the demonstrators’ weapon of choice. Read more...

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