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Alumnus discusses prehistoric art

Nicholas Conard '83, '86 (Mas) will share findings from his cave excavations in Swabian Jura in southwestern Germany in a talk on April 4 in Hutchison Hall. The recent discoveries offer early examples of figurative art and music in human culture, including mammoth ivory figurines and musical instruments.

Conard is a professor of early prehistory and quaternary ecology at the University of Tübingen. His current research focuses on the later phases of human evolution, and he conducts field work in Germany, South Africa, and Syria.

His talk, "The Origins of Figurative Art and Music: Early Examples of Abstract Art and Musical Instruments from Caves in the Swabian Jura," at 5:15 p.m. in Lander Auditorium is organized by the Faculty Cluster on Global Studies and sponsored by the Departments of Earth and Environmental Science and of Anthropology.

Get cancer prevention tips

Warm weather and sunny days will arrive soon, and Rochester-area cancer support agencies are offering a free discussion on skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Bausch Auditorium on 657 East Ave.

Dermatologist Jennifer Cooper, a skin cancer specialist with the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, will discuss the latest treatments for skin cancer and prevention techniques. Cooper is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowship at the Medical Center.

The information session is part of a series of educational lectures on cancer-related matters cosponsored by the Wilmot Cancer Center.

Historian discusses post-Nazi film

Ralf Schenk, a noted film historian and journalist, will present and discuss the 1946 classic film The Murderers Are Among Us, which is being shown at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, as part of the presentations in the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House. Admission is free for University students, staff, and faculty with ID.

The first feature film produced in Germany after World War II, The Murderers Are Among Us explores the nation's coming to terms with its Nazi past. Schenk will discuss the film as the earliest example in a series of East German antifascist films produced over four decades by the DEFA studios in the German Democratic Republic.

The event is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures German Section and is cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students in the College, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, and the Eastman School of Music. For more information, call x5-4251.

Keep the kids active this summer

The Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center's Fun Fitness Camp offers children an opportunity to learn new skills, adapt to group experiences, and enjoy the summer with a variety of sports, activities, and field trips. This New York State­certified program for children ages 7 to 12 is open to all University-affiliated families and is supervised by experienced, certified counselors.

The camp begins June 27 and continues through August 26 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The cost is $150 a week or $34 a day, with a $15 registration fee. There is a 10 percent discount for additional children and a discount for nine-week enrollment. Call x5-2706 for information or to obtain a registration packet.

Open house aids Mt. Hope Center

Michael Spitale will host a benefit open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, to raise money for the University's Mt. Hope Family Center and the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm while introducing the public to the new location of his salon, spa, and gallery at 2240 Monroe Ave. in Brighton. Spitale, a longtime supporter of Mt. Hope Family Center and local charities, will feature a variety of skin and beauty aid products, raffle prizes, and a beverage tasting.

Ushers needed

The Commencement Committee is looking for staff and students to participate as ushers in the College Commencement Ceremony on May 15. Ushers assist with final preparations, greet families and friends, distribute ceremony programs, assist guests to special seating areas, provide directions, and answer questions. To sign up or for additional information, contact Scott Verrenti at x3-1765 or at

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