The American Association of University Professors, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American University Presses, Association of Research Libraries, and Coalition for Networked Information are sponsoring a conference, "New Challenges for Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era: Changing Roles and Expectations in the Academic Community." The individual communities within the academy face seemingly unique challenges in the digital era that are in fact interconnected in the broad system of scholarly communication. This conference will explore the nature and scope of the challenges and seek to define new roles that build on the strengths and needs of all. Topics include: Getting Ahead in the Digital World; Distance Education; What Does It Mean to Publish?; Economics of Scholarly Communication; Preservation and Access. Program details and registration information can be found on the Web at For more information contact: Mary M. Case, Association of Research Libraries, 21 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036 T: (202) 296-2296, F: (202) 872-0884; email: <>
Washington, DC: March 26-27, 1999

Race in 21st Century America: A National Conference" convenes against the backdrop of a complex period of transition, both nationally and globally. This includes rapid population growth among people of color in the U.S., the simultaneous increase of impoverishment and concentrated wealth, and global economic restructuring. These trends are marked by competing efforts to reverse or extend the gains resulting from the Civil Rights Movement, and by increasing debates about the utility of the concept of "race" as a descriptive, analytic, and prescriptive tool. Convening at Michigan State University, the conference examines existing systems of power and privilege in the U.S., especially as these impact communities of color. Academicians, public officials, community activists, and citizens representing racial, ethnic, and ideological diversity will meet to identify specific goals and strategies that promote democratic social, political, and economic structures. Keynote and Roundtable speakers include: Molefi Asante, Temple; Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania; Richard Delgado and Evelyn Hu-DeHart, UC-Boulder; Nathan Glazer and William Julius Wilson, Harvard; Manning Marable, Columbia; Dinesh D’Souza, American Enterprise Institute; Abigail Thernstrom, Manhattan Institute. Attendees must pre-register by mail. Registration information and forms available on the Web at For additional questions T: (517) 353-6750; email: <>
East Lansing, MI: April 7-10, 1999

The Trinity College Center For Collaborative Teaching and Research announces it’s Trinity Seminar for 1999—2000. We invite nominations, including self-nominations, of recent Ph.D’s (or relevant terminal degree) in any discipline to deliver a formal research paper or appropriate performance presentation and spend two days in discussions with colleagues and students on campus in Hartford, CT during the 1999—2000 academic year. We seek nominees who are doing especially exciting, innovative work, who are interested in engaging an interdisciplinary audience, and who will convey to us an informed access to recent issues and controversies in their respective disciplines. Travel expenses and an honorarium will be provided. Please submit the nominee’s vita, brief description of current research, and a one-page abstract of proposed paper or presentation to Drew A. Hyland, Director, Trinity Center For Collaborative Teaching and Research, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106 or email <> We will begin reviewing applications in April.
Hartford, CT: April 1999

Hofstra University is proud to sponsor a three-day international conference "The Most Ancient of Minorities: History and Culture of the Jews of Italy From Antiquity to the Twentieth Century." Highlights include scholars from Italy, Israel, France, Holland, Scotland, and the United States; musical performances; a screening of Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful"; a special panel devoted to the life, work and influence of Primo Levi; testimony from Holocaust survivors including videotaped testimony from the "Survivor’s of the Shoah Visual History Foundation"; and a banquet featuring Italian Jewish cuisine. The Keynote address will be given by Alexander Stille, staff writer, The New Yorker and author of "Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism." Confirmed speakers include Lynn Gunzberg (Brown University), Michele Luzzati (University of Pisa), Paolo Benardini (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), For registration information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center T: (516) 463-5669; email: <>; for all other inquiries contact Professor Stanislao G. Pugliese, Department of History, Heger Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, T (516) 463-5611; email: <>
Hempstead, NY: April 14—16, 1999

The Interdisciplinary Group on French Culture and Society, Northwestern University, announces a Franco-American conference on "Contested Citizenship/La Citoyenneté en Question." Key-note speakers are Michel Wieviorka, on citizenship and identities in Western democracies and Houston Baker, on documenting community/documenting citizenship. Panels on "The Juridical and the Political," with Françoise Gaillard and Chantal Mouffe; on "Citizenship, Immigration, Diasporas," with Patrick Weil, Alec Hargreaves, and Ali Behdad; on "Citizenship and Gender," with Janine Mossuz-Lavau and Christopher Castiglia; and on "Supranationality and Globalization," with Catherine Wihtol de Wenden and Bruce Cumings. Conference organizers: Michal Ginsburg, Michael Loriaux, and Mireille Rosello, Northwestern University, and Françoise Gaillard, Université de Paris—VII. Co-sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Northwestern University. For full program information consult the conference Web site at
Evanston, IL: April 22—23, 1999

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