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Harvard psychology professor Marc D. Hauser will present a public lecture on the evolution of human language on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in 124 Hasbrouck.

Hauser''s talk, titled “Evolving a linguistic mind: from grunts to Shakespeare,” is the Fourth Annual Donald C. and Margaret H. Freeman Lecture in the Department of Linguistics.

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A gift of more than $900,000 to Polish Studies is ensuring that the small but thriving program has a solid future on campus.

The newly established Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr. and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Endowment for Polish Language, Literature and Culture is the largest gift ever made to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The gift is eligible for the Commonwealth’s recently established endowment matching program, which will result in a state match of $450,000 and an endowment totaling $1,350,000.

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The Faculty Senate voted Oct. 21 to establish an ad hoc Committee on the Student Information System to review the use of alternatives to PeopleSoft programs in use at other institutions.

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A state Senate task force on public higher education is is currently conducting public hearings and expects to submit its report in early 2005, Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) told the Faculty Senate Oct. 21.

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Following through on a series of warnings about unruly behavior, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will immediately discipline all 68 UMass Amherst students arrested during this week’s baseball-related disturbances.

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The School of Nursing will honor three distinguished alumni at its annual Alumni Buffet Luncheon Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union. The awards honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in either clinical practice, nursing education, nursing research, nursing leadership, advancement of the professional nurse role, service to underserved populations, or innovation in healthcare system design, says Eileen T. Breslin, dean of the School of Nursing.

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Columbia University legal scholar and The Nation columnist Patricia J. Williams will present the third Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium. Her talk, which refers to her column in The Nation, is entitled “Diary of a Mad Law Professor: Recent Entries.”

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The state Board of Higher Education voted Oct. 19 to approve a new, multidisciplinary master’s degree program in Architecture in the Department of Art and Art History. The program was previously approved by the Board of Trustees in August.

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Sheldon Goldman, professor of Political Science, will give this year’s first Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. His talk is titled, “Judicial Confirmations: The New Battle Zone in American Politics,” and is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

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A special 22-member Commission on Campus Diversity has been created to assess and reframe the university’s commitment to building a racially and ethnically diverse community. The commission will convene at the request of its chair on Nov. 13, with a target date of Feb. 1 for presentation of specific recommendations.

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