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Dance performance

Kinaesthetics Lab, a new student choreography group at MIT, will present Breakthrough, its first dance performance, on Feb. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. Breakthrough will highlight diversity and innovation within the choreographic process. Student choreographers collaborated with musician Martin Case for the performances (admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors). All the pieces are premieres except the final one, a work by the choreographer David Parsons. It was commissioned by the Americans Dance Legacy Institute as part of a collection of works intended to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of modern dance.

Seminars on child/family issues

In keeping with its expanding mission and scope, the Center for Work, Family and Personal Life is offering a wide range of noontime seminars this spring on topics from career planning to elder care to job flexibility.

Formerly called the Family Resource Center, the center offers programs to support the full diversity of lifestyles that enrich the MIT community, as well as services specifically for families.

All seminars are free and start at noon in Room 16-151. Preregistration is required. For further information or to preregister, see, visit the center in Room 16-151, call 253-1592 or e-mail

MLK oratorical contest

The first round of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest is scheduled for Monday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Room 6-120. All undergraduates are invited to compete. The theme is "Faces at the Bottom of the Well: Nightmare of Reality vs. Dr. King's Dream."

Four finalists will be chosen to compete for cash prizes in the finals on March 17 by two Martin Luther King Visiting Professors and one student, acting as judges. The competition, part of MIT's 29th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King, is sponsored by the Presidential Planning Committee for the celebration.

Student writing prizes

The Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes Competition, sponsored by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, is accepting manuscript submissions from undergraduate and graduate students. Prizes carry cash awards and are given to writers of essays, plays, poetry, fiction and technical papers. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4. For more information, visit the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies office in Room 14E-303 or see, where prize descriptions and contest rules are available.

Laureates speak on environment

MIT Nobel laureates Eric Chivian and Mario Molina will speak on "Global Environmental Issues: Effects on the Atmosphere and the Biosphere" on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Room 10-250.

Molina is an Institute Professor involved in developing our understanding of the stratospheric ozone layer and its susceptibility to human-made disturbances. He shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in atmospheric chemistry. Chivian, a psychiatrist formerly at MIT Medical, is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment founded at Harvard Medical School to investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change. He is a co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

The lecture is part of the Ford/MIT Nobel Laureate Lecture Series and is open to the MIT community. There will be a reception in Lobby 13 following the lecture.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 26, 2003.

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