28 Race Crime and the Constitution; fourth annual symposium on race and crime, panels on issues such as Racial Profiling, Race and Juries, and Race and Incarceration; speakers: Charles Mooney, Law School, David Liebowitz, Journal of Constitutional Law, David Rudovsky, Law School, Angela Davis, American University Law School, Judge Nathaniel Jones, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; 3-6:30 p.m.; Law School. Continues January 29, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Journal of Constitutional Law).


 Above, Floyd McClure as he appears in the film Gates of Heaven by Errol Morris. The film is a portrait of the financial demise of a pet cemetery. Presented by International House on January 26, at 8:30 p.m.

The Films of Errol Morris

Non-fiction films. $6.50, $5.50/students, seniors & I-House members; International House. Info: (215) 895-6542.

25 Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999; 96 min.); explores the life of the inventor of the lethal injection machine; and Stairway to Heaven (1998; 27 min.); portrait of slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin; 7:30 p.m.

26 A Brief History of Time (1991; 84 min.); adaptation of physicist Stephen Hawking's book; 7 p.m.

  • Gates of Heaven (1978; 85 min.); Morris's first film; about the financial demise of a pet cemetary; 8:30 p.m.

27 Vernon, Florida (1981; 72 min.); a record of the town's interesting citizens; 7 p.m.

  • The Thin Blue Line (1988; 101 min.); interviews with death-row inmates who were pronounced "incurable psychopaths" by Dr. James Grigson, known as "Dr. Death"; 8:30 p.m.


27 Nonfiction Creative Writing: the Latino Experience; Lilvia Soto; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; La Casa Latina (La Casa Latina).


Kelly Writers House

All events are free and are held at 3805 Locust Walk. Info: (215) 573-WRIT or wh@english.upenn.edu.

26 John Guillory and that Obscure Object of English Desire; Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University; 6 p.m.

  • Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes; open mic performance night; 8 p.m.

27 Reading by Greg Djanikian; from his forthcoming book of poetry, Years Later; 6 p.m.

31 Opening Reception for two-student show; Brooke Kelly and Brooke Wyatt, artists; 6 p.m.


26 RNA Localization in Drosophilia Oocytes: The Means to the Ends; Tulle Hazelrigg, Columbia University; noon; room 251, BRB II/III (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health).

  • HIV Coreceptors: Insights into Pathogenesis from Genetics; Philip Murphy, NIAID/NIH; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).
  • The Future of Latino Leadership in Philadelphia; Pedro Ramos and Alba Martinez; 7-9 p.m.; La Casa Latina (La Casa Latina; Center for Community Partnerships).

27 Industry Self Regulation without Sanctions: The Chemical Industry's Responsible Care Program; Andrew King, NYU; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Institute for Environmental Studies; Public Policy and Management).

  • Bacteriorhodopsin Based Approaches for Membrane Protein Structure-Function Analysis; George Turner, University of Miami; 2 p.m.; room 252, BRB II/III (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

28 Un rôle politique pour l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie: prévention de conflits et méditations; Rhida Bouabib, observateur permanent de la representation permanente auprès des Nations Unies de l'Organisation internationale de la francophonie; 10-11 a.m.; Lauder Institute (French Institute for Culture and Technology).

  • Can Managed Care Be Managed?; Lawrence Brown, Columbia University; noon-1:30 p.m.; Auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (LDI).

30 Asian Landscapes; Bob Gutowski, director of public programs; presentation on Japanese and Asian garden influences that shaped Comptom, the Victorian estate that became the Arboretum; 2 p.m.; Widener Visitor Center, Morris Arboretum (Morris Arboretum).

31 Designing the Material Properties of Synthetic Gene Carriers; Nily Dan, Drexel University; 3:30 p.m.; room 337, Towne Building (Chemical Engineering).

Deadlines: The deadline for the weekly update is each Monday for the following week's issue; for the March At Penn calendar it is February 15.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 18, January 25, 2000