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Music prof. continues to perform


Bruce Conforth is a professor
of American music culture at
the University. Before starting
a career in teaching, Conforth
performed as a jazz musician
with numerous bands and toured
across the nation. In 1991, Con-
forth became the first curator of
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum in Cleveland, where
he worked with renowned Ameri-
can song artists such as Johnny
Cash, Ray Charles and Aretha
What inspired you to study
American pop music and
I guess growing up during the
time I did, which was in the

early '60s with the folk and blues
revival, and people like (Bob)
Dylan and the Beatles making
their mark, really inspired me
both as a performer and later as
an academic to take the whole
concept of an American popular
culture seriously. It was evident
to me that what was happening
in a cultural perspective was
going to be really important in a
historical perspective.
How was your experience as
the founding curator of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
That's a loaded question. My
experience as the founding cura-
tor of the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame was both interesting and

eye-opening. I got to see the
music business up close and per-
sonal from the inside, got to meet
virtually all of smy idols, but also
begin to really see how much of a
business popular music is.
What is the most rewarding
part ofbeing a performer?
I still think I'm a performer. I
think teaching is a performance.
So to me, the most rewarding
part of being a performer is being
able to share something new
with your audience, whether it's
an audience to come to listen to
music or an audience of students
who come to listen to your lec-

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Engineering senior Deepak Kumar, vice president
of Maize Mirchi, sings during a performance in the
Michigan Union Ballroom on Monday.

Chinese Ritual Finance talk Race dialouge Biochem

WHAT: History Prof. Michael
Puett will discuss indigenous
theories concerning ritual in the
classical Chinese tradition.
WHO: Lieberthal-Rogel Center
for Chinese Studies
WHEN: Today from noon to 1
WHERE: School of Social Work,
Room 1636
Men's swim
team celebrates
Swimmers from last
year's Big Ten championship
team, coaches and alumni
dined and shared stories in
preparation for the winter

WHAT: This semi-
nar will outline basic
financial principles for
students who are in or
aspire to be in manage-
rial roles.
WHO: Human Resources
WHEN: Today from 8:30
a.m. to noon.
WHERE: Administra-
tive Services Building

WHAT: Male students of
color are invited to talk
about their experiences and
the role race has played in
determining their college
WHEN: Today from noon
to 1:30 p.m.
WHO: Our Mission: My
Brothers organization
WHERE: Michigan Union,
CSG Chambers

WHAT: A visting professor
will discuss CTP synthetase
and enzyme regulation.
WHO: Department of
Biological Chemistry
WHEN: Today from noon
to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Medical Science
Unit 11, North Lecture Hall

Dean's speaker Ross lecture

The Simon Weisenthal
Center discovered that
the world's most wanted
Nazi died in Syria in 2010.
The criminal, Alois Brunner,
was responsible for sending
128,500 Jews to death camps,
The Times of Israel reported
The Michigan' men's
basketball team faces
Syracuse on Tuesday
night in a rematch of the
2013 Final Four. Just three
Wolverines, including Spike
Albrecht, remain from that
year's team
A congressional staffer
has resigned from her
post following her
Facebook post criticizing
Sasha and Malia Obama
for their appearance at the
annual presidential turkey
pardoning, The Washington
Post reported.

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Years" lecture series
WHAT: Artist Jen Davis WHAT: Jimmy Chin,
will discuss her exhibit, a a National Geographic
collection of self-portraits photographer and one of
that chronicle her body the few people to ski on Mt.
over time and explore Everest, will discuss his life
modern beauty standards. as an adventurer.
WHO: Institute for the WHO: School of Natural
Humanities Resources and Environment
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12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: 202S. Thayer WHERE: Rackham
St., Osterman Common Graduate School
Room Auditorium

WHAT: Kohl Gill, CEO and
founder of LaborVoices, will
discuss how workers drive
supply chain transparency
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p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Extremists kill at least
seven in Nigeria attacks

TWo state capitals
targeted by supposed
Islamic extermists

A vigil:
young fen
were also
day's blas

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Sus- with those
pected Islamic extremists struck tal official
in two state capitals in northeast- ing more
ern Nigeria on Monday, killing serious in
at least seven people and injur- and hospi
ing dozens with a double bomb- condition
ing at a crowded market and an they were
attack on a police base. Around informatit
30 extremists were also killed In Dam
in clashes with security forces, capital of
police said. kilometers
The attacks were the latest Maidugur
in a week of violence linked to several bu
Islamic militants that has killed least two
more than 170 people in northern stormed tf
Nigeria. at the gene
Police spokesman Gideon to the H
Jubrin said at least five people Board. Th
were killed at a market in Mai- abducted.
duguri, the capital of Borno state Police t
where two female suicide bomb- ers drove!
ers also killed 70 people a week agents frc

ante official said two
male suicide bombers
responsible for Mon-
ts and that they had
their bodies along.
e of six victims. Hospi-
s said they were treat-
than 40 people with
juries. The vigilante
tal officials spoke on
of anonymity because
not authorized to give
on to reporters.
naturu, the provincial
Yobe state some 135
s (85 miles) west of
i, extremists destroyed
uildings and killed at
doctors when they
he residential quarters
ral hospital, according
ospitals Management
ree other doctors were
there said the attack-
State Security Service
om their offices but

were repelled, and about 30 ter-
rorists were killed when they
tried to take over Yobe Govern-
ment House, where there is a
military armory.
There was no immediate
claim of responsibility for the
Maiduguri blasts but people
blamed Boko Haram, the Islamic
extremist group that has carried
out.many such attacks in a 5-year
insurgency that has killed thou-
sands and forced hundreds of
thousands from their homes.
Bala Dauda, a trader at the
market there, said rescue work-
ers were evacuatingthe dead and
wounded from the site.
"I have seen very many vic-
tims dripping with blood, others
with parts of their bodies dis-
membered by the blasts," Dauda
told The Associated Press by
After the explosions, young
men in vigilante groups bar-
ricaded some Maiduguri roads
to try to ensure safety in the
city. These community defense
groups and security forces are
accused of summary executions
and other rights abuses of people
they believe are extremists.
In Damaturu, explosions and
gunfire erupted before dawn
Monday causing some residents
to flee into the bush and others to
cower in their homes. The mili-
tants targeted a rapid-response
police base on the outskirts of
Damaturu, said resident Garba
"It has been burned down
completely," he said.
Police said the attackers also
destroyed multiple buildings at
the Yobe state university, while
the Defense Ministry headquar-
ters said a fighter jet was repel-
ling the attackers. A helicopter
gunship was hovering over the
Witnesses said the aircraft
drove the fighters out of Dama-
turu, strafing and bombing.
"We don't know where to hide,
the shooting is all over ... We
are running for our lives," said
resident MusaAbbas.

Police officers throw a pro-democracy protester on the main road outside governrent headquarters in Hong Kong.
Taiwan, Hong Kong a
challenge for China's Xi

Voters turn out
to support Dem.
Progressive Party
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - An
electoral pummeling for Tai-
wan's pro-Beijing ruling party
and a new spike in pro-democ-
racy protests in Hong Kong
have delivered a reality check
to Chinese President Xi Jinping
just when he was riding a wave
of high-profile diplomacy.
Xi's message of a better eco-
nomic future by joining forces
with Beijing rather than align-
ing against it doesn't seem to
be working with the electorate
in Taiwan, where voters turned
out in droves over the weekend
to support the chief opposition
Democratic Progressive Party
in local elections.
The DPP advocates more
distance between Taiwan and
China and taps into concerns
many Taiwanese have over
any eventual unification with
authoritarian Beijing.
Likewise, Xi's message is not
working with the Hong Kong
protesters, who clashed with
police early Monday as they
tried to surround government

headquarters to revitalize their
flagging movement in the face
of Beijing's intransigence on
democratic reforms.
The Hong Kong protests
reminded Taiwanese voters of
what Taiwan could become in
the event of unification with
China, said Kweibo Huang,
associate professor of diploma-
cy at National Chengchi Uni-
versity in Taipei.
"Hong Kong consolidated
Taiwan voter worries about
relations with mainland
China," Huang said.
The DPP won seven of nine
races for mayors and county
chiefs, delivering a major set-
back to the ruling Nationalist
Party, which advocates greater
economic integration across the
Taiwan Strait.
That poses a complex chal-
lenge for Beijing, which claims
Taiwan as part of its territory
and has vowed to take control
of the island by force if neces-
sary. The poll results build on
months of opposition among
the young and middle class to
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-
jeou's steps to further reduce
economic barriers between the
sides and propel them toward
talks on political unification.

Concerns in Hong Kong that
the economic rise of mainland
China marginalizes the former
British colony also are high
among the pro-democracy pro-
testers there. Likewise in Tai-
wan, many residents fea the
island's economy could be swal-
lowed up by China, flooding its
labor market to keep wages low
as living costs rise.
"Ma Ying-jeou's policies
don't seem to be producing a
trickle-down effect. Voters had
the feeling that, today Hong
Kong, tomorrow Taiwan," said
Joseph Cheng, an expert on
Chinese politics at City univer-
sity of Hong Kong.
Beijing has limited room to
adjust to changes in Taiwan
and Hong Kong, given its fears
of stoking pro-democracy sen-
timent at home and its long-
established positions on the
two territories.
It has long pushed for Tai-
wan to accept the "one country,
two systems" policy it negoti-
ated for Hong Kong when it
was returned by Britain in 1997,
which allows the city some
autonomy and a separate eco-
nomic and judicial system, but
places it firmly under Beijing's
ultimate authority.




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