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Son of "The Pianist" to discuss father's life

Adrien Brody and Chris Szpilman. (Courtesy Chris Szpilman)

The son of Wladislaw Szpilman—a Polish Jew and concert pianist whose life was the feature of a recent Academy Award-winning movie—will discuss his father's life in a 7:30 p.m. lecture March 15 in Room 1200 of the Chemistry Building.

Szpilman witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw and eluded the concentration camps.

Chris Szpilman will speak about "The Pianist's Life after the War: My Father's Tragic Experiences in World War II and the Difficulty of Forgetting." He will detail his father's attempts to repress memories of the ordeal that erected a barrier between father and son.

In 2003, "The Pianist" won two Academy Awards and other honors for its story of the elder Szpilman, played by Adrien Brody.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Copernicus Endowment, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and Hillel.

For more information, call (734) 764-0351 or e-mail

U-M professors to surf on Internet2 broadcast

Five U-M faculty members are among the speakers from across the United States participating in the National Internet2 Day presentation 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 18.

Internet2 is a consortium, based in Ann Arbor, that is being led by 205 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet.

School of Information (SI) Professor Douglas Van Houweling, president and chief executive officer of Internet2, will deliver the keynote address at 8:30 a.m.

Also participating is Thomas Finholt, SI research associate professor, who will discuss NEESgrid (National Virtual Collaboratory for Earthquake Engineering) on a panel at 11 a.m. Shawn McKee of the Department of Physics also will speak on the 11 a.m. panel about High Energy Nuclear Physics (HENP).

Professor Daniel Atkins of SI and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will speak at 1 p.m. on Networks and Middleware for Cyberinfrastructure-enabled Knowledge Communities. John Mansfield of the Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory, will discuss Team Teaching at 2 p.m.

The program will be telecast live in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area on Comcast channel 18. The program also will be carried live on UMTV channel 49.

Details are on the National Internet2 Day site: Additional information on the Web broadcast of National Internet2 Day can be found at

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