Department of music graduate students in the fields of composition, computer music, critical studies/experimental practices and performance present their new works and projects at this year’s Spring Festival of New Music, which will consist of six concerts, three taking place on campus.

    The annual event aims to connect UCSD’s musical program with the greater San Diego community. It will begin April 25 at 7 p.m. in Warren Music Studio A. Other performances will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral on April 27 at 7 p.m., the Ocean Beach Pier on May 4 at 6:30 p.m.. and the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park on May 10 at 7 p.m.

    The program for the April 25 performance will include “”Quattro Canzoni Popolari”” by Berio, “”Proses Lyrique”” by Debussy, “”Suite Populaire Espanol”” by Manuel de Falla, “”String Quartet #1″” by Allison Johnson, “”Trio”” by Joe Michaels and “”Six Japanese Gardens”” by Kaija Saariaho.

    Admission to all events is free.

    Queer theory pioneer to speak at UCSD this month

    Judith Butler, author, professor and philosopher, will give a lecture titled “”Precarious Life”” at UCSD on April 29.

    Butler is the Maxine Elliot Professor in the departments of rhetoric and comparative literature at UC Berkeley. Her lecture will explore the ethics of nonviolence and connect Butler’s theories to current affairs in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

    Considered the founder of queer theory, Butler has written books including “”Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity,”” which argues that gender is not a fixed attribute like biological sex but rather a fluid, context-dependent performance; “”Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex;'”” “”The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection;”” and “”Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death.””

    “”Precarious Life”” is the annual Robert C. Ellioty Memorial Lecture and will take place in Center Hall 115 at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Goldwater Scholarships go to two UCSD undergrads

    Two undergraduate students at UCSD were the recipients of the 2003-04 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which is awarded annually to outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics and science.

    Earl Warren College student Murtaza Mogri and Revelle College student Peter Sims will receive up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, room and board, and books. They were two of 300 students selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,093 applicants.

    Mogri, a bioengineering/biotechnology major whose field of interest includes researching signaling pathways in the brain, and Sims, a chemistry major who hopes to apply physical chemistry to biophysical projects, both aim to earn their Ph.D.s and teach at the university level.

    The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation strives to encourage outstanding students to devote themselves to mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

    Past Goldwater scholars have often gone on to receive postgraduate fellowships, including Rhodes Scholarships and Marshall Awards.

    Tax expert will discuss budget crisis at roundtable

    Alan Auerbach, director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance and former deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation, will be the key speaker at the April 23 meeting of the UCSD Economics Roundtable. “”The Federal Budget Crisis of 2020″” will be the subject of Auerbach’s talk.

    A professor of economics and law at UC Berkeley, Auerbach has published numerous papers on budgetary issues and fiscal policy.

    Auerbach’s work at the Burch Center includes analyzing tax policy and depoliticizing economic policy.

    The roundtable event will take place at the Faculty Club at 7:30 a.m. on April 23, costs $50 and includes continental breakfast and parking.

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