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COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP: Leading journalist Jacqueline Sharkey takes a tough look at combat spin-doctors with The Military-Media Relationship: 10 Years Since the Gulf War.

A professor in the UA department of journalism, Sharkey landed a coveted Peabody Foreign Press Award for her coverage of Central American conflicts and covert military actions. Her writing has appeared extensively in Common Cause magazine. Sharkey's appearance is hosted by the Tucson branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The lecture is at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 16 in the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave. For information, call 622-5743.

OUTWARD BOUND: Escape to the mountains--and lend a hand to conservation--with the Sky Island Alliance.

The Alliance is seeking volunteers to hike or bike through the beautiful Chiricahuas while conducting road and ecological surveys. This outback social soirée helps chart the state of our environment, and lets you meet a few like-minded souls at the same time.

The outing runs from Friday through Sunday, September 15 through 17, with a training session on Thursday, September 14. For times and locations, call 624-7080.

POETIC LICENSE: Rekindle your love for the written word when Make a Date with a Poet hosts Noël Franklin.

A recent transplant from Seattle, Franklin writes verse driven by "the belief that the spoken work personalizes what mass media sensationalizes." And she's been busy spreading that message as founder of two literary arts non-profits and the Seattle Poetry Festival. She's also contributed to everything from the Poetry Slam Nationals to National Public Radio.

Here's a teaser, from Franklin's long-distance ex:

my heart clings to you like a child clutching a box of sugar cereal

put that down, I say, It's not good for you

but it screams and cries as I wrestle you away

and goes running back to your aisle before i am halfway across the

store

Hear Noël Franklin read at 6 p.m. Friday, September 15 in the New Life Café, 4841 E. Speedway Blvd. Admission is free. Call 881-5180 for details.

REVIVED DISCUSSION: Researcher Naomi Seidman details the sexual politics accompanying the Hebrew revival in a lecture hosted by the UA Judaic studies department.

Seidman is an associate professor of Jewish culture and the director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She's also the author of A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish.

The Hebrew revival took place within the "sexual-linguistic system" of Ashkenazic Jewry in which Hebrew was traditionally reserved for men, and Yiddish had strong feminine associations. Seidman says jokes and anecdotes arising during this revival revealed a psycho-sexual dimension.

The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 18 in the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. For information, call 299-3000.

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