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Theatre in Higher Education
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0427.  Thursday, 12 May 1994.
 
From:           Don Weingust <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 May 1994 22:41:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Theatre in Higher Education
 
Dear fellow SHAKSPER members,
 
Please take a moment to review the following. Responses from the thoughtful
members of this list will be of enormous benefit to our cause. Thanks very
much.
 
Purveyors and supporters of the arts in higher education, we urgently need to
hear from you.  As many of you are aware, the State of California has been hit
hard by the current recession.  Budget cuts in the University of California
system have reached crisis proportions.  In light of these budget cuts, the
University of California, Berkeley administration is now deciding the fate of
its Department of Dramatic Art.  The members of the Department have
enthusiastically supported a task force report suggesting the restructuring of
our Department as a Center for Theatre Arts, a plan we believe will allow us to
maintain excellence in the face of adversity.  Acceptance of this proposal is
not assured; there is the very real possibility that Berkeley's Academic
Planning Board may elect to eliminate the Department altogether.  In addition
to meaning our extinction, such a move would provide an ominous precedent for
Theatre in higher education.  We urge you to make your voices heard.  Please
send letters and/or e-mail messages expressing your support for Theatre in
higher education to the three members of Berkeley's Academic Planning Board
listed below.  Time is of the essence. Review will occur next week.  Thanks
very much to all.
 
Bruce Bolt
Academic Senate
320 Stephens Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Provost Carol Christ
200 California Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Vice-Chancellor John Heilbron
200 California Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720
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