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Spitzer, Frist to speak at colloquium, April 20-21

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will speak as part of a colloquium titled "From Passion to Politics: What Moves People to Take Action?" set for Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The fifth annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs will explore political, humanitarian and religious issues in seeking to understand what motivates people to move beyond cognitive awareness of a problem to take actual steps to provide assistance. The theme was triggered by keynote speaker Paul Slovic's work on the psychological explanation for people's failure to be moved by genocide.

Slovic, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, will deliver the first of two keynote addresses, "If I Look at the Mass I Will Never Act: Psychic Numbing and Genocide," at 4:30 p.m. on April 20. The second address, "The Power of Collaboration in Transnational Action," will be presented by Jody Williams, campaign ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, at 1 p.m. on April 21.

Spitzer and Frist, both Princeton alumni, will speak on "Taking Office to Take Action" at 10:30 a.m. on April 21. The discussion, one of several panels planned for the colloquium, will be moderated by fellow alumnus James Leach, a former U.S. Congressman and current visiting professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

For the full schedule of speakers and panel topics, visit

The colloquium is sponsored by the Wilson School, Office of Religious Life, Pace Center, University Center for Human Values, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Woodrow Wilson Political Network.

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