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Archive – November, 2008

Sinfonia to present concert

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, 8 p.m. · Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

The Princeton University Sinfonia, a student-conducted symphony orchestra, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Exhibition focuses on the body as art and expression

Through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is presenting "Body Memory," an exhibition of more than 60 works of art that depict the body in a variety of guises: as an object and agent of desire, as the site of scientific inquiry, as base matter, as a symbol of enlightened consciousness, as the focus of personal and political allegories and as an implement for the creation of form. 

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Concert to feature music by Edward T. Cone

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, 8 p.m. · Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

A free concert of music by Edward T. Cone, long associated with Princeton University and its music department, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Fine Hall's Taplin Auditorium.

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Lecture examines China's approach to climate change

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 309 Frist Campus Center

"China's Rise in an Era of Climate Change" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in 309 Frist Campus Center.

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Princeton scientists win Blavatniks

Princeton researchers have garnered three of the top five Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists bestowed by the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Bazaar to bring awareness about international development

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, 1 to 4 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

Emerge!, an international development bazaar and global marketplace, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.

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Gallo, Sanborn named Fulbright Scholars

Princeton faculty members Rubén Gallo and Keith Sanborn have received Fulbright Scholar grants to conduct research abroad this year.

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Talk explores New York Times op-ed page

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall

Former New York Times op-ed art director Jerelle Kraus will discuss her book "All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't)" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Capital plan cut by $300 million in the face of economic downturn

University officials have decreased Princeton's 10-year, $3.9 billion capital plan by $300 million, delaying construction on some projects and scaling back on others.

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diSiac Dance Company performs fall show

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, 2008, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. · Berlind Theatre

The diSiac Dance Company will perform its fall dance show "Evolution!" at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, in the Berlind Theatre.

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Sports professionals and students will convene at third annual sports symposium

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, noon · 101 Friend Center

Sports business professionals, marketing executives, college athletic leaders and students will come together for the 2008 Princeton Sports Symposium at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in 101 Friend Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Diplomats to discuss 'Middle East at a Crossroads'

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Three distinguished scholars and diplomats will join in a roundtable discussion of "The Middle East at a Crossroads" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Crossing boundaries to confront global problems

Several dozen Princeton students and faculty are taking aim at the world's most pressing — and complex — problems through the Grand Challenges Program. This interdisciplinary, collaborative effort by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is creating new programs in teaching and research in the areas of development, energy and health while building on the University's existing strengths in these areas.

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Three awarded Rhodes Scholarships; one selected for Mitchell award

Princeton senior Stephen Hammer and two 2008 graduates, Scott Moore and Timothy Nunan, have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. They are among the 32 American college students who won the prestigious fellowships, which fund two or three years of study at Oxford. Princeton's three winners represented the most from any U.S. institution this year.

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Billington receives Distinguished Award of Merit for engineering achievements

David Billington, a Princeton professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received the 2008 Distinguished Award of Merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

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Student work: Ewaso Water Project

Taofik Kolade, class of 2008, created a short movie from Trenton Franz's video diary on his field research in Africa as part of the Grand Challenges Program.

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'Now Dance' features faculty and renowned guest choreographers

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, 2008, 8 p.m. · Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

"Now Dance," a repertory concert featuring works choreographed and/or performed by Princeton faculty and renowned guests, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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International development subject of panel discussion

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Emerge: International Development" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in 16 Robertson Hall. The discussion will be followed by a reception in the Bernstein Gallery in Robertson.

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Author examines the 'business of AIDS'

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

Author and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani will discuss her new book, "The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Talks explore history and future of higher education

Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-3, 2008, 5:30 p.m. · McCosh 10

Three lectures by Columbia University scholar Andrew Delbanco will examine the history and future of higher education at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-3, in McCosh 10.

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Lecture series on Korea concludes

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 219 Burr Hall

International politics scholar Yong Chool Ha will deliver a lecture titled "Industrialization and Tradition: Korean Experience" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in 219 Burr Hall.

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German artist Trockel to discuss work

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Internationally acclaimed German artist Rosemarie Trockel will discuss her work in a roundtable with Princeton art experts at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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U.S. ambassador for war crimes issues to speak

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

The U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Clint Williamson, will present "An Overview of U.S. War Crimes Policy at the Change of Administration" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Holiday outreach initiatives planned

Members of the University community will have the opportunity to share the holiday spirit through a series of community service initiatives and special events planned for December and January.

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Alcohol coalition workshop focuses on enforcement

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, 1 to 4 p.m. · Wu Dining Hall at Butler College

"The University's Alcohol Policy and Enforcement: What Works and What Doesn't" is the topic for a workshop sponsored by the Princeton Alcohol Coalition Committee (ACC) on Friday, Dec. 5.

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Dancers on campus for tango festival

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, 2008 · Various locations on campus

The second annual Princeton Tango Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, at various locations on campus.

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Sustainability videos, film to be screened

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, 7 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall

The screening of two student-produced videos on sustainability as well as the feature-length film, "Everything's Cool," and discussion with the director is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Marrone-Puglia receives Rubbettino Prize

Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, a professor of French and Italian at Princeton, has been awarded the Fondazione Rubbettino First Prize for her work in editing the Encyclopedia of Italian Studies.

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West to read from new book

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Prospect House Garden Room

Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton, will read from his new book, "Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Prospect House Garden Room.

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L'Avant-Scène (formerly L'Atelier) performs

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, 2008, 8 p.m. · Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater

L'Avant-Scène, Princeton's French theater workshop, will perform Georges Feydeau's "La puce a l'oreille" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater.

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Gonnella-Frichner to discuss work for indigenous populations

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, 5:30 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall

"Indigenous Peoples: A Global Historical Overview for the 21st Century" is the topic of a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Weighing universities' role in the 'common good'

A year ago, Princeton's current freshmen were entrenched in the college application process, seeking the best fit for their own aspirations. This semester, 15 of those students are continuing to scrutinize colleges and universities in a new freshman seminar that focuses on higher education's broader value to society.

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George named to international ethics body

Robert George, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, has been selected as the U.S. member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology.

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Lewis Library construction time lapse

This time-lapse video shows four years of construction on the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, which opened this fall.

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Terrorist insurgencies in Pakistan are focus of talk

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

"Terrorist Insurgencies in Pakistan's Tribal Areas: Realistic Policy Proposals for the Next Administration" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Panel set on Israel's civil society

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Civil Society: A Hidden Component in Israeli Society" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Orchestra performs works of masters and student

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, 2008, 8 p.m. · Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

The Princeton University Orchestra will present concerts featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Ludwig van Beethoven and Princeton composer Michael Early at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Faculty works featured in 'Now Dance'

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, 2008, 8 p.m. · Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

"Now Dance," a repertory concert featuring works choreographed and/or performed by Princeton faculty and renowned guests, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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'Tiger Trot' charity race set

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, 3 p.m. · Dillon Gymnasium

The Office of Campus Recreation is hosting "Tiger Trot," a charity 5K race benefiting the Crisis Ministry of Princeton, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The race begins at Dillon Gymnasium.

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Susskind to discuss duel waged with Hawking over black holes

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, 8 p.m. · McCosh 50

Stanford University physicist Leonard Susskind will discuss his 20-year battle with cosmologist Stephen Hawking over their conflicting interpretations of the behavior of black holes in a lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in McCosh 50.

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Elevator pitch competition tests student business ideas

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, 7:30 p.m. · 101 Friend Center

Princeton students will compete to see who can best pitch a business plan in 90 seconds during the 2008 Elevator Pitch Competition at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in 101 Friend Center.

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Gehry's Lewis Library is focus of tour, panel

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, 4 p.m. · 120 Lewis Library

An open house, tour and faculty panel discussion will explore the newly opened Peter B. Lewis Library, designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The open house and tour will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the roundtable at 4:30 p.m. in 120 Lewis Library.

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Einstein and Franklin biographer speaks on creativity

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, 8 p.m. · McCosh 50

Walter Isaacson, an acclaimed biographer whose subjects have included Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, will speak on the connections between creativity and intelligence at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in McCosh 50.

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Indonesia's U.N. ambassador to speak

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

"Indonesia and the U.N. Security Council" is the title of a lecture by Indonesia's ambassador to the United Nations, Raden Muliana Natalegawa, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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U.S.-China policy is lecture topic

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Princeton scholar and former U.S. Department of State official Thomas Christensen will analyze recent trends in U.S.-China relations and make policy recommendations for President-elect Barack Obama's administration in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Panel discussion planned on careers in theater

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Murray-Dodge Theatre

An accomplished group of theater professionals, most of whom are Princeton alumni, will discuss their career paths during an event at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Murray-Dodge Theatre.  

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Pondering the differences between minds and machines

Princeton neuroscientist Asif Ghazanfar is asking students in his freshman seminar to do nothing less than rethink the way the brain and body interact and to deeply consider a new science underlying what he calls "the biology of thought."  

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Two honored with World Cultural Council awards

Two leading scholars in the fields of education and science were recognized Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the 25th annual award ceremony of the World Cultural Council. The event was hosted by Princeton University.

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Prudent planning helps University deal with volatile economic conditions

While Princeton is not immune from the effects of the nation's economic downturn, prudent long-term planning is helping University administrators meet the financial challenges and respond to additional needs for financial aid.

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Film chronicles work of 9/11 widows; photographer to speak

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 8 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall

The documentary film "Beyond Belief," which focuses on two pregnant women from Boston who lost their husbands in the 9/11 attacks, will be screened at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Lecture, concert planned on Son Jarocho

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13-14, 2008, 4:30 and 9 p.m. · 219 Burr Hall and Rockefeller College Common Room

A lecture on a re-emerging genre of music from Mexico and a concert by one of the most renowned groups performing this music today are set for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13-14. Both events are part of Latino Heritage Month on campus.

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Evolution's new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective

A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution.

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Vinnakota and Max to receive top alumni awards

The University will present its top honors for alumni to Rajiv Vinnakota, co-founder of the nation's first urban boarding school for disadvantaged students, and Claire Max, an astrophysicist who has developed techniques to enable astronomers to more clearly observe the universe.

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Online activist to discuss censorship

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 101 Sherrerd Hall

Ethan Zuckerman, a leading online activist, will outline recent censorship battles and predict what the future may hold in a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in 101 Sherrerd Hall.

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Finding a world of connections

"Where are you from?" is a question that many new Princeton students ask each other. It has particular import in the freshman seminar "Growing Up Global: Novels and Memoirs About Transnational Childhoods," in which 15 freshmen from across the country and around the world are homing in on issues of identity and belonging.

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Michelle Obama brings service commitment to White House; alumni play key roles on transition team

It was in the halls of Princeton's Third World Center that class of 1985 graduate Michelle Obama cultivated her commitment to service. In January, she will be the first Princeton alumna to serve as first lady of the United States. And as the new administration prepares to take office, three Princeton alumni have key roles on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team.

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Video: Campaign '08: The Aftermath

Scholars of politics and public affairs examine the results of the 2008 presidential election in a roundtable discussion at Princeton Nov. 5.

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Talk set on 'From Poverty to Power'

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 1 Robertson Hall

"From Poverty to Power" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in 1 Robertson Hall. The speaker will be Duncan Green, head of research at Oxfam Great Britain.

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State Department historian to speak

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

Chris Tudda, a historian in the U.S. State Department, will present a talk titled "The Truth Is Our Weapon: The Rhetorical Diplomacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Vanity Fair editor to speak

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall

Todd Purdum, a 1982 Princeton graduate who is national editor of Vanity Fair magazine, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Biographer to speak on Margaret Sanger

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 4 Friend Center

Biographer Ellen Chesler will present her views on American birth control activist Margaret Sanger at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in 4 Friend Center.

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Film examines growing national debt

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

The 75-minute film "I.O.U.S.A." will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Ashenfelter wins medal from Czech academy

Princeton economist Orley Ashenfelter has been given the Karel Engliš Medal for Merit in the Social and Economic Sciences, awarded by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Ashenfelter, the Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics, was presented with the medal at an awards ceremony in Prague earlier this year.

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Diwali festival in chapel a first for campus Hindu community

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, 8:30 p.m. · University Chapel

The University Chapel will host for the first time in its 80-year history an official celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Diwali is a harvest festival often considered to be the Hindu New Year and the most important holiday on the Hindu calendar. The event is free and open to the public.

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Fall theater show restages the Trojan War

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, 2008, 8 p.m. · Berlind Theatre

"Troy: After and Before," the annual fall show sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, at the Berlind Theatre.

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Red Sox, Celtics chiefs to speak

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 7:30 p.m. · McCosh 50

Two alumni who have helped lead Boston sports franchises to recent championships will discuss their experiences at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in McCosh 50.

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Times correspondent to discuss 'Forever War'

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh 10

New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins will discuss his new book about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, titled "The Forever War," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in McCosh 10.

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Danish U.S. ambassador to speak on EU

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

"The EU as a Rising Superpower" is the title of a lecture by Denmark's ambassador to the United States, Friis Arne Petersen, set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Tanner Lectures explore 'seeds of humanity'

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12-13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh 50

Marc Hauser, a psychologist and biologist who examines the links between the minds of humans and other animals, will present the annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12-13, in McCosh 50. The theme of the lectures is the "The Seeds of Humanity."

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Exploring conflict and consensus in political life

A news clip from late August filled the screen in a Wallace Hall classroom, where Amin Ghaziani's freshman seminar was meeting. Fifteen students watched closely as a news anchor recounted a dispute between two Democratic delegates at their convention. An African American delegate from Illinois reportedly accused an African American woman of being an "Uncle Tom" for supporting Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama. 

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Alumni hold and gain seats in Congress in historical election

Three Princeton University alumni won their first congressional terms and two others won re-election in Tuesday's historic vote in which the United States picked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as its first African American president.

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Panel planned on 'What's Next for America?'

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, 7 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

A post-election panel discussion titled "What's Next for America? The New President's First 100 Days in Office" is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Appiah honored for work in racial, ethnic and religious relations

Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah has been awarded Brandeis University's first Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, which recognizes outstanding and lasting contributions to racial, ethnic and religious relations.  

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Veterans Day observance set

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, 8:30 a.m. · University Chapel

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 8:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the University Chapel.

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Election-night expert panel session, viewing party planned

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, 7 p.m. · Robertson Hall

An election-night expert panel discussion and results viewing party are planned for Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Robertson Hall.

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Butler College dorms rise again

A year from now, 287 students should be comfortably ensconced in their new Butler College dormitories. 

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