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Archive – February, 2013

Where the wild things go … when there's nowhere else

The presence of endangered cats and primates in swamp forests might be seriously overlooked. Princeton research concludes that swamp forests beg further exploration as places where endangered species have preserved their numbers — and where humans could potentially preserve them into the future.

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'With You'

Music major Tanya Tawengwa, a native of Zimbabwe, performs "With Me" — the title song from her first CD, which hit the charts in the capital city of Harare — in Princeton's Richardson Auditorium.

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'A Princeton Story — Songs from the Heart'

Princeton junior Tanya Tawengwa talks about the many ways in which Princeton has helped her pursue her dream to become a performer.

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Video feature: 'A Princeton Story — Songs from the Heart'

Princeton junior and music major Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa, a 2012 recipient of an Alex Adam '07 Award from Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts, spent last summer in her native Zimbabwe studying ethnomusicology and recording a CD, which hit the pop charts. This video feature chronicles how she has embraced numerous performance opportunities at Princeton — and found her own voice.

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Six international scholars chosen as first Fung Fellows

Six exceptional early-career scholars from around the world will come to Princeton University in the fall to begin a year of research, writing and collaboration as the first Fung Fellows.

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Blinder to speak on what's ahead after the financial crisis

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, will discuss his recently released book, "After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. A book sale, signing and reception will follow in the Shultz dining room.

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Discussion to feature wrongfully convicted man

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Fernando Bermudez, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1992 and served 18 years in prison until proven innocent, and Rebecca Brown, director of state policy reform at the Innocence Project, will discuss "Princeton Meets Perseverance: The Fernando Bermudez 18-Year Innocent Prisoner Story" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Speaker to discuss 'Building an Irresistible Revolution'

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Urvashi Vaid, a leader in the LGBTQA movement for nearly three decades, will speak on "Building an Irresistible Revolution" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.  

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Lecture to focus on 'Economics of Life and Death'

Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, will discuss "Making a Killing: The Economics of Life and Death" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

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Tilghman, Slaughter discuss 'next wave' of women and leadership

In a wide-ranging conversation about women and leadership, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman and professor Anne-Marie Slaughter said there is still much that can be done in the workplace and in American society to support equality for women.

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Ariel Investments CEO Rogers will talk about career journey

Friday, March 1, 2013, 4 p.m. · 36 University Place, Suite 200

John Rogers, founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments and a Princeton Class of 1980 graduate, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, March 1, at 36 University Place, Suite 200. His talk is part of the Office of Career Services IMAGINE Alumni Speaker Series, where alumni talk about their career journey and share advice with students. For more information and to register, visit the Career Services website.

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Bernanke named Princeton's Baccalaureate speaker

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve and former chair of the economics department at Princeton University, has been selected as the speaker for the University's 2013 Baccalaureate ceremony. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Biehl to receive Staley Prize for book

João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive the 2013 J.I. Staley Prize for his book "Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment." The prize is given annually by the School for Advanced Research for a book that represents the best writing and scholarship in anthropology. The Staley Prize panel called the work "a landmark of anthropological writing, humanizing in the most literal sense." Biehl, who also co-directs the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, will receive the prize, which is accompanied by a $10,000 award, on Nov. 21 at the meetings of American Anthropological Association in Chicago.

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Saxophonist Lloyd and singer Farantouri to perform

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Jazz tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd and Greek singer and activist Maria Farantouri will perform a concert "Music Without Borders" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The duo will be accompanied by Takis Farazis on piano, Eric Harland on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass and Sokratis Sinopoulous on lyra. The performance, part of the Wilson College Signature Series, will include a discussion of the capacity of music for transformation. Tickets are free but required and are available at Frist Campus Center box office.

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Orchestra to feature concerto competition winners

Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will feature three of the four co-winners of its 2013 concerto competition in performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

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Conference to explore topics in environmental humanities

Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2013, 9 a.m. · Guyot Hall, Room 10

The conference "Environmental Humanities in a Changing World" will bring together leaders from a range of fields in the environmental humanities as well as prominent artists producing work with environmental import from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will consider how the fields of the humanities and the environment can work together for the future of the planet.

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Leader in LGBTQA movement Vaid to give lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Urvashi Vaid, the director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School and a community organizer, scholar, writer and attorney, will talk about her book "Irresistible Revolution" as well as the history, present state and future opportunities for the LGBTQA movement at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

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Playwright Herzog to hold public conversation

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

Playwright Amy Herzog will discuss her career and newest play "The Great God Pan" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in McCormick Hall, Room 106.

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Glee Club to perform Handel oratorio 'Israel in Egypt'

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Glee Club will present the annual Walter L. Nollner Memorial Concert with a performance of Handel's oratorio "Israel In Egypt" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The performance features the Nassau Symphonia and soloists including sopranos Maya Kherani and Lily Arbisser, both Princeton graduates and professional singers. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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L'Avant-Scène to perform Corneille drama

Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013, 8 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The French theater workshop L'Avant-Scène will perform the 1637 drama "Le Cid" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, in the Princeton University Art Museum. Written by Pierre Corneille, the play tells the legend of the 11th-century Spanish military leader known as "El Cid." Admission is free but reservations are encouraged via email to ftw@princeton.edu with the subject line "LE CID."

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Naacho to perform Indian dance

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, 2013, 6 and 9 p.m. · Frist Campus Center Theater

The Naacho Indian Dance Company will present "Dastaan" at 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, in Frist Campus Center Theater.

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Student comedy troupe to present spring show

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, 2013, 10:30 p.m. · Theatre Intime

Quipfire! Improv Comedy, Princeton's oldest improvised comedy group, will perform at 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28 -March 2, in Theatre Intime. The show will present improvisational comedy based on audience suggestions, including a first for the company — an improvised musical. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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diSiac Dance Company to perform at art museum

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The diSiac Dance Company, a student ensemble that focuses on both hip-hop and lyrical/contemporary dance styles, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Princeton University Art Museum, as part of its Late Thursdays series.

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Poets Trethewey and Smith to hold conversation

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, assistant professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will appear in conversation at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Lewis Center for the Arts, includes a book signing and reception. Labyrinth Books will be on-site selling books.

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Talk to focus on American power after financial crisis

Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Jonathan Kirshner, a professor of government and director of the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University and the 2012-13 World Politics visiting fellow, will speak on "American Power After the Financial Crisis" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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March of the pathogens: Parasite metabolism can foretell disease ranges under climate change

Princeton University researchers developed a model that can help determine the future range of nearly any disease-causing parasite under climate change, even if little is known about the organism. Their method calculates how the projected temperature change for an area would alter the creature's metabolism and life cycle.

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'We Heart Shirley'

This video compiled from photos and video clips submitted from campus and around the world shows Princeton alumni expressing their appreciation for President Shirley M. Tilghman. The video was played Saturday, Feb. 23, at the annual Alumni Day luncheon.

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Honors and activities fill Alumni Day

The presentation of Princeton University's top awards for alumni and students highlighted the annual Alumni Day program on Saturday Feb. 23, an event that also featured faculty lectures, family activities and the opportunity for alumni to reconnect with the University, one another and current students.

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Researchers find appointed justices outperform elected counterparts

State supreme court justices who don't face voters are generally more effective than their elected counterparts, according to research led by Princeton University political scientists.

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Genomic detectives crack the case of the missing heritability

Despite years of research, the genetic factors behind many human diseases and characteristics remain unknown, and has been called the "missing heritability" problem. A new study by Princeton University researchers, however, suggests that heritability in humans may be hidden due only to the limitations of modern research tools, but could be discovered if scientists know where (and how) to look.  

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Student Work: Triple 8 Dance Company presents 'Flashback'

Triple 8 Dancy Company, Princeton's East Asian dance group, presents "Flashback" at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22, in Frist Campus Center theater.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2013 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2013 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Botstein among 11 recipients of inaugural $3 million prize

David Botstein, Princeton University's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and molecular biology and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, was among 11 recipients of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

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Video feature: 'Princeton Orange Bowl'

Filled with anticipation, Princeton undergraduates recently kicked off the annual Princeton Orange Bowl — or "OJ Game" — an event in which teams compete to build the best virtual orange juice business.

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'Princeton Orange Bowl'

The annual Princeton Orange Bowl — or "OJ Game" — is an event in which teams compete to build the best virtual orange juice business.

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'Cardboard Canoe Race'

Campus Recreation recently held a cardboard canoe building and racing competition where students were given 90 minutes and limited supplies to build a successful canoe. The pressure was on as the time ran down and supplies ran short. Here is a look at what happened.

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Hanamirian, Nebel named Pyne Prize winners

Princeton seniors Caroline Hanamirian and Jake Nebel have been named co-winners of the University's 2013 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 23.  

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Four win Jacobus Fellowship, top graduate student honor

Princeton University graduate students Angèle Christin, Laura Gandolfi, George Young and Jiaying Zhao have been named co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton's top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support the final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to students whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.

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Third Coast Percussion to perform new works

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Third Coast Percussion will perform new works by graduate student composers Quinn Collins, Jonathan Russell and Dave Molk, as well as Professor of Music Dmitri Tymoczko, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. The concert is presented by Princeton Sound Kitchen.

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Spring dance festival to feature student performers

Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22-24, 2013, various times · Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

Students in the Program in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts will perform a Spring Dance Festival featuring works by internationally recognized choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris and others, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23; and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. For tickets call the McCarter box office at 609-258-2787 or visit University ticketing online or call 609-258-9220.  

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Princeton University Players to present 'Next to Normal'

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2, 2013, various times · Whitman College, Class of 1970 Theatre

The Princeton University Players will present "Next to Normal" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2, in the Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College. One matinee will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Directed by sophomore Steven Tran, this rock musical tells the story of one family's struggle in the face of the mother's worsening mental illness.

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Variety show to feature student performers

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Student performers will be featured in the variety show "This Is Princeton!" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Conference to focus on race and citizenship in the Americas

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, 2013, various times · Burr Hall, Rooms 219 and 216

Princeton University will host the international colloquium "Race and Citizenship in the Americas: Then and Now," on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, in Burr Hall Rooms 219 and 216. The conference, which is free and open to the public, brings together faculty and students to discuss pressing issues related race, ethnicity and social mobility and is part of a larger institutional partnership between Princeton and the University of São Paulo.

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Theatre Intime to present 'The Baltimore Waltz'

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, various times · Theatre Intime

Theatre Intime will present "The Baltimore Waltz" by Paula Vogel at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, at Theatre Intime. One matinee will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Directed by senior Emma Watt, the play traces the story of two people who face a fatal disease and embark on an absurd adventure. Tickets are available through University Ticketing.

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Triple 8 to present East Asian dance

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22, 2013, 8 p.m. · Frist Campus Center Theatre

Triple 8, Princeton's East Asian dance company, presents "Flashback" at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22, in Frist Campus Center Theatre.

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The English Concert to perform

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Concerts series will present the chamber orchestra The English Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program includes works by Purcell, Handel, Telemann and Bach and anchors the biennial American Handel Festival being held at Princeton Feb. 21-23.

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Princeton researchers join dark energy mission

Three Princeton researchers will join a mission to study dark energy and dark matter as participants in the European Space Agency's (ESA) planned Euclid space telescope project. The Princeton astrophysicists will work as part of team led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.

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Japanese anime film series to open with 'Perfect Blue'

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 7 p.m. · Wilcox Hall, Black Box Theatre

The film series "Drawn and Moving: Animated Films from Japan" will open with the thriller "Perfect Blue" (1997) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Wilcox Hall, Black Box Theatre. Directed by Satoshi Kon, the film is about a retired pop singer turned actress who is stalked by an obsessed fan. The series, free and open to the public, runs through Wednesday, May 1. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and screenings will be followed by discussion.

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Loo to present President's Lecture

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, will deliver the second talk in the President's Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Friend Center, Room 101. Loo will speak on "Ubiquitous Electronics through Conducting Plastics."  

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Workshop to focus on violence and empire

Friday, March 1, 2013, 1:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Nick Nesbitt, professor and chair of the Department of French and Italian, will serve as moderator of an interdisciplinary workshop on "Violence and Empire” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Burr Hall, Room 216. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies research community "Empires: Domination, Collaboration and Resistance."

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China scholar to discuss nation's global rise

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

David Shambaugh, a professor of political science and international affairs and director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, will discuss "China Goes Global: The Partial Power" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Robertson Hall, Room 001.

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Film screening, discussion focus on health care for homeless

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 002

A panel discussion will follow a screening of the documentary "Give Me a Shot of Anything: House Calls to the Homeless," which examines how society treats its least fortunate, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Robertson Hall, Room 002.

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Former presidential adviser to speak on Y2K

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

John Koskinen, former assistant to President Bill Clinton and chair of the President’s Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, will speak on "Contending with Uncertainty: The Y2K Episode" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Robertson Hall, Room 001.

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Biographer, Zelizer to discuss Woodrow Wilson

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the Woodrow Wilson School will host a conversation between John Milton Cooper Jr., a member of the Princeton Class of 1961 and author of "Woodrow Wilson: A Biography," and Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs and presidential historian, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Tickets, which are required for admission, will be available beginning at noon on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.

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DeBoer will talk about 'Gender and Competition'

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

Kathleen DeBoer, executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, will speak about her book "Gender and Competition" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in McCosh Hall, Room 10. DeBoer's book identifies and analyzes the ways that men and women approach competitive play and competitive work environments differently, and talks about ways to understand and overcome these differences. Her talk is sponsored by the Women's Center.

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Alumni Day features lectures, awards ceremonies

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, various times · Various locations

A day of lectures, awards ceremonies and other events will draw alumni and parents of current undergraduates to campus Saturday, Feb. 23.

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Bogle will discuss the U.S. financial system

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

John C. (Jack) Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center, will present the lecture titled "The U.S. Financial System: Look Out! Change Is Coming," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Bogle is a Princeton Class of 1951 graduate and his lecture is presented by the G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lecture Series, with sponsorship by Butler College and the Bendheim Center for Finance.

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Photographer Rosenfield will discuss 'What I Be' project

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, Room 302

Nationally-recognized photographer Steve Rosenfield will discuss his "What I Be" project at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Frist Campus Center, Room 302. The "What I Be" project has received national acclaim for its raw and touching look at the human condition through insecurities.

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Wilentz will discuss American history

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Sean Wilentz, Princeton's George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, will give a lecture titled "The First United States: From the Revolution to the Civil War" at 3:30 p.m. May 5 in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The Friends of the Princeton University Library are sponsoring the lecture in conjunction with the exhibition "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History From Jamestown to Appomattox."

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FACULTY AWARD: Schoene receives 2013 F.W. Clarke Award for geochemistry

Princeton University assistant professor of geosciences Blair Schoene received the 2013 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society. Presented since 1972, the award recognizes early-career scientists who make an outstanding contribution to geochemistry through research on a single topic.

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Two Princeton seniors, one alumnus win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Princeton University seniors Erica Cao and Kaitlin Stouffer, as well as Class of 2012 graduate David Kurz, have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. The awards give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

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Treasures of American history featured in Princeton exhibition

Feb. 22-August 2013, various times · Firestone Library, main gallery

From a first-hand account of Colonial life in Jamestown to a wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a Princeton University Library exhibition opening Friday, Feb. 22, will trace the American experience from 1607 to 1865. Several items from Princeton's collections will be on display for the first time.

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Civil War expert McPherson will give lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Civil War expert James McPherson, Princeton's George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, will give a public talk "The Civil War and the Transformation of America" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library and is presented in conjunction with the Library exhibit "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasurers of American History from Jamestown to Appomatox."

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Board approves four promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of four faculty members.

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Faculty member submits resignation

Faculty member Martin Ruef has submitted his resignation.

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University will host Handel festival

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, 2013, various times · Various locations

International scholars and performers dedicated to honoring the life and works of Baroque composer George Frideric Handel will gather at the University for the American Handel Society conference on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23. This is the second time the American Handel Society has held its biennial festival at Princeton; the first was in 2007.

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Princeton Shakespeare Company to present 'Elizabeth Rex'

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 and 21-23, 2013, various times · Wilson College, Black Box Theater

The Princeton Shakespeare Company will present 'Elizabeth Rex' at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23. One matinee will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 'Elizabeth Rex' by Timothy Findley explores performance practices in Elizabethan England and how Shakespeare's words create context for age, gender, sexuality and language itself. Sophomore Ryan Fauber directs. Tickets will be available at the door; cash only.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton's Felten elected to National Academy of Engineering

Edward Felten, a Princeton University professor of computer science and public affairs, was among 69 researchers nationwide elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Felten, who also directs the University's Center of Information Technology Policy and its Program in Information Technology and Society, was recognized for his contributions to computer-system security, and for his impact on public policy.

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Student Work: 'The Tempest'

Seniors Lily Akerman and Samantha Ritter will stage a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. Akerman will play the lead role of Caliban in this senior thesis project, which features marionettes created by Ritter, who studied marionette making in Prague. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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Details of Arts and Transit Project schedule discussed at campus meeting

Princeton University administrators shared updated plans for the design and phased construction of the Arts and Transit Project at a campus meeting Feb. 11. With the Regional Planning Board of Princeton's approval of the project in December, the site is being prepared for construction.

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Employee spotlight: Roxanne Zellin

Employee spotlight on Roxanne Zellin, education outreach director for the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

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Richardson Chamber Players to give afternoon concert

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 3 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Richardson Chamber Players, Princeton's resident ensemble of performance faculty, guest artists and student musicians and vocalists, will continue its season with "Bachianas & More," a concert featuring two of the series of nine "Bachianas Brasilieras" suites by Heitor Villa-Lobos, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Brentano String Quartet to perform new works

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

The Brentano String Quartet, the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, will perform a program of new works by graduate student composers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Kelly to speak on the Irish famine

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Author John Kelly will present a lecture "How the Irish Famine Invented the Modern World" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The lecture is part of a series presented by the Fund for Irish Studies.

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Senior recitals to feature works for harp and violin

Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Senior Melody Lindsay will perform works for the harp by Prokofiev, Britten, Fauré, Damase and Renié at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Senior Karis Schneider, marimba, and junior Lilia Xie, flute, will also perform. Violinist Kendra Nealon, a senior, will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, De Falla and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 with seniors Lingbo Anne Tong, Jeff Li and Derek Wu as accompanists.

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An evening to celebrate Cunningham and Rauschenberg at the museum

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum and the Program in Dance will present "Spheres of Influence," an evening of dance and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the art museum. The free event includes a gallery tour of works by Robert Rauschenberg, a brief performance of Cunningham choreography by Princeton students, a panel led by The New York Times contributor Claudia La Rocco and a reception — all inspired by the mid-20th-century artistic collaboration between Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham.  

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Film commemorating death of Pope John Paul II to be screened

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

"Out of Many, One," a film about a concert by the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra to commemorate the eighth anniversary of John Paul II's 2005 death and his visit to Chicago in 1979, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Sir Gilbert Levine, a 1971 Princeton alumnus, conducted the orchestra and provided commentary in the film, which includes music by Edward T. Cone, a Princeton alumnus and professor of music emeritus who died in 2004.

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Naqvi to speak on architecture of the 1960s

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne Hall, Room 205

Fatima Naqvi, an associate professor of Germanic, Russian and East European languages and literatures at Rutgers University, will give a talk "How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard and the Architectural Debates of the 1960s" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in East Pyne Hall, Room 205. The event is sponsored by the Department of German; a reception will follow the talk.

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Field experiment finds significant electoral fraud in Moscow

A large-scale field experiment conducted during the December 2011 parliamentary elections in Russia suggests that fraud had a significant impact on the results. The research marks an advance in efforts to quantify vote fraud.

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Conference to focus on economic slump

Thursday, Feb. 28-Friday, March 1, 2013, various times · Robertson Hall, Room 016

The second annual conference of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance will focus on "Understanding the Economic Slump: Balance Sheets and Policy Uncertainty" on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1. The conference is free; registration is required.

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Panel to discuss China and climate-change policy

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

A panel moderated by Thomas Christensen, the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and director of the China and the World Program, will participate in "China and Climate Change Policy: A Panel Discussion" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Robertson Hall, Room 001.

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Anthropologist to deliver Geertz lecture

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Tania Murray Li, a professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto whose research focuses on questions of culture, economy, environment and development in Indonesia's upland regions, will deliver the Clifford Geertz Commemorative Lecture on "Involution's Dynamic Other" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Burr Hall, Room 219.  

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Prosecutor to discuss military commissions

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, chief prosecutor for the United States in cases alleging violations of the law of war and the lead trial counsel in the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused perpetrators of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will participate in "A Conversation with the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Journalist to speak on 'Obama's secret wars'

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and author, will discuss "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall as part of the Wilson School's "Leadership and Governance" program. A public reception, book sale and signing will follow the talk.  

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Armstrong to speak on 'Intimate Invasions'

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:15 p.m. · Wallace Hall, Room 165

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, associate professor of sociology and public affairs, will speak on "Intimate Invasions: Metaphors of Placental Form and Function in Modern Science" at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Wallace Hall, Room 165 as part of the Sociology at Princeton: Culture and Inequality Workshop Series.  

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Crunk Feminist Collective to lead digital conversation

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room C

The Crunk Feminist Collective brings its well-honed critical eye to a digital conversation at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room C. The event is co-sponsored by the LGBT Center, the Black History Month Committee, Carl A. Fields Center and the Women's Center.

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Two seniors awarded ReachOut fellowships for international public service

Princeton University seniors Abigail Greene and Christina Laurenzi have been awarded 2013 fellowships from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that supports yearlong public service projects after graduation.

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Merwick-Stanworth redevelopment will begin in spring

Princeton University will begin to redevelop the Merwick-Stanworth property in the spring, following the Princeton Regional Planning Board's approval of site plans this past fall. The site north of campus along Route 206/Bayard Lane will become a residential community for University faculty, staff and their families.

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Princeton-Fung Global Forum sparks international focus on 'The Future of the City'

In the bustling megacity of Shanghai, architects, engineers, urbanists and other scholars gathered recently for the inaugural Princeton-Fung Global Forum to discuss population growth, social trends, climate change and other factors determining "The Future of the City."

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Untangling the myths and misconceptions behind the Maya 'apocalypse'

As part of the undergraduate course "The Politics of Ethnicity in Latin America, six Princeton students and their professor, Timothy J. Smith, a visiting research scholar in the Program in Latin American Studies and visiting assistant professor of anthropology, traveled to Guatemala on the eve of Dec. 20, 2012, to observe firsthand the alleged "end of the world" predicted by the ancient Maya calendar.

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Tilghman and Slaughter will discuss women and leadership

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are now sold out. People without tickets may wait on line outside Richardson Auditorium before the event on Friday afternoon for seating in any unfilled seats. Seating for people on the wait line is not guaranteed.

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman and Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton's Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, will discuss ideas related to women and leadership at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium, on the Princeton University Campus. Tickets for the University community will be available starting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the University Ticketing office in Frist Campus Center. 

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Birds of a feather … track seven neighbors to flock together

Princeton University researchers have revealed a key piece of math behind this magic. Working with a team of Italian physicists, Professor Naomi Leonard and colleagues found that flocking starlings strike an optimal balance between the work of responding to social cues from their neighbors and the need to conserve energy. This trade-off yields a special number: seven. When starlings coordinate with their seven nearest neighbors, they form their characteristic flocks with the least effort.

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Video feature: Celebrating choreographer Merce Cunningham and artist Robert Rauschenberg

Silas Riener, a 2006 Princeton alumnus and a former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, has returned to campus to work with students in the dance program at the Lewis Center of the Arts on two performance projects that celebrate the mid-20th-century collaboration of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and artist Robert Rauschenberg.

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'Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg, revisited'

Princeton alumnus and professional dancer Silas Riener is teaching students Merce Cunningham choreography for two dance events.

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Pagels to speak on the Book of Revelation

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 7 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, will deliver the James Baldwin Lecture "Art, Music and Politics in the Book of Revelation" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The annual lecture celebrates the scholarship of a distinguished Princeton faculty member on a topic that reflects on the issue of race and American culture. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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Sympoh Annual Show, 'Breakout'

Sympoh's annual show, "Breakout," will be performed at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 at the Frist Film/Performance Theatre. Admission is free with a Passport to the Arts, $7 for students, and $10 for general admission.

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Princeton establishes strategic partnership with the University of Tokyo

Princeton University has established a strategic partnership with the University of Tokyo that will support collaboration in research and teaching and boost interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Talk to focus on sovereignty in European Union

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

Dieter Grimm, former justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of the Republic of Germany and professor of law at Humboldt University of Berlin, will discuss "Who is Sovereign in the European Union?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Robertson Hall, Room 016.

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Balsamo to speak on digital humanities

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Anne Balsamo, dean of the School of New Media Studies at the New School, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Balsamo, a scholar, researcher, new media designer and entrepreneur, focuses on the links between cultural studies scholarship and digital media projects. A reception follows the talk.

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Hiltner to speak on the humanities, the sciences and the environment

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Guyot Hall, Room 10

Kenneth Hiltner, a visiting professor of English and the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, will speak on "The Two Cultures in Environmental Studies" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. Hiltner's talk will examine whether the sciences and the humanities can not only coexist today but also work together for the benefit of each other and the planet.

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Writers Byatt and Ostriker to read from their work

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theater

Novelist and short story writer A.S. Byatt, a recipient of the Booker Prize for "Possession," and poet Alicia Ostriker, two-time finalist for the National Book Award, will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Berlind Theater, McCarter Theatre Center.

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East Coast Chamber Orchestra concert to include community reading

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less ensemble of string players from leading orchestras across the country, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program of works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky will include a reading of Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony," during which string players from the community who pre-registered for the event will perform onstage with the orchestra. Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students. For more information call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Jazz recital to feature student musicians

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, 3 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Seniors Peter Gustafson, jazz trombone; Eric Weiser, bass; and Keshav Singh, guitar, as well as junior Phil McNeal, drums, will give a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. The program will feature original compositions as well as works by Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Richard Rodgers and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

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Faculty to perform original jazz works

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

"Composing in the Moment," an annual recital featuring original works composed and performed by members of the University jazz faculty, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Seniors Akerman and Ritter to present 'The Tempest' with marionettes

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16, 2013, 8 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

Seniors Lily Akerman and Samantha Ritter will stage a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. Akerman will play the lead role of Caliban in this senior thesis project, which features marionettes created by Ritter, who studied marionette making in Prague. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office

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Theatre Intime to present Freshman One Act Festival

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7 to 9, 2013, 8 p.m. · Theatre Intime

The 13th annual Freshman One Act Festival will bring four one-act plays to the stage, directed by freshmen Adin Walker, Rachel Wilson, Oge Ude and Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7 to 9, in Theatre Intime. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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Wheeler to read Robert Fagles' poetry

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 6 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

Susan Wheeler, an associate professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the Program in Creative Writing, will read from Robert Fagles' "I, Vincent," a book of poems inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Princeton University Art Museum. Fagles was widely acclaimed for his translations of Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey."

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Koestenbaum to speak on 'the line' in poetry and visual art

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

Wayne Koestenbaum, a professor English at the CUNY Graduate Center and visiting professor of painting and printmaking at the Yale University School of Art, will speak on "Odd Secrets of the Line" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. The lecture will explore the expressive possibilities of "the line" in poetry and visual art and discuss work by Pablo Picasso, Emily Dickinson and Egon Schiele.

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Student work to be featured in exhibition and screening

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

The Program in Visual Arts will present an exhibition and screening of work by more than 200 students who participated in fall 2012 courses at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 5, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. A screening of new videos and films will be held at 5 p.m. in the Stewart Theater.

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Video feature: 'Princeton Trees'

The Princeton University campus has been described as a vast arboretum — a carefully planned garden that, with its mix of exotic imports and native species, would never be duplicated in nature. This collection of photos illustrates a sampling of the tree species that may be found on the University grounds.

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'Princeton Trees'

A photographic sampling of the tree species on the University grounds reflects the campus's park-like beauty.

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Jamal to discuss new book on democracy

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, noon · Burr Hall, Room 219

Amaney Jamal, associate professor of politics and director of both the Workshop on Arab Political Development and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, will discuss her new book, "Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All," at noon Friday, Feb. 22, in Burr Hall, Room 219. The talk is part of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies' 2012-13 Director's Book Forum series.

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Panel to discuss peacemakers in Middle East, Balkans

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 10 a.m. · Bobst Hall, Room 101

A panel will discuss the book "Ways Out of War: Peacemakers in the Middle East and Balkans" at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Bobst Hall, Room 101. Participants include Peter Galbraith, Daniel Kurtzer, Samuel Lewis, Brendan O'Leary, Harold Saunders and Tamara Cofman Wittes.

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Talk to focus on China, India and technology

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 2

Andrew Kennedy, senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, will speak on "To Rise or Not to Rise? China, India and the Search for Technology and Power" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in McCosh Hall, Room 2. Enter through Entrance B.

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Lecture to look at privacy, ethics and social media

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Danah Boyd, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, a research assistant professor in media, culture and communication at New York University and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, will discuss "Privacy, Ethics, and Social Media: Understanding What You Think You See" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in Dodds Auditorium, Roberton Hall.

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Screening, discussion focus on Uganda's health system

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

A panel discussion will follow a screening of the documentary "Twero: Road to Health" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Robertson Hall, Room 001. The documentary follows a Ugandan journalist who investigates how patients often must seek care outside of an underfunded and overburdened public system.

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'The Final Gift' documentary will be shown

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Whig Hall, Senate Chamber

A screening of the film "The Final Gift" and presentation by filmmaker Therese Bartholomew will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. The film follows Bartholomew's pursuit to find meaning after her brother's murder. The Pace Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring the event.

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CPUC meeting for the University community

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 10

The Council of the Princeton University Community will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in East Pyne, Room 10. The University community is invited to attend.

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The 2013 Cyril Black International Book Forum to Focus on North Korea

North Korea's veiled past, its culture, economy and foreign policy are the subject of the 2013 Cyril Black International Book Forum to be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Friend Center, Room 006, at Princeton University.  

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