News at Princeton

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Featured Events

Symposium and memorial concert for Val Fitch, Princeton physicist and Nobel laureate

Register by May 8: Friday, May 15, 2015, various times · various locations

Val Fitch, the Princeton University emeritus professor of physics and Nobel Prize laureate who died earlier this year, will be honored Friday, May 15, with a science symposium beginning at 10:15 a.m. in Jadwin Hall, Room A10, followed by a memorial concert by the Salomé Chamber Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. There will be a light reception in the Mathey College common room at 4:30 p.m. The event is free to the public. Attendees should register by May 8 online or by contacting Regina Savadge at

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Theatre Intime to present 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18, and Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, 2015, various times · Murray Dodge Theater

Theatre Intime will present "La Cage Aux Folles" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18, and Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, in Murray Dodge Theater. Two matinees will take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 18 and 25. For tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Film festival to screen student work

Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8 p.m. · various venues

The Program in Visual Arts will present a Senior Thesis Film Fest with free screenings at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St., and Saturday, April 25, in the Frist Campus Center. There will be an additional free screening for Princeton University students only at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Princeton Garden Theatre. The evening will feature original films by seniors Margaret Craycraft, Matthew Floyd, Nonny Okwelogu, Jane Pritchard and Jack Thornton.

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Cognitive scientist Pinker to speak on decline of violence

Monday, April 20, 2015, 6 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Cognitive scientist, linguist and author Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, will give a talk "The Better Angels of Our Nature" at 6 p.m. Monday, April 20, in McCosh Hall. Pinker, who conducts research on language and cognition, will explore how the decline in rates of violence at all scales over the course of history could have happened despite the existence of a constant human nature. The event is part of the Princeton University Public Lectures series.

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Dourou will speak on women in Greek politics

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 5 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 46

Rena Dourou, the governor of Attica, Greece, and a member of the Greece's Syriza government, will deliver this year's final lecture in the Wilson College Signature Lecture Series at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in McCosh Hall, Room 46. Dourou's talk is titled "A New Face for Greece: What Difference Can a Woman Make?" The event is sponsored by Wilson College, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Program in European Cultural Studies.

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Film series to screen documentaries on Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6 p.m. · School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities' film series will screen two documentaries about Los Angeles at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture. The films, being shown in conjunction with the exhibition "The City Lost and Found," currently on view at the Princeton University Art Museum, are "Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles," a 1971 BBC Films production, and "The Great Wall of Los Angeles, a 1978 film on the making of an iconic mural.

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Wilf '84 to speak on business, sports and service

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Mark Wilf, a principal of the family-owned Garden Homes real estate firm, owner/president of the Minnesota Vikings football team and a member of Princeton’s Class of 1984, will speak on “Business, Football, and Tzedakah: A Tiger’s Journey” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. His talk, a G. S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63 Lecture, will be followed by a reception. The Gilbert Lecture Series was established in 1988 to bring innovative leaders in business, government and other professions to campus to discuss their ventures and the insights gained in their careers. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services and Department of Athletics.

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PPPL presents Earth Day colloquium climate-change preparation in New Jersey

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 4:15 p.m. · Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will host a colloquium in honor of Earth Day titled, "Efforts in New Jersey to Prepare for a Changing Climate," at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the PPPL facility at 100 Stellerator Rd. in Princeton. The featured speaker is Jeanne Herb associate director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The colloquium is free to the public.

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'Specks of Dust' documentary by former Bridge Year students will premiere

Thursday, April 23 and Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m. · various locations

'Specks of Dust,' a documentary by Princeton University junior Azza Cohen and Class of 2014 graduate Shaina Watrous, will have its premiere screening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in McCormick Hall, Room 101 and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau St. The documentary follows the lives of individuals fighting for justice for the survivors of human trafficking in Varanasi, India. The film was inspired by Cohen's and Watrous' participation in Princeton's Bridge Year Program, where they spent nine-months in India doing community service work at the nonprofit organization Guria. Guria's founder, Ajeet Singh, also is expected to attend the film screening.

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Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will be held

Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015, 7 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival, an international film competition featuring the world's best footage of environmental and adventure subjects, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in McCosh Hall, Room 10. Tickets are available through University Ticketing and are $10 for students with a Princeton University I.D., and $15 for all others. The festival is sponsored by the Outdoor Action Program.

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Senior performance piece 'Hero' based on interviews with Vietnam War veterans to debut

Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, and Wednesday through Friday, April 29-May 1, 2015, various times · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

The Program in Theater will present "Hero," a new performance piece written and directed by senior certificate student Eamon Foley at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, and Wednesday and Thursday, April 29-30; and at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1. Based on interviews with Vietnam War veterans, the production incorporates dance, indie rock music and aerial choreography to chronicle the experiences of a young man drafted into the Vietnam War and features live music by the Princeton University Rock Ensemble. The performances are free but reservations are required. Opening night, April 25, is sold out. Reserve tickets online.

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All invited to attend annual Communiversity festival

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1 to 6 p.m. · Princeton campus and town

The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the University and the town of Princeton together for a day of performances, food, games and fun, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, rain or shine.

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Physicist Deborah Jin to explore world's coldest experiments in Hamilton Lecture

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A-02

Deborah Jin, an atomic physicist at JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will deliver the Department of Physics 40th Annual Donald Hamilton Lecture titled, "Fun with Ultracold Atoms," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in McDonnell Hall, Room A-02. Jin will speak about experiments with ultracold gases that are among the coldest experiments in the world. The lecture is free to the public.

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Spring campus farmers market returns

Wednesdays, April 15-May 13, 2015, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. · Firestone Plaza

The Princeton University Farmers Market will return to the Firestone Library Plaza for five weeks this spring. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays April 15 to May 13. Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce and other goods from area farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices. Expected vendors will provide a range of items including organic fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheese, locally sourced honey, fresh-pressed juice, locally made breads, handmade veggie burgers, organic sandwiches and salads.

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Exhibition features works of feminist artist Edelson

March 28-May 7, 2015 · Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Bernstein Gallery

"Feminist Humor as Political Device," an exhibition of works by artist Mary Beth Edelson, is on view through May 7 in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Bernstein Gallery. A panel and reception will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Room 016, adjacent to the gallery. Panelists include Eve Ascheim, lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Judith Brodsky, professor emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University; Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Stanley Katz, lecturer with the rank of professor in public and international affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.

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'UnrulyArt: The Creativity of Exceptional Children' will be on display

March 30 through April 24, 2015 · James S. Hall '34 Memorial Gallery, Butler College

The exhibit "UnrulyArt: The Creativity of Exceptional Children" will be on view from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 24, in the James S. Hall '34 Memorial Gallery located in the lower level of Butler College's Yoseloff Hall. The works in the exhibit were created by children with visual impairments, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 7 p.m. March 30.

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'Versailles on Paper' exhibition captures palace and gardens of Louis XIV

Feb. 13-July 19, 2015 · Firestone Library, main gallery

The exhibition "Versailles on Paper," on view Feb. 13-July 19 in the main gallery of Firestone Library, documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through a multifaceted array of prints, books, maps, medals and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper, including unusual and surprising glimpses into a largely lost world. All the books and prints on display were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. With only a few exceptions, they were selected from the holdings of Firestone and Marquand libraries, acquired over the past 140 years.

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Exhibition to explore 'The City Lost and Found'

Feb. 21-June 7, 2015 · Princeton University Art Museum

The exhibition "The City Lost and Found: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1960-1980" will be on view Feb. 21-June 7 at the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibition — which brings together works by major artists such as Ed Ruscha and Garry Winogrand with newly rediscovered projects — explores photographic and cinematic responses to the changing fabric of these major metropolitan areas that contributed to the focus on cities in popular media and urban policy during this period. Several lectures, events and film screenings will take place in conjunction with the exhibition.

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