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Featured Stories Archive – November, 2008

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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'Now Dance' features faculty and renowned guest choreographers

"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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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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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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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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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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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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