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Oct-Dec 2001

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Exhibition celebrates Japanese prints
12/28/01 -- A small exhibition in the lobby of Princeton University's Firestone Library showcases masterworks of the art of Japanese prints, as well as instruction on how Japanese papermaking, drawing wood carving and printing served this art. The exhibition, "Ukiyo-E: Japanese Woodblock Color Prints," runs through Jan. 31.

Princeton hosts leading Israeli poets
12/18/01 -- Israeli poets Aharon Shabtai, Meir Wieseltier, Rachel Tzvia Back and Taha Muhammad Ali, will read and discuss their work. Four Wednesdays in February (see full release). Jones Hall on the Princeton campus.

Brian McDonald named Princeton University's vice president for development
12/17/01 -- Brian J. McDonald, a member of the Princeton University Class of 1983 and the current volunteer chair of Princeton's National Annual Giving Committee, has been named the University's next vice president for development, effective Feb. 1, 2002.

Princeton announces four programs to help meet New York City-area needs resulting from terrorist attacks of September 11
12/11/01 -- Princeton University has committed a total of $1 million to four programs that it is creating to assist individuals, especially young people, most directly affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and to help support New York City's renewal and recovery from those attacks. The four programs are designed to ...

Two seniors awarded Rhodes Scholarships
12/10/01 -- Two Princeton seniors have been awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, which provide funding for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. They are Katharine Buzicky and Lillian Pierce. 

N.J. secretary of state to speak at Princeton MLK Day celebration
11/29/01 -- N.J. Secretary of State DeForest B. Soaries Jr. will participate in Princeton University's annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to Soaries' address, the event includes award presentations to winners of Princeton's essay and poster contests for students in grades four through 12. Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, (time to be announced). Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. DeForest B. Soaries Jr. was sworn in as New Jersey's secretary of state on Jan. 12, 1999 and leads a department devoted to preserving and promoting the story of New Jersey through the state's arts, history and culture. ...

Lynne Cheney to speak on civic education
11/28/01 -- Dr. Lynne V. Cheney; senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney will lecture on "Teaching for Freedom." (Note: This is a ticketed event and is open only to Princeton University ID holders, invited guests and accredited media representatives. See media information below.) Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m., 50 McCosh Hall (Helm Auditorium).

Jesse Jackson to give keynote address at conference on Puerto Rico
11/21/01 -- Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, will be the keynote speaker at this conference on "Puerto Ricans: Second-Class Citizens in 'Our' Democracy?" He will speak at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in 50 McCosh Hall and is expected to discuss his efforts on behalf of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques to stop U.S. military bombing exercises there. ...

Princeton alumnus donates significant American Judaica to Firestone Library
11/19/21 -- Princeton University alumnus Sidney Lapidus has given Princeton's Firestone Library 35 significant books relating to the history of American Jews during the 18th and 19th centuries, including three books by Mordecai Noah, considered by some historians to be the most influential Jew of antebellum America. The books are on view in the lobby of Firestone Library through Friday, Nov. 30.

Entrepreneurs to discuss experiences, challenges
11/13/01 -- With the economy in recession, five Princeton alumni are returning to campus to discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs. This forum was prompted by student interest in a new course on "Entrepreneurship in America: The Changing Roles of Private and Public Enterprise," and is designed to increase awareness of this vital subject among students and others in the Princeton community. Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., McCosh 10.

Peter Lewis gift to support Frank Gehry-designed science library at Princeton
11/12/01 -- Peter B. Lewis, a member of the Princeton Class of 1955 and a trustee of the University, is making a gift of $60 million to support the construction and the programs of a new science library at Princeton that will be designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. The library is expected to be located near the corner of Ivy Lane and Washington Road, with a connection to the existing math-physics library in Fine Hall.

Paderewski Foundation donates assets to Princeton University
11/9/01 -- Since the early 1980s, the Paderewski Foundation has supported a memorial concert as part of the University Concert Series. Now, the foundation is dissolving and will turn its assets to the University in order to sustain the annual concert. ...

Princeton decides not to continue in the Alliance for Life-Long Learning
11/8/01 -- Princeton University, one of the founding members of the University Alliance for Life-Long Learning, has decided not to continue as a member of the alliance beyond the current first phase of the organization's development.

Brown, Nehamas chosen for new Mellon Foundation awards
11/8/01 -- Two Princeton professors are among the first five recipients of the Andrew Mellon Foundation's new Distinguished Achievement Awards for scholars in the humanities. They are Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, and Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature. 

Lecture by al Jazeera's Washington bureau chief 
11/7/01 -- Hafiz al-Mirazi, Washington bureau chief for al Jazeera television, will lecture on "Al Jazeera, the Arab World and the International Media," on Nov. 7, 2001 at 5 p.m. in 302 Frist on the Princeton University campus. The al Jazeera Satellite Channel, the first 24-hour satellite news network in the Arab world. was established in 1996, and broadcasts from Qatar. It is known as the first Arab news organization to offer uncensored information and is the only foreign TV network with a bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan. ...

Sky survey lowers estimate of asteroid impact risk
11/7/01 -- The odds of earth suffering a catastrophic collision with an asteroid over the next century are about one in 5,000, which is less likely than previously believed, according to research published this month. Astronomers using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey found that the solar system contains about 700,000 asteroids big enough to destroy civilization. ...

Arun Gandhi to speak on nonviolence in response to terrorism
11/7/01 -- Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi will lecture on "Terrorism, Nonviolence, and Justice," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in McCosh 10 on the Princeton University campus. The grandson of spiritual leader and renowned peace advocate Mohandas Gandhi, Arun Gandhi is the founder of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which was founded by Arun Gandhi and his wife, Sunanda, in 1991 to promote and teach the philosophy and practice of nonviolence.

Sen. Bill Frist to speak on economic impact of terrorist attacks
11/6/01 -- U.S. Sen. William Frist will lecture on "The Impact of Sept. 11 on the U.S. Economy and Beyond," at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus. U.S. Sen. William Frist, who graduated from Princeton in 1974, is the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health. In addition to discussing the impact of the terrorist attacks on the economy, he is expected to comment on recent events at the U.S. Capitol and on efforts to strengthen the nation's preparedness for a bio-terrorist attack.

Larger than life twin statues honor Witherspoon's towering contributions
11/5/01 -- A student of John Witherspoon, the president of Princeton University during the Revolutionary War, once claimed that the Scotsman had more "presence" than any man he had known other than George Washington. Witherspoon's boundless presence will again be felt on the campus when a 10-foot-tall bronze statue is unveiled in ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 10. ...

Conference on women artists
11/2/01 -- Women artists, art historians and critics will come together for a conference on "Women Artists at the Millennium, "Nov. 9 and 10, 2001, in McCormick Hall on the Princeton University campus. Thirty years ago, art historian Linda Nochlin wrote an essay titled "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" On Nov. 9 and 10, she will participate in a conference at Princeton that will revisit this question and look at the ways in which both the question and the answers to it may have changed since 1971.

Wei to resign as engineering dean
10/30/01 -- James Wei has seen great changes in the engineering school at Princeton in his 10 years as dean. Most notable, he said, has been a shift from an isolated, "inward-looking" approach to research and teaching to a more consultative style that emphasizes collaborations with other disciplines and with industry. ...

Political scientist examines democracy in suburbia
10/25/01 -- In the last half century, many Americans have moved from large cities and small towns to a place in between -- most U.S. residents now live in the suburbs. Sociologists have studied the consequences of this change in terms of issues such as racial segregation. But what about the effects on our basic form of government? In "Democracy in Suburbia," Eric Oliver, assistant professor of politics and public affairs, applies statistical analysis to extensive survey and census data to examine the health of American civic society....

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Conference examines what it means to be human
10/25/01 -- Prominent ethicists, theologians, historians and scientists, including Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman and former President Harold T. Shapiro, will participate in a conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion: "What Does It Mean To Be Human? Religion and Bioethics," Nov. 8 and 9, 2001. ...

Astrophysicist David Spergel receives MacArthur Fellowship
10/24/01 -- David Spergel, an astrophysicist whose work ranges from researching the origin of the universe to searching for Earth-like planets, has been awarded a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship.

Princeton Professor David Lewis dies at 60
-- Longtime philosophy professor was leading figure in his field
10/19/01 -- David Lewis, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and a leading figure in philosophy, died suddenly Oct. 14 from complications arising from diabetes. He was 60. Lewis joined the Princeton faculty as an associate professor in 1970 and remained at Princeton for the rest of his life.

Special Exhibition of Roman Sculpture at University Art Museum 
-- Exhibition Dates: October 13, 2001, through January 20, 2002
10/13/01 -- "Empire of Stone: Roman Sculpture from The Art Museum, Princeton University" will highlight the Museum's fall exhibition schedule. Opening on Saturday, October 13, 2001, the exhibition will be on view in the special exhibition gallery through January 20, 2002.

Major Princeton conference to explore Jewish-American writers, artists
-- Library releases never-published works by Henry Roth, I.B. Singer, others
10/10/02 -- More than two dozen well-known writers and cartoonists -- from E.L. Doctorow to Wendy Wasserstein, from Art Spiegelman to Susan Sontag -- will be on the Princeton University campus Oct. 21-23 for a conference on Jewish-American writing. The conference coincides with an exhibition at Firestone Library marking the opening of the Leonard Milberg '53 Collection of Jewish-American Writers and the release of a double volume of never-published stories, essays and poems by prominent American writers.

Sarnoff and Princeton University Agree on a Plan for the University to Purchase 90 Acres of Sarnoff Lands
10/8/01 -- Sarnoff Corporation and Princeton University have agreed that the University will purchase approximately 90 acres of Sarnoff's 345-acre West Windsor campus if Sarnoff receives approval from West Windsor Township for a satisfactory General Development Plan (GDP) for the Sarnoff property. The 90 acres include the portion of the property that fronts along Route One and a section along the Millstone River near Route One.

Princeton dedicates the Friend Center for Engineering Education
10/8/01 -- Princeton University on Saturday dedicated the Friend Center for Engineering Education, created to encourage all students -- engineers and non-engineers alike -- to acquire the technological understanding essential for life in the 21st century.

Thomas Breidenthal named dean of religious life
10/8/01 -- The Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Breidenthal, a scholar, teacher and Episcopal priest who has been a leader in interfaith cooperation, has been named dean of religious life at Princeton University, effective Jan. 1.

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