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Former Citigroup CEO to speak
John Reed, former chairman and chief executive officer of
Citibank, Citicorp and Citigroup, the largest financial
services company in the world, will give lectures on two
consecutive Mondays in 105 Computer Science Building.
On Feb. 12, he will speak on
"A Retrospective on the Banking Industry, 1965-2000." On
Feb. 19, he will discuss "Technology and Finance." Both
lectures will run from 5 to 6 p.m.
Reed currently is a senior visiting
fellow at the Bendheim Center for Finance, which is
sponsoring the lectures. He joined Citibank in 1965 and ran
its technology and operations and its consumer business
divisions before becoming chairman and CEO in 1984. He
retired in April 2000.
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Matthews Acting Studio
Charlie Hewson '04 (left) and Jesse Liebman '03 rehearse
for "What the Butler Saw," which kicks off the Program in
Theater and Dance's season of student-directed productions.
The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays, Feb.
15-17 and 22-24, at the Matthews Acting Studio,
185 Nassau St. Curtain time is 8 p.m.; there also will be a
2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 24. Call 258-3676 for tickets
Biological research inspires design of multi-legged
Spring Dance Festival
Seniors Becca Lemme (back, left), Jared Ramos
and Christopher Jensen will perform Diann Sichel's
"Detroit Personals" in the Program in Theater and
Dance's Spring Dance Festival at 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 16-17, in Richardson
Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Bipedal Bugs, Galloping Ghosts and Gripping Geckos:
BioInspiration for Rapid Running Robots" is the title of a
lecture to be presented on campus Thursday, Feb.
Robert Full, director of the
Poly-PEDAL Laboratory at the University of
California-Berkeley, will deliver the Spencer Trask Lecture
at 8 p.m. in Helm Auditorium, 50 McCosh Hall.
The Poly-PEDAL Laboratory studies
the Performance, Energetics and Dynamics of Animal
Locomotion (PEDAL) in many-footed creatures, applying the
same techniques used in the study of human gait but in
miniature. Full's internationally recognized research
program in comparative physiology and biomechanics has shown
how examining a diversity of animals leads to the discovery
of general principles of locomotion.
This research, extending from
analyzing the motion of a Hall of Fame pitcher to assisting
computer animators of children's movies like the
Pixar/Disney "A Bug's Life," has provided biological
inspiration for the design of multi-legged robots and
computer animations. At the same time, discovering the
function of simple, tractable neuromechanical systems along
with a knowledge of evolution can provide new design ideas
applicable to the control of animal and human gait.
In 1990 Full received a National
Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigators Award.
He presented his research at the annual meeting of the
National Academy of Sciences in 1994. Full's research has
been featured in both popular newspapers and scientific
magazines and also on several television shows.
The event, which is free and open
to the public, is part of the University's 2000-01 Public
Series attracts best preachers
This bust of George Washington by William Rush
will be discussed by docent Frances Lange in a
gallery talk on "Our First President" at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16, and at 3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 18, at the Art Museum.
A revival is taking place at the University Chapel, and
it isn't just bricks and mortar.
Some of America's finest preachers
will be delivering sermons there during the next year and a
half as part of a "Voices of Hope" series.
The deans of the Office of
Religious Life, who created and organized the two-year
program, said they thought it was a timely topic, one that
would embrace anxieties stemming from the new millennium not
to mention disruptions caused by ongoing Chapel
The speakers some with large
national followings also promise to invigorate the pulpit,
showing the craft of preaching is hardly lost.
The series started in the fall with
the Rev. Peter Gomes, professor of Christian morals at
Harvard Divinity School and minister of the Memorial Church
at Harvard University. Time Magazine named him one of the
country's seven most influential preachers. The Rev. Barbara
Brown Taylor followed. She is chair of religion and
philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., and was
noted in Newsweek as one of the 12 most effective preachers
in the English language.
Scheduled for the spring semester
are: the Rev. Teresa Fry Brown, assistant professor of
homiletics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology,
on Feb. 25; and the Rev. Barbara Lundblad, associate
professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary, on
April 29. The Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.
Women so far dominate the list of
speakers. Associate Dean Sue Anne Steffey Morrow said that
merely mirrors a broader trend of more women in ministry.
She used herself as an example. When she attended seminary,
Steffey Morrow said she was one of a handful of women.
Today, they make up about 60 percent of the classes.
The dominant criterion guiding the
selection of all the preachers was the theme of hope.
Theological and intellectual integrity, of course, were
important factors, she said, but gender, denomination and
style did not matter.
Dean Joseph Williamson said his
office works hard to maintain the Chapel congregation's
sense of inclusiveness. "Many who come to the University
Chapel are not regulars, so we try to keep the congregation
as open as possible," he said.
For a complete listing of worship
services, visit webware.princeton.edu/
Keillor slated for June 3
Garrison Keillor, who developed the live radio show "A
Prairie Home Companion" more than 25 years ago and created a
mythical hometown dear to millions of listeners, will be the
speaker at this year's baccalaureate, the interfaith worship
service marking the end of the school year.
Keillor first went to work for
Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. He hosted the first live
broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1974 at
Macalester College in St. Paul for an audience of 12 people
and ticket receipts of almost $8. Today, the show is heard
by nearly 2.6 million U.S. listeners on more than 460 public
radio stations and by listeners abroad.
Over the years, Keillor established
public radio as an important source for entertainment as
well as for news, and proved that the musical-comedy-variety
radio format said to be on its deathbed remained very much
alive. His yarns about mythical Lake Wobegon, the Minnesota
town where all the children are above average, remind
listeners of hometowns in Texas, Vermont and just about
everywhere in between.
Keillor was born in Anoka, Minn.,
and attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored
in English and worked at the Minnesota Daily and the
university radio station. "A Prairie Home Companion" began
as a Saturday afternoon musical variety show and was first
broadcast nationally in 1980.
In addition to his duties at
Minnesota Public Radio, Keillor writes a weekly column for
Salon, the online magazine, as well as essays and articles
for other publications. He also has produced numerous books,
including novels, story collections and children's books,
and is working on a novel called "1956 Lake Wobegon
The baccalaureate ceremony is
scheduled for Sunday, June 3, in the University
Chapel. Attendance is limited to students and members of the
University community who have received tickets in
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