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Campaign reform is topic for Bok
Derek Bok, chair of Common Cause and president emeritus
of Harvard University, will present a lecture titled
"Setting New Jersey's Campaign Reform Agenda in 2001" at
4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Dodds Auditorium,
Common Cause, founded in 1970, is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose goals include
ensuring open, honest and accountable government on the
federal, state and local levels. Elected as chair in 1999,
Bok lobbies and testifies on Common Cause issues on Capitol
Hill and in state capitals, and serves as a spokesperson on
behalf of Common Cause in the media.
On the topic of campaign reform, Bok
writes, "Soft money today is a principal cause of mistrust
and cynicism which is eating away at the vitality of our
democracy and the willingness of citizens to participate in
it." He argues that the public has come to believe that
economic interests can influence the political process by
way of campaign donations to politicians.
Parsons Dance Company
McCarter Theatre will present the Parsons Dance
Company at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.
Bok also is currently the 300th
Anniversary University Professor at Harvard, where he served
as president from 1971 to 1991. His lecture is sponsored by
the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs and Common Cause of New Jersey.
Nepalese activists to speak
In celebration of International Women's Day on Thursday,
March 8, Renu Sharma and Tara Upreti will address the
topic "Standing at the Crossroads: The Changing Status of
Women's Rights in Nepal." The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in
Sharma and Upreti are activists for
women's and human rights issues who were born in East Nepal
and have been involved with the Women's Foundation of Nepal
for almost 20 years. The foundation was started in 1988 by a
group of students and professional women to address the
problems faced by women in the country.
The two will describe the legal system in
Nepal, including the constitution that was established when
the country became a democracy 10 years ago. They will
explain how the law treats human rights and, in particular,
equal rights for women. They also will address the legal
inequalities that still exist, and the social and cultural
factors that affect women's access to the legal system.
The speakers also will look at the larger
human rights situation in relation to the civil war now
being fought in Nepal.
The event is co-sponsored by the Program
in the Study of Women and Gender, the International Center,
the Women's Center and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs.
Talk scheduled on stereotypes
Claude Steele, chair of the Department of Psychology at
Stanford University, will give a lecture titled "How
Stereotypes Can Shape Intellectual Performance and Identity"
at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Helm Auditorium, 50
The talk, this year's Stafford Little
Lecture, will describe Steele's research examining how
group-identity stereotypes (men, women, gays, various races,
etc.) can affect personal identities and such important
behaviors as school and test performance.
He will present evidence that when the
pressure of these stereotypes -- "stereotype threat," as it
is called -- is reduced, the intellectual performance of
those negatively stereotyped improves dramatically. He will
explore how this threat can be lessened in schools, present
strategies for building trust across racial, gender and
cultural divides, and discuss the implications of these
findings for college admissions and other academic policy
The talk is part of the University's
Public Lectures Series.
Angels in America
These four souls are searching for identity in the
Program in Theater and Dance's production of Tony Kushner's
drama "Angels in America." "Part One: Millennium Approaches"
will be performed at 8 p.m. March 8-11 and
13-15 in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.
Jared Ramos '01 is directing the show as his senior thesis.
For reservations, call 258-3676.
Bailey discusses regulation
Elizabeth Bailey, the holder of a 1972 Princeton Ph.D. in
economics, will present "A Regulatory Framework for the 21st
Century" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Helm
Auditorium, 50 McCosh Hall.
Bailey chairs the Department of Public
Policy and Management at the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania and is the John Hower Professor
of Public Policy and Management there. She is one of this
country's foremost experts on the deregulation of the
airline industry and the interface between business and
In an article on "A Regulatory Framework
for the 21st Century" published in the Eastern Economic
Journal in summer 1999, she wrote, "A new millennium for the
world's population waits just around the corner. Public
policies aimed at human safety, environmental quality and
mitigation of economic harm will become global requirements,
irrespective of geography or politics. The design of these
policies -- the balance between the role of government and
of market forces -- is a major challenge facing the 21st
Bailey previously was dean of the
Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie
Mellon University, commissioner and vice chair of the Civil
Aeronautics Board and head of economic research at Bell
Laboratories. She is a trustee of the Brookings Institution
and the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former
The free talk is part of a year-long
series called "Frontiers of Knowledge" that celebrates the
centennial of the Graduate School by bringing in
distinguished alumni to make presentations. It will be
followed by a reception in the Frist Campus Center's
Street arts event set
Crafters, artists, food and merchandise vendors,
nonprofit organizations and local performers are invited to
submit applications for Communiversity 2001, Princeton's
street arts celebration.
The event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, in downtown Princeton on Nassau
and Witherspoon streets and on the University campus. The
event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton and
Applications must be submitted to the
Arts Council by Friday, April 6. For more information, call
March 5, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 19
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technology powers opinion polling
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