Sept. 28 installation
At Princeton Weekly Bulletin press time, facilities
employees Mark Pecaric (left) and Glenn Perrine were busy
setting up chairs on the front lawn of Nassau Hall for the
Sept. 28 installation of President Tilghman. For full
coverage of the event, visit the University home page at
and see the Oct. 8 Weekly
Local leader shares views on U.N. event
A Princeton area community leader will present her views
on the recent United Nations World Conference Against Racism
on Monday, Oct. 1.
Darlene McKnight, a member and the former
chair of the Coalition for Peace Action Steering Committee,
will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds
Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Her address is titled "The
Durban Conference on Racism: The View from New Jersey."
McKnight will offer a first-hand account
of the conference, which took place Aug. 31-Sept. 7 in
Durban, South Africa, from the perspective of a New Jersey
citizen, community leader and activist. She attended the
conference under the banner of the International Citizens
Diplomacy Committee of the Coalition for Peace Action.
McKnight is known locally for her work on
civil and human rights. In May 1999, she took part in the
Hague Appeal for Peace Conference as part of the Coalition
for Peace Action delegation. She has served on many civil
rights task forces and presently devotes her energies to the
statewide Coalition for Justice, endeavoring to end racial
profiling in New Jersey.
The Coalition for Peace Action supports
local and international work against racism, and its primary
goals are nuclear disarmament, ending weapons trafficking
and reducing military spending.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Office of
Li Shamomin to discuss arrest
Li Shaomin, a Princeton graduate alumnus who was
imprisoned in China earlier this year, will speak on
"Chinese Legality and My Experience Under Arrest" at 4:45
p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in 302 Frist Campus Center.
Li, an associate professor of business at
the City University of Hong Kong and a scholar of Chinese
business management strategy, was detained in February
during a visit to China. He was held until he was charged,
quickly tried and sent abroad after his conviction in
When news of his detention was made
public in April, many in the Princeton community and beyond
rallied to Li's support. Nearly 400 members of the
international community of China scholars signed a petition
calling for his release or a fair trial. Former President
Harold T. Shapiro wrote a letter to the president of China
protesting Li's treatment and its potential effect on
academic exchanges. New Jersey's congressional
representatives and President Bush came to Li's defense. A
rally was held on his behalf during Reunions weekend, and
speakers included U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and members of the
Since his release, Li has stressed his
innocence of the espionage charges against him, while
distinguishing himself as a voice for political and legal
reform in China. He also has called for more active support
in Hong Kong for those who work in China.
An American citizen, Li received his
bachelor's degree in economics at Peking University in 1982
and his Ph.D in sociology at Princeton in 1988. Following a
post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, he worked at AT&T
for five years before going to Hong Kong to teach. He has
written or edited nine books in English and Chinese.
The event is being sponsored by the East
Asian Studies Program.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
The Bangarra Dance Theatre of Australia, which performed
in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney,
will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in
McCarter Theatre. The company fuses the traditional aspects
of Aboriginal and Islander life with contemporary movement.
For more information, visit <mccarter.org>.
Diplomat speaks on Security Council
Bangladeshi diplomat Anwarul Karim Chowdhury will present
a public lecture titled "The U.N. Security Council: A Third
World Perspective" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Chowdhury was the permanent
representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations from 1996
until recently, when he was transferred to the Bangladeshi
ministry. A career diplomat, he specializes in U.N. and
multilateral affairs, with special focus on economic,
development and social issues.
He chaired the Administrative and
Budgetary Committee of the 52nd Session of the U.N. General
Assembly as well as the Preparatory Committee for the
five-year review of the Programme of Action of the
International Conference on Population and Development at
the 1999 Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly. He
also served two terms as vice president of the U.N.'s
Economic and Social Council.
Chowdhury is the immediate past president
of the UNICEF executive board and is a recipient of the U
Thant Peace Award and the UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Office of
Islamic political thought is topic
Fundamentalism and Modernism in Islamic Political
Thought: A Historical Perspective" will be presented on
Tuesday, Oct. 2, by Antony Black, a member of the
politics faculty at the University of Dundee in
Black, the author of "The History of
Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present
(Routledge, 2001)," will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Betts
Auditorium, School of Architecture. In the book, he provides
a full description and an interpretation of political
philosophy from early Islam to the current age of
His lecture is sponsored by the Council
on Regional Studies, the politics department and the Near
Eastern studies department.
Scientist talks on nuclear targeting
Dr. Strangelove Is Alive and Well: U.S. Nuclear Targeting
Plans and Their Implications" is the title of a public
lecture to be presented Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Matthew McKinzie, staff scientist at the
Natural Resources Defense Council, will speak at 4:30 p.m.
in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is
a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers
and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public
health and the environment. Founded in 1970, the
organization has more than 500,000 members nationwide,
served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and
This lecture is the inaugural event of
the Program on Science and Global Security, which focuses on
developing the technical bases for new nuclear arms control
and nonproliferation initiatives. McKinzie's lecture is
sponsored by the program and the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs' Office of External
Chinese poet to read from work
Chinese poet Bei Dao will read from his work at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185
Nassau St. The reading is part of the Althea Ward Clark
One of China's leading contemporary
poets, Bei Dao was exiled from China in 1989 and accused of
helping to incite the democracy movement that led to the
Tiananmen Square massacre. He is author of "Unlock" (2000),
"Landscape Over Zero" (1996), "Forms of Distance" (1994) and
"Old Snow" (1991), all of which have been translated into
A review of his poetry by Publishers
Weekly described his verse as an "exploration of existential
themes and political redresses in a distinctly frantic and
compressed expressionistic style that is transposed onto the
structure of traditional Chinese verse."
Since leaving China, Bei Dao has lived in
Germany, Norway, Holland, Denmark and the United States. He
was a visiting professor at the University of
California-Davis from 1995 to 1997.
Bei Dao will be introduced by James
Lasdun, lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and
creative writing. Bei Dao will read from his work in
Chinese, after which literary critic and translator Eliot
Weinberger will read the English translation. A
question-and-answer period will follow.
Pig Iron Theatre Co. in residence
Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Co. will be in residence
in Princeton's Program in Theater and Dance through Oct.
6 as Short-Term Fellows of the Council of the
Pig Iron was founded in 1995 as "a
dance-clown-theatre ensemble dedicated to the creation of
new and exuberant performance works." Its work is based on
"a flexible and original model of playwriting; an evolving,
physical definition of character; and a commitment to style
Pig Iron will present its most recent
work, "Shut Eye," at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 5-6, in the Matthews Acting Studio,
185 Nassau St. "Shut Eye" -- a collaboration with American
theater director Joseph Chaikin, founder of the Open Theater
-- is a lyrical exploration of the mysterious borderline
between waking and sleeping.
The company also will be visiting
Princeton classes and presenting workshops for students
during the residency.
Tickets for "Shut Eye" can be purchased
through the Frist box office (258-1742) or on the night of
the performance at the Matthews Acting Studio.
Conferences focuses on Russian poet
A conference on Russian poet Osip Mandelstam is scheduled
for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, on campus.
"The Legacy of Osip Mandelstam"
commemorates the 25th anniversary of the gift of the
Mandelstam papers to Firestone Library. Most events will
take place in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.
Mandelstam, who lived from 1891 to 1938,
is considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
"He was probably the only poet who dared to write a poem
critical of Stalin (an epigram of 1933), an act that more or
less sealed his already unfortunate fate," said Michael
Wachtel, professor of Slavic languages and literatures and
one of the conference organizers. "He was arrested soon
after and a few years later swept up in the purges. He died
in transit, on his way to a labor camp in Siberia."
Clarence Brown, professor emeritus of
comparative literature, wrote his dissertation and first
book on Mandelstam. In the process, he befriended
Mandelstam's widow, Nadezhda, who feared her husband's
papers would be confiscated by the KGB. She smuggled them
out of the country and, on Brown's suggestion, donated them
to Firestone Library for safekeeping.
"They are without a doubt the most
important collection of Russian poetry manuscripts located
outside of Russia," Wachtel said. "They are also a curator's
nightmare, since Mandelstam, as a persona non grata in
Soviet Russia, wrote on the cheapest paper available."
The conference will open with a panel
discussion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Nadezhda Mandelstam led
by John Malmstad, a professor of Slavic languages and
literatures at Harvard University and a 1969 Princeton Ph.D.
A text by Brown, who is not able to be present, also will be
One highlight will be a concert at 8 p.m.
Saturday by Christopher Barnes of the University of Toronto
entitled "Music by Russian Poets: A Lecture-Recital of Solo
Piano" in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
The conference will conclude following a 4
p.m. session on Sunday. For more information on the
sessions, visit this Web site: <mandelstam>.
The conference is being funded by the
Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., the Princeton Council
of the Humanities and the Department of Slavic Languages and
Founding fathers' philosophy explored
Daniel Robinson, a Distinguished Research Professor of
Psychology at Georgetown University and a Faculty Fellow at
Oxford University, will deliver a three-part seminar on the
philosophy of the American founders in October.
Robinson is this year's Charles Test '37
Distinguished Visitor with the James Madison Program in
American Ideals and Institutions. He is the author of
numerous books, including "Toward a Science of Human Nature"
and "Aristotle's Psychology." He is also a featured speaker
with The Teaching Co., a commercial venture that sells
educational audiotapes and videotapes.
The series will start Wednesday, Oct. 3,
with a seminar on "Adams and Jefferson and the Mind/Body
Problem." The second seminar, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, is
titled "On the Evident and 'Self Evident.'" On Wednesday,
Oct. 24, Robinson will discuss "The God of the
All seminars will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
in the Frist Multipurpose Room. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit this Web site: <jmadison>.
"Log Pile II" is one of the watercolors by Barbara
Osterman on display through Nov. 7 in the Program in
the Study of Women and Gender lounge, 113 Dickinson
Roof use prohibited
University policy prohibits the use of roofs on campus
for personal or social purposes. This policy exists because
of the obvious hazard of falls, as well as the possibility
of roof damage.
Some roofs may be used for research and
teaching with prior approval by contacting either David
Blydenburgh, maintenance, at 258-6607; or Greg Cantrell,
environmental health and safety, at 258-5294 or
October 1, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 4
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