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Frist to speak on impact of Sept. 11
U.S. Sen. William Frist will speak on "The Impact of
Sept. 11 on the U.S. Economy and Beyond" at 5 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
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 bioterrorist
Last year, Frist introduced the Public
Health Threats and Emergencies Act. He has been working this
year to secure additional funding for his bill to provide
nearly $1.6 billion for bioterrorism preparedness
Frist, who specialized in health care
policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, was a heart and lung transplant
surgeon before being elected to represent Tennessee in the
Senate in 1994.
His lecture is being sponsored by the
Center for Economic Policy Studies.
Algebra Project founder here
Civil rights activist and education pioneer Robert Moses
will present a lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in
Moses, who is founder of the Algebra
Project, will speak on "The Presumption of Innocence,
Sharecropper Education and America's Ideals."
The Algebra Project is an interactive
curriculum designed to help inner-city and rural students
better understand mathematical concepts. Moses, a former
civil rights organizer in the South, believes that the
current crisis in math literacy in poor communities is as
crucial as the crisis of political access in Mississippi in
the '60s. He writes in his book, "Radical Equations: Math
Literacy and Civil Rights" (Beacon Press, 2001), that just
as the sharecroppers were "living in serfdom on plantations,
we are growing similar serf-like communities within our
The ticket to better economic
opportunity, he believes, is for every child to master
algebra by the eighth grade, because algebra is an important
link to a college-prep curriculum.
Moses started the Algebra Project in
1982, when his daughter was in eighth grade and her school
did not offer algebra. He began tutoring her and three of
her classmates. Under a "genius grant" from the MacArthur
Foundation, he expanded the project across the country. It
now reaches more than 40,000 low-income students in 25
cities and rural areas.
The approach features practical methods,
such as using subway maps to teach students to calculate
distances, as well as techniques such as African drums, role
playing and games to make learning enjoyable.
Moses' talk is designated as the Spencer
Trask Lecture and is part of the 2001-02 Public Lectures
Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit
Former Louvre director lectures
Pierre Rosenberg, director of the Louvre museum in Paris
from 1994 until this past April, will present the James
Haley '50 Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6,
in McCormick 101.
The title of his address is "Georges de
La Tour: An Exemplary Case of a Painter Whose Reputation Was
Revived Thanks to Art Historians." La Tour was a French
painter who lived from 1593 to 1652. For three centuries,
his work was attributed to other artists until art
historians properly identified it in the early 1900s.
A distinguished art historian, Rosenberg
is a member of the Académie Francaise. He has
published extensively on painting and drawing of the 17th
and 18th centuries and has organized numerous exhibitions
throughout the world.
His lecture is being organized by the
Department of Art and Archaeology.
Mideast conflicts provide lessons
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts: Lessons of the Past
Year" is the title of a talk to be presented Tuesday,
Nov. 6, by a former adviser to President Clinton on
the Middle East peace process.
Robert Malley, who served as special
assistant to the president for Arab-Israeli affairs and
director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the
National Security Council, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Frist
Malley currently is a senior policy
fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and senior policy
adviser at the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic
Development. His lecture is being sponsored by the Program
in Near Eastern Studies.
OIT offers free hands-on sessions
A series of free hands-on workshops and brown-bag lunches
on topics ranging from creating Web pages to working with
Photoshop will be presented over the next several months by
Academic Technology Services in the Office of Information
The brown-bag lunches begin Friday,
Nov. 9, and will take place weekly in McCosh 64. They
are open to the University and Princeton communities.
The workshops begin Tuesday, Nov.
6, and are offered at various times in the New Media Lab
(formerly the PLACE) at 87 Prospect Ave. Because of space
limitations, these are open only to Princeton students,
faculty and staff.
For the complete schedule and
registration, visit <www.princeton.edu/ats/educationF2001.html>
or call 258-2952.
Former CIA officer to speak Nov. 7
An operations officer in the CIA for almost four decades
will speak on "Sept. 11: The Challenge of Hard-Target
Operations" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in McCosh
Burton Gerber, former director of the
European and the Soviet&endash;East European divisions of
the Directorate of Operations at the CIA, will present the
lecture, which is sponsored by the Research Program in
International Security of the Center of International
Gerber worked primarily in operations
related to the former Soviet Union and the former Warsaw
Pact countries. He served overseas as the CIA chief of
station in three separate assignments. In Washington, he
directed the agency's operational programs in the former
Soviet Union and Europe for eight years.
In 1992, he established the National
HUMINT Requirements Tasking Center, an interagency
organization that works with policymakers and the military
to determine and write intelligence requirements and then
assigns those requirements for intelligence collection to
U.S. government agencies.
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company
The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will
bring the exotic rhythms and brilliant colors of traditional
Filipino dance and dress to McCarter Theatre at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7. For ticket information, visit
or call 258-2787.
Peacekeeping is topic for U.N. official
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, undersecretary general for
the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations,
will present a lecture titled "Peacekeeping: Lessons Learned
and Current Challenges" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8,
in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
A French national with vast experience in
the field of diplomacy, defense and international relations,
Guéhenno was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan. He assumed his duties in October 2000, setting as his
first tasks the improvement of the U.N.'s capacity to
maintain and build peace as well as bringing together the
operational and political sides of maintaining peace.
Guéhenno has spent almost two
decades of his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
France, most recently as ambassador to the Western European
Union. He was a member of the U.N. commission responsible
for the "White Paper on Defense" (1994) and has been the
chair of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale
since 1998. Guéhenno also has been a member of the
U.N. secretary-general's advisory board on disarmament
matters since 1999.
Guéhenno's lecture is sponsored by
the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs' Office of External Affairs.
Conference focuses on effect of women's movement on
Thirty years ago, art historian Linda Nochlin wrote an essay
that posed the question, "Why Have There Been No Great Women
Artists?" On Nov. 9-10, Nochlin 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.
"Untitled," a work by artist
Louise Bourgeois, whose approach will be discussed
at the Nov. 9-10 conference.
The conference, "Women Artists at the
Millennium," will explore how art institutions, art history
and art criticism have or have not changed in the last 30
years as a result of the women's movement and decades of
feminist interrogation in the arts.
Those scheduled to participate include:
Ann Hamilton, an installation artist; Yvonne Rainer, a
choreographer and a dance, film and video artist;
installation artist Mary Kelly, a professor of art at the
University of California-Los Angeles who is best known for
her piece titled "Post-Partum Document"; Griselda Pollock,
professor of social and critical histories of art at the
University of Leeds in England; and Nochlin, the Lila
Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of
Fine Arts at New York University.
The conference is sponsored by the
Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Department
of Art and Archaeology. It coincides with an exhibition on
19th- and 20th-century women photographers called "Camera
Women" at the University's Art Museum.
All events are free and open to the
public and will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Saturday in McCormick 101. For the complete
conference schedule, check this Web site: <www.princeton.edu/~prowom/artconf.html>.
Harpist who recently joined the Princeton faculty to
Harpist Elaine Christy will present a recital of works
for harp composed or transcribed by harpists at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
Christy, who recently joined the Princeton faculty, has won
the American Harp Society National Harp Competition. The
Friends of Music recital is open to the public free of
November 5, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 8
University responds to safety concerns
Spergel wins 'genius grant'
From Paisley to Princeton
Wei to resign as engineering dean
Top postdoctoral scholars bring expertise to campus
Rich pickin's: Bluegrass legend provides ample fodder for biography
findings that help explain why matter
Scholars to explore
religion and bioethics
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