N A S S A U N O T E S
A crane lowered the statue of John Witherspoon, president
of Princeton from 1768 to 1794 and a signer of the
Declaration of Independence, onto a plinth on the east side
of East Pyne Nov. 5. The work, by Scottish sculptor
Alexander Stoddart, was to be officially unveiled Nov.
Pinker to explain the nature of language Nov.
Bestselling author and psychologist Steven Pinker will
discuss his latest book, "Words and Rules: The Ingredients
of Language," at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in McCosh
In the book, Pinker, a professor of
psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
explores the nature of language -- how it works, how it
changes over time and how children pick it up. He looks at
linguistic phenomena from the vantage points of psychology,
biology, history, philosophy, linguistics and child
"Words and Rules" was a finalist for the
2000 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award from the American
Psychological Association. His bestselling book, "How the
Mind Works," was a finalist for both a Pulitzer Prize and a
National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1998. His other
bestseller, "The Language Instinct," was named one of the 10
Best Books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review and
received the 1995 William James Book Prize of the American
Pinker's talk is designated as the Louis
Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is part of the University's Public
Lectures Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing
information, visit <http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/>.
State department official to speak
John Dwyer, coordinator for international information
programs at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss "The
Impact of Technology on Diplomacy," at 4:30 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Amnesty International head here Nov. 12
A foreign service officer since 1978,
Dwyer was deputy associate director for information at the
U.S. Information Agency from August 1998 until October 1999,
when the agency was consolidated into the Department of
State. From 1996 to 1998, he served as minister-counselor
for public affairs at the U.S. embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.
His other assignments include stints in Bolivia, Venezuela
His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Office of
William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty
International USA, will present a public lecture titled "In
Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits
Us All" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in 301 Frist
Schulz will draw from his most recent
book, "In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights
Benefits All Americans" (Beacon Press, 2001). In the book,
he uses compelling arguments and vivid stories to respond to
those who attack the importance of human rights. He
maintains that the defense of human rights is essential to
the protection of national security, the environment,
international investments and public health in the United
States. Schulz seeks to reach across political and cultural
barriers to find a common strategic goal in human rights
that concerns all Americans.
The executive director of Amnesty
International USA since 1994, Schulz was appointed after 15
years with the Unitarian Universalist Association of
Congregations, where he served the last eight years as
Schulz's lecture is sponsored by the
Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry, the Frist Campus
Center, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, the Princeton University Store,
Amnesty International, Group #67-Mercer County, and
Princeton University Amnesty International. Immediately
following the lecture, Schulz will sign copies of his
Greenstein rates Bush since Sept. 11
Fred Greenstein, professor emeritus of politics and chair
of the Program in Leadership Studies at the Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs, will discuss
"The Political Leadership of George W. Bush: What a
Difference Sept. 11 Made" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
A recognized authority on the American
presidency, Greenstein has written or edited eight books on
the subject, including his most recent, "The Presidential
Difference: Leadership Styles from FDR to Clinton." The book
examines the leadership qualities of modern presidents and
rates their performance in categories ranging from
communication skills to leadership styles.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson School's Office of External Affairs.
Princeton Triangle Club
The Princeton Triangle Club will present its 111th
performance, "Absurd to the Wise," at 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 16-17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18,
at McCarter Theatre. For tickets, call 258-ARTS or order
them online by visiting <http://www.princeton.edu/~triangle/>.
The Art Museum
This head of a priest of the Imperial Cult is among the
48 works included in the "Empire of Stone: Roman Sculpture
from The Art Museum, Princeton University" exhibition at the
Art Museum through Jan. 20. The gallery has been
dramatically illuminated, revealing subtle details of dress,
ornament and modeling that bring to life the people, rulers
and gods of ancient Rome.
Euthanasia, ethics is topic on Nov. 14
Wesley Smith, a prominent public advocate and writer,
will speak on "Bioethics and Euthanasia" at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Computer Science Building 104.
A reception will follow.
Glover to discuss death penalty
Smith is an attorney and consultant for
the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force and the author
of several books, including "Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope
from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder" and, most
recently, "Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics
in America." He also is a consumer advocate and has
co-written four books with Ralph Nader.
Smith's address is the second lecture in
the Alpheus Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and
Political Thought, sponsored by the James Madison Program in
American Ideals and Institutions.
Actor and activist Danny Glover will speak on "State
Execution: The Death Penalty in America" at 8 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 15, in McCosh 50.
His public lecture is being sponsored by
the University and the Mercer County chapters of Amnesty
International. He is expected to address a number of
concerns about state execution, such as execution of the
innocent, failure to act as a deterrent, and racial and
Glover has received wide recognition for
his roles in more than 50 films, including the screen
adaptations of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" and Toni
Morrison's "Beloved"; HBO's production of "Mandela," for
which he received a Cable ACE Award and an NAACP Image
Award; and the action-thriller "Lethal Weapon" series.
A tireless human rights crusader, Glover
is a recipient of the Amnesty International USA Lifetime
Achievement Award for his "efforts to bring worldwide
attention to the human rights struggle." Such efforts have
included his role in the civil rights movement in Namibia,
his work as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations
Development Program and his commitment to abolition of the
Southeast Asia Lecture Series opens
Democracy, Capitalism and the Crisis: Thailand after
1997" is the title of the inaugural talk of the Southeast
Asia Lecture Series at Princeton, set for Thursday, Nov.
Professor Pasuk Phongpaichit of
Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Chris Baker, a
freelance writer, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in 0044 Friend
Pasuk is a visiting lecturer at the
School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns
Hopkins University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University
of Cambridge and has been awarded the title of senior
national research scholar of Thailand. Her work focuses on
political economy, corruption, the sex industry and social
Baker also earned his Ph.D. at the
University of Cambridge, where he has taught Asian history
and politics. He currently is working on a history of
Thailand. He and Pasuk are the co-authors of "Thailand:
Economy and Politics" (winner of the 1997 National Research
Prize for the Thai version), "Thailand's Boom and Bust" and
The Southeast Asia Lecture Series will
bring to campus academics and practitioners to discuss
political developments in the region. The series is
sponsored by the Center of International Studies, the
Department of Politics, the Council on Regional Studies, the
Southeast Asia Students Organization, Foreign Policy in
Focus and the International Center.
World Bank official lectures on gender
The World Bank's senior spokes-person on gender issues
will present a lecture titled "Changing Policies and
Strategies at the World Bank: The Example of Gender and
Development" on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Karen Mason, director of gender and
development in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
Network at the World Bank, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds
Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Gender and development is one of the four
areas of focus in the World Bank network. Staff working in
this area carry out a range of activities in support of the
bank's objective of mainstreaming gender in operational,
research and policy work.
The panel is sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Office of
'Comfort woman' to share experiences
Keum-Ju Hwang, a Korean woman who was forced into sexual
labor for Japanese soldiers in China during World War II,
will discuss her experiences as a "comfort woman" at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in McDonnell A01.
Her talk, titled "Lessons of Courage:
Lost Innocence, Hidden Truth, Restored Honor," is sponsored
by the politics department, history department, Humanities
Council and East Asian studies program. David Howell,
associate professor of East Asian studies and history, will
provide opening remarks.
Keum-Ju was forced into sexual slavery
for four years. To this day, she has suffered lingering
physical and psychological effects from the experience. She
told her story in the 1999 documentary film "Silence
Sept. 11 impact on the arts considered
Tso sessions exploring the effects of the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks and the subsequent U.S. military action in
Afghanistan on the arts and humanities are scheduled for
Friday, Nov. 16.
The panel discussions, titled "Terrorism
and War, the Arts and the Humanities: A Conversation in the
Aftermath of Sept. 11," will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in
McCormick 101. They are sponsored by the Council of the
The first session will focus on how Sept.
11 and its aftermath challenge, alter, limit and/or define
the work of the academy. Panelists will discuss what kind of
responsibilities such events place upon faculty members as
teachers, writers and public intellectuals. Speakers will be
Judith Butler, professor of rhetoric at the University of
California-Berkeley, and Princeton faculty members Gyan
Prakash, professor of history, and Michael Wood, chair of
the English department. The moderator will be Karen Beckman,
lecturer in English.
In the second session, which will begin
at about 4:30 p.m., panelists will explore if and how recent
events have shifted the frame of their practice in terms of
subject and style or context and reception. Speakers will be
Princeton faculty members Eduarda Cadava, associate
professor of English; Laura Kurgan, assistant professor of
architecture; and Lynne Tillman, lecturer in the Council of
the Humanities and creative writing. The moderator will be
Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of
Art and Archaeology.
November 12, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 9
Tilghman tells high school students of bright future in science
Time travel: Truth not always stranger than science fiction
Earth's light show is a clue to finding habitable neighbors
Freshman seminar looks at clothing as a social force
Tilghman charges groups with planning for future
By the numbers: Nassau Hall
United Way drive begins Nov. 15
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