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Jesse Jackson to give keynote address at conference on Puerto Rico

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will give the opening keynote address at a conference on Puerto Rico Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, on the Princeton campus.
     Scholars, activists and students will participate in the conference, which is titled "Puerto Ricans: Second Class Citizens in 'Our' Democracy?" Sessions will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Bowen and McCosh halls. The conference is free and open to the public.
     Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, will speak at 11:45 a.m. Friday in McCosh 50. He is expected to discuss his efforts on behalf of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Jackson has protested U.S. military bombing exercises there.
     The conference is being organized by an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the departments of Spanish, Portuguese, sociology and history as well as the Princeton Theological Seminary.
     The organizers of the conference want to initiate a dialogue among intellectuals, students, professionals and activists about what it means to be Puerto Rican in this millennium. They hope to explore such issues as how people in the commonwealth culturally identify with Latin America but have U.S. citizenship; enjoy the "privileges" of American democracy and welfare benefits but at the cost of facing discrimination; and are forced to sacrifice a portion of their national territory to bombing by the U.S. Navy.
     The conference will feature roundtable discussions on four topics: migration and citizenship; education and citizenship; law and citizenship; and Vieques. Participants will include: the Rev. Wilfredo Estrada, secretary general of the Bible Society of Puerto Rico; Juan Flores, professor of black and Puerto Rican studies at the City University of New York; Efrén Rivera Ramos, dean of the University of Puerto Rico Law School; Marcia Rivera, a distinguished Puerto Rican sociologist; and Sonia Sotomayor, a 1976 Princeton graduate who is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge.
     The conference is sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies and supported by a number of other University offices and departments. For more information, visit this Web page: <http://www.princeton.edu/plasweb/>.

Gandhi speaks on nonviolence

Arun Gandhi, grandson of the legendary spiritual leader and peace advocate Mohandas Gandhi, will speak on "Terrorism, Nonviolence and Justice" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in McCosh 10.
     Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, will discuss the philosophy of nonviolence as taught to him by his grandfather and its applicability in a world where events like those of Sept. 11 are a reality. He also will discuss how people can work to bring terrorists to justice from a nonviolence perspective, distinguishing justice from responses such as retaliation and retribution.
     After leading successful projects for economic and social reform in India, Gandhi and his wife, Sunanda, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in 1991. Headquartered at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, the institute seeks to foster understanding of nonviolence and to put that philosophy to practical use through workshops, lectures and community outreach programs.
     His lecture is sponsored by the Third World Center.

Panel planned on effects of Sept. 11

Three media representatives will participate in a panel discussion titled "Ten Weeks After: The Media and Public Opinion Since Sept. 11" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     The panel, moderated by Tom Goldstein, a former reporter who is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, will analyze and evaluate the media response to the events of Sept. 11. Participants will include: Kerry Lauerman, Washington Bureau Chief of salon.com; John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation; and Steve Rendall, a senior analyst for FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
     The panel is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Office of External Affairs.

 

Chinese opera star to perform

Noted Chinese opera actress and teacher Susan Chik will present a performance and workshop on Chinese opera at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Multipurpose Room B of the Frist Campus Center.
     The event is free and will be conducted in English. Following a 30- to 45-minute performance and video presentation, Chik will teach some basic operatic gestures, stage steps and acrobatic moves. Taking part in the performance will be her daughter, Janice, a Princeton freshman, and other family members.
     In the 1970s Chik was a leading actress for the Lu-Kwung Theatre in Taiwan, and later performed with the National Chinese Opera Theatre of Taiwan.
     The event is being organized by the International Center and the Chinese Students Association.

Times religion writer talks on tolerance

A national religion correspondent at The New York Times will present a public lecture titled "Toleration for What Purpose? A Perspective on American Religious Pluralism" Wednesday, Nov. 28.
     Gustav Niebuhr will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. He reports on trends in religion as well as breaking news throughout the United States. He also writes a biweekly religion column for The Times and covers religion stories in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
     Before coming to the Times in 1994, Niebuhr was a religion reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1986-89), The Wall Street Journal (1989-92) and The Washington Post (1992-94). A guest speaker at many academic institutions, he recently taught courses on religion and the news media at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
     His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Human rights advocate here

Joost Hiltermann, executive director of the arms division of Human Rights Watch, will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     His lecture, titled "Arming Afghanistan: A History of Arms and Human Rights," is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Students for Informed Dialogue.
     The executive director of the arms division since 1994, Hiltermann has been instrumental in bringing about international bans on antipersonnel land mines and blinding lasers and contributed to the creation of the United Nations' investigation of arms trafficking in Africa.

Scholar focuses on military ops

Micael O'Hanlon "U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan: Where Are We Going?" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in McCosh 28.
     O'Hanlon, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton, is the author of two books published this year, "Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense" and "Defense Policy Choices for the Bush Administration, 2001-2005." He is a former defense and foreign policy budget analyst for the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
     His lecture is being sponsored by the Center of International Studies.

 

American Repertory Ballet

The American Repertory Ballet will present its new version of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" Nov. 21-26 at McCarter Theatre. The production is under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Graham Lustig. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit <http://www.mccarter.org>.

Flowers and Angels

This photograph is one of the works on display through Jan. 3 in the Women and Gender Studies Lounge, Dickinson 113. Titled "Flowers and Angels: A Photographic Exhibit," the show features the work of freelance artist Donna Jablin Barnett.
 

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November 19, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 10
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Contents

In the news
Lewis gift to support Gehry-designed science library
Princeton decides not to continue in Alliance for Life-Long Learning

Inside
United Way drive kicks off
Web feedback sought through online survey
Breakfast with President Tilghman
Shapiro Walk dedicated

Faculty
Whatever happened to fast-talking dames?
Prucnal making light work to accelerate the Internet

People
Brown, Nehamas chosen for new Mellon awards
Maxwell served 37 years in engineering
Trustees OK transfer of Graves, Lipton to emeritus status
People/Spotlight

Sections
• By the numbers:
University Library
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events


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