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Evening with Kushner set
An Evening With Playwright Tony Kushner" is scheduled for
8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in McCosh 50.
The program will include an address
by Kushner, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony
Award-winning work "Angels in America," followed by a panel
The panelists will be: Emily Mann,
artistic director of McCarter Theatre; Maria DiBattista,
professor of English and comparative literature; Tamsen
Wolff, instructor of English; and Michael Cadden, director
of the Program in Theater and Dance.
Kushner's newest play,
"Homebody/Kabul," opened in December at the New York Theatre
Workshop. Completed before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,
the play tells the story of a middle-aged English woman -- a
"homebody" -- who travels to Afghanistan in 1998 and
Kushner's appearance is designated
as a Farnum Lecture and is part of the University's Public
Human Rights Watch director to speak April 1
Sidney Jones of Human Rights Watch-Asia will speak on
"Elusive Justice in East Timor and Indonesia" on Monday
April 1. The talk, part of the Southeast Asia Lecture
Series, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 2, Robertson
Jones has been the executive
director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch since
1989. An Indonesia specialist with 20 years of experience
working with the country, she took an eight-month leave of
absence from December 1999 through July 2000 to serve as
director of the human rights office of the United Nations
transitional administration in East Timor.
The lecture 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
Lecture series on international relations planned for
April and May
Alecture series on current issues in international
relations will be sponsored by Princeton's Liechtenstein
Institute on Self-Determination and the Center of
International Studies in April and May.
The first in the series of four
lectures will be given by Ambassador Frank Wisner, vice
chair for external affairs of the American International
Group, who, on Tuesday, April 2, will speak on "The
Middle East in Current American Diplomacy." Ambassador
Claudia Fritsche, permanent representative of the
Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, will
address "Opportunities and Challenges for Women in
Diplomacy" on Wednesday, April 3. These lectures will
begin at 4:30 p.m. in 46 McCosh.
Before joining the American
International Group in 1997, Wisner had a long and
distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, rising to
the rank of career ambassador, the highest in the
organization. He served as ambassador to India (1997-99),
undersecretary of defense for policy (1993-94),
undersecretary of state for international security affairs
(1992-93), ambassador to the Philippines (1991-92) and
ambassador to Egypt (1986-91). Earlier in his career, he
held various senior diplomatic posts for the State
Department in Morocco, Vietnam, Tunisia, Bangladesh and
Washington, D.C. He is a 1961 Princeton graduate.
Fritsche, who has served in her
present post since 1990, also is president of the
International Association of Permanent Representatives to
the United Nations. She has represented her country on the
European Committee on Equality Between Women and Men and has
chaired the Liechtenstein National Committee on Equality
Between Women and Men.
The final two lectures in the
series will be presented by: Curt Gasteyger, director of the
Program for Strategic and International Security Studies and
professor emeritus at the Graduate Institute of
International Studies in Geneva, on Wednesday, April
10; and Joseph Nye, the Don Price Professor of Public
Policy and the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University, on Wednesday, May
8. Further details will be announced closer to those
Sports Illustrated writer to lecture
Alexander Wolff, senior writer at Sports Illustrated,
will speak on "Sports in a Cultural Context: Why Michael
Jordan Is a Revolutionary Hero in China" at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, in 008 Friend Center.
A 1979 Princeton graduate, Wolff is
a Ferris Professor of Journalism at the University this
term. He is the author of six books, including "Big Game,
Small World: A Basketball Adventure." At Sports Illustrated
since 1981, he has covered the Olympics, soccer's World Cup,
Wimbledon and the Tour de France.
His lecture is sponsored by the
Council for the Humanities.
Talks planned on behavioral economics
On six afternoons in April, Jean Tirole of the University
of Toulouse will deliver a series of talks on "Egonomics:
Explorations in Economics and Psychology." The lectures will
cover some of the most significant developments in the newly
emerging field of behavioral economics.
The topics and dates are: "Homo
Economicus Gets a Psyche" (April 3); "The
Psychological Immune System" (April 8); "Emotional
Investment" (April 15); "The Economics of Illusion"
(April 17); "Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation"
(April 22); and "Implications for Public Policy"
(April 24). All will be delivered at 4:30 p.m. in
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Tirole is scientific director of
the Institut d'Economie Industrielle at the University of
Social Sciences in Toulouse, one of Europe's leading centers
for the study of economics, and also is affiliated with
Ecole des Ponts in Paris and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. He is the author or co-author of six books,
including "The Theory of Industrial Organization," "Game
Theory," "A Theory of Incentives in Regulation and
Procurement" and "The Pru-dential Regulation of Banks." He
is a past president of the Econometric Society and the
European Economic Association.
The presentations are part of the
Scribner Lecture Series, sponsored by the University and
Princeton University Press.
Barton to discuss new world 'disorder'
Frederick Barton, former United Nations deputy high
commissioner for refugees, will lecture on "Advancing Hope
in the New World Disorder" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
3, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
Barton is the Frederick Schultz
Class of 1951 Professor of Economic Policy and lecturer of
public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson
School. He will discuss the challenges of collapsing states,
fratricidal conflicts and massive dislocations that have
been chronicled with increasing sophistication the past few
years. According to Barton, little attention has been given
to recent experiments that hold some promise for redirecting
the politics of war-torn lands. He will review some of the
ongoing work and suggest changes that are needed for these
initiatives to be successful.
In his role with the United Nations
from 1999 to 2001, Barton was the second-in-command of the
lead global humanitarian organization charged with
protecting 22 million uprooted people in more than 130
countries. He served as the director of the Office of
Transition Initiatives for the U.S. Agency for International
Development from 1994 to 1999, managing humanitarian and
development assistance for the Philippines, Rwanda, Bosnia
The lecture is sponsored by the
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
17th-century music devotees gather here
Princeton's Department of Music will play host to the
10th annual meeting of the Society for 17th-Century Music
Thursday through Sunday, April 4-7, at Taplin
Auditorium, Fine Hall.
The international scholarly
organization is devoted to the study and performance of
17th-century music. This year's conference, with a special
focus on Venetian topics, is dedicated to the memory of two
scholars of Venetian music with close ties to this area:
Thomas Walker, professor of music at Princeton until his
death in 1995, and Irene Alm, associate professor of music
at Rutgers University.
A distinguished group of scholars
from Europe and the United States will present 16 papers,
and two special concerts are planned in conjunction with the
conference. At 8 p.m. Thursday, the University Concerts
Series and the music department will offer "A Venetian
Extravaganza" in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. At 8
p.m. Friday, Princeton students and community members will
perform "Capricious Idolatries: Exoticism in 17th-Century
Music and Dance" in Taplin Auditorium.
For more information, visit the
conference Web site at www.princeton.edu/~wbheller/sscm.htm,
or contact Wendy Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations focus on protecting women facing human
The head of a nonprofit organization dedicated to
protecting women facing human rights abuses will give two
presentations on campus on Thursday, April 4.
Layli Miller, director of the
Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Va., will discuss
"Do They Hear You When You Cry: Women's Struggle for Rights"
at 12:30 p.m. in the West Room of Murray-Dodge Hall. She
will focus on "Achieving the Equality of Women and Men:
Transforming Rhetoric into Reality through Law and
Transformation" at 4:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the
Frist Campus Center.
Miller is a lawyer who assisted in
the high-profile case involving Fauziya Kassindja, a young
woman from Togo who was seeking refuge in the United States
from the tribal practice of female genital mutilation. The
asylum that the U.S. government eventually granted Kassindja
set legal precedent. The case is chronicled in a book by
Miller and Kassindja titled "Do They Hear You When You
Lunch will be served during the
first presentation; those planning to attend are asked to
reserve a place by calling 986-7416. Both lectures are free
and open to the public.
The events are sponsored by the
Bahá'í Club, Undergraduate Student Government,
Woodrow Wilson School, Center for Community Service, Office
of Religious Life, Women's Center, Organization of Women
Leaders, Program in the Study of Women and Gender,
International Center and Third World Center.
Declaration of Independence is topic of April 5-6
Public officials, notable scholars and interested
citizens will gather on campus Friday and Saturday, April
5-6, to reflect upon and debate the significance of the
ideals of the Declaration of Independence as they relate to
the challenges facing America today.
The conference will run from 11:30
a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Steve Forbes, 1970 Princeton
graduate and president and chief executive officer of Forbes
Inc., will give a plenary address on "Why Investors -- and
Everyone -- Need Madisonian Restraint in Economic Policies"
at 6 p.m. Friday. Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated
columnist Charles Krauthammer will deliver a plenary address
at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The conference will feature five
panel discussions on issues such as "Equality in the 21st
Century," "Rights of the Individual" and "Religion and the
Concept of Divinely Endowed Rights." Distinguished scholars
from across the United States will participate in the
panels, including: Pauline Maier, the William Kenan Jr.
Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology; John DiIulio Jr., the Frederic Fox Leadership
Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society at the
University of Pennsylvania; and Amitai Etzioni, a University
Professor at George Washington University.
The conference is sponsored by the
James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
and the D&D Foundation. For more information, including
a schedule of events, visit the Madison program Web site at
or call Seana Sugrue at 258-6333.
Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books by European
The arrest, trial, torture, death and resurrection of
Christ is examined in an exhibition titled "In the Mirror of
Christ's Passion: Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books by
European Masters" on view through June 9 at the
University Art Museum. The exhibit features 56 prints,
drawings and illustrated books from the museum and the
Department of Rare Books at Firestone Library, including
"Christ Carrying the Cross" (above), a 15th-century
engraving by German artist Martin Schongauer. The exhibition
was organized by Todor Todorov, a Ph.D. candidate in the
Department of Art and Archaeology.
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