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McCarter Theatre

Playwright Eric Bogosian has brought the world premiere of his work, "Humpty Dumpty," to McCarter Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 10-12, 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. The play centers on a group of young, urban over-achievers on a weekend country outing equipped with everything but survival skills. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.

Katz examines wages at Harvard

Lawrence Katz, professor of economics at Harvard University and former chair of the Harvard Committee on Employment and Contracting Policies, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. The address is titled "Universities and the Low-Wage Labor Market: Outsourcing and Wages at Harvard University."
     Katz's research focuses on labor economics and the economics of social problems. The committee he chaired sought to raise the wages of lower-paid employees at Harvard. Its final report, issued last December, recommended that Harvard raise pay, establish a parity wage and benefits policy to govern on-site contractors, and adopt a strengthened code of conduct for service contractors. It also called for the university to issue strong statements about workplace norms and expectations, to standardize mechanisms to ensure comprehensive supervisory training about the fair and proper treatment of employees, and to promote policies to protect the legal rights of on-campus employees.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Photographer shows his work

Photographer Fazal Sheikh will present a slide lecture on his work at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
     Sheikh, who studied under Emmet Gowin and graduated from Princeton in 1987, has focused his work on refugees in Africa. Most recently, he sought out communities of Afghanis displaced by the civil war.
     Sheikh's work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Kenya.
     This lecture is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

Moore to focus on trust in government

David Moore, senior editor of the Gallup Poll and a senior analyst at the Gallup Organization, will address the questions "Do Americans Really Trust Their Government (And Does It Really Matter)?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
     Moore works closely with Gallup's polling partners, CNN and USA Today, to design questionnaires to be used in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. He regularly writes analytical articles for the Gallup Poll Web site and the Gallup Poll Monthly. In addition, he is the senior analyst on the monthly survey of investors, The Index of Investor Optimism, sponsored by UBS/Paine Webber. He is the author of the 1992 book "The Superpollsters: How They Measure and Manipulate Public Opinion in America."
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Princeton Survey Research Center and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

Akamai executive looks at challenges of the Internet

Tom Leighton, founder and chief scientist of Akamai Technologies Inc., will be on campus Tuesday, April 9, as the seventh Gordon Wu Distinguished Lecturer. Leighton's talk, titled "Future Challenges of the Internet," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 006 Friend Center.
     Leighton founded Akamai in 1998 with Danny Lewin and a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists and business professionals. The company is a leading provider of secure, outsourced e-business infrastructure services and software. Its customers include Yahoo!, Monster.com and MSNBC.com.
     "An 'Akamaized' site is a faster site," Leighton said. "Akamai is an unusual environment that blends theory and practice. I will discuss some of the technical challenges involved in operating a network of thousands of content servers across multiple geographies on behalf of thousands of customers."
     He added that his talk will be introductory in nature and should appeal to a broad audience. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.
     The Gordon Wu Distinguished Lecture was created in 1993 by the School of Engineering and Applied Science to recognize outstanding achievements and accomplishments of alumni and friends.

Shaping political authority is talk topic for April 10

How Freedom of Conscience Shapes Political Authority" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in 104 Computer Science Building.
     William Galston, professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, will deliver the Alpheus Mason Lecture in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. A reception will follow.
     Galston is a political theorist who both studies and participates in American politics and domestic policy. He was deputy assistant to President Clinton during the first two years of his administration. He also was executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal chaired by Sam Nunn and William Bennett.
     A founding member of the board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Galston has chaired the campaign's Task Force on Religion and Public Values. He is the author of "Liberal Purposes: Goods, Virtues and Diversity in the Liberal State."
     The event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Romero to discuss current state of civil liberties in America

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will present a lecture titled "The State of Civil Liberties" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Romero, a 1987 graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, became the ACLU's sixth executive director last September. A former Ford Foundation executive and public interest attorney, he is the first Latino and openly gay man to take the helm of the organization.
     Romero joined the Ford Foundation in 1992 as a program officer. Within four years, he was promoted to become one of the youngest directors in Ford's history. Until last fall, he was the director of human rights and international cooperation, leading the foundation's largest program. Under his guidance, the foundation launched groundbreaking grant-making initiatives to address issues including affirmative action, voting rights and redistricting, immigrants' rights, women's rights, reproductive freedom, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.

Filmmaker to speak at screening

Senegalese filmmaker Mansour Sora Wade will speak at a screening of his new film, "Ndeysaan," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
     "Ndeysaan," which means "The Price of Forgiveness," will have its U.S. premiere at the New York African Film Festival six days before it is shown in Princeton. The film is in Wolof, which is spoken in Senegal, with English subtitles. Wade will introduce the film and participate in a discussion immediately following the screening.
     The event is sponsored by the Committee for Film Studies. For more information, contact Rachel Gabara at 258-6127.

Governor will speak on future of Puerto Rico

Sila Maria Calderón, governor of Puerto Rico, will present a lecture titled "Puerto Rico: Looking Ahead" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Calderón was inaugurated as the first female governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in January 2001, following a three-year term as mayor of the capital city of San Juan. She began her career in the Puerto Rican government in the early 1970s, serving as executive aide to the labor secretary, special aide to the governor for economic development and labor, chief of staff for the governor, secretary of government and secretary of state.
     Calderón left the public sector in 1990 and served on several corporate and foundation boards. From 1990 to 1995, she was in charge of a community effort that involved the private and public sectors in the social and economic rehabilitation of one of San Juan's poorest areas.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Latin American Studies.

  

Segev presents views on post-Zionism

Iraeli historian and journalist Tom Segev will deliver the 24th Carolyn Drucker '80 Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in 302 Frist Campus Center. His lecture is entitled "Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel."
     Segev is well known for his several histories of Israel: "1949: The First Israelis" (1986); "The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust" (1993), and "One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate" (2001). He is acknowledged as a major voice among Israel's so-called "new historians." His most recent work, "Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel," will be published in May.
     This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Jewish Studies.

Graphic Arts at Firestone Library

"Niagara," an 1857 chromolithograph by Charles Risdon Day after the painting by Frederick Edwin Church, is part of an exhibition that opens Sunday, April 14, in the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts at Firestone Library. The exhibition, titled "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American Landscape," will run through Oct. 6. Rebecca Davidson, curator of graphic arts and of the exhibition, will present a lecture, "To Have and To Hold, To Cherish and Destroy: The 'Romance' of the American Landscape," at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
 
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April 8, 2002
Vol. 91, No. 22
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Contents

Page one
Faculty research projects take on new meaning after Sept. 11
Nuclear threat remains long after the Cold War

Inside
Time is optimal for publication of comprehensive encyclopedia
Research projects address terrorism from many angles
Two develop interdisciplinary course as Behrman fellows
Two juniors win 2002 Truman Scholarship 

People
Sportlight, retiring
Briefs

Sections
By the numbers
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events


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