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Seamus Heaney to visit campus April 15-18
Irish poet Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Laureate in
Literature, will visit Princeton's campus Monday through
Thursday, April 15-18.
His visit to Princeton, sponsored
by the Program in Hellenic Studies, the Program in Creative
Writing and the Council of the Humanities, will include a
reading and a lecture that are open to the public. He also
will meet informally with faculty and students.
Heaney is currently the Ralph Waldo
Emerson Poet in Residence at Harvard University and has
previously held academic appointments at the universities of
Dublin and Oxford.
The reading will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander
Heaney will deliver the 11th Helen
Buchanan Seeger Lecture in Hellenic Studies at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, in McCosh 50. The title of his address
is "'Hellenize It': Poets, Poems, Predicaments in Greece and
In addition, an exhibition in the
Firestone Library lobby has been organized in connection
with Heaney's visit. Titled "Seamus Heaney: An Irish Poet in
Greece," it will be on display until April 30.
Heaney has made repeated visits to
Greece. His most recent volume of verse, "Electric Light"
(2001), includes several poems in which Heaney draws on his
observation of the modern Greek society and people, as well
as on his knowledge of classical Greek literature.
An abstract of Heaney's talk
proposes that "Greece and Ireland have much in common: two
nations with ancient mythologies and interrupted histories;
two nations that achieved independence through the growth of
romantic nationalism, both political and cultural; two
nations where a prophetic or at least a public role is
always available to the poet." The abstract states that
Heaney "will consider the parallel situation of the Greek
and Irish poet in modern times and talk about some
Heaney received the Nobel Prize for
his "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt
everyday miracles and the living past."
'English Patient' author here
Author and poet Michael Ondaatje will read from his work
in a program at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, in McCosh
Ondaatje won the Booker Prize,
England's highest honor for fiction, in 1992 for "The
English Patient," which was later made into an Academy
Award-winning film. He also has won Canada's Governor
General's Award and the Canada-Australia Prize.
His other works include a memoir of
his childhood, "Running in the Family"; a collection of
poetry, "There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning To Do";
and several novels, "Anil's Ghost," "In the Skin of the
Lion" and "Coming Through Slaughter." He has taught for many
years at York University in Toronto.
The reading is sponsored by the
Canadian studies program and the Council of the
Lecture focuses on political and economic challenges
A lecture on "Challenges for Women: Political and
Economic Decision-Making" is set for Monday, April
15, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
June Zeitlin, executive director of
the Women's Environment and Development Organization, will
speak at 4:30 p.m.
A women's rights advocate for more
than 25 years, Zeitlin joined the organization as executive
director in 1999. She previously worked at the Ford
Foundation, where she oversaw work on women's rights in the
United States and expanded its global work on women's
issues. While at the foundation, she developed a program
examining the integration of gender, work and family and the
need for institutional change.
The lecture is sponsored by the
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.
NYC Council speaker relates exeriences
Gifford Miller, a 1992 Princeton graduate who is speaker
of the New York City Council, will present the Priscilla
Glickman/Ivy Club Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, April 15,
in 104 Computer Science Building.
Program in Visual Arts
His address, titled "From Princeton
Senior to Speaker of the New York City Council in 10 Years,"
will be followed by a reception at the Ivy Club, 43 Prospect
Miller first won a seat on the city
council in 1996. He was elected speaker in January 2002,
replacing Peter Vallone. The job is considered by many the
second most powerful position in the city.
Paintings, including this "Self-Portrait," by senior Emy
Kim will be on display Tuesday through Saturday, April
16-20, at the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. Kim is
displaying her senior thesis work in the Program in Visual
Arts along with photography by senior Josephine Sittenfeld.
The opening reception for the show will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
President of League of Women Voters to speak on
Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, president of the League of
Women Voters, will speak on "The League of Women Voters and
Election Reform" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Jefferson-Jenkins was elected
president of the League of Women Voters and chair of the
League of Women Voters Education Fund in 1994. She is the
first woman of African-American descent to head the
organization. In her second term as president, she has
placed a high priority on issues such as increased citizen
participation in the electoral process, campaign finance
reform, voting and health care. She leads the education and
advocacy efforts of the league on public policy issues while
also working to encourage women and ethnic minorities to run
for public office.
Jefferson-Jenkins is a recognized
authority on the voting rights of African Americans and is
the author of "The Road to Black Suffrage" and "One Man One
Vote: The History of the African-American Vote in the United
The lecture is sponsored by the
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
and offered in conjunction with an undergraduate task force
on "Designing American Electoral Reform."
Panel planned on Sept. 11 backlash
Representatives from three advocacy groups will present a
panel discussion titled "Backlash: Discrimination Facing the
Asian Pacific American Community After 9/11" on Wednesday,
April 17. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 302
The panelists will be Nicholas
Rathod of South Asian American Leaders for Tomorrow, June
Han of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
and Joshua Salaam of the Council on American Islamic
Relations. These three organizations have led calls for the
government to further explore the hate crimes committed
against South Asians and Muslims after Sept. 11, as well as
to re-evaluate its own policies to prevent racial profiling
The event is presented as part of
the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. For
more information, contact Taufiq Rahim at email@example.com.
Art historian to give Tanner lectures
T.J. Clark, the George and Helen Pardee Professor of Art
History at the University of California-Berkeley, will
deliver the Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Wednesday and
Thursday, April 17-18, in 101 Friend Center.
The theme of his lectures, which
begin at 4:30 p.m., will be "Painting at Ground Level." He
will explore the uniquely human phenomenon of standing
upright, and how painters use bipedalism to explore the
pleasures, weaknesses and ambiguities of human
Four specially invited scholars
will deliver commentaries following each lecture. The
discussants for Wednesday's lecture, titled "Poussin's Mad
Pursuit," will be Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for
Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of
Art, and Richard Wollheim, professor of philosophy at
Berkeley. The commentators following the second lecture,
titled "Bruegel in the Land of Cockaigne," will be Svetlana
Alpers, professor emerita of the history of art at Berkeley
and visiting research professor at New York University, and
David Freedberg, professor of art history at Columbia
Clark is the author of five books
on modern art, including "Farewell to an Idea: Episodes From
a History of Modernism" and "The Painting of Modern Life:
Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers."
The lectures are sponsored by the
University Center for Human Values. Each will be followed by
a reception at Prospect House. For more information, call
258-4798 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Urban Diasport' conference set
A conference on "Urban Diaspora: The City in Jewish
History" will take place Wednesday through Friday, April
17-19, on campus.
Focusing on the enduring
significance of the city as the locus of Jewish experience,
the conference will provide an opportunity to explore new
ways of taking history beyond the political frontiers of
nation and empire. The primary goal is to use specific urban
settings to enable discussion of broader issues, including
economic restructuring, social mobility, and intellectual
and cultural interchange.
Kenneth Jackson, the Jacques Barzun
Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia
University and a commentator on the PBS series "New York: A
Documentary Film," will present the keynote lecture at 7:30
p.m. Wednesday in 101 McCormick. Jackson, who teaches a
legendary course on the history of New York, will speak on
"Jewish Metropolis: The Past and Future of New York
Sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to
6:30 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in
Bobst Hall. For a complete schedule, visit www.princeton.edu/
The conference is being sponsored
by the Program in Jewish Studies, Ronald Perelman Institute,
Shelby Collum Davis Center for Historical Studies, Eberhard
Faber IV Class of 1915 Memorial Lecture Fund and School of
Architecture. For more information, call 258-0394 or e-mail
Composers offer musical reactions
An unusual concert of "reactionary" music, with
performances of world premieres and classic repertoire, is
planned for Thursday, April 18.
Titled "For Every Action There is a
Reaction," the free event will begin at 8 p.m. in Richardson
Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
It will feature four second-year
Ph.D. candidates who are required to present a concert as
part of their general examination -- a crucial step towards
the achievement of the final degree. Each candidate has
selected an existing work and composed a musical response to
Works by John Dowland, Johannes
Brahms, Leos Janacek and Steve Reich have served as the
principal inspiration for the program. The "responses" have
been composed by Randall Bauer, Brooke Joyce, Tae Hong Park
and Sharon Zhu. Performers will include the Brentano String
Quartet, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and the Princeton Chapel
Officials debate trust in government
"In Government We Trust?" is the topic to be debated at
the University's annual Symposium on New Jersey Issues
Friday, April 19.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. It is open
to the public free of charge, but registration is
The symposium will feature a panel
of legislators who respond to the comments made by a panel
of non-elected officials with diverse academic and
professional expertise in government.
Sponsored by the Office of
Community and State Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs, the symposium focuses on
topics of interest to New Jersey legislators. Persons
interested in attending may register by e-mail at email@example.com
or fax at 258-1294. For more information, visit web.princeton.edu/
Jazz composer Maria Schneider will bring her big band to
campus at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, for a concert in
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Part of the
University Concerts Jazz Series, the program will feature
compositions by Schneider as well as jazz standards. Tickets
are available through the Richardson box office at
Seminar offered on investments
Aseminar on "The Five Fundamentals of Successful Wealth
Accumulation" is set for Tuesday, April 23, in Frist
Multipurpose Room C. There will be two sessions: from noon
to 1 p.m.; and from 1 to 2 p.m.
David Bailin, chartered financial
consultant and chartered life underwriter, will lead a
discussion of the basic rules one should follow in making
investment decisions in all markets, utilizing principles of
the 1990 Nobel Prize-winning Modern Portfolio Theory.
Participants will learn how to get higher returns without
taking significant risks. The seminar is intended as a
primer not only for those beginning to manage investment
portfolios, but also for those who are approaching
retirement and wondering how to invest their funds.
Those planning to attend are
encouraged to e-mail their questions in advance to
<lynno@princeton. edu>. The seminar is sponsored by
the Work-Life Task Force of the Standing Committee on the
Status of Women.
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