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Poet Tom Paulin will read
Poet Tom Paulin will read from his work at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185
Nassau St. He won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1977 for his
first collection of poetry, "A State of Justice." His recent
collection is titled "The Invasion Handbook." The reading is
sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies.
Writers to hold reading
Writers Andrea Ashworth and Marlys West will read from
their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the
Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
The two are this year's Hodder Fellows in
the Humanities Council (see related story on page 3). They
will be introduced by faculty members Joyce Carol Oates and
James Richardson. The event is part of the Program in
Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.
Author of 'Naked Economics' to speak
A lecture titled "Naked Economics: Reflections on the
Role of Govern-ment" will be presented at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, in 016 Robertson Hall.
Charles Wheelan, the director of policy
and communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020 and former
Midwest correspondent for The Economist, will speak. Chicago
Metropolis 2020 is a business-sponsored nonprofit group that
conducts long-range planning for the Chicago region.
Wheelan is the author of "Naked
Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science," published by W.W.
Norton & Co. in September 2002. He also has written
freelance articles for The Chicago Tribune, The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. He
received a master's degree in public affairs in 1993 from
the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs, which is sponsoring the lecture.
'The Third World novelist' is topic of scholar's
A talk entitled "You Who Read Me, Friend or Enemy: The
Choices of the Third World Novelist" will open the 2002-03
Southeast Asia Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct.
Benedict Anderson, the Aaron Binenkorb
Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell
University, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium,
Anderson is widely known for his seminal
work on the origins of nationalism, "Imagined Communities"
(1983). His writings on nationalism have crossed
disciplinary boundaries and have been read in fields as
diverse as anthropology, literature, history, law and
His early work examined revolution in
Indonesia and was published as "Java in a Time of
Revolution" (1972). His most recent work comprises several
essays ranging broadly across Southeast Asian politics and
has been published as "The Spectre of Comparisons" (1998).
Anderson is the recipient of numerous honors including the
1998 Association for Asian Studies Award for Distinguished
Contributions to Scholarship on Asia.
This lecture is cosponsored by the Center
of International Studies, the Program in East Asian Studies,
the Council on Regional Studies, Foreign Policy in Focus and
the Southeast Asia Society.
Lawyer to discuss protection of human rights in
Colombia Oct. 3
Rafael Barrios-Mendivil, Colombian lawyer and human
rights defender with the Lawyers' Collective "Jose Alvear
Restrepo," will present a lecture, "Protecting Human Rights
in Colombia: Local Action and International Collaboration,"
on Thursday, Oct. 3. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. in
016 Robertson Hall.
The Lawyers' Collective litigates human
rights cases nationally in Colombia and internationally.
Barrios-Mendivil has been with the collective since 1988,
and has been addressing Colombian issues before the Human
Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva, as well
as before the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights of
the Organization of American States, since 1995. He
currently heads the collective's Washington, D.C., office,
working with the OAS and UN.
The lecture will be given in Spanish with
a translator. It is cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Latin
Festival showcases Latin American and Spanish
Afestival focusing on documentary films from Latin
America and Spain is planned for Saturday through Wednesday,
Oct. 5-9. Most events will take place in the Frist
Performance Theater on the third floor of the Frist Campus
Subtitled "Crossing Borders," the
Princeton Documentary Festival will explore connections
between countries and cultures, fact and fiction, and
information and experience.
"Documentary production in Latin America
and Spain has never before shown such vitality and
diversity, reflecting -- in surprising ways perhaps -- the
moment of crisis and change on many fronts that these
societies are facing," said Andrés Di Tella, an
Argentine filmmaker and the director of the festival. "All
manners of relations and limits are being redefined, as
filmmakers cross the borders of convention and genre,
challenging long-held beliefs about reality and
The films selected for the festival
illustrate one of the latest developments in the genre: the
personal investigation. These are films in which the story
under investigation becomes inextricably mingled with the
experience of the individual carrying out the
Films to be shown include "La
televisión y yo" ("Television and Me"); "Viva Sao
Joao!" ("Hooray St. John!"); "Um Passaporte Hungaro" ("A
Hungarian Passport"); "En construcción" ("Work in
Progress"); and "La batalla de Chile" ("The Battle of
Chile"). All films are in Spanish or Portuguese with English
There also will be a workshop for
graduate students and a discussion with Di Tella and
Brazilian filmmaker Sandra Kogut. For the complete schedule,
The festival was conceived by Ricardo
Piglia, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and
cultures at Princeton. It is being sponsored by the
Department of Spanish Languages and Cultures, the Program in
Latin American Studies, the Council for Regional Studies,
the Council of the Humanities and Wilson College. For more
information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 258-7180.
Hit the classroom before the stadium
The Alumni Council is once again offering Tiger football
fans a chance to hit the classroom before they hit the
The council has organized a series of
lectures this fall that precede each home football game. The
lectures are free and are open to alumni, family members,
faculty and staff.
Here is the schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 12 (Colgate
game): Simon Morrison, assistant professor of music, "How to
Listen to a Movie," 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 (Brown
game): James Gould, professor of ecology and evolutionary
biology, "Animal Behavior," 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 (Harvard
game): Anthony Appiah, the Laurance Rockefeller University
Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human
Values, "Being Yourself: Race and Individuality," 10
Saturday, Nov. 9
(Pennsylvania game): Lee Mitchell, the Holmes Professor of
Belles-Lettres and professor of English, "Does Reading Good
Books Make You Better?," 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 (Dartmouth
game): William Howarth, professor of English, "Earth
Islands: Darwin and Melville in the Galapagos," 10 a.m.
All will take place in 10 Guyot, and
space is limited. For more information, contact Christine
Hollendonner at the Alumni Council at 258-5854 or email@example.com.
The University Library has acquired a new addition to
its extensive collection of Islamic manuscripts.
William J. Trezise, a New York businessman, has donated
his collection of Arabic calligraphy to the library's
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Selected
pieces of the William J. Trezise Collection of Arabic
Calligraphy will go on display in the Firestone Library
lobby Oct. 1.
The collection illustrates the principal
forms of Arabic script, chiefly through more than 100 leaves
from handwritten copies of the Qur'an. These leaves date
from the 9th to the 19th century, when the Qur'an finally
began to be printed in the Islamic world.
A 9th- or 10th-century leaf of
the Qur'an in Kufic script from the William J.
Trezise Collection of Arabic Calligraphy.
The calligraphy expands the University
Library's collection of more than 11,000 manuscripts in
Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and other languages of the
Islamic world. Princeton owns the largest collection of
Islamic manuscripts in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately
two-thirds of the holdings constitute the 1942 gift of
Robert Garrett, a member of the class of 1897. Carefully
built over the course of more than a century, Princeton's
collection continues to grow by gift and purchase.
The Qur'an leaves displayed in Firestone
illustrate the special place of calligraphy and luxurious
rendering of the sacred word in the Islamic world, according
to Don Skemer, curator of manuscripts in the Department of
Rare Books and Special Collections.
"After the Prophet Muhammad's death in
A.D. 632, the revelations that constitute the Qur'an were
organized into 114 Suras or chapters, and then written down
in the Meccan script, a local North Semitic script that had
been derived from Nabatean script," he said. "Reading from
right to left, Arabic script was used to render 28 letters
(based on 18 basic letter shapes, with letter pointing).
Over the next 12 centuries, the Qur'an was disseminated by
means of scribal copies."
Until the 12th century, ornamental Kufic
script was most often used to copy the Qur'an; thereafter
Naskhi cursive script became most common. Other styles of
fine calligraphy represented in the Trezise Collection are
Thuluth, Nastaliq and Maghribi. The work of Persian and
Ottoman Turkish calligraphers was particularly well
"The elegant formation of written
characters was enhanced by beautiful page design, the use of
glazed or hand-polished Arabic paper, and embellishments in
gold, lapis lazuli and other colors," Skemer said. "Through
conquest and conversion, Arabic script spread from the
Arabian peninsula to all parts of the Near East, then to
Africa, Spain, the Ottoman Empire (into the Balkans), the
Indian subcontinent and parts of Central and East Asia.
"Through its association with religion,
calligraphy became an art form that had a status not easily
appreciated by most people in the West, where mechanical
reproduction and electronic communication are so important,"
he continued. "While occupying an honored place in the arts
of the Islamic world because of its role in disseminating
the Qur'an, Arabic calligraphy influenced all areas of
intellectual life and artistic decoration."
For more information, contact Skemer at
258-3184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition devoted to art conservation
"Beyond the Visible: A Conservator's Perspective," an
exhibition devoted to art conservation organized by
University Art Museum conservator Norman Muller, will be on
view at the museum through Jan. 5. The exhibition
focuses on the techniques and materials of nine old master
paintings in the museum's collection. It will present
documentary material and technical photographs that describe
the examination process of each work preceding actual
conservation treatment. Two of the paintings on view have
never before been exhibited due to their fragile condition.
The infrared reflectogram digital composite pictured here
shows a detail of the underdrawing on an oil painting,
"Adoration of the Magi," by an anonymous 16th-century
artist. The painting was based on the work of 15th-century
Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes.
Poet Tom Paulin will read from his work
at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Stewart Film Theater,
185 Nassau St. He won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1977 for
his first collection of poetry, "A State of Justice." His
recent collection is titled "The Invasion Handbook." The
reading is sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies.
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