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Talk examines Iraq and just war

Political philosopher Michael Walzer will present a lecture titled "The Triumph of Just War Theory: Is Iraq a Just War?" on Monday, Oct. 21. The address will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Walzer has been a permanent faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study since 1980. He has written on a variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His book, "Just and Unjust Wars," is considered by many an indispensable text in ethics and international affairs.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is part of a speaker series leading up to the Princeton Colloquium on International Affairs. The colloquium, titled "A World of Good and Evil? The Return to Morality in International Affairs," will take place April 25-26. It will address the ethical and policy considerations underlying key foreign affairs issues ranging from homeland security to the confrontation with Iraq.

Tenner will lecture on "Wilson and the Honor System"

Edward Tenner will present a lecture on "Wilson and the Honor System" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in 104 Computer Science Building.
     "Woodrow Wilson and the Honor Code are rightly linked," Tenner said, "but Wilson disclaimed credit and acknowledged that the code was purely a student initiative. I'll look at the rampant cheating of the 1890s and the mentality behind it, the undergraduate leaders of the Princeton campaign against it and the influence of the code on Wilson's thinking and Princeton's development."
     The lecture is in connection with the exhibition, "Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: The Path to the Presidency," on view at Firestone Library through Oct. 27. A reception at the Mudd Manuscript Library will follow the lecture.


Prize-winning novelist to read from his work here Oct. 23

Novelist John Edgar Wideman will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. He will be introduced by Joyce Carol Oates, the Roger Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities.
     A prolific author, Wideman has written some 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. He is the first writer to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, in 1984 for "Sent for You Yesterday" and in 1991 for "Philadelphia Fire." His nonfiction book "Brothers and Keepers" received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir "Fatheralong" was a finalist for the National Book Award. His 1996 book "The Cattle Killing" won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction.
     Wideman's writing also has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Harper's Magazine and Esquire. He has received the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year for "Weight" (2000), the Rea Prize for short fiction (1998) and a MacArthur Fellowship (1993-98). In 2001, he was appointed a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he has taught in the English department since 1986.
     The event is part of the Program in Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.

Second year of President's Lecture Series begins Oct. 23

The lecture series started by President Tilghman last year to bring together faculty members from different disciplines will continue this year with three more lectures.
     The President's Lecture Series grew out of meetings Tilghman had with faculty shortly after she was named president in 2001. She asked for suggestions for new programs, and faculty responded with the idea for a forum where they could come together and learn about the work other faculty members are doing in a variety of fields.
     These lectures are planned for the 2002-03 academic year:
     · On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and chair of the Council of the Humanities, will speak on "Technica Curiosa: Technology and Magic in Early Modern Europe." He will discuss how scholars and philosophers began to take an interest in technology and will argue that a temporary union between magic and engineering, which took place in the 15th and 16th centuries, had much to do with this change -- and with the rise of what came to be called the "new" or "mechanical philosophy" of the 17th century.
     · On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Carol Armstrong, the Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies and professor of art and archaeology, will present a talk concerning Manet and Cézanne, the "heroics" of modernism and a feminist alternative to the canonical accounts of their art.
     · On Wednesday, March 5, Vincent Poor, professor of electrical engineering, will address the recent revolution in wireless communications that has led to a host of applications involving "anytime, anywhere" connectivity for the communication of voice, text and other media. He will explore the social, political and economic issues that are emerging with the new technology as they did with broadcast radio and the Internet in the 20th century.
     All lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Oct. 23 address by Grafton will take place in 101 Friend Center; the locations of the other two will be announced.

Bork to speak on the Constitutuion

Robert Bork, former appeals court judge, will speak on "The Con-stitution: Past, Present and Future" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in 101 Friend Center.
     Tickets are required for admission to this free event, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24, in the front foyer of Corwin Hall. Photo ID is required, and tickets cannot be reserved by telephone or e-mail.
     Currently a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, Bork has been in the political limelight on several occasions, both as solicitor general of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1972 to 1977 and as President Reagan's nominee to the Supreme Court in 1987. An outspoken political commentator, he has written several books, including "Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline" (1996) and "The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law" (1989).
     The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics as part of its Alpheus Mason Lecture Series.

The Triple Helix Piano Trio

The Triple Helix Piano Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Since joining forces in 1995, the ensemble has become recognized as among the best piano trios on the musical landscape today. Members of the group are, from left, Rhonda Rider, cello, Lois Shapiro, piano, and Bayla Keyes, violin. For ticket information, call 258-5000 or e-mail mailto:richatix@princeton.edu.

NASA administrator focuses on the future of the agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Sean O'Keefe will speak on "The Future of NASA" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in 104 Computer Science Building.
     His talk is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Wright Brothers flight.
     O'Keefe has been leading NASA since President George Bush appointed him to the post in December 2001. Previously, he had been deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and deputy assistant to the president.
     Before joining the Bush administration, O'Keefe was the Louis Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He also served as director of National Security Studies, a partnership of Syracuse and Johns Hopkins University for providing advanced education for senior military and civilian Department of Defense managers.
     In the administration of the senior George Bush, O'Keefe was secretary of the Navy and held several other positions in the Department of Defense, including chief financial officer.

Librarian catalogs black scientists

Mitchell Brown, head of Prince-ton's math/physics library, will speak on "African American Scientists in Profile" at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
     Brown will discuss profiles from "The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences," a Web site http://www.princeton.edu/~mcbrown/display/faces.html he began in 1995 that profiles African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The event is sponsored by the Library Education and Train-ing Committee.

Annual Vendor Fair planned for Oct. 29

The treasurer's office will sponsor the annual Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Dillon Gym.
     This year's theme is "Oktoberfest at Vendorfest." Those who attend will receive a free birch beer and mug.
     In addition to the regular contract vendors, companies that manufacture or distribute recycled or environmentally friendly products as well as local, small disadvantaged/woman-owned businesses will be featured at the fair.

Community/Staff Day

The soggy weather didn't dampen the spirits of those attending the annual Community/Staff Day celebration Oct. 12 at Princeton Stadium. The pre-football game festivities included snacks, prizes, balloon sculptors, face painters and a Community Information Fair.

Top left, sophomores Gaelle Laurore, left, and Sodiqa Williams volunteered at the face painting booth and showed their support for Princeton.
    Bottom left, Chang-rae Lee, professor in the Council of the Humanities, signed copies of his novel "Native Speaker" at the "Princeton Reads" table.
    Right, Chris and Lilly Lin donned their balloon hats and munched on chips at the Princeton vs. Colgate football game. They are the children of Yulian Lin, a research assistant in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
    Community/Staff Day is sponsored by the Office of Community and State Affairs, the Office of Human Resources and the Department of Athletics.


October 21, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 7
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Page one
Kahneman reaches across boundaries to win Nobel
A mug in the hand is worth . . . Experiment shows how consumers make 'myopic' choices
A study in contrasts: Initial plans revealed for Whitman College, science library

Unique approach opens up realm of research
Discovery of chromosome-capping acivator could aid cancer research

People, spotlight, Search committee appointed for new admission dean
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events
By the numbers

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