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The recent run of cold weather resulted in Lake Carnegie freezing over for the first time in several years. Members of the University and local communities took advantage of the seven inches of ice on the lake between the Washington Road and Harrison Street bridges to get out their skates.
Skating is permitted at one's own risk only when white flags are flying; red flags mean that the ice is not safe. Ice condition reports are available on the Princeton Recreation Department hotline at 688-2054.
Members of the University community donated a record 2,500 items during the annual drive to benefit the Hire Attire Boutique, an organization that collects "gently used" business clothes for men and women.
Hire Attire is part of the New Brunswick-based Adult Learning Center. The clothing goes to people who are entering or re-entering the workforce after completing a New Jersey job training program. The drive was coordinated by the offices of the provost and community and state affairs.
The clothing drive is just one of several community service initiatives organized by the Office of Community and State Affairs during the holidays and throughout the year. More information is available on the Web at http://web.princeton.edu/sites/pucsa.
Russian policy expert to focus on 'Putin as Partner'
Dmitri Trenin, deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, will speak on "Putin as Partner: Russian Foreign Policy in Transition" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
One of Moscow's most influential policy specialists, Trenin served in the USSR/Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, working as a liaison officer in Germany, as a staff member of the USSR delegation to U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva and as a senior lecturer at the Military Institute. He was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 1993 and at the Institute of Europe at the Russian Academy of Science from 1993 to 1997.
At the Carnegie Moscow Center, Trenin co-chairs the Foreign and Security Policy Program, which promotes scholarship on a broad range of security issues, including Russia's relations with its immediate neighbors and the future direction of its associations with the United States.
Trenin's talk is the first in the second series of lectures on "Contemporary Issues in International Relations" presented by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. It is cosponsored by the Center of International Studies, the Program in Russian Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Arab-Israelli conflict os topic of talk
A lecture on "The Islamization of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
Meir Litvak, senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and senior lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, will deliver the talk.
Litvak is an expert on modern Shi'i history and Palestinian politics and the author of works on the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hamas, Islam, Palestinian identity and Jihad.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Center for Jewish Life and the Program in Near Eastern Studies.
Religion professor to discuss 'The Shari'ah Debate in Nigeria'
The Shari'ah Debate in Nigeria: Theocracy and Transcendent Secularism -- Friends or Foes?" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Bowl 16, Robertson Hall.
Lamin Sanneh, the James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and professor of history at Yale Divinity School, will speak on the introduction of shari'ah (Islamic law) in some states of Nigeria and its effect on Nigerians who are non-Muslims.
Sanneh is an internationally recognized authority on Muslim-Christian relations. He has been actively involved in Yale's Council on African Studies and is the author of several books, including "Piety and Power: Muslims and Christians in West Africa" (1996).
He is an honorary research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.
Composer Lang to talk about his work
David Lang, co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival, "Bang on a Can," will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in 106 Woolworth as part of this year's Composers Colloquium series.
Lang, composer-in-residence at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, is musically adventurous yet deeply versed in the classical tradition. His work fuses classical music with urban aggressiveness, where melodies are accompanied by noise and subtle harmonies are pulled apart by pounding rhythms.
Pieces by Lang have been featured in performances by such organizations as the Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Kronos Quartet.
Lang has been honored with the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), a Kennedy Center/Friedheim Award and the Revson Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic.
In 1999 he received a Bessie Award for his music for choreographer Susan Marshall's "The Most Dangerous Room in the House," performed live by the Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. "The Carbon Copy Building," a comic book opera he wrote with cartoonist Ben Katchor, won the 2000 Village Voice OBIE Award for Best New American Work.
While at Princeton, Lang also will lead a master class for graduate students. For more information, contact Stefan Weisman at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Former U.N. human rights official to speak
Mary Robinson, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights and former president of Ireland, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. She will present a lecture titled "From Rhetoric to Reality: Human Rights and Globalization."
Robinson served as head of the U.N. human rights program from 1997 to 2002. She gave priority to implementing the reform proposal of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to integrate human rights concerns in all activities of the United Nations.
Robinson came to the United Nations after a seven-year tenure as president of Ireland. She was the first head of the state to visit Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide there. She also was the first head of the state to visit Somalia following the crisis in 1992, receiving the CARE Humanitarian Award in recognition of her efforts for that country. Before being elected president in 1990, she served as senator for 20 years. She also was a member of the International Commission of Jurists (1987-90) and of the Advisory Commission of Inter-Rights (1984-90).
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The lecture can be viewed live via video stream on the school's Web site at http://www.wws.princeton.edu
14-part lecture series launched for research, technical and library staffs
Members of the University's professional research, technical and library staffs with expertise in a wide range of disciplines will participate in a 14-part lecture series this semester.
The lectures, which have subjects ranging from the conservation of paper artifacts to the study of stem cells to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, will take place Thursdays from Feb. 6 to May 15, except for March 20, the week of spring recess. The talks will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium of the School of Architecture.
The first lecture will be given by Ben Shedd, a senior research scholar in computer science, whose research involves the creative use of emerging video display technologies. Shedd won a 1978 Academy Award for his documentary, "The Flight of the Gossamer Condor," which was released 25 years ago and will be the subject of his lecture.
The series, called the Odyssey Seminar Series, was organized by Matthias Steiner, a research scientist in civil and environmental engineering, with support from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Steiner said the effort grew out of his position as the professional research staff representative to the Council of the Princeton University Community.
"We wanted to increase the visibility of the professional staff and highlight their accomplishments," Steiner said.
The University's professional research staff has more than 450 members, which includes postdoctoral fellows. Of those staff members, about 50 have positions with continuing appointment similar to the tenure-level faculty positions of professor and associate professor. The University also has more than 150 technical staff members and more than 100 library staff members. The dean of the faculty appoints all of those positions.
Dean of the Faculty Joseph Taylor will make opening remarks at the first lecture.
"These lectures also are a platform for professional staff members to get to know each other," said Steiner. "There were certainly many people in this group I didn't know of when I started, and I am sure it is the same for many of us."
A complete list of lectures is available on the Web at http://www.princeton.edu/~msteiner/Odyssey
Magic-lantern show lights up Frist theater
The American Magic Lantern Theater will present a "Victorian Valentine Show" in the Frist Campus Center Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The performance will recreate theatrical Victorian productions using a lantern from the 1890s and antique slides. It also includes a magic-lantern dance originated by early modern-dance pioneer Loie Fuller at the turn of the century, which will be re-created by New York dance historian and choreographer Jody Sperling.
Following the magic-lantern show and dance, Terry Borton, the producer of American Magic Lantern Theater, will deliver an illustrated lecture demonstrating film techniques first used in lantern shows. The production is sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library, the Frist Campus Center and the Program in Theater and Dance. The lantern show and dance are recommended for general audiences, with the lecture for older children and adults. Admission is free, but seats are limited. To reserve seats, call the Frist ticket office at 258-1742.
Children ages 6 to 12 who want to learn more about magic lan- terns can sign up for one of two workshops that will be offered at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the gallery of the Cotsen Children's Library.
To register, call the Cotsen program co-ordinator at 258-2697. Magic lanterns and slides from the Cotsen collection will be exhibited in the gallery of the Cotsen Children's Library from February through June.
Inaugural jazz festival weekend set
The Princeton University Concerts Jazz Series will present the inaugural "Jazz Winter Weekend" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.
The University Concert Jazz Ensemble, directed by Anthony Branker, and guitarist Stanley Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Saturday's offerings will include an Invitational High School Jazz Festival from noon until 4 p.m. that will feature big bands from South Brunswick High School, J.P. Stevens High School, Princeton Day School, Willingboro High School and Edison High School in a noncompetitive format. Following the high school performances, the Charles Mingus Big Band will conduct a master class.
Saturday evening's events will include a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture on "The Music of Charles Mingus" with Phil Schaap, visiting professor at Princeton and Grammy Award-winning record producer, followed by an 8 p.m. performance by the Mingus Big Band.
The Invitational High School Jazz Festival and Mingus Big Band master class are free and open to the public. For information on ticket prices for the Friday and Saturday night performances, contact the box office at 258-5000.
February 3, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 14
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