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Blizzard of 2003

  
Facilities crews worked around the clock following the snow storm that hit New Jersey Feb. 16. Some 21 inches of snow fell in Princeton, forcing the University to close on Feb. 17.
    Len Solack (left) and Sam Ames were among the staff members working to clear the roads and sidewalks throughout the campus.

Survivor gives account of 2001 Jerusalem pizzeria bombing

Rabbi Binny Freedman, survivor of the August 2001 suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem, will present a lecture titled "Inside the Cauldron: A Survivor's Account of the Jerusalem Sbarro's Pizzeria Bombing" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Originally from New York, Freedman is educational director of Isralight, a Jewish education/outreach program. "Walking into Sbarro's, there is a larger area for sitting in the front, but the back looked a bit cooler and quieter, so I decided to grab a seat in the back," he wrote. "That decision saved my life."
     Freedman is an ordained rabbi, a storyteller and a musician, as well as an Israeli Defense Forces company commander. His weekly thoughts on Judaism and spirituality reach thousands of people around the world. He speaks about his harrowing experience, the trauma of Sept. 11 and other instances of terror in a spiritual and holistic manner, trying to find some message behind the violence.
     The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Jewish Life, International Center, Program in Near Eastern Studies, Program in Jewish Studies and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for discussion at the Center for Jewish Life.

Gerhart to speak on gender issues

John Gerhart, an official with the Ford Foundation for 29 years, will discuss "Three Decades of Gender Mainstreaming at the Ford Foundation and Farming Systems Research" on Wednesday, Feb. 26. His lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 16 Robertson Hall.
     Gerhart earned his master of public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1975. From 1969 to 1998, he worked in the Africa and Middle East program of the Ford Foundation. From 1998 until last September, he was president of American University in Cairo.
     The lecture is being sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and its Gender and Development Policy Network. Gerhart is a member of the network, which was formed last fall and seeks to address gender as it affects all aspects of the development process.

  
Library exhibition

This image (right) shows a detail plate from "Te Deum Laudamus" illuminated by Esther Faithfull Fleet and printed by Victoria Press of London. Emily Faithfull founded the press in the 1800s to teach women the printing trades. The image is part of the University Library's exhibition on "Women Printers, Binders and Book Designers."

Author recounts work on Levi bio

Noted British freelance writer and journalist Ian Thomson will present a talk, "A Masterpiece Completed: The Writing of 'If This Is a Man,'" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in 16 Joseph Henry House. The event was rescheduled from Nov. 19.
     Thomson is the author of "Primo Levi" (2002), a biography of the brilliant Jewish-Italian author who was trained as a chemist, and whose experiences in Auschwitz and later travels through Eastern Europe were the subjects of his powerful memoirs, fiction and poetry. Levi's account of Auschwitz, "If This Is a Man," made him one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. Thomson was one of the last to interview Levi before his death in 1987.
     The event is sponsored by the Program in Italian Studies and is a Council of the Humanities' Eberhard Faber, Class of 1915, Memorial Lecture.

SHARE office presents 'Upbeat'

Princeton's SHARE office will present a free production of "Upbeat," a play written and directed by Thema Bryant-Davis, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28, in the Wilson Black Box Theater.
     "Upbeat" is a play about the healing journey of seven black women as they face the challenges of racism, sexism, poverty, homophobia and violence. The play weaves the diverse women's stories through the style and energy of slam poetry. The writer, a psychologist and coordinator of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education office, is the Nuyorican Queen of Slam and an expert on trauma recovery and identity.
     The cast features poetry slam champions and accomplished actresses, including Miss Deaf America 2000-02.

Community House plans extraaganza

Community House, a community service organization committed to helping people in need in the Princeton Borough and Township, is sponsoring its annual Black History Month Extravaganza from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
     The celebration will take place at the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding (formerly the Third World Center), 86 Olden St. It is free to the public and will include food, entertainment and craft projects. The event will feature a performance by Raizes do Brasil Capoeira-New York, an international Brazilian martial arts organization that promotes Brazilian culture.
     For more information, call Community House at 258-6136.

Women printers featured in exhibition at University Library through April 13

An exhibition celebrating the achievements of women in printing and book design is on display in the University Library through April 13.
     "Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders and Book Designers" is located in the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts on the second floor of Firestone Library.
     "Women have been involved in printing from its inception, and several early printed books are on view in this exhibition," said Rebecca Davidson, curator of graphic arts and of the exhibition. They include a rare imprint by the nuns of San Jacopo di Ripoli in Florence, site of the first documented evidence of women employed as printers.
     Important early works of American literature, law and religion also were printed by women, she said. Included in the show are: a two-volume edition of the Revolutionary War poetry of Philip Freneau, printed by Lydia Bailey in Philadelphia in 1809; the charter establishing the colony of Rhode Island, printed by Ann Smith Franklin (sister of Benjamin) in 1745; and the first Bible to be translated in America, printed by Jane Aitken in Philadelphia in 1808.
     "Nineteenth-century women in commercial printing were often relegated to folding printed sheets or sewing bindings," Davidson said. "Typesetting jobs for women were few, due to the male-only unions that ruled the business."
     An exception was the Victoria Press, founded by Emily Faithfull in London specifically to teach women the printing trades. Faithfull eventually won the patronage of Queen Victoria, and in 1862 was named Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. Susan B. Anthony employed a woman typesetter, Augusta Lewis Troup, on her newspaper The Revolution. Troup later became the first woman to hold a national elective union office as corresponding secretary of the International Typographical Union. Material by and about these women is featured in the exhibition.
     Also on view are handsome limited editions printed at private presses founded by early 20th-century women such as Elizabeth Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Bertha Goudy and Jane Grabhorn, and examples of arts and crafts-era fine bindings by Sarah Prideaux and Sarah Wyman Whitman. A special added feature of this exhibition is the work of talented illustrators such as Elizabeth Shippen Green and Clare Leighton; type designers Elizabeth Friedlander and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse; and more recent artists' books printed by Shirley Jones and Kara Walker.
     Hours for the exhibition are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 
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February 24, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 17
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Contents

Page one
Princeton joins brief asking court to uphold affirmative action policies
Making connections: Rosen sees changes in Muslim culture up close
University heightens security measures

Inside
International students offer world of ideas
•  Allen explores diverse range of interests
•  Chaubey adjusts to life here by getting involved
•  Ng pursues career and passion at Princeton
•  Rahim focuses on global issues in and out of class

People
VP Mulligan to leave in June
Spotlight
Happer and Ong named to endowed professorships

Sections
Nassau Notes
By the numbers: Alumni in government service
Calendar of events


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