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Community House's annual Black History Month Extravaganza

Children from the local community completed craft projects and learned about Brazilian culture at Community House's annual Black History Month Extravaganza Feb. 28. From left, Samantha Kramer worked on a beading project with Princeton sophomore Tolu Onigbanjo. The event at the Fields Center also featured food and a performance by Raizes do Brasil Capoeira-New York, an international Brazilian martial arts organization. Community House is a community service organization committed to helping people in need in Princeton Borough and Township.

U-Store sponsors events with authors

The University Store is sponsoring a number of events in March and April featuring authors with Princeton connections or those of interest to the University community. The authors usually present a short talk at the store, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books.
     Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
     • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, a session celebrating the 30th anniversary issue of U.S. 1 Worksheets, a literary magazine published by the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative.
     • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Princeton alumnus Tom Paine, author of the novel "The Pearl of Kuwait."
     • 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities and author of the poetry collection, "Moy Sand and Gravel."
     • 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, Andrew Fairbanks, former associate dean of admissions at Wesleyan University and co-author of "The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite."
     • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, New Jersey Poetry Society and National Poetry Month speaker.
     • 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jean Hollander, poet, and Robert Hollander, Princeton professor of European literature and French and Italian, who are verse translators for Dante's "Purgatorio."
     • 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, Elizabeth Cohen, a reporter and columnist at the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin and author of "The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting."
     For more information, call 921-8500, ext. 255, or visit the U-Store Web site at http://www.pustore.com

Lecture set on 'Wellstone's' winning politics'

Jeff Blodgett, former campaign chair for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, will present a lecture on "Organizing, Populism and Conviction: Paul Wellstone's Winning Politics" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.
     Blodgett spent 13 years as senior aide, adviser and manager to Wellstone, who died in a plane crash this past October. He ran all three of Wellstone's election campaigns -- in 1990, 1996 and 2002 -- and also served for five years as the director of the senator's Minnesota offices and staff.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Cunningham addresses European Union expansion

George Cunningham, director of the press and public affairs office at the European Commission Delegation in New York, will present a lecture titled "EU Enlargement: The Challenges Ahead" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.
     He is expected to discuss issues relating to the addition of new members to the European Union in his talk, which is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At a summit in Copenhagen last year, the EU endorsed its expansion from 15 to 25 countries in 2004. Most of the additional countries are former Communist states.
     Cunningham is responsible for building the European Union's profile and image at the United Nations as well as representing the views of the European Commission in the tri-state area.

Weekly Standard editor to speak on God and America's culture war

Political analyst and commentator William Kristol will deliver a lecture titled "Under God? Is Religion at the Heart of America's Culture War?" on Tuesday, March 11. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.
     Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, an influential political magazine. He regularly appears on major television public affairs shows. His writings on political philosophy, American political thought and public policy are featured in both popular and academic journals. He served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H.W. Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan.
     He is expected to discuss the tendency of secular liberals to differ from many religious believers -- including many Jews and Christians -- on morally charged issues of constitutional law and public policy. He will focus on examples such as the war on terrorism, bioethics and the Pledge of Allegiance controversies.
     The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions as part of its series on "America's Founding and Future."

Artists to show photographs of recent visit to Baghdad

New York artist Paul Chan will present an illustrated lecture on "Baghdad: Portrait of a City" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
     Chan was in Baghdad this past December and January as a member of Voices in the Wilderness, a group that has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and is working to end economic sanctions against the people of Iraq.
     Chan will show photographs and talk about his work and experiences in Baghdad, offering a glimpse of the cultural and political life of Iraqi citizens. The event is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

Millennium Development Goals and gender are focus of March 12 talk

Gender and the Millennium Development Goals" will be addressed in a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.
     The speaker will be Caren Grown, director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth team at the International Center for Research on Women. The team seeks to improve knowledge, policies and programs to increase women's control over productive assets and to improve their income-earning opportunities and capabilities.
     The Millennium Development Goals grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences organized by the United Nations in the decade before the Millennium Summit in 2000. The eight goals have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress, and include promoting gender equality and empowering women.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Gender and Development Policy Network and the Research Program in Development Studies.

New Yorker critic to discuss future of films March 13

David Denby, film critic for The New Yorker, will discuss "Do Movies Have a Future?" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in McCosh 50.
     He will address the nature of the American movie business and the role of the critic. He is expected to focus on how critics often are at odds with an industrial system that increasingly thinks of movies in terms of their commercial appeal and their possibilities for related products. He also will talk about digitization as the future for movies, both for good and for ill, and the chances of survival of minority cultural tastes (classical music, jazz, blues, documentaries, foreign films) in the digital future.
     Denby's talk is designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit http://www.princeton.edu/webmedia

South Korea-China relations examined

South Korea and China: 10 Years Since the Normalization" is the topic of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in 2 Robertson Hall.
     Chung Jae Ho, associate professor of international relations at Seoul National University, will present the talk, which is part of a new Center of International Studies lecture series on "Korea and the Great Powers." The series was inaugurated this spring as part of a larger scholarly initiative focusing on East Asia.
     Chung, who also is a 2002-03 fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, will address the extraordinary speed of political reconciliation and economic integration between South Korea and China. He will examine the strength of the ties between the two countries and how it is being tested in the current nuclear crisis with North Korea.

Composers Colloquium series

Composer, singer, director and choreographer Meredith Monk will discuss her work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in 106 Woolworth as part of the Department of Music's Composers Colloquium series. Monk, the creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations, is a pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance." She creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object and light and sound. For more information, contact Stefan Weisman at mailto:sweisman@princeton.edu



March 10, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 19
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Architecture students get concrete lesson in how buildings are made
Study: High-density storage of nuclear waste increases risk

George talks bioethics with Chirac amid U.S.-French tensions
Seniors embark on service projects with funding from ReachOut 56
Visitors section added to home page
Grant supports scientific analysis of security issues

Spotlight, briefs
Staff members and supervisors encouraged to conduct 'informal conversations' by end of month

Calendar of events
Nassau Notes
By the numbers: Early endowment

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