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McCarter Theatre

McCarter Theatre veterans Laila Robins and Robert Cucciolli are performing in the world premiere of "Fiction," a work by award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, through Sunday, April 13. The play follows Linda and Michael, successful writers who are married to each other and thrive on the give-and- take of their unusually honest relationship -- until they decide to share their diaries. Members of the University community are invited to purchase tickets at the special price of $10 for any performance. For more information, call 258-2787 or visit http://www.mccarter.org

Raboteau to read from new book

Albert Raboteau, the Henry Putnam Professor of Religion, will read from his new book, "A Sorrowful Joy," at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the African-American Studies Reading Room in Firestone Library.
     In the book, published last fall by Paulist Press, Raboteau recounts the story of his own spiritual journey. He tells of the murder of his father before he was born, being raised in a devout Roman Catholic African-American family, his education, marriage and career crises, and rebuilding his life following a conversion to Orthodox Christianity.
     The reading is sponsored by the Program in African-American Studies.

Pace Center to be dedicated April 8

A dedication ceremony for the Pace Center for Community Service is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in 246 Frist Campus Center, with speakers including President Tilghman and Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson.
     Other speakers will include Sasa Montaño, director of the Pace Center, and Chemical Bank Chairman's Professor of Economics Burton Malkiel, who first proposed the idea for the center during the University's 250th anniversary celebration in 1996.
     The Pace Center collaborates with various University entities and forms partnerships with the external community to coordinate and provide service opportunities. Service organizations affiliated with the Pace Center include Princeton in Africa, the Princeton-Blairstown Center, the Princeton Justice Project, Community House and the Student Volunteers Council.

Crisis in Chechnya is topic for April 9

Ilyas Akhmadov, minister of foreign affairs for the Chechen Republic, will present a lecture on the current conditions inside Chechnya and the ramifications of the situation for the greater international community on Wednesday, April 9.
     The lecture, titled "Crisis in Chechnya: Moral and International Dimensions," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 10.
     Akhmadov also will present a newly drafted proposal (see http://www.chechnya-mfa.info/) to resolve the Russian- Chechen conflict. He will outline in greater detail the implementation of such a proposal.
     Prior to his present appointment in 1999, Akhmadov assisted Doctors Without Borders in the delivery of humanitarian assistance, counseled Chechen officials and organized a political party. From 1994 to 1996, he served as a soldier in the Chechen resistance, where he was the aide de camp to Chechen chief of state Major Aslan Maskhadov.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Global Issues Forum.

DiIulio discusses campus religious revival

John DiIulio Jr., the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "God and Man at Yale Revisited: The Coming Religious Revival at Elite Universities" on Wednesday, April 9.
     His lecture at 4:30 p.m. in 302 Frist Campus Center is part of the Charles Test, M.D., Distinguished Visiting Scholar Seminars sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.
     DiIulio served as assistant to the president of the United States and first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives during 2000-01. He also was a professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton for 13 years.
     A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Brookings Institution, he is the author, co-author or editor of a dozen books, including "American Government: Institutions and Policies," "What's God Got To Do With the American Experiment?" and "Medicaid and Devolution."

Israeli party leader to speak

Ephraim Sneh, a leading figure in the Labor Party in Israel, will speak on "Shared Democracies: Israel and the U.S. in the 21st Century" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Sneh served as the Israeli minister of health from 1993 to 1996, as deputy minister of defense from 1999 to 2001 and as minister of transportation from 2001 to 2002. He was elected to the Knesset in 1992 and has served as a ranking member of its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for Jewish Life and Caravan for Democracy.

Symposium set on property tax reform

Property Tax Reform: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? How Will We Get There?" is the subject of the University's annual Symposium on New Jersey Issues scheduled for Friday, April 11. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     The program will feature a panel of New Jersey state legislators, as well as presentations by nationally recognized authorities on state tax policy. Katherine Barrett, a special project editor and columnist at Governing magazine, will kick off the program by commenting on the subject of her recent research, "The Way We Tax: A 50 State Report."
     Also presenting will be: Brendan "Tom" Byrne Jr., president of Byrne Asset Management and a longtime New Jersey political activist; Henry Coleman, director of the Center for Government Services and faculty member in the Edward Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; and Robert Franks, former U.S. congressman from New Jersey and current president of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey.
     The program is sponsored by: Princeton's Office of Community and State Affairs; Princeton's Policy Research Institute for the Region; Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; and the Regional Planning Partnership.
     The program is free and open to the public. However, registration is requested by e-mail mailto:hersh@ princeton.edu or fax to 258-9000.

Conference looks at tension between national sovereignty, global institutions

A conference on "National Sover-eignty and International Institutions" is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, in 104 Computer Science Building.
     The program will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. No registration is required, and the conference is free and open to the public.
     The conference is a response to a challenge posed by George Shultz, a 1942 Princeton graduate and secretary of state from 1982 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. As the inaugural recipient in 2002 of the John Witherspoon Medal for Distinguished Statesmanship administered by Princeton's James Madison Program, Shultz has asked scholars and statesmen to begin grappling seriously with the tension that exists between an international order based on the principle of state sovereignty and the creation of international tribunals to enforce human rights and to pursue other ends.
     Among the questions addressed at this conference will be: Are there universal principles of justice? Is the obligation of a state to abide by human rights rooted in its consent or in the obligatory force of principles of justice? Is it possible to create international institutions that will administer principles of justice in an apolitical fashion? Might international tribunals erode state sovereignty, and therefore self governance, in democratic states? Is there a viable and just international order that could exist in lieu of, or in tandem with, state-based order?
     The conference will begin on Friday with a keynote address by Charles Larmore of the University of Chicago, who will consider the question, "Is Justice Universal?" It will be followed with an address by Shultz at 12:15 p.m. about his reflections on the tensions between international institutions and state sovereignty. Shultz's address is cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
     Other featured speakers at the conference include Ruth Wedgwood of Johns Hopkins University, Jack Goldsmith of the University of Chicago, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, Anne-Marie Slaughter of the Woodrow Wilson School and Jeremy Rabkin of Cornell University.
     The event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and the Center of International Studies. For more information, visit http://web.princeton. edu/sites/jmadison or call Seana Sugrue at 258-6333.

April 12 library event marks 50th anniversary of first Everest ascent

On Top of the World: An Everest Anniversary Conference," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     The conference, organized by the Friends of the Princeton University Library, will feature four speakers, including two Everest climbers. It will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Thomas Hornbein, who traversed the summit of Everest from the West Ridge with the first successful American expedition in 1963, will kick off the conference with a lecture titled "Everest Then and Now: The Maturation of a Mountain."
     Hornbein's lecture will be followed by a panel discussion called "The Changing Face of Mount Everest: The Politics of Mountaineering." Panelists will include Maurice Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College; Ed Douglas, a journalist and editor of Britain's Alpine Club Journal; and Ed Webster, a freelance writer and Everest veteran. The panel moderator will be David Robertson, former president of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, and the son-in-law and biographer of Everest climber George Leigh Mallory.
     The conference also will include "My Storm Years on Everest: Climbing the Kangshung Face," a slide show by Webster, who in 1988 attempted to scale Everest using the most difficult approach, the Kangshung Face, without the support of oxygen, a Sherpa guide or radio contact.
     A reception will follow in the Firestone Library's main exhibition gallery. Visitors can view a special display of manuscripts, photos and memorabilia, lent by the participants or culled from the papers of James Ramsay Ullman, a member of Princeton's class of 1929 and the historian of the first successful American expedition.
     The conference will conclude with a mini film festival, featuring archival documentary footage about Everest, and a discussion moderated by Hornbein.
     The event is co-sponsored by the Council for the Humanities, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, the Department of Geosciences and the National Geographic Society. A full agenda is available online at http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/friends/everest.html or by contacting conference coordinator Margaret Rich at 258-3174.

Art Museum

  
  
Artist Zhang Hongtu has created these figures, garbed in Mao-style jackets and based on Tang Dynasty ceramics from the University Art Museum's collections, to temporarily replace sculptures on view at the museum. They are part of an exhibition, "Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered," on display through June 29.
    The museum invited Hongtu and three other contemporary artists, Sanford Biggers, Anne Chu and Ellen Harvey, to create new works inspired by paintings, sculptures and other objects from the museum's vast holdings. "Through their new works, these artists push the boundaries of the museum framework and challenge the conventional presentation of artwork so that the collection can be seen in new and perhaps unexpected ways," said guest curator Eugenie Tsai. For more information, call 258-3788 or visit http://www.princetonartmuseum.org

 
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April 7, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 22
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Contents

Page one
National leader named dean of admission
Rapelye looks forward to representing Princeton
Materials institute successfully competes for research funding

Inside
Hargraves was internationally known for his broad geological perspective
Emergency resources added to Web
Q&A: Are Americans for or against war? It all depends on how you ask the question
John Bahcall wins $1 million Dan David Prize
High-tech town takes over Frist

People
Spotlight, obituaries
Briefs

Sections
Calendar of events
Nassau Notes
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