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Cedar of Lebanon tree

One of the most venerable elements of the University's landscape, the Cedar of Lebanon tree on the west side of Prospect House, fell following the April 7 snowstorm. The tree approximately 160 years old and distinguished by its twisting limbs toppled under the weight of the snow, coupled with strong winds and wet soil at its base. Though these types of cedars may live 2,500 years, the tree at Prospect had been under stress for five or six years, said James Consolloy, the University's grounds manager. No other major damage was caused by the collapse.

Nassau Swim Club seeks members

The Nassau Swim Club, located on lower Springdale Road, is accepting members for the 2003 season.
     Priority is given to University faculty, staff and students; members of the Institute for Advanced Study; and staff of the Princeton University Press.
     The season runs from late May through early September at the small, family-oriented club. For membership rates and application forms, any interested parties should send e-mail to mailto:stephanieathome@hotmail.com

Department of Chemistry outreach program

The Department of Chemistry outreach program recently presented an hour of chemistry demonstrations to 100 sixth-graders from the John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton. After watching a series of eye-catching displays of chemical reactions in Frick's Kresge Auditorium, the students, including Ronak Chawla (left) and Theodore LeBeaux, went to the freshman teaching labs to make ice cream by pouring liquid nitrogen into a mix of cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla. The boiling nitrogen simultaneously aerates and freezes the mix. The outreach program, led by technical staff member Kathryn Wagner, involves about 20 Princeton undergraduates who help conduct chemistry lessons and demonstrations on campus, in local schools and in museums throughout the year.

Martin Luther King Jr., global justice on agenda for April 14 politics events

The Department of Politics, in conjunction with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, is sponsoring two events on Monday, April 14.
     The first, a seminar convened by Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Madison program, is titled "Reflections on a Letter from the Birmingham Jail" and will take place at noon in the Senate Chamber of Whig Hall.
     Later that day, political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain will speak on "International Justice and American Power" at 8 p.m. in 2 Robertson Hall.
     The first event will focus on the concepts expressed in a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. from his jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. "I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," King wrote. "Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their 'thus saith the Lord' far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town."
     Discussants will include: the Rev. Samuel Atchison, supervisor of chaplaincy services at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton; Thomas Breidenthal, dean of religious life and dean of the chapel at Princeton; Rabbi James Diamond, director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School; the Rev. Peter Lillback of the Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Father Thomas Mullelly, director/chaplain of Aquinas House in Princeton; and the Rev. DeForest Soaries Jr. of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.
     The Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School concert choir, led by Gary Taylor, will sing in honor of King at the close of the discussion. A box lunch will be served while supplies last.
     In the second event, Elshtain is expected to discuss the connections between political and ethical convictions. She is the author of several books and more than 400 articles and essays in scholarly journals. She also is the editor of "Just War Theory," co-editor of "Women, Militarism and War" and co-author of "But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War."

Oslo Accord initiator to lecture on peace

Yossi Beilin, former minister of justice for Israel and architect of the Oslo Accord, will discuss "Israel and the Palestinians on a Crossroad to the Road Map" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in McCosh 10.
     Beilin served as Israel's minister of justice from July 1999 to March 2001. A leading proponent of the peace process with Israel's neighbors and especially the Palestinians, he initiated the secret channel of talks that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accord.
     His lecture is part of the Program in Near Eastern Studies lecture series, "Israel-Palestine Peace Process: What Went Wrong and Can It Be Righted?" It is co-sponsored by the Center for Regional Studies, the Global Issues Forum, the Center for International Studies and the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

Government oversight is topic for talk

Oversight of Government in Peace and War -- Where Is the Media?" is the topic of a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Walter Pincus, writer for the national news staff of The Washington Post, will present the talk, which is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Program on Science and Global Security.
     At the Post, Pincus has written about a variety of subjects including nuclear weapons and arms control, political campaigns, the American hostages in Iran and investigations of Congress and the executive branch. For six years he covered the Iran-contra affair. He also was a part-time consultant to NBC News and later to CBS News, where he developed, wrote and produced television segments for network evening news, magazine shows and documentaries.
     Pincus has won several awards including a Pulitzer in 2001, which he shared with others for stories about Osama bin Laden. He also was awarded the first Stewart Alsop Award for national security and intelligence reporting and the George Polk Award for national reporting.

Former Sen. Gary Hart to discuss restoration of the republic

Former U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart will speak on "Restoration of the Republic" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
     Hart served as a U.S. senator from Colorado for two terms beginning in 1974. He was a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 and 1988, after which he returned to private practice in Denver with the law firm Coudert Brothers.
     From 1998 to 2001, Hart co-chaired the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, which issued three public reports forecasting the age of terrorism and outlined a new, post-Cold War national security policy. He also co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations' task force on homeland security, which recently released its report "America -- Still Unprepared, Still in Danger."
     In 2001, Hart earned a Ph.D. from Oxford University. His thesis, "Thomas Jefferson's Ideal of the Republic in 21st-Century America," culminated a decade-long exploration of the idea of restoring the republican ideals of civic and citizen duty. When published in book form in 2002, "Restoration of the Republic" completed a trilogy of works that began with "The Patriot" in 1996 and continued with "The Minuteman" in 1998.
     Throughout the trilogy, Hart stresses the theme of republican restoration concurrent with a new definition of security that includes not only traditional national and homeland security, but also security of livelihood, security of community and security of the natural environment.

Stanford president speaks on computers

John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, will speak on "Perspectives on High-Performance Computer Architecture: History and Challenges" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in McCosh 50.
     A pioneer in computer architecture, Hennessy drew together researchers in 1981 to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to leading the basic research, he helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs micropro- cessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.
     In his talk, Hennessy will examine the major factors that have contributed to the performance growth in computers and the challenges that lie ahead.
     The talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia

Composers Colloquium set

Composer, performer and multimedia artist Maryanne Amacher will discuss her work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 106 Woolworth as part of the Department of Music's Composers Colloquium series.
     An innovator in exploring sonic telepresence, Amacher has pioneered the use of telecommunication in sound installations. She is known internationally for her dramatic architectural staging of music and sound. For more information, contact Stefan Weisman at mailto:sweisman@princeton.edu



April 14, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 23
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Fundamentals of physics found in the sound of music
Paul Muldoon honored with Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Library, research center launch arts and cultural policy data archive
Wild ape population undergoing 'catastrophic' decline
Booming Indian cinema plays starring role in Sachs scholar's research

Mathematician spins novel tale of life on a college campus

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