N A S S A U N O T E S
Jaffa speaks on natural law tradition
Harry Jaffa, professor emeritus of government at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School, will deliver this year's inaugural lecture of the America's Founding and Future series on Monday, Sept. 29.
His address, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building, is titled "Natural Law and American Political Thought." It is expected to explore the philosophical roots of the Declaration of Independence, the abolition of slavery and current constitutional jurisprudence.
Currently a distinguished fellow of The Claremont Institute, Jaffa is an authority on America's natural law tradition. His published works include his widely acclaimed study of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, "Crisis of the House Divided" (1959), as well as the first volume of its sequel, "A New Birth of Freedom" (2000). His other books include "The Conditions of Freedom" (1975), "How to Think About the American Revolution" (1978), "Thomism and Aristotelianism" (1979), "American Conservatism and the American Founding" (1982), and "Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution" (1994).
Jaffa's lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics.
Nó Em Pingo D'Água, one of Brazil's most renowned instrumental music groups, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Composed of five of Brazil's top artists, the group was founded in 1978. It is considered a pioneer in developing the style of music that is known today as "choro novo," an innovative interpretation of traditional Brazilian instrumental music. The concert is presented by the Program in Latin American Studies in conjunction with the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies and the Princeton University Concerts World Music Series. For ticket information, call the Richardson box office at 258-5000.
Dancer and MacArthur Fellow to be in residence during week in October
Choreographer, dancer and 2002 MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman will spend the first week of October on campus sharing her work through master classes, workshops and two public performances.
Lerman will discuss and demonstrate her "Critical Response Method," a system for giving and receiving useful feedback on artistic work-in-progress, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, she will be part of "Liz Lerman in Performance," an informal presentation with four members of her dance company followed by a discussion. Both events are free and will take place in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.
Over the last 20 years, Lerman has established herself as a leader in the modern dance and community arts fields. She has earned international recognition for her work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as a solo performer and as a choreographer of more than 50 works.
She is well known for her work in finding new ways to make concert dance available and accessible to the wider community. One of Lerman's approaches to opening up the world of dance is through her company, which has been based in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1976. The dancers range in age from 20 to 70 and have a wide array of cultural backgrounds. In her teaching, she emphasizes the power of dance as a tool of communication and expression for dancers and non-dancers of different ages, levels of training and social backgrounds.
Lerman is regularly commissioned by communities to create new works relevant to their location and history. These pieces often include members of the community in their final performance.
Her visit is sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance and the Council of the Humanities.
Donoghue to read from his work
Denis Donoghue will present a lecture on "Beckett's Ireland" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Donoghue is University Professor at New York University, where he holds the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters. A scholar of modern English, Irish and American literature, he is the author of "Speaking of Beauty," "The Practice of Reading" and "Words Alone: The Poet T.S. Eliot."
His lecture is sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies.
Role of European Union in global affairs is Oct. 3-5 conference topic
A conference that explores "The European Union: Its Role and Power in the Emerging International System" is set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5.
The event will take place in 16 Robertson Hall and is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, in conjunction with the Program on European Politics and Society.
Speakers will examine the interplay between developments within the E.U. along with its capacity to deal with foreign defense, security dimensions and international crises. The program is co-chaired by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, lecturer of public and international affairs and founding director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, and Ezra Suleiman, the IBM Professor of International Studies, professor of politics and director of the European Studies Program. Subsequent conferences are being planned in Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg.
The schedule for the event is online at <www.princeton.edu/~lisd>. For more information, call 258-6200 or 258-1627.
Event planned on combating injustice
A symposium titled "Moral Moments: Making the Decision to Combat Injustice" is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The event is being sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Judaic Studies, in conjunction with Humanity In Action, an organization devoted to the study of past and current minority issues through annual educa- tional programs. It is intended to mark the fifth anniversary of the group, which involves outstanding university students -- developing leaders -- from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.
Humanity In Action focuses on three interrelated areas of historic and contemporary importance: examples of resistance to the Holocaust; development of international human rights institutions and doctrines through new standards, rules and procedures after World War II and the Holocaust; and current human rights and minority issues in Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.
The fifth anniversary celebration will begin on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Rockefeller University and continue on Friday, Oct. 3, at New York University.
The Princeton symposium will conclude the observance. Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, will open the symposium. Other speakers will include Bo Lidegaard of the Danish Foreign Ministry; Ulrik Federspiel, Danish ambassador to the United States; and Jack DuVall, founding director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
In conjunction with the event, a photography exhibition, "Resistance and Rescue: Denmark's Response to the Holocaust," by Judy Ellis Glickman will open on Thursday, Oct. 2, and run through Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Bernstein Gallery on the lower level of Robertson Hall.
For more information, visit the Humanity In Action Web site at <www.humanityinaction.org>.
Hagan Dance Studio
Members of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange will give an informal presentation on their work at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. The dancers in the company range in age from 20 to 70 and have a wide array of cultural backgrounds.
Faculty and staff blood drive set
The annual American Red Cross Faculty and Staff Blood Drive is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Multipurpose Rooms A and B of the Frist Campus Center.
The drive is by appointment only and times are available every 15 minutes. The blood donation only takes eight to 10 minutes, but the appointment lasts about 45 minutes. Blood donors will receive a coupon for a free flu shot.
To schedule a time, register online <www.princeton.givesblood.org> or call Peggy Henke in the Office of Employee Health at 258-5035.