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Artist Chuck Close discusses his work
Painter and printmaker Chuck Close will show slides and talk about his work at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in McCosh 50.
Close is widely credited with renewing the fields of both portraiture and painting. His works often begin with a photograph onto which he has imposed grid lines. He then reproduces all the individual squares in a new medium, sometimes a print, sometimes a large, often colorful painting.
Close's art was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998. This winter the Metropolitan Museum of Art will host an exhibition of his prints. The Princeton University Art Museum collection includes two of his works.
The event is hosted by the Humanities Council, where Close is serving as a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. Entrance to the room on Oct. 9 will begin at 4:30 p.m. for holders of Princeton University ID cards. General admission will take place at 4:45 p.m. The event will be simulcast on the University cable television channel.
Guinier presents views on race
Lani Guinier, the Bennet Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will present a lecture titled "The Miner's Canary" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Guinier is the author with Gerald Torres of "The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy" (Harvard University Press, 2002). They say issues of race -- like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere -- point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, not just minorities. They present a radical new way to confront race in the 21st century.
Guinier became the first black woman tenured professor in Harvard Law School's history when she was appointed in 1998. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 10 years.
She first came to public attention in 1993 when President Bill Clinton nominated her to be the first black woman to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Clinton later withdrew her nomination without a confirmation hearing.
During the 1980s, Guinier was the head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and served in the civil rights division during the Carter administration as special assistant to Attorney General Drew Days.
Guinier's lecture will be followed by a book signing at 6 p.m. at the Women's Center, 243 Frist Campus Center.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Women's Center, the Frist Campus Center and the Pace Center for Community Service.
Panelists look at nation-building
A panel discussion titled "Iraq and Afghanistan: The Commitment to Nation-Building" is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in 302 Frist Campus Center.
Panelists will include: former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Finn, visiting lecturer in Near Eastern studies; Julie Taylor, instructor in Near Eastern studies; and Nicholas Guyatt, lecturer in history.
They will evaluate the progress thus far in the two countries toward reconstruction and normalization. They also are expected to analyze the United States' role in the wars and their aftermath.
The event is sponsored by the Global Issues Forum. For more information, contact Taufiq Rahim at <email@example.com>.
Film fest focuses on documentaries
The second edition of the Princeton Documentary Festival will run from Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 7-11, at various locations on campus.
Titled "Work In Progress," the event this year will focus on the documentary as process. Leading filmmakers from Latin America and the United States will discuss their working methods and their approach to the documentary in a series of screenings, lectures, panels and workshops. A complete schedule is available on the Web at <spo.princeton.edu/filmfestival/>.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
'Place, Art and Self' is subject of Farnum lecture
Eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan will present a lecture titled "Place, Art and Self" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in McCosh 50.
Tuan, who retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, is ranked among the country's most distinguished cultural geographers. He is the author of "Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience," which was published by the University of Minnesota Press in a new edition in 2001, some 20 years after its original publication.
"Space and Place" not only established the discipline of human geography, but it has influenced diverse fields such as theater, literature, anthropology, psychology and theology. In his Princeton address, Tuan will touch on some of the themes of the book: how human beings feel the tug of both place and space, stability and change, and how both are needed for a fully developed sense of self. While places often change rapidly today, works of art do not, providing humans with "surrogate places."
Tuan'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 <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.
Mario Cuomo to speak on Oct. 9
Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. His lecture is titled "Quo Vadis America?"
Cuomo, who was in office from 1982 to 1994, was the longest-serving Democratic governor in the state's modern history. He set records for popularity in both his 1986 and 1990 bids for re-election, gathering the highest percentage votes and highest victory margins of any candidate for second and third four-year gubernatorial terms in state history.
Cuomo's keynote speech at the Democrats' 1984 convention raised his profile on the national political stage. Though at points in his career he was mentioned as a candidate for president and for the U.S. Supreme Court, an official biography says he "declined invitations" to pursue either. In 1995 he re-entered private law practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
This July 1939 issue of the German teachers' magazine, "Die Scholle," focused on preparing children for war. It stressed Germany's vulnerability to aerial bombardment and the importance of gas masks.
Cotsen sponsors conference on children and times of war
The role and place of children in times of war will be examined during a conference, "Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War," Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11.
The event, sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library, will run Thursday afternoon and all day Friday and Saturday in Robertson Hall and McCormick Hall and at 185 Nassau St. A detailed schedule and paper abstracts are available on the conference Web site at <www.princeton.edu/ ~cotsen/ research/ conferences.html>.
Participants will consider the ways in which war informs childhood, as well as ways in which childhood informs war. Speakers will explore themes such as depictions of war and constructions of the "enemy" in children's books, the Children's Crusade, the Holocaust, modern school violence, war and conflict in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, children and society in the American Civil War, and the visual representation of violence for children.
In addition to the presentation of papers, the conference also will include the screening of two award-winning films: "Behind Closed Eyes" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St; and "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in 101 McCormick Hall. The second film's director, Mark Jonathan Harris, will be present to comment on his work.
The conference is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Eric Johnson at 258-1148 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Conference examines growing clash between religious, secular ideologies
Faith and the Challenges of Secularism" is the subject of a conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, that will explore a growing clash between secular and religious ideologies in America and the world.
Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in McCosh 10. No registration is required, but seats are limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Keynote speakers include British philosopher Roger Scruton, political scientist John DiIulio and CNBC host Lawrence Kudlow.
For a complete schedule, visit <web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/evtFaith.htm> or call Seana Sugrue at 258-6333. The conference is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the University Center for Human Values, the Providence Forum and the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.
Art Museum exhibition
This map of Mantua, published in a 1575 city atlas, is among the collection of 21 rarely shown 15th- and 16th-century objects featured in the exhibition, "The Italian Renaissance City: Selections from Princeton University Collections," on view at the University Art Museum through Sunday, Jan. 11. The exhibition, sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, features numerous loans from the University's collections of rare books, maps and manuscripts in the Firestone Library and Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, as well as selections from the museum's extensive 16th-century European holdings. It highlights the various aspects of the Italian Renaissance city that fascinated artists, architects, topographers, military engineers and theorists. Anna Swartwood, a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology, will give talks at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, to accompany the exhibition. For more information, call 258-3788 or visit <www.princetonartmuseum.org>.