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Journalist shares views on conflict in Ireland
Ed Moloney, a veteran journalist and author of a controversial book on the Irish Republican Army, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
The topic of his lecture, sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies, is "Northern Ireland: A Conflict Ends."
Moloney is the author of "A Secret History of the IRA" (W.W. Norton, 2002). He has spent two decades writing about the IRA as Northern editor of the Irish Times and of the Sunday Tribune. He also has written for the Washington Post, The Economist and The Guardian, and in 1999 he was elected Irish Journalist of the Year.
While researching the book, Moloney had unprecedented access to the IRA and reveals some of the organization's most closely guarded secrets. He tells the inside story of how the IRA moved away from violence toward peace. Some believe this process could be a model for settling other bitter conflicts around the world.
Third year of lecture series begins Oct. 14
The lecture series started by President Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines will continue this year with three more lectures.
The President's Lecture Series grew out of meetings Tilghman had with faculty shortly after she was named president. She asked for suggestions for new programs, and faculty responded with the idea for a forum where they could come together and learn about the work other faculty members are doing in a variety of fields.
These lectures are planned for the 2003-04 academic year:
• On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Bess Ward, professor of geosciences, will speak on "Strange Biogeochemistry of Permanently Ice-Covered Lakes in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica." She will discuss her research on lakes in Antarctica, which offer unique opportunities to investigate the role of trace metals in controlling bacterial processes in the nitrogen cycle. "The waters in the various lakes have strange and interesting chemical compositions, and because of the extreme environment, provide somewhat simpler systems in which to investigate processes which occur in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments all over the world," she said.
• On Wednesday, Dec. 10, Anthony Appiah, the Laurance Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will present a lecture concerning the ethics of identity.
• On Wednesday, March 3, Marta Tienda, the Maurice During Professor in Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs, will discuss her current research on demography, inequality and access to higher education.
All lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Oct. 14 address by Ward will take place in 101 Friend Center; the locations of the other two will be announced. The lectures will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.
State attorney general to speak
New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey will discuss "Judicial Response to Sexual Assault in New Jersey" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Harvey was appointed by Gov. James E. McGreevey as acting attorney general this past February and was confirmed by the Senate as attorney general in June. Previously, he served for a year as first assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Criminal Justice.
In July, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that defendants in sexual assault cases have a constitutional right to present details of the accuser's sexual past as evidence. The decision weakened the state's existing rape shield law, which had prohibited any mention of the accuser's sexual past in court.
Harvey's lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) Office.
U-Store continues fall author events
The University Store is continuing to sponsor events this fall featuring authors with Princeton connections or others 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 book. All begin at 7 p.m. Here is the schedule:
• Tuesday, Oct. 14, Edward Champlin, the Cotsen Professor of Humanities at Princeton and author of "Nero."
• Thursday, Oct. 16, Leonard Cole, adjunct professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of "The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story"; he will be introduced by Princeton graduate alumnus and author Richard Preston.
• Monday, Oct. 20, Paul Leggett, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, N.J., and author of "Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion."
• Wednesday, Oct. 22, John Wilmerding, the Christopher Sarofim '86 Professor of American Art at Princeton and author of "Signs of the Artist: Signatures and Self-Expression in American Paintings."
• Monday, Nov. 3, James Gleick, New York Times writer and author of "Isaac Newton."
• Wednesday, Nov. 5, Edmund White, director of the Princeton Program in Creative Writing and author of "Fanny: A Fiction."
• Wednesday, Nov. 12, Caroline Seebohm and Peter Cook, author and photographer, respectively, of "Great Houses and Gardens of New Jersey."
• Friday, Nov. 14, Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill and author of "Chasing Churchill."
• Monday, Nov. 17, Paul Krugman, professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and author of "The Great Unraveling."
• Thursday, Nov. 20, C.K. Williams, lecturer with the rank of professor in the Council of the Humanities and creative writing at Princeton and author of "The Singing."
For more information on these events, contact Roberta O'Hara at the University Store at 921-8500, ext. 255, or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Evolutionary anthropologist here to discuss his work on human origins
Genomic Approaches to Human Origins" is the title of a lecture to be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in McCosh 50.
The speaker will be Svante Pääbo, director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He and his colleagues study the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. They are inter-ested both in the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.
In his lecture, Pääbo will describe work demonstrating that, despite the fact that the DNA sequences of humans and chimpanzees differ only slightly, the activity levels of their genes differ considerably. He also will highlight results on the evolution of the first gene known to be involved in the ability of humans to use language.
Pääbo's talk is designated as the Spencer Trask Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.
Welfare is topic of lecture
A lecture titled "Blame Welfare: Ignore Poverty and Inequality" is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The speaker will be Joel Handler, the Richard Maxwell Professor of Law and professor of policy studies in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California-Los Angeles.
A 1954 Princeton graduate, Handler directs the master of law program at the UCLA School of Law. He also teaches a research seminar on social welfare issues. His books include "Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe: The Paradox of Inclusion" (2003) and "We the Poor People: Work, Poverty and Welfare" (with Yeheskel Hasenfeld, 1997).
His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Justice Project.
Conference honors Gutman
A conference at the School of Architecture in honor of Robert Gutman, who has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 1969, is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.
The event, titled "Architecture and Public Policy: A Symposium in Honor of Robert Gutman," is sponsored by the School of Architecture and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Nathan Glazer, a professor of sociology and education emeritus at Harvard University, will give the keynote address at 5 p.m. Friday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. All events are open to the public.
Four panels will be held on Saturday to discuss historical perspectives; public policy and architectural education; changing attitudes and perspectives on housing; and imagining a future for architecture and public policy. Participants include scholars from Princeton and several other universities and institutions. The panels will take place in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
For more information or to register, visit this Web site: <www.princeton.edu/~soa/gutmansymposium/>.
Art Museum exhibition
This Greek bronze statuette of a centaur dating to about 530 B.C. is a signature piece in the exhibition, "The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art," on view at the University Art Museum through Jan. 18. The first exhibition in the United States to explore the role of mythical monsters in ancient Greek culture, the show features 100 pieces from the museum's permanent collection and private collections in the United States, France and Spain. It focuses on the significance composite creatures -- including the half-man, half-horse centaurs -- had for the early Greeks by examining their antecedents in the art of Egypt and the Near East. For more information, call 258-3788 or visit <www.princetonartmuseum.org>.
Noted physicist gives three talks
Mathematical physicist Roger Penrose will present a series of three lectures on "Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe" between Oct. 17 and Oct. 22.
Penrose is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and the Francis and Helen Pentz Visiting Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.
The lecture schedule is:
• "Fashion," 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, McCosh 50;
• "Faith," 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; and
• "Fantasy," 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, McCosh 10.
Penrose has earned numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the fields of astrophysics and mathematics, including the Wolf Foundation Prize for Physics (with physicist Stephen Hawking), the Dirac Prize and Medal of the British Institute of Physics and the Einstein Prize and Medal of the Albert Einstein Society. He has written several influential books on the relationship between consciousness, computing and physics for which he won the Rhone-Poulenc Prize from the Royal Institution and the Science Museum. He has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to science.
In his lectures, Penrose will demonstrate that present-day approaches to providing a fundamental picture of the universe are not always driven objectively through experiment and observation and by precise mathematical reasoning. He will assess the importance of subjective and social elements in science.
Penrose's talks are designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures and are part of the University's Public Lectures Series. The Oct. 17 lecture will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.
Author to lecture on 'Terror in the Name of God'
Jessica Stern, a U.S. expert on terrorism, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. She will speak on "Terror in the Name of God," the topic of her new book (HarperCollins, 2003).
Stern is a lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 1994 to 1995, she served as director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council; from 1998 to 1999, she was the Superterrorism Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and from 1995 to 1996, she was a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
For her book, which is subtitled "Why Religious Militants Kill," Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews and Muslims. In her extensive travels, she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common. She explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who use religion as both motivation and justification to recruit the disenfranchised.
Stern will be signing her book at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Princeton University Store. Her lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.