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  Don Braden

Don Braden

Richardson Auditorium jazz concert

Tenor saxophonist Don Braden will appear as a guest soloist with Princeton jazz musicians in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. He will perform with the University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II and CJE Jazztet, directed by Anthony Branker, in a program titled "What's Love Got To Do With It? Songs of Romance and Desire."
     Braden has toured the world with legendary jazz figures such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes. Tickets are available at the Richardson box office [info] at 258-5000.

Hutchings returns to speak on intelligence

Ambassador Robert Hutchings, chair of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, will speak on "Strategic Choices, Intelligence Challenges" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Hutchings was appointed to his present post in December 2002. Previously, he served as assistant dean of graduate professional education and taught international politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the lecture.

United Nations official to discuss women in the era of HIV/AIDS

A lecture titled "Who Cares? Women Infected and Affected in the Era of HIV/AIDS" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     The speaker will be Stephanie Urdang, senior adviser on gender and HIV/AIDS for the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Born in South Africa, Urdang is a former journalist who has published widely on women in Africa.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Gender and Development Policy Network, Program in African Studies, Student Global AIDS Coalition and Princeton AIDS Initiative.

Noted astronomer to tell story of the universe Dec. 4

Astronomer Vera Rubin will present "Telling Stories About the Universe" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in McCosh 50.
     Rubin has spent her career as an observational astronomer looking at the spectra, or light signatures, of galaxies to determine their motions. She arrived at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, D.C., in 1965 and, through her research, confirmed the existence of dark matter -- the mysterious, unseen material that dominates the universe.
     She received the 1993 National Medal of Science and the 2002 Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.
     "Today astronomers know that luminous galaxies and clusters of galaxies populate the universe, but make up less than 10 percent of its matter," she said. "The remaining matter is dark, and is detected by its gravitational effect on the bright matter we study. Equally mysterious is the force that is apparently causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate. I will tell our story of the bright universe we know, and the dark universe that is obscure."
     Rubin's talk is designated as the Stafford Little Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. The event will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit [www.princeton.edu/webmedia].

  The Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir will perform Benjamin Britten's oratorio, "St. Nicolas," at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the University Chapel. The oratorio chronicles the life of St. Nicholas, upon whom the modern Santa Claus is based, as he is elected bishop and performs heroic deeds to the benefit of his community.
     The choir will perform under the direction of Penna Rose with Anthony Pinel's boychoir from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, N.J., an orchestra of strings, percussion, piano and organ, and New York tenor Michael Orzechowski as St. Nicholas. Orzechowski will be in costume, and the oratorio will be partly dramatized. The audience will be invited to participate in singing two hymns incorporated into the oratorio. Admission is free, and the doors open at 1:45 p.m.

Architecture event to honor Geddes

A symposium in honor of Robert Geddes, the first dean of the School of Architecture, is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6.
     The event will run from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium at the School of Architecture, which is sponsoring the symposium.
     Geddes, an architect and educator, became dean in 1965. Under his leadership over the next 17 years, the school emerged as a major center for the exchange of architectural ideas. The conference, which will bring together alumni, architects and educators, will celebrate Geddes' 80th birthday.
     Robert Goheen, the president of Princeton from 1957 to 1972, will introduce a panel on the history of the school. Stan Allen, the School of Architecture's current dean, will moderate a second panel on the future of architectural education.
     For more information, call 258-1981 or visit this Web site: [Web page].

Dec. 1-11 exhibition explores work of early African-American classicists

William Sanders Scarborough  

Classicist William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926)


A photographic exhibition showcasing the work of 12 African-American scholars in classics will be on display Dec. 1-11 in Firestone Library.
     At 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Michele Ronnick, associate professor of classics at Wayne State University, will deliver a lecture titled "Classica Africana" in connection with the exhibition. The talk will take place in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
     Seven years ago, Ronnick began writing footnotes for a biography of William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926), who was born into slavery, learned to read in secret and later became the first African-American member of the Modern Language Association. During the course of her research, Ronnick discovered 11 other African-American scholars born in the 19th century whose work had been forgotten.
     "I've been collecting, organizing and preserving information about African Americans involved with the classical subjects of Latin, Greek and mythology," said Ronnick. "It started with me wondering: Who are the black classicists that deserve to be in the history books? My research made me realize that there was a whole pattern here, an intellectual chapter of American history that almost nobody knew about. I'm trying to connect the dots. It's very exciting."
     The results of Ronnick's research are on display in the exhibition, "12 Black Classicists," which includes a dozen 30-by-40-inch photographs with accompanying biographies. Funded by the James Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University, the collection currently is on a national tour of American colleges and universities.
     The 11 men and one woman taught Greek and Latin at the college level. Ronnick said their achievements laid the groundwork for the serious study and teaching of classical languages and philology among African Americans. "I discovered that black schools like Wilberforce, Howard and Hampton taught the classics," says Ronnick. "But somehow, people in the field became invisible.
     The exhibition will take place in the African-American studies reading room on the third floor of Firestone Library. A Princeton University identification card is required for admission. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Dec. 1-5 and Dec. 8-11; and from 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Dec. 6-7.
     The lecture, which will include a slide presentation on the exhibition, is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, the Program in African-American Studies and the Department of Classics. For more information, contact the University Center for Human Values at 258-4798 or [www.princeton.edu/values, values@princeton.edu].


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