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Photograph used by permission of the Princeton University Library.
Hobart A.H. Baker Papers, John Davies Collection, Princeton University Archives.
Exhibition captures the romance of flight
An exhibition titled "The Romance of Flight" was set to open Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Leonard Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts at Firestone Library. The exhibition commemorates the centennial of the Wright Brothers' first flight on Dec. 17, 1903, and it highlights the role that Princeton and Princetonians have played in aviation.
One Princeton alumnus who will be featured is Hobey Baker, a member of the class of 1914 and the hockey star for whom Baker Rink is named. Baker enlisted in the military when the United States entered World War I and was killed on Dec. 21, 1918, when the airplane he was flying crashed.
The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Wednesdays, when it will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be open from noon to 5 p.m. It will run through March 21, 2004; tours will be held at 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 4 and March 7.
Audience invited to join in 'Messiah' sing
The University community is invited to celebrate the holiday season by singing Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in the University Chapel.
Audience members will sing the choruses from Part I as well as selections from Parts II and III, then conclude with the famous "Hallelujah Chorus." The audience is requested to bring a score, although there also will be scores available at the door.
Penna Rose, director of chapel music, will direct the sing-along, and David Messineo, principal University organist, will play the organ. The voices also will be accompanied by strings and trumpet as well as guest soloists and the Chapel Choir.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students.
Alumni to discuss emerging politics in post-war Iraq
Princeton alumni Brian Katulis and Thanassi Cambanis will speak on "Emerging Politics in Post-War Iraq" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Katulis serves as a consultant to organizations such as Freedom House and the National Democratic Institute. Since 2000, he has worked on public opinion research projects in more than a dozen countries, including a nationwide focus group research project in Iraq this past summer.
Cambanis is a reporter for The Boston Globe. He covered the war in Iraq and returned there in September for follow-up reporting on post-war politics. He also covers legal issues in Boston for the Globe.
They each earned an MPA in 2000 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the lecture.
Appiah to present second talk in President's Lecture Series
Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will present the second talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Wednesday, Dec. 10.
He will speak on "The Ethics of Identity" at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Friend Center. The series was initiated by President Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines.
Appiah will explore the work of English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), who believed that each of us should play the central part in planning and managing our own lives. This ideal of individuality "is essentially an idea in the ancient field of ethics, as Aristotle understood that term, because Aristotle meant by ethics something like 'normative reflection on the making of our lives,'" according to Appiah, who this fall is teaching a freshman seminar on "Individuality as an Ideal."
"Making a life requires not only attention to our obligations to other people (and, of course, to animals and, perhaps, various aspects of the natural world) but also the evaluation of projects -- among them friendship, marriage, career, vocation -- whose success or failure will determine whether our lives, taken as a whole, are successful," he said.
The third and final lecture in this year's series will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, by Marta Tienda, the Maurice During Professor in Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs. She will discuss her current research on demography, inequality and access to higher education.
The lectures will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit [www.princeton.edu/ webmedia].
Phillips to speak on wealth and democracy
Historian and political commentator Kevin Phillips will deliver a lecture on "Wealth and Democracy in America" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
In 1968, Phillips was the chief political and elections analyst for the Republican presidential campaign, and served as special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General for 13 months. After publication of his landmark 1969 book, "The Emerging Republican Majority," he resigned to become a newspaper and later broadcast commentator, and served as editor-publisher of the American Political Report from 1971 until 1998. From 1984 to 1996, he was an elections commentator for CBS Television News.
Phillips has written 11 books, including "The Politics of Rich and Poor" and "Wealth and Democracy." His eighth book, "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America," was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in history. His two most recent books are "William McKinley" in the American presidents series edited by Arthur Schlesinger and "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit Under the House of Bush."
Since 1997, Phillips has lived in Connecticut, where he does most of his writing, now with an increasingly historical focus. He is a periodic contributor to National Public Radio and The Los Angeles Times, and an occasional contributor to Time and Harper's.
The public is invited to attend the event, including a reception with Phillips in the Shultz Dining Room following the lecture. The event is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. For more information, contact the University Center for Human Values at 258-4798.
Conference planned on civil rights
The Program in African-American Studies will sponsor a conference titled "Civil Rights and Cultural Memory: Narrative, Music, History and Law" Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11-12.
It will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a screening of the film, "Boycott," in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St., followed by a discussion with the film's director, Clark Johnson, and producer, Shelby Stone. Made for Home Box Office in 2001, the Peabody Award-winning drama is based on the events surrounding the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala.
On Friday, Valerie Smith, director of the Program in African-American Studies, will provide welcoming remarks at 9:30 a.m. in McCosh 10. The rest of the day will consist of three panels in that room featuring writers and scholars discussing the civil rights movement from different perspectives. The times and topics are: 10 a.m., narratives; 1:45 p.m., music; and 3:45 p.m., history and law.
For more information, contact the Program in African-American Studies at 258-1787.
'Wonderful Life' showing benefits charity
M embers of the University community can unwind from the holiday hustle by watching the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen, while benefiting the Princeton Community Area Foundation.
The film, starring Jimmy Stewart of Princeton's class of 1932, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The event is sponsored by the Department of University Services and the Office of Community and State Affairs. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets, available at the Richardson box office, are $3 for adults and children over 12, and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.
All proceeds will be donated to the Bud Vivian Award Fund. The fund was established by the foundation as a tribute to the late Bud Vivian, former University secretary and director of community affairs. The award is presented annually to honor community service achievements. A grant is given to a Princeton-based charity of the winner's choice.
Ticket office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also will be available two hours before the show. For more information, call 258-5000.
University Art Museum
"New York City W1," a 1947 print by American photographer Aaron Siskind, is among the works on display at the University Art Museum in an exhibition that has been extended through Jan. 4. "Aaron Siskind at 100" was organized to mark the centenary of the birth of one of the country's leading photographic educators, who lived from 1903 to 1991. The exhibition features a selection of Siskind works from the museum's permanent collection, which contains one of the largest bodies of the artist's vintage prints.