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Irish pianist will present two recitals
Irish pianist John O'Conor
Renowned Irish pianist John O'Conor will present two recitals at Princeton on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, he will perform as part of the University Concerts Series in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will include the work of John Field, Chopin, Schubert and Beethoven. At 4:30 p.m. Friday, O'Conor will introduce and play music by John Field in room 120, 185 Nassau St.
Field, who lived from 1782 to 1837, is widely regarded as the "inventor" of the nocturne. The event is sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies.
Historian to give President's Day lecture on 'Legacy of John Adams'
A lecture exploring the "Legacy of John Adams" will be delivered on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 16, by noted American historian John Diggins. The 4:30 p.m. lecture in 104 Computer Science Building will be followed by a reception.
Diggins will discuss the contributions made by the second president of the United States in shaping the early American republic. He also will consider the extent to which Adams has left an enduring legacy.
Diggins, a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, is the author of many published works, including "The Lost Soul of American Politics: Virtue, Self-Interest and the Foundations of Liberalism" (1984). His talk is part of this year's Alpheus T. Mason Lectures in American Constitutional Law and Political Thought, sponsored by the James Madison Program.
Finn launches 'Ambassador's Forum' series
Robert Finn, former U.S. ambas-sador to Afghanistan, will present a lecture on "Afghanistan After the Constitution" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Finn is currently the Ertegun Visiting Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. He served as the ambassador to Afghanistan from March 2002 until August 2003. Pre-viously, he was the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan from 1998 until 2001. His other diplomatic postings include Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey; Lahore, Pakistan; Zagreb, Croatia; and Baku, Azerbaijan, where he opened the U.S. embassy in 1992. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
Finn's address launches the "Ambassador's Forum" series organized by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His address also is sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Future forums this semester will include a lecture in March by Przemyslaw Grudzinski, Poland's ambassador to the United States; a lecture in April by Martin Palous, the Czech Republic's ambassador to the United States; and a women ambassadors' roundtable in April.
Two scholars to discuss politics in the Taiwan Strait
Two scholars will discuss the "Politics of the Taiwan Strait Issue" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Phillip Saunders, a senior research professor at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, and Yuan Peng, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, will speak.
Saunders, who holds two master's degrees and a doctorate from Princeton, is an expert in East Asia and Northeast Asia. He has worked on Asian security issues for the U.S. Air Force, the Council on Foreign Relations and the RAND Corp.
Peng's area of expertise is Asia-Pacific security, Sino-U.S. relations and Sino-U.S.-Taiwan relations. He is currently looking at the relationship between Taiwan and China in the context of Sino-U.S. counterterrorism cooperation.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of East Asian Studies.
Final 'Festival of Faiths' concert set
Musicians Paul Winter and Danny Maseng will perform their respective works individually and collaboratively in the final concert of the University's "Festival of Faiths" series on Thursday, Feb. 19. The free concert in the University Chapel will begin at 8 p.m.
Maseng has produced five albums of contemporary "soul-enhancing" music, two with his band Soul on Fire. He is one of the most popular and well-respected composers of Jewish liturgical music.
Winter is an award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, composer, explorer of the world's musical traditions and founder of Living Music and the Paul Winter Consort. He has produced more than 40 albums of music that embraces the traditions of many cultures.
The Festival of Faiths series is presented annually to explore the relationship between faith and the performing arts. Sponsors are the University's Religious Life Council, Office of Religious Life, Center for Jewish Life, Frist Campus Center, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and International Center.
U-Store sponsors author events
The University Store is sponsoring a number of events in the early spring featuring authors with Princeton connections or those 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. Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Henry Louis Gates Jr., visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of "America Behind the Color Line."
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 (Alumni Day), C.K. Williams, lecturer with the rank of professor in the Council of the Humanities and author of "The Singing."
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Fred Greenstein, professor of politics emeritus and author of "The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment."
For more information, call 921-8500, ext. 255, or visit the U-Store Web site at <www.pustore.com>.
Talk topic is U.S.-Russian relations
A lecture titled "Putin's Star: U.S.- Russian Relations on the Eve of Russia's Presidential Elections" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in 2 Robertson Hall.
Thomas Graham, director of Russian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, will give the address, which is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Graham, a former senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C., has served in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and with policy planning staff in the State Department.
Klez Dispensers present "Kleztravaganza!"
The Klez Dispensers, founded in 1998 as a student klezmer band and now an independent entity, will present "Kleztravaganza!" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The concert, sponsored by the Center for Jewish Life, marks the launch of the band's new album, "New Jersey Freylekhs." Princeton's student klezmer group, The Klezmocrats, also will perform. The Klez Dispensers has a diverse repertoire spanning traditional klezmer, a wide variety of jazz styles and original compositions. The seven-piece band includes clarinet, trumpet, violin, saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Tickets are available from the Richardson ticket office at 258-5000.