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Salzburg Marionette Theatre at McCarter Theatre

Salzburg Marionette Theatre

The Salzburg Marionette Theatre

The Salzburg Marionette Theatre will present its new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, at McCarter Theatre. These elaborately costumed wood puppets have been praised by audiences and critics for their stunning, often hilarious, physical feats and amazingly life-like range of motion. Tickets for the performance, which is recommended for ages 12 and up, are available by calling 258-2787 or visiting <www.mccarter.org>.

Tienda presents President's Lecture on equity and access to higher education

Princeton sociologist Marta Tienda will present the third and final talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 3.
     She will discuss "Equity and Access to Higher Education: Lessons From Texas" 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.
     Tienda, the Maurice P. During '22 Professor of Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs, will draw lessons from her research evaluating the consequences of the Texas top 10 percent plan that guaranteed seniors who graduated in the top decile of their class admission to their public university of choice.
     "Philosophically, affirmative action in higher education is a principle of fairness that recognizes a need to equalize opportunities in an unequal society; practically, it requires a compromise between the principles of democratic inclusion and merito-cracy," Tienda said. "Despite the recent Supreme Court decision permitting narrowly tailored consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions, this principle remains controversial."
     High levels of social and economic inequality coupled with growing population diversity pose ever more formidable challenges for promoting equity in access to higher education, according to Tienda. She will illustrate how these tensions play out with and without race-sensitive admissions using the Texas top 10 percent policy as a case study.
     "This bold experiment attempted to equalize the higher education playing field by providing access using a single criterion of merit applied uniformly across high schools," Tienda said. "However, it has become as controversial as the use of race-sensitive admissions, albeit for different reasons."

Former governor, EPA head to speak

Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present a lecture titled "The Economics of Environmental Protection" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
     Whitman served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003, during which time President Bush's Clear Skies Initiative was introduced. She served as New Jersey's first female governor from 1993 to 2001.
     Her lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Architecture event examines design intelligence

The School of Architecture will present a major conference on "Design Intelligence: The Expanded Field" on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, at the architecture building.
     The first day of the conference will start at 4:30 p.m. with a keynote debate on the topic "What Is Architectural Expertise?" On the second day, there will be three panels devoted to architecture's intersection with the fields of landscape and urbanism; arts and media; and structures and technology. Practitioners will join professors from Princeton and other institutions on the panels.
     The conference is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit the architecture school's Web site at <Web page>.
     This is the first of three design conferences jointly organized by the School of Architecture in collaboration with Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Great authors discuss great authors

Princeton English department faculty members will share insights on their favorite authors each Wednesday during March. The "Great Authors on Great Authors" lecture series, sponsored by the Alumni Council, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Maclean House.
     Discussing their favorite authors and the influence they have had on their lives, writing and teaching styles will be:

• March 3 -- John Fleming on Geoffrey Chaucer.
• March 10 -- Anne Margaret Daniel on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
• March 17 -- Lawrence Danson on William Shakespeare.
• March 24 -- Vance Smith on Umberto Eco.
• March 31 -- Maria DiBattista on James Joyce.

The lectures are expected to last an hour and will be followed by refreshments. The cost to attend is $10 for each session or $40 for all five sessions.
     For more information or to register, contact Christine Hollendonner in the Alumni Council office at 258-0014 or <chollen@princeton.edu>.

Concerto winner leads orchestra

Kiri Murakami, co-winner of the 2004 Princeton University Orchestra Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in the orchestra's concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. These concerts mark Michael Pratt's return as orchestra conductor after a sabbatical leave last fall.

Kiri Murakami

Kiri Murakami


     Murakami currently is co-concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra, a member of the Princeton University String Quartet and a violin student of Anna Lim. A music major, she also is pursuing certificates in musical performance, Japanese and environmental studies. "Kiri is a wonderful violinist and has been a superb leader for the orchestra, but her gifts go beyond even that," Pratt said. "She's a talented young composer (who already knows how to write for orchestra) and the finest kind of all-around musical citizen."
     Murakami began studying the violin and piano at the age of three and four, respectively. In 1993, she entered the Juilliard School to study violin, composition and piano. She was the first-prize winner in Juilliard's Bruch Violin Concerto Competition and earned recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as a finalist in violin and an honorable mention recipient in composition. Her orchestral compositions, "Metamorphosis" and "Reminiscence," were given their premieres by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras. Her other musical activities include participating in the Aspen Music Festival and in the New York Youth Symphony, where she served as a concertmaster for three years.
     The March 5-6 concerts will include a performance by Murakami of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto. Tickets are available at the Richardson box office, 258-5000.

Student art exhibition

Student art

Student art exhibition in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

Paintings by seniors Seymone Wilson and Maia Schweizer will be on display March 2-19 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. This untitled oil painting by Wilson is set in Florence. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Scholar offers views of U.S. policy

A presentation titled "Chinese Views of American Policy" will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in 16 Robertson Hall.
     Speaking will be Cao Huayin, deputy secretary general of the China Reform Forum, a Beijing-based think tank affiliated with the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. He currently is a visiting research fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where he is researching the North Korea nuclear issue.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Department of East Asian Studies.


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