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University Art Museum
The University Art Museum is bringing the Middle Ages to life with its presentation of "The Book of Kings: Art, War and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible" on view through June 6.
The Picture Bible one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts produced in France during the 13th century has been unbound for research and study, offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view 26 of the book's original pages in a single exhibition. Organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the exhibition uses the Picture Bible, on loan from the Morgan Library in New York, to explore ways in which Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures used storytelling to define themselves and their values. The page shown here depicts the story of Noah and the ark.
On view with the Bible are other objects from the Gothic period arms and armor, religious artifacts and everyday domestic items similar to those seen in the pages of the manuscript itself. On Saturday, March 27, the art museum, the Index of Christian Art and the Department of Art and Archaeology will present a colloquium, "Between the Picture and the Word: The Book of Kings in Focus," which will honor John Plummer, professor of art and archaeology emeritus and former curator of manuscripts at the Morgan Library. For more information about the exhibition or the colloquium, visit <Web page>.
Chang-rae Lee to read from his new novel, 'Aloft'
Novelist Chang-rae Lee will read from his new book, "Aloft," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Lee, a professor in the Council of the Humanities and the Program in Creative Writing, is the author of two previous novels. His first, "Native Speaker," won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the American Book Award. In 2002, it was chosen as the first selection of the Princeton Reads program, which encourages members of the community to read the same book at the same time.
His second book, "A Gesture Life," won the Anisfeld-Wolf Prize in Fiction and the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction, and earned Lee a spot on The New Yorker magazine's list of the 20 best American writers under 40.
An excerpt from "Aloft" appeared in a recent issue of The New Yorker, and motion picture rights have been optioned by producer Scott Rudin ("The Hours," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Orange County").
The reading is sponsored by the Princeton University Store, the Council of the Humanities and the Program in Creative Writing.
Film screened on inner city ministry
"God and the Inner City," a one-hour documentary about the struggles of the Rev. Gene Rivers and others who battle crime in inner cities, will be screened at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in 104 Computer Science Building. Michael Pack, executive producer and director of the film, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.
The documentary, narrated by Phylicia Rashad, explores how faith-based organizations that are doing street work seldom fit stereotypes of inner city ministries. It also reviews the controversy about government support for such programs, especially the issue of church/state separation. It originally aired on PBS on June 22, 2003.
Pack's other documentaries include "Rediscovering George Washington," "The Fall of Newt Gingrich," "The Rodney King Incident," "Campus Culture Wars" and "America's Political Parties." He currently serves as the senior vice president for television programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
This event is made possible by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions through its Alpheus T. Mason Lecture series. For more information, visit <Web page> or call Judi Rivkin at 258-5107.
Lecture set on Taiwan
A lecture titled "Taiwan Presidential Platforms and Mainland Reactions" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Speaking will be Derek Mitchell, senior fellow for Asia in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Liao Kuang Sheng, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Kaohsiung University in Taiwan.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of East Asian Studies.
Panel focuses on immigration
A panel discussion on "Immigration Policy: The DREAM Act and Access to Higher Education" is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Dodds Audi-torium, Robertson Hall.
The panelists will focus on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, introduced last August by Sens. Orrin Hatch and Richard Durbin. The act would provide qualified undocumented high school students who wish to attend college or serve in the armed forces an opportunity to adjust to a lawful status and pursue these goals.
Panelists will include: John Bernstein, director of federal policy at the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, D.C.; Iris Bordayo, a community organizer for the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network; Douglas Massey, professor of sociology and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Patrick Shen, immigration counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Program in Latin American Studies.
Talk features former Clinton staff chief
John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Clinton, will present "A View From the Executive Branch" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Podesta, currently a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University, first served in the Clinton administration from January 1993 to 1995 as assistant to the president and staff secretary. He also was a senior policy adviser to the president on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy.
In January 1997, Podesta was appointed assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, managing policy initiatives, developing overall legislative and communications strategy, and coordinating the selection of senior administration appointments, including federal judges. From October 1998 until January 2001, he served as chief of staff to Clinton. He was responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, Congressional relations and staff activities of the White House. He also coordinated the work of cabinet agencies with a particular emphasis on the development of federal budget and tax policy.
The lecture is sponsored the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.
Spring New Play Festival
Works by three Princeton seniors will have their world premieres during the Program in Theater and Dance's 2004 Spring New Play Festival. From left, Khalil Sullivan, David Brundige and Maura Cody have written the plays as their senior theses projects.
The three are shown on the set of Brundige's "Pig Tales," the first student-written play to be produced at the new Berlind Theatre at McCarter. It was scheduled to open March 5 and run through March 12. Cody's "Spettacolo!," based on improvisations by a company of actors and designers, will open April 1 and run through April 10 at the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. The festival will conclude with Sullivan's "Playing in the Dark," which will run from April 16 through April 24 at the Berlind Theatre.
In addition to the debuts of three talented young playwrights, the spring season will include a March 26-27 production of "The Same Sea" by Paul Binnerts, a Dutch director and playwright who is currently in residence at Princeton. The play, based on a novel by Amos Oz, will be presented by Princeton's Atelier in conjunction with the Program in Theater and Dance.
For tickets and more information, call the Frist Campus Center ticket office at 258-1742 or the McCarter Theatre box office at 258-2787.
Nobel laureate to discuss 2003 shuttle accident
Physicist and Nobel laureate Douglas Osheroff will discuss the Columbia space shuttle disaster and his role on the accident investigation board at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in A10 Jadwin.
The colloquium, "Understanding the Columbia Shuttle Accident," is sponsored by the Department of Physics.
Osheroff, chair of the physics department and professor of applied physics at Stanford University, works in experimental condensed matter physics and received a 1996 Nobel Prize in physics. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration appointed Osheroff a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which was convened immediately following the Feb. 1, 2003 accident.
In his talk, Osheroff will describe the direct cause of the accident: a piece of foam weighing 1.65 pounds, which struck the leading edge of the left wing 82 seconds after launch. He will explain how the board was able to conclude with near certainty the physical cause of the accident and will discuss the organizational factors that also contributed. In addition, Osheroff will consider what roles humans should play in the future of space exploration.