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Program in Theater and Dance
The University's Program in Theater and Dance will present an evening of contemporary dance by the New York City company Bill Young & Dancers at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. Known for its signature partnering and lush, abandoned movement, the company will present two diverse works, "Rein, Bellow" and "Bent," that exemplify its cross-cultural perspective and range. The international troupe has fused varied cultural perspectives into an artistic expression that transcends national boundaries. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Lecture examines racial gap in schools
Abigail Thernstrom, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will speak on "The Racial Gap in Academic Achievement" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in 104 Computer Science Building. A public reception will follow.
Thernstrom is the co-author, with her husband, Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom, of "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" (Simon & Schuster, 2003), which was named by The Los Angeles Times and the American School Board Journal as one of the best books of 2003. They also collaborated on "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible" (Simon & Schuster, 1997) and edited "Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity."
Thernstrom's lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions through the America's Founding and Future lecture series.
Carnegie VP to discuss WMD
A lecture on "The Future of Nonproliferation" is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Speaking will be George Perkovich, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. He is the author of the recent Carnegie report, "WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications."
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security.
Russia's AIDS crisis is topic
The Impending AIDS Crisis in Russia: The Shape of the Problem and Possible Solutions" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 1 Robertson Hall.
Celeste Wallander, director of the Russia and Eurasia program and trustee fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will speak.
Until the mid-1990s, Russia and Eurasia had relatively few cases of HIV. Today, however, this region is experiencing the highest rate of growth of HIV in the world. A report published by the Russia and Eurasia program for the center's HIV/AIDS task force highlighted the devastating consequences of this pandemic if it is left unchecked. According to the report, effective public policy could make a difference, but ineffective public policy could result in a political, economic and security disaster for the region.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.
Contemporary slavery is focus of talk
Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves Inc., will speak on "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Bales, an expert on contemporary slavery, leads the Washington, D.C.-based Free the Slaves, a non-profit organization working to end slavery worldwide. He also is a professor of sociology at the University of Surrey Roehampton in London and consultant to the United Nations on slavery and trafficking.
Bales is the author of the book "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" (University of California Press, 1999), which describes modern slavery as a global phenomenon and investigates how it exists in five countries. Bales claims that although slavery is illegal throughout the world, more than 27 million people are still kept in bondage.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Hodder Fellows to read from work
This year's Hodder Fellows will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Writers Anthony Doerr and Sarah Manguso were chosen as "humanists of exceptional promise" to spend the year at Princeton's Council of the Humanities pursuing independent projects.
Doerr is the author of a volume of short stories, "The Shell Collector," which won the New York Public Library's 2003 Young Lions Fiction Award. He is working on a new novel. Manguso, the author of "The Captain Lands in Paradise: Poems," is working on a new collection of poems.
The reading is part of the Creative Writing Program's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.
Poetry scholar to speak on lyric intimacy
Three lectures on the theme "Lyric Intimacy: Speaking to Invisible Listen-ers" will be presented Wednesday through Friday, April 14-16, in McCosh 50.
The speaker will be Helen Vendler, the A. Kinglsey Porter University Professor at Harvard University. The author of numerous books on poets and poetry, she has been selected to deliver the 2004 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities in May.
The times and titles of the lectures at Princeton are:
• 8 p.m. Wednesday on "George Herbert and God: Intimacy With the Better Self";
• 8 p.m. Thursday on "Walt Whitman and the Reader in Futurity: Intimacy With the Longed-for Camerado"; and
• 4:30 p.m. Friday on "John Ashbery and the Artist of the Past: Intimacy With a Vanished Twin Abstract."
Vendler's books include "Coming of Age as a Poet: Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath" (2003), "Seamus Heaney" (1998) and "The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets" (1997), all published by Harvard University Press.
The talks are designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lectures and are part of the University's Public Lectures Series. They will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.
McCarter Theatre Center
The McCarter Theatre Center will present an evening with Oliver Mtukudzi, a legendary figure in contemporary African music, and his band, The Black Spirits, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16. The evening also will feature special guest Vusi Mahlasela, South Africa's leading socially-conscious singer-songwriter. Tickets are available at the McCarter Theatre box office at 258-2787 or at <www.mccarter.org>.
Affordable housing to be discussed
Public policy experts, developers, advocates for affordable housing and state and local elected officials will gather to discuss the state's affordable housing needs at the University's 2004 Symposium on New Jersey Issues on Friday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.
Douglas Massey, Princeton professor of sociology and public affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the event titled "Affordable Housing in New Jersey -- Deconstructing the Past and Building for a Future." Massey, an expert in urban planning, has written extensively on urban policy, immigration, demography and social research methods.
His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of affordable housing in New Jersey and what government officials are doing to address the issue. Panelists will discuss the state's definition of affordable housing and whether it is serving the needs of middle-income workers. Other topics will include the impact of affordable housing on municipal budgets, school budgets, property tax implications and land-use concerns.
The symposium is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University's Office of Community and State Affairs. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, e-mail Pam Hersh, director of community and state affairs, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
University Chapel presents Nevsky film and cantata
The 1938 film "Alexander Nevsky" will be shown and the cantata of the same name will be performed beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the University Chapel.
"Alexander Nevsky" was the first sound film directed by Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, who collaborated with composer Sergei Prokofiev on the score. Prokofiev turned the score into a cantata for concert use.
The cantata, which will follow the film, will feature the Princeton University Chapel Choir, directed by Penna Rose, and the Princeton High School Choirs, directed by Charles Sundquist. More than 200 singers and 45 instrumentalists will perform.
Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for the general public and free for students.
Brown sisters to mark anniversary of court decision
Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughters of the lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case, will deliver a keynote address at a conference Saturday, April 17, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the court decision.
The Brown sisters will speak at 3 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room. They are the daughters of Oliver Brown, a minister who was the first parent listed in the lawsuit when it was originally filed in Topeka, Kan.
The conference, titled "Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later, Why Are We Still Separate and Unequal?," is being convened by the Princeton Justice Project, a student group. Members have organized individual speakers, panels and debates to examine the progress of the public education system over the last 50 years.
Brown v. Board of Education is a landmark case that explicitly outlawed segregated public education facilities, ruling so on the grounds that the doctrine of "separate but equal" public education could never truly provide black Americans with facilities of the same standards available to white Americans.
The conference, scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frist, is co-sponsored by the Princeton student publication Idealistic Nation, the Pace Center for Community Service, the Black Student Union and the Education Research Section of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
For more information, visit the Princeton Justice Project Web site at <www.princeton.edu/~justice/brownconf.shtml>.