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The McCarter Theatre Center will present an evening of classical and folk repertoire from the North Indian and South Indian traditions at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Tabla legend Zakir Hussain will lead a troupe of percussionists in the program. Tickets are available at the McCarter Theatre box office at 258-2787 or at <www.mccarter.org>.
The University's Community House will host "A Day of Support and Solidarity for Haiti," a series of events commemorating the island's national Flag Day holiday, on Tuesday, May 18.
The events are scheduled at the following times and locations:
• An ecumenical prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. in the University Chapel.
• Patrick Slavin, senior writer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will deliver a lecture titled "Haiti: On the Present Crisis and UNICEF's Emergency Response" during a luncheon beginning at noon in 307 Frist Campus Center. Slavin will discuss the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti. He also will comment on UNICEF's role in bringing emergency relief to the Caribbean nation and the important role Haiti is playing in treating HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings.
• "Cumbite," a film about a Haitian who returns to his home village after years of living in Cuba, will be shown during a dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fields Center. The viewing will be followed by a discussion led by Professors Leon-Francois Hoffmann of the Department of French and Italian and Stanley Katz of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The event is co-sponsored by the Fields Center, the Program in Latin American Studies, the International Center and the Office of Religious Life. For more information, contact Marjorie Young at 258-6136.
Some 18,000 people -- alumni and their families -- are expected on campus Thursday through Sunday, May 27-30, for Reunions activities.
Highlights of the weekend will include: the annual P-rade throughout campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; alumni-faculty forums and department open houses during the day on Friday and Saturday; and performances by groups including Quipfire!, Theatre Intime, the University Orchestra and the Triangle Club, receptions and student/alumni arch sings on Friday and Saturday evenings.
All alumni and University representatives once again will be required to have wristbands to participate in Reunions activities in the major reunion headquarters courtyards (wristbands are not required for attending lectures or watching the P-rade). Faculty and staff who ordered wristbands in advance from the Alumni Council may pick them up from 7 to 11 p.m. each night in the Maclean House parlor (enter through the front door).
For a complete schedule of Reunions activities, visit <Web site>. During Reunions, more information also is available by calling 258-1721.
Scholars of ancient China and other disciplines will gather for a conference on "Religion, Poetry and Memory in Ancient China" on Friday and Saturday, May 21-22.
The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in 202 Jones Hall, is part of a yearlong research and teaching project sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.
The conference addresses ancient and early medieval Chinese social practices of commemoration and aesthetic display in their religious framework. Beyond disciplinary boundaries, scholars of Chinese religion, literature, art history, archaeology and history will discuss a wide range of texts, artifacts and social settings that jointly created the performative experience of early Chinese religion, aesthetics and cultural memory. In response to the papers on China, specialists in Near Eastern and Biblical studies, classics and music will present an additional set of comments and studies.
The Princeton conference is the first in the burgeoning field of early China studies to discuss the complex interplay of religious ritual, aesthetic expression, and the formation of cultural memory and identity. Its interdisciplinary nature responds to the evidence from large amounts of newly excavated texts and artifacts, while the comments from other fields help integrate the early Chinese case into a broader comparative framework.
Information about the conference is available online at <Web site>. It is organized by Martin Kern, associate professor of East Asian studies, and sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and the East Asian studies program.
I nternationally renowned security technologist and author Bruce Schneier will deliver the final talk in the 2004 Evnin Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, May 17, in Reynolds Auditorium, McDonnell Hall. The lecture, intended for a lay audience, is titled "Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World."
Schneier is a founder and the chief technical officer of Counterpane Internet Security Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., which provides managed security monitoring services to organizations worldwide.
Schneier is the author of six books, including "Beyond Fear" (2003), which tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security and national security. He also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with more than 100,000 readers. He has written op-ed pieces for several major newspapers and has testified on cyber-security issues before Congress on many occasions.
The lecture series, titled "Beyond Fear: Response to Bio- and Cyber-Terrorism," is sponsored by the Council on Science and Technology.
A conference on "The Social Dimensions of Inequality" is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 20-21, in 16 Robertson Hall.
The event is sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It will bring together scholars from Princeton and several other leading institutions who have been part of a special project on the social dimensions of inequality and their relationship to the recent rise in economic inequality in the United States.
This new research initiative examines social inequality on a number of dimensions, including family well-being, educational opportunity, health care and coverage, legal services and criminal justice, political participation and representation, banking and credit, housing, pension provision, environmental quality and even access to computers and the Internet. The conference program is available online at <Web site>
A selection of original photographs and drawings by Howard Crosby Butler is on display through Oct. 22 on the first floor of McCormick Hall. Titled "The House in Late Antique Syria," the exhibition highlights Syrian residential architecture between the fourth and sixth centuries. It was conceived by Slobodan Curcic, professor of art and archaeology, in conjunction with his spring seminar, "The Byzantine House."
An archaeologist and professor of the history of architecture, Butler was the first director of Princeton's School of Architecture. The photographs and drawings record his expeditions to Syria in the early 1900s. The exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Hellenic Studies and Group for the Study of Late Antiquity. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
On view with the Bible are other objects from the Gothic period -- arms and armor, religious artifacts and everyday domestic items. This mail shirt, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is thought to be from 15th-century southern Germany.
For more information about the exhibition or the colloquium, visit <www.princetonartmuseum.org>.