The internationally renowned Balé Folclórico da Bahia will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at McCarter Theatre. Hailing from Brazil's northern state of Bahia, the 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers performs folkloric dances of African origin. Ticket information is available by calling 258-2787 or visiting <www.mccarter.org>.
Scholars to debate Bush's ethics
The President of Good and Evil? Debating the Ethics of George W. Bush'' is the title of a session scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in McCosh 10.
Sponsored by the University Center for Human Values and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the debate will feature: Peter Singer, the DeCamp Professor of Bioethics and author of ''The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush''; Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of the news magazine World, professor of journalism at the University of Texas-Austin, author of the book ''Compassionate Conservatism'' and visiting fellow in the Madison program; and Michael Doran, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies and an expert on the international politics of the Middle East.
A reception will follow the debate.
NCAA president to speak on fiscal responsibility
Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will speak on ''Achieving Fiscal Responsibility in Athletics'' at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in McCosh 50.
Prior to joining the NCAA in 2003, Brand served as president of Indiana University. A former chair of the American Association of Universities, he sparked media attention and national debate about the role of athletics in higher education during his tenure at IU.
In a speech earlier this year to the National Press Club, Brand said that ''intercollegiate athletics can be a vital force in America's culture, exemplifying the positive spirit and values of our way of life,'' but he also expressed his strong belief ''that academics must come first.'' One of his most notable and nationally acclaimed speeches, ''Academics First: Reforming Intercollegiate Athletics,'' was to the National Press Club in 2001. He underscored the need for the academic community to acknowledge and address the disparities that exist between intercollegiate athletics and the true mission of higher education.
With a Ph.D. in philosophy, Brand started his career as a faculty member and then moved into administration at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Arizona, Ohio State University and the University of Oregon. His academic research investigates the nature of human action.
Brand's lecture is the inaugural event of the Princeton Varsity Club's speaker series presented by Glenmede. It is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Athletics.
Tigers' town ties
Residents of the campus and local communities enjoyed the University's annual Community Day celebration -- with arts, entertainment, sports and community service activities for all ages -- on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Princeton Stadium.
Although its toothy grin is a little frightening, the tiger mascot didn't disturb sleeping 7-month-old John Moskwa, son of University library staff member Shelley Szwast.
Britnay Hasili gets her face painted. Community Day was sponsored by the Office of Community and State Affairs, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics.
Kushner to read from his work
Award-winning playwright and author Tony Kushner will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
''An Evening With Tony Kushner'' is being presented as the Biderman Lecture by the Program in Judaic Studies and the Perelman Institute.
Kushner, who has won a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award for ''Angels in America,'' will give a reading. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by Emily Mann, artistic director of McCarter Theatre.
Toshiko Takaezu to give retrospective
Toshiko Takaezu, renowned potter and creator of the bronze Remembrance Bell in Princeton's Memorial Garden near Chancellor Green, will present a film retrospective and talk about her life and work at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Takaezu taught ceramics at Princeton from 1967 to 1992, instilling in generations of students a sense of art, discipline and the possibilities of clay. Three of Takaezu's pots, in her inimitable blue glaze, are permanently exhibited in the main corridor at 185 Nassau St., thanks to the generosity of four students. Her work figures in the collections of more than 20 museums, including the Metropolitan and American Crafts Museums in New York, the Smithsonian, and the art museums of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Honolulu and Bangkok.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently presented her with a lifetime achievement award in the context of a retrospective exhibit of her work, titled ''The Poetry of Clay,'' which will be on view until March 6. Princeton previously has honored Takaezu with a Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities in 1992 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1996.
As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Takaezu joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912. A reception will follow the lecture, which is hosted by the Humanities Council and the Visual Arts Program.
Symposium features graduate student research
Members of the campus and area community will have a chance to learn more about graduate student research at Princeton during a Graduate Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in Whig Hall.
A student initiative in its first year, the symposium is an interdisciplinary forum that is intended to give students practice at discussing their research with nonspecialists. Nineteen graduate students from disciplines as diverse as Near Eastern studies, psychology and electrical engineering are slated to share the results of their recent work. A panel of judges will award prizes to the three presentations that most effectively convey the nature and significance of a particular research problem to people with no advanced training in the subject.
The event also will feature a 10 a.m. speech by Robert Weisbuch, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and a 2:30 p.m. address by Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate and professor of psychology at Princeton. The full conference schedule is available on the Web at <www.princeton.edu/~grs>.
The symposium is sponsored by the Princeton Graduate School, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and the Princeton Graduate Student Government. Organizers hope the symposium will become an annual event that brings the results of important research to the attention of the wider Princeton community.
The symposium is open to the public. Advance registration is recommended and can be completed online at <www.princeton.edu/~grs>. For more information, visit the site or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Conference set on 'Atomic Sciences'
A conference on ''Atomic Sciences'' organized by Princeton's Program in the History of Science is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6.
Rather than focusing specifically on the history of American physics in the atomic age, participants will discuss how nuclear weapons and nuclear science have affected the life sciences or ecology. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with most sessions taking place in 211 Dickinson Hall.
Peter Galison, professor of the history of science and of physics at Harvard University, will give the keynote address, ''Wastelands and Wilderness: Forbidden Zones of Nuclear Desecration and Sanctified Nature,'' at 4:30 p.m. Friday in 101 McCormick Hall.
The conference is being organized by Professors Angela Creager and Michael Gordin of the Program in History of Science in the Department of History, with additional support from the National Science Foundation, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. For more information, visit <www.princeton.edu/~hos>.
Conference examines work of acclaimed filmmaker
A two-day conference about Hollis Frampton, a filmmaker and photographer known for his witty insights into the cultural landscape, will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, at 185 Nassau St.
''Gloria! The Legacy of Hollis Frampton'' will explore Frampton's many modes of artistic expression. Though best known as a filmmaker, Frampton, who lived from 1936 to 1984, left his mark on the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s in photography, film, art historical theory and the emerging digital arts. Scholars will present papers about Frampton's work in the various fields, and participants will view his films ''Less,'' ''Hapax Legomena'' and ''Gloria!''
The conference, which was organized by Princeton visual arts faculty members Su Friedrich, Keith Sanborn and P. Adams Sitney, is sponsored by the David Gardner '69 Magic Project and the Amie Knox '77 Fund, as well as several academic departments and committees.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit <Web site>.