“Tunic,” by Sanford Biggers
Art Museum exhibition
“Tunic,” a bubble down jacket with feathers by Sanford Biggers, is among the works included in an exhibition, “Between Image and Concept: Recent Acquisitions in African American Art,” on view at the University Art Museum through Sunday, Feb. 26.
Over the last five years, the museum has significantly increased the size of its African American collection, adding more than 30 works by painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and installation artists. The exhibition was made possible with support from the University Center for Human Values. For more information, visit the University Art Museum Web site at www.princetonartmuseum.org.
Princeton NJ — Modern conservative movement is focus of conference Dec. 1-3
Political activists, academics and journalists will gather to examine how the modern conservative movement was built and to assess both its impact and how it has evolved over the past 40 years during a conference Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, on campus.
Titled “The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present and Future,” the event will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks will give a keynote address, “The Future of American Conservatism: Hamilton Returns,” at 8 p.m. Thursday.
An earlier session on Thursday will feature a survey of the conservative movement by Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute, with commentary by Midge Decter, George Nash and William Rusher. Panels on Friday and Saturday will examine the Goldwater and Reagan eras, the infrastructure of the conservative movement, the relationship between conservatism and the Republican Party, and the impact of conservatism on America’s economic, social and foreign policies. Panelists will include William Bennett, Lou Cannon, Stanton Evans, David Keene, Paul Weyrich, George Will and many other prominent conservatives, scholars and journalists.
The conference is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Complete conference information is available on the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics Web site at www.princeton.edu/~csdp.
FluFest scheduled for Nov. 28-29
Princeton NJ — FluFest, University Health Services’ annual flu immunization program and wellness fair, is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28-29, on the B and 100 levels of the Frist Campus Center.
Members of the University community are invited to get a flu shot and stay for health and fitness screenings, free massages and healthy snacks, fitness demonstrations, musical entertainment, raffle drawings, performances by campus groups, family CPR classes, food by Executive Chef Rob Harbison of dining services and more.
The flu vaccine will be available for $15 to faculty, staff and students and $20 for dependents. No appointments are necessary.
For more information, contact Gina Baral in health promotion and wellness services at 258-5036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hersh to give views on war in Iraq
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh will discuss “The War in Iraq: Bush’s Democracy and the Real Thing” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in McCosh 50.
Formerly a reporter for The New York Times, Hersh first gained recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He currently contributes regularly to The New Yorker on military and security matters.
His 2004 book, “Chain of Command: The Road From 9-11 to Abu Ghraib,” collects and elaborates on stories Hersh wrote for The New Yorker on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison and intervening events. The book focuses on the manner in which sensitive intelligence was gathered and disseminated within the Bush administration.
The talk, designated as the Stafford Little Lecture, is part of the University’s Public Lecture Series.
A unique medal from the Revolutionary War is on display for the first time in Firestone Library.
Firestone Main Gallery
A unique medal from the Revolutionary War is on display for the first time in Firestone Library’s main gallery as part of an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Friends of the Library. The medal was authorized by the Continental Congress for Henry Lee (popularly known as Light-Horse Harry) for the Battle of Paulus Hook in 1779, but through a series of mishaps was not made or awarded until many years later. Lee was a member of Princeton’s class of 1774.
The medal probably left Lee’s possession in 1810, when he was forced by bankruptcy to liquidate his assets. It came up for auction in 1935 and was bought by the Friends of the Library for $100, a large sum for a silver medal at the depths of the Depression. A description of the presentation to Princeton’s president was published in the New York Evening Sun, but no notice of the new owner reached the numismatic press.
The medal’s whereabouts had been unknown for the past 70 years until it was discovered this summer in the library by Curator of Numismatics Alan Stahl. The piece was not housed with other medals in the library’s numismatic collection, but was in its objects collection, alongside such items as the key to Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar, a snuff box given to Benjamin Franklin by Louis XVI and a block of tea certified to be from the Boston Tea Party.
The Lee medal is on view with other pieces from the University’s Numismatic Collection in the exhibition, which runs through Sunday, April 16. The main gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Tours of the exhibition will be held on the following Sundays at 4 p.m.: Dec. 11, Feb. 12 and April 2.
Filmmakers to discuss ‘Eyes on the Prize’
Filmmakers Sam Pollard and Sheila Curran Bernard will discuss the PBS series “Eyes on the Prize” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Betts Auditorium, Architecture Building.
Also participating will be Stanley Katz, lecturer with the rank of professor in public and international affairs, who served as an adviser on the acclaimed 14-hour history of America’s civil rights movement produced for PBS by Blackside Inc.
Originally broadcast over two seasons in 1987 and 1990, “Eyes on the Prize” has been unavailable for several years pending renewal of underlying rights. Pollard and Bernard created two films for the second season, “Two Societies” and “Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More,” which won national Emmys for both writing and editing. They will present clips from both films and discuss the series’ creation, recent changes in archival documentary storytelling and current efforts to renew underlying rights so that “Eyes” can be re-broadcast.
The discussion is part of a series, “American Visions in Documentary,” being organized by Bernard, the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in the Program in American Studies this semester. For more information, visit the program’s Web site at web.princeton.edu/sites/amstudies/.
Former NSA head speaks on strategy
ormer National Security Agency Director William Odom will speak on “Strategic Drift and Dwarfish Leaders” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Odom, a retired Army lieutenant general, currently is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Yale University. His outspoken opinions about the war in Iraq and his recommendations that the U.S. withdraw its troops recently have placed him in the center of controversy.
“Clouds and Rain Dance at Sunset” by artist Ruane Miller
An expert on military, strategic and intelligence issues, Odom served as director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988. He also has been the assistant chief of staff for intelligence, the Army’s senior intelligence officer.
Odom has written numerous books, including three recent volumes published by Yale University Press: “America’s Inadvertent Empire” (2004); “Fixing Intelligence for a More Secure America” (2003); and “The Collapse of the Soviet Military” (1998), which won the Marshall Shulman Prize.
His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, World Politics and Foreign Policy, among other publications. He is a frequent radio and television commentator.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Program in the Study of Women and Gender exhibition
“Clouds and Rain Dance at Sunset” by artist Ruane Miller is among the works on display through Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender lounge, 113 Dickinson Hall. The exhibition, titled “Clouds and Spirits,” includes prints that incorporate digital scans of her photography of landscapes, wildflowers and ancient art, much of it from the Southwest United States. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.