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‘Radio Golf’ director to lead conversation

Acclaimed director, producer and actor Kenny Leon will engage in a conversation with students and faculty at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, in McCosh 4 (entryway B).

Leon currently is directing August Wilson’s play “Radio Golf,” which is set to open March 18 at McCarter Theatre and later in the spring on Broadway.

He spent 13 years as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta before founding True Colors Theatre Company there in 2001. At the Alliance Theatre, he launched the premiere of Elton John’s “Aida” and Pearl Cleage’s “Flyin’ West,” which is being produced this semester by Princeton’s Black Arts Company: Drama.

Since then, he has directed theater productions around the country. His credits include the 2004 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which won two Tony awards and featured Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan and Phylicia Rashad; a 2004-05 Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean,” which was nominated for five Tony awards; and the world premiere of an opera, “Margaret Garner,” by Princeton professor Toni Morrison at the Detroit Opera House in 2005.

The event, sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Theater and Dance, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Holtzman to argue for Bush impeachment

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who participated in impeachment hearings on President Nixon, will argue a case for the impeachment of President Bush in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Holtzman’s lecture is titled “George W. Bush: High Crimes and Misdemeanors?” She is the co-author, with Cynthia Cooper, of “The Impeachment of George W. Bush,” which argues that Bush misled the country in pursuing the war in Iraq and engaged in other impeachable offenses.

Holtzman represented New York in Congress from 1973 to 1981 and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of Nixon. She is a former Brooklyn district attorney and currently practices law in New York City.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


Ruth Reichl

Reichl to speak on food’s role in history

Noted restaurant critic and author Ruth Reichl will present a talk titled “Watch What You Eat” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in McCosh 50.

Reichl’s talk will survey the role of food throughout history, what it has looked like, how it has been marketed and what its appearance tells us about society and human nature.

Reichl is the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times. Her best-selling “culinary memoirs” include “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table,” “Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures at the Table” and “Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise.” Reichl also served as restaurant critic and food editor for the Los Angeles Times. Before turning to writing, she was a chef and co-owner of the Swallow Restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.

The talk is designated as the J. Edward Farnum lecture and is sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series. It will be simulcast in McCosh 10.

Lecture explores bioethics dilemmas

“Bioethics: What Would the Founders Say?” is the title of a lecture by political scientist Diana Schaub, a Bush administration adviser, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in 6 Friend Center.

Schaub is chair of the Department of Political Science at Loyola College in Maryland and has been a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics since 2004. She will discuss what guidance the U.S. Constitution offers in thinking about the ethical dilemmas posed by biotechnology, drawing upon views of America’s founding fathers.

The event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions as part of the “America’s Founding and Future” lecture series.


“Bowl of Bliss,” by Janice Dru

Senior thesis show in visual arts

“Bowl of Bliss,” a painting by Janice Dru, will be among the works on display as part of a senior thesis show in visual arts by Dru and photographer Lauren Elachi Tuesday through Friday, March 6-9, at the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. Hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Religion and politics is topic for Gary Hart talk

Former U.S. senator and presidential contender Gary Hart will discuss the relationship between faith and politics in a lecture titled “God and Caesar in America” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Hart examined these issues in his 2005 book “God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics,” in which he argued that the religious right has taken control of significant portions of the Republican Party and major policy issues.

Hart served as a Democratic senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987 and sought the party’s presidential nomination in the 1984 and 1988 campaigns. He currently holds the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the University of Colorado-Denver.

A longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hart has remained an influential figure on matters of national security since leaving the senate. He co-chaired the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, a bipartisan, independent commission appointed by the U.S. Department of Defense, which issued three public reports forecasting the age of terrorism and outlined a new, post-Cold War national security policy. He also co-chaired a Council on Foreign Relations task force on homeland security, which recently released a report titled “America — Still Unprepared, Still in Danger.”

Hart has written more than a dozen books, including “The Shield and the Cloak: The Security of the Commons,” “The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats” and “The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the 21st Century.”

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion as part of the “Crossroads of Religion and Politics” lecture series.

Reading features writers Pinckney and Whitehead

Writers Darryl Pinckney and Colson Whitehead will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Pinckney’s works include the novel “High Cotton” and essay collections such as “Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature” and “Sold and Gone: Essays in African American Literature and U.S. Society.” He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction and the Harold D. Vursell Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Pinckney’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications such as Granta, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Village Voice. A former Hodder Fellow at Princeton’s Council of the Humanities, he also has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities.

Whitehead’s first novel, “The Intuitionist,” won the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award and was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His second novel, “John Henry Days,” won the Young Lions Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His works also include “The Colossus of New York” and “Apex Hides the Hurt.”

Whitehead has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He is a former pop culture critic and television columnist for The Village Voice, and his work also has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Granta, Harper’s and Salon.

The event is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing.

Iranian filmmaker to discuss work

Abbas Kiarostami, an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Kiarostami will be in the United States for the opening of a major retrospective of his films and photographic work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which will run through May 28. He will speak at Princeton along with Hunter College film historian Ivone Margulies.

One of the founders of the New Wave period in Iranian cinema in the 1970s, Kiarostami makes films that play with the relationship between documentary and fiction. He has received numerous international honors, including the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, for “Taste of Cherry” in 1997, the Jury Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival for “The Wind Will Carry Us” in 1999 and the Akira Kurosawa Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2000.

The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts as part of the John Sacret Young ’69 Spring Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by the Committee for Film Studies, the Program in Media and Modernity, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Department of German and the Department of Art and Archaeology.


Estonian jazz vocalist Kadri Voorand

Jazz vocalist Kadri Voorand will perform

Estonian jazz vocalist Kadri Voorand will perform with groups from Princeton’s jazz program in the coming weeks on campus.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, she will join the Jazz Vespers Ensemble and members of the Chapel Choir for an evening of music, poetry and meditation in the University Chapel. The groups are directed by Anthony Branker and Penna Rose, respectively.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Voorand will perform with the University Jazz Composers Collective. That group also is directed by Branker, who was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2005. Voorand is a student at the academy and performed with the collective when it toured there last fall.

The March 11 concert will feature Voorand’s compositions and arrangements as well as the music of Branker, including “The Eesti Jazz Suite,” a five-movement work inspired by his time in Estonia. Admission to both events is free.

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