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Celebrating town and gown collaboration
The town and University joined together for the annual Communiversity celebration on Saturday, April 28, on the front campus and the streets of Princeton.
Sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton, the event featured merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 70 University student organizations and performing groups.
The University’s International Center continued its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession. Each flag represented a Princeton student’s home country.
Princeton junior Nwanneka Onuekwusi helped youngsters make bead bracelets at a table on the front lawn of Nassau Hall.
At left: International Center’s flag procession and beading craft table at Communiversity (photos: John Jameson
Souk festival will foster Middle Eastern culture
Souk, an outdoor festival featuring Middle Eastern food, music and art, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Scudder Plaza outside Robertson Hall.
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Relationships, health focus of talks
Shelley Taylor, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles who studies issues related to relationships, stress and health, will deliver a pair of lectures Thursday and Friday, May 10-11.
Taylor will speak at 8 p.m. May 10 in 101 Friend Center on “Fight-or-Flight Versus Tend-and-Befriend: Do Men and Women Cope Differently With Stress?” Her second talk, set for 4 p.m. May 11 in 0-S-6 Green Hall, is titled “Why Do Psychosocial Resources Affect Health Across the Lifespan?”
Taylor studies the impact of social relationships and positive beliefs on physical and mental health. She has proposed the “tend-and-befriend” model for how people respond to stress, which suggests that women are more likely than men to deal with stress by seeking positive social relationships. In addition, Taylor studies how culture shapes individuals’ responses to stressful situations.
Taylor is co-director of the health psychology program at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Social Neuroscience Lab. She has written more than 300 journal publications and four books, including “The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing Is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live.”
The talks are part of the Department of Psychology’s annual Edward E. Jones Lecture Series.
Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik at McCarter
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, composer of the Broadway musical “Spring Awakening,” will perform at the McCarter Theatre Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Sheik will perform songs from his six albums as well as his theater and film work, and also will discuss the musical experiences that have shaped his life. The concert is presented in association with the Princeton Triangle Club. For ticket information, contact the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit www.mccarter.org.
Founder to speak on Slow Food Movement
Carlo Petrini, founder and president of the Slow Food Movement, will deliver a lecture titled “Slow Food Nation” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in McCosh 50.
Petrini founded the Slow Food Movement, a nonprofit organization, in Italy in 1996, as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. The movement was founded to counteract the increase in fast food and the decrease in traditional local foods as well as to raise awareness about food choices from environmental and economic perspectives. It is now active in more than 100 countries.
Petrini also is the founder of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, with campuses in the Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy, and a professor of sociology at the University of Trento.
Petrini’s book, “Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean and Fair,” will be released in the United States in June. He has been the recipient of many international awards and in 2004 was named a “great innovator” in Time Magazine’s list of “European Heroes.”
The lecture, which is sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Program in Italian Studies, will be translated from Italian. It follows a PEI-sponsored conference in November, titled “Food, Ethics and the Environment,” that drew more than 1,000 people from scientific and agricultural organizations, government agencies, advocacy groups, the media and academic communities.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host Carlo Petrini at Princeton,” said Kathy Hackett, associate director of PEI. “Petrini’s work is significant, and by bringing him to Princeton we hope to further educate and inspire our students, while informing their participation in the growing international dialogue regarding food choices.”
A reception for students and other University ID holders will follow the lecture.
Petrini also will sign copies of his book prior to the talk, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Ceremony honors LGBT graduates
The sixth annual Lavender Graduation ceremony, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Maclean House courtyard.
The ceremony celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate students and of faculty and staff who support the LGBT community. The event will include an awards ceremony and remarks by graduating students.
The event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Fund for Reunion, Princeton’s LGBT alumni group. A reception will follow.
Paintings by local artist at University League Art Gallery
An exhibition of paintings by local artist Jannick Wildberg — including this portrait, titled “Eva Lee” — will be on view Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, and Saturday, May 26, at the University League Art Gallery, 171 Broadmead St. Wildberg is a mostly self-taught artist who has lived in Princeton for 10 years. She paints using predominantly oils but also other media to create texture and the effect of three-dimensionality, while employing styles ranging from abstract expressionism to realistic portraiture. Hours for the exhibition are 2 to 6 p.m. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.