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Conference marks opening of Hudson Review archives, Morgan papers

The official opening of the Hudson Review archives and Frederick Morgan papers in the Princeton University Library will be marked with a conference celebrating the literary magazine and its principal founding editor at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The conference, titled “Writers, Editors and Literary Magazines, 1947-2007: A Conversation in Honor of the Hudson Review,” will feature a keynote address by Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Gioia’s address will be followed by a roundtable discussion about the role of the Hudson Review and other influential literary magazines in shaping American letters over the past 60 years.

The panel, moderated by Princeton history professor Anthony Grafton, will include: history professor Sean Wilentz and English professor Michael Wood of Princeton; English professor William Pritchard of Amherst College; philosophy professor Emily Grosholz of Pennsylvania State University; Paula Deitz, editor of the Hudson Review; David Orr, a 1996 Princeton alumnus and poetry critic; and Lea Carpenter, a 1995 alumna and former deputy publisher of the Paris Review.

At 4:30 p.m., Firestone Library’s main gallery will host a reception and an exhibition of selected items from the Hudson Review archives and the papers of Morgan, a 1943 alumnus who edited the magazine for half a century after founding it in 1948 with fellow Princeton graduates Joseph Bennett and William Arrowsmith.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library.

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Zach Grenier and Christopher Donahue (on video screen) star in McCarter Theatre Center production of Molière’s comedy “Tartuffe” (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Molière’s comedy “Tartuffe” at McCarter

Zach Grenier and Christopher Donahue (on video screen) star in the McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Molière’s savage comedy “Tartuffe,” which runs through Sunday, Oct. 28. The play is directed by Daniel Fish, who applies a 21st-century perspective to Molière’s 17th-century work. Fish previously helmed McCarter productions of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Ticket information for “Tartuffe” can be obtained by calling the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visiting

Former diplomat Bodine speaks on Iraq war

Barbara Bodine, diplomat-in-residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, will give a lecture titled “Iraq: Cassandra’s Curse and Pandora’s Box,” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Bodine has firsthand experience with the Iraq war, having served as the Department of Defense’s first coalition coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central provinces of Iraq in 2003.

Bodine spent her 30-year diplomatic career primarily in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, including tours as deputy principal officer in Baghdad and deputy chief of mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 1990 and as U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 1997 to 2001.

Bodine’s scholarly work focuses on post-conflict political reconstruction, governance and reform; the relationship between security demands and legitimacy requirements; and the regional and global implications of U.S. policy and the political dynamics in the Middle East.

The Wilson School is sponsoring this lecture.

Graber, Truong to read from work

Poet Kathleen Graber and novelist Monique Truong, both visiting Hodder Fellows at Princeton this year, will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Graber is the author of “Correspondence” and the winner of the 2005 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship.

Truong is the author of “The Book of Salt,” which was published in 2003 and has garnered numerous awards, including the Bard Fiction Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award and the Asian American Literary Award. She is a co-editor of the anthology “Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose.”

Both are spending the year at Princeton under the Hodder Fellows program, which brings humanists of exceptional promise to campus to pursue independent projects. Graber will teach an introduction to poetry course this spring and is working on a second collection of poetry. Truong will teach an introduction to fiction course this spring and is working on her second novel, “Bitter in the Mouth.”

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

Future of Republican Party is subject of Wilson School panel discussion

“The Future of the Republican Party” will be the topic of a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Nolan McCarty, acting dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, will moderate the panel.

Panelists will include: Mickey Edwards, a lecturer of public and international affairs and a Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma from 1977 to 1993; James Leach, director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and a Republican member of Congress from Iowa from 1977 to 2007; and Juleanna Glover Weiss, a senior adviser at the Ashcroft Group LLC and a former staff member for President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and former U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft, among other prominent Republicans.

The Wilson School and the Woodrow Wilson Political Network are sponsoring the panel.

Mote memorial lectures focus on Chinese history

Chinese history scholar Nicola DiCosmo of the Institute for Advanced Study will give a pair of talks in the second annual Frederick Mote Memorial Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24, in 202 Jones Hall.

DiCosmo is the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies at the institute. He specializes in the cultural, political and military history of China’s northern frontiers and in the traditions of inner Asian peoples, in particular the ancient nomad Mongols and Manchus.

DiCosmo’s Oct. 23 lecture is titled “Writing Alien History: ‘Barbarian’ Historiography in Ancient China.” The next day, he will speak on “Before the Manchu Conquest of China: The Great Enterprise Reconsidered.”

The lecture series was established last year in honor of Mote, a longtime Princeton professor of East Asian studies who died in 2005. It is sponsored by the Mote Memorial Lecture Fund and the Program in East Asian Studies.

Experimental filmmaker Gehr to screen works

Ernie Gehr, an internationally acclaimed experimental filmmaker, will screen selections from his films and speak about his works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Gehr is one of the most celebrated figures among the generation of experimental filmmakers who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960s. “Serene Velocity,” “Eureka” and “Still” are among the best known of his more than 20 films.

Gehr’s work has been widely shown and collected by film and art institutions, and he has taught filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Gehr is at Princeton under the short-term visiting fellows program of the Council of the Humanities, as a guest of the Program in Visual Arts.

Irish novelists present readings

Irish novelists Patrick McCabe and Eoin McNamee will present readings of their work at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

McCabe is the author of five novels, including “The Butcher Boy,” which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction, and “Breakfast on Pluto,” which along with “The Butcher Boy” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. He also has written a children’s book, “The Adventures of Shay Mouse”; a collection of short stories, “Mondo Desperado”; and a play, “Frank Pig Says Hello.”

McNamee has written two novellas, “The Last of Deeds,” which was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature, and “Love in History.” His novels include “Resurrection Man,” “The Blue Tango” and “The Ultras.”

The reading is sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies.

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New Outdoor Action climbing wall inside Princeton Stadium (photo: John Jameson)

New Outdoor Action climbing wall

Students, faculty and staff can take on the challenge of the new Outdoor Action climbing wall, which opened Oct. 11 inside Princeton Stadium. The new wall measures 32 feet high and 66 feet wide — double the square footage of the previous climbing wall located in the Armory — and features both vertical and overhanging sections. Hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Day passes cost $8; semester passes are $55 for students and $75 for faculty and staff. For more information, visit

Annual Vendor Fair set

The purchasing department will sponsor the 13th annual Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Dillon Gymnasium.

Those attending will be able to view a variety of products and services offered by many of the University’s contract vendors. Refreshments will be available.

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