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photo by Dorie Golkin

“Orchid Interior,” by Dorie Golkin

Senior thesis exhibition

Senior Dorie Golkin’s thesis exhibition, “The Pose: Inside, Out,” for the Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts “explores the chaos and abstraction of our public social lives and the calm order of our interior lives,” according to Golkin. Through images such as this one, “Orchid Interior,” Golkin expresses how “the absence and presence of forms and figures alter perceptions and change moods.” The exhibition runs Tuesday through Friday, April 1-4, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

Fauci, Frist to address global health issues

Physician Anthony Fauci, former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist and other leading experts in science and public policy will gather for “No Country Left Behind: Transforming Global Health,” a conference set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

The conference will feature scientific presentations on current research with global health implications as well as talks on the implementation of effective strategies to promote partnerships between public and private research institutions.

The event will begin with a series of scientific talks from 10 a.m. to noon in 3 Thomas Laboratory. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, will present the keynote address, “HIV/AIDS in 2008: Much Accomplished, Much to Do,” at 2 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Fauci has received international recognition for his contributions to understanding the AIDS virus and for his work in convincing lawmakers to recognize the seriousness of the disease.

A panel discussion beginning at 4 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium will feature Frist, the former Senate majority leader and 1974 Princeton alumnus who is currently a visiting lecturer at the University, and Claire Fraser-Liggett, director of the Institute of Genome Sciences and a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. President Tilghman, a renowned molecular biologist, will moderate the discussion. A reception will follow.

The conference is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Molecular Biology. It is the inaugural event in the Adel Mahmoud Lecture Series in Global Health, a series funded by the Merck Co. Foundation in honor of Mahmoud, former president of Merck Vaccines and currently a senior policy analyst in the Wilson School and molecular biology at Princeton.

For more information, visit the conference website at

Poet Carson collaborates with Cunningham dance troupe

Poet Anne Carson will collaborate with three dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and two vocalists in a performance involving text, sound and dance at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

Carson will present a lecture in the form of 15 sonnets, titled "Possessive Used As Drink (Me)," in conjunction with the dancers and vocalists.

Carson, a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner, is the author of several books of poetry, including "The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos," winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; "Economy of the Unlost"; and "Autobiography of Red."

The performance is part of the Critical Encounters Series sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Department of English. This event also is sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Theater and Dance.

photo of Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein

Sunstein to assess judicial partisanship

Renowned legal scholar and political theorist Cass Sunstein will examine the political partisanship of judges in a talk set for 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In his lecture, titled “Political Judging,” Sunstein will assess judicial votes to provide some answers to the question of whether judges are political. He will discuss which members of the Supreme Court count as most and least activist or partisan, and will offer thoughts about how human beings, including judges, respond to pressures to conform.

Currently on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, Sunstein will move to the Harvard University Law School in the fall. He has written more than 15 books and hundreds of scholarly articles in a wide range of fields, including administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, and environmental law. He is currently working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.

Sunstein’s talk is the fourth annual Donald Bernstein ’75 Lecture sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Newsweek’s Fineman discusses election

“Once in a Lifetime: The Election of 2008” is the title of a lecture by Howard Fineman, Newsweek magazine’s senior White House correspondent, set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Fineman, who writes Newsweek’s “Living Politics” column, also is a senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief for the magazine and a political analyst for NBC News. He has interviewed and written about every president and major presidential contender since 1987.

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

Talking Points Memo blogger to speak

Josh Marshall, a Princeton alumnus who founded the popular political blog Talking Points Memo, will speak on the current political scene at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in McCosh 50. He will be joined in the discussion by Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History.

Marshall began publishing Talking Points Memo in November 2000 during the Florida recount in the U.S. presidential election. His website features a mix of original reporting, commentary and consolidation of other news reports. In February, Marshall received a prestigious George Polk Award for legal reporting for coverage of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Department of Justice, which led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Marshall, who graduated from Princeton in 1991 and holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, has written for The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, The New Yorker,, The Atlantic and the New York Post.

This event, which is designated as a Stafford Little Lecture, is part of the University Public Lectures Series.

Gingrich to speak on health care policy

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will present a lecture titled “Real Change: Bringing Health and Health Care Into the World That Works” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In his new book, “Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works,” Gingrich argues that while Americans want real change, Democrats can’t provide solutions and Republicans won’t.

First elected in 1978 to represent Georgia in Congress, Gingrich served as speaker of the house from 1995 to 1999. He was the chief architect of the “Contract With America,” which resulted in the Republican Party winning the the 1994 midterm election majority in the House of Representatives, ending 40 years of control by the Democrats.

Gingrich currently serves with former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey as co-chair of the independent National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care. He is an adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, serves on the terrorism task force for the Council on Foreign Relations and teaches at the National Defense University.

Gingrich’s lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the College Democrats and the College Republicans.

Power to discuss war crimes

Harvard University scholar and journalist Samantha Power will present a talk titled “War Crimes and Genocide Today: What Can One Person Do?” at noon Friday, April 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard. Her new book “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World” is a biography of a U.N. envoy killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2003.

Power’s book “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction. Her article for The New Yorker on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting.

Power became a foreign policy columnist at Time magazine last year. From 1993 to 1996, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia for U.S. News and World Report, The Boston Globe and The New Republic. She remains a working journalist, reporting from places such as Burundi, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and contributing to The Atlantic, The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.

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

Painting by Jessie Krause

“Autumn Confetti” by Jessie Krause

Paintings by Jessie Krause exhibited

“Autumn Confetti” is part of an exhibition of works by painter Jessie Krause on view in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender lounge, 113 Dickinson Hall, through May 1.

The exhibition, titled “Wonder Lands,” can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Screening features student videos on African American politics

Princeton students’ videos examining African American political issues from national, local and campus perspectives will be screened at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in 104 Computer Science Building.

As part of a fall class project, students produced personal profiles and news stories focusing on contemporary African American politics. Their interview subjects included Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Vernon Jordan, an adviser to former President Clinton; Nelson George, a writer, filmmaker and cultural critic; and President Tilghman.

The videos were produced for the course “Introduction to African American Politics” led by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and the Center for African American Studies. Melvin McCray, an ABC News producer and 1974 Princeton alumnus, worked with Harris-Lacewell to help the students produce the videos.

The project was sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Department of Politics, the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the College, the University Center for Human Values and the Community-Based Learning Initiative.

April events set at Labyrinth Books

Labyrinth Books will host the following events, including talks by Princeton scholars João Biehl and Kwame Anthony Appiah, in April. The events, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 122 Nassau St., and will be followed by a reception:

• Journalist David Samuels will read from and talk about his new book, “The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue,” on Tuesday, April 1. The book tells the story of Hogue, a homeless drifter who started a new life by making up a fake identity and gaining admission to Princeton in 1988.

• Biehl, an associate professor of anthropology, will discuss his new book, “Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival,” on Tuesday, April 8. The book tells how Brazil became the first developing country to universalize access to life-saving AIDS therapies and explains why this policy has been so difficult to implement among the urban poor. Photographs from the book will be on view.

• Renowned physicist Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study will present a reading from his collection of essays, “A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe,” on Thursday, April 10. The essays touch on numerous disciplines, from astronomy and ecology to neurology and theology, speaking to the lay reader as well as to the scientist.

• Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will read from and discuss his new book, “Experiments in Ethics,” on Thursday, April 17. In the book, Appiah explores how the new empirical moral psychology relates to the age-old project of philosophical ethics.

Lecture series examines influence of religion on diplomacy and politics

A series of lectures scheduled through May 1 will investigate the influence of religion and religious beliefs in the conduct of diplomacy, politics, crisis and conflict management, and other international affairs.

The lectures are sponsored by the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations in the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

The series includes:

• “What’s Faith Got to Do With It?: Perspectives on Religion and Development” by Katherine Marshall, senior fellow and visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in 1 Robertson Hall.

• “What’s Special About Religious Disputes?” by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton’s Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in 1 Robertson Hall.

• “Religion and Human Rights: When Are Rights Not Right?” by Alison Boden, dean of religious life and the chapel at Princeton, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 1 Robertson Hall.

• “Women, Religion and Diplomacy” by Ursula Plassnik, Austria’s minister of foreign affairs, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

More information can be found on the Liechtenstein Institute’s website at

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