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Farmers’ market returns to campus this spring

Following a successful debut in the fall, the campus farmers’ market at Firestone Plaza will return this spring for six weeks, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from April 15 through May 20.

Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce and other goods from area farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices. Items available will include organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range poultry and eggs, seafood, cheeses, breads, baked goods, ice cream and coffee.

The farmers’ market was launched over four weeks in September and October, and now is intended to run each fall and spring. It is an initiative of Greening Princeton, a student organization devoted to improving environmental sustainability, and is staffed by volunteers from the group.

“With the enormous success of the fall market and the widespread support of the entire University and community, our planning for the spring was particularly fun and exciting,” said senior Kathryn Andersen, who founded and organized the market with junior Ruthie Schwab. “I am continually reminded that a farmers’ market is not a grocery store, but a celebration of local, sustainable and delicious food straight from its producers.”

The Department of Dining Services will have a table at the market featuring cooking demonstrations by Princeton chefs. Visitors can learn more about sustainability efforts at the University through informational tables from groups such as Greening Princeton, the Office of Sustainability and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). University Health Services and the Frist Campus Center also will have informational tables. In addition, the market will feature live music performed by Princeton students and activities for children.

The market was created out of discussions by the Greening Dining Group, a partnership between Greening Princeton and Dining Services. It also is sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, PEI, the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Building Services, the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Pace Center and the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board.

For a list of participating vendors and for more information, visit greening/ market/.

photo of Richard Thompson photo of Rufus Wainwright photo of Ralph Covert

McCarter hosting three singer-songwriters with very different styles

Three singer-songwriters with very different styles — from left, British folk rock legend Richard Thompson, eclectic musician Rufus Wainwright and acclaimed children’s rocker Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World — will perform at the McCarter Theatre Center. Thompson will appear Friday, April 18, followed by concerts by Wainwright and Ralph’s World on Saturday, April 19. For ticket information, call the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit

Photos: (left) Ron Slenzak; (center) Ellis Parrinder; (right) Courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center

‘Unequal Democracy’ is panel topic

Newsweek journalist Jonathan Alter will join prominent political scholars Larry Bartels, Paul Krugman and James Stimson for a panel discussion on issues of inequality in the United States at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The discussion, which is titled “Unequal Democracy,” will be moderated by 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.

Alter is a Newsweek columnist and senior editor whose work examines politics, media and social and global issues.

Bartels is Princeton’s Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. His primary interests are electoral politics, public opinion and the mass media.

Krugman is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and a columnist for The New York Times whose most recent book is titled “The Conscience of a Liberal.”

Stimson is the Raymond Dawson Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research interests include decision-making, public opinion and the evolution of race as an issue in American politics.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

Levitin to discuss research on music and the brain

Daniel Levitin, author of the international bestseller “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession,” will provide an overview of recent research on music and the brain at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Levitin’s lecture, titled “This Is Your Brain on Music,” will review experiments from his own laboratory and others that deal with questions such as: Are the brains of musicians different from the brains of nonmusicians? Why do some people become experts and others, with the same amount of practice, do not? Why do people like the music they like?

After spending the 1980s as a professional musician, record producer, music industry executive, stand-up comedian and joke writer, Levitin pursued an academic career in the 1990s. He is now an associate professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience and music at McGill University in Montreal.

Levitin’s 2006 book “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession” investigates how people experience music and why it plays such a unique role in their lives. It has been published in eight languages. Levitin also has been published widely in scientific journals and music trade publications such as Grammy, Billboard and Audio, for which he has interviewed artists including Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.

The event is part of the /@rts (“slash arts”) lecture series.

Former USA Track CEO to speak on value of sports

Princeton alumnus Craig Masback, a former champion long-distance runner who headed USA Track & Field for a decade, will speak on “The Enduring Values of Sports: Facing Up to the Challenges of the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Masback, a 1977 Princeton graduate, is director of business affairs for Nike Inc.’s global sports marketing division. From 1997 to 2007, he was the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing track and field programs for all ages and selecting teams to represent the United States at the Olympics and world championships.

As a star runner at Princeton, Masback anchored the Tigers’ NCAA indoor championship two-mile relay team. After graduating, he became the 1980 U.S. indoor mile champion and once held the American record at 2,000 meters.

The lecture is part of the Jake McCandless ’51 Speaker Series sponsored by the Princeton Varsity Club.

Brad Holland drawing

“The Observation Deck,” by Brad Holland

Political drawings by four artists exhibited

“Art of the Times (Times Four),” an exhibition on view in the Bernstein Gallery of Robertson Hall through May 16, presents political drawings by four artists whose work has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. This drawing by Brad Holland, “The Observation Deck,” was published in The Times in 1977.

Conference examines campus safety

Marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech, public safety professionals will explore progress and continuing questions related to campus security in a conference set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The event, titled “Campus Safety in Focus: Advances and Ongoing Challenges One Year Later,” will feature the release of a “Blueprint for Safer Campuses” by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Steven Healy, Princeton’s director of public safety and immediate past president of IACLEA, will be joined in the presentation by Gary Margolis, chief of police at the University of Vermont, and Dolores Stafford, chief of police at George Washington University.

Katherine Newman, Princeton’s Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, will deliver the keynote address. Newman is the author of “Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings,” which examines the rash of school shootings in the 1990s, the roots of school violence and the repercussions for the affected communities.

Campus safety professionals and other experts also will participate in panel discussions on the best practices and model policies in threat assessment, the growing complexities in liability analysis and the state of campus safety in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. For the conference agenda and registration information, visit prior/ events/ conferences/ april-18-2008/ index.xml.

The event is sponsored by the Policy Research Institute for the Region, the Department of Public Safety and IACLEA.

Panel to explore issues of race, gender and religion in campaign

Campaign ’08: Race, Gender and Religion” is the title of a panel discussion set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in 101 Friend Center.

The panelists will examine these key issues affecting the presidential campaign, particularly in light of Democratic contender Barack Obama’s recent headline-making speech on race, religion and politics.

The panelists are: Robert George, Princeton’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; Eddie Glaude, Princeton’s William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Barbara Savage, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at University of Pennsylvania; and Frank Schaeffer, author of “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back.”

The discussion is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for the Study of Religion, the Department of Religion, the Office of Religious Life, the Black Student Union and the Princeton Public Library.

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