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Justice Ginsburg to discuss court’s ‘lighter side’ with provost

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Princeton’s provost will discuss issues related to constitutional law in an event titled “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Princeton Provost Chris Eisgruber” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The conversation will be preceded by a brief address by Ginsburg titled “On the Lighter Side of the U.S. Supreme Court: Customs and Habits That Promote Collegiality Among the Justices.”

The free discussion, sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the University Public Lecture Series, is a ticketed event open to the University community and the general public. Advance tickets for the University community are no longer available, but there will be open admission for any unfilled seats shortly before the event begins. Individuals without tickets can wait in line outside Richardson Auditorium for open admission.

Tickets for the general public will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Richardson Auditorium box office while supplies last. The general public may pick up a maximum of two tickets per person. The event will be simulcast in McCosh 50 and 302 Frist Campus Center, and no tickets will be required at either simulcast location. It also will be broadcast live on Channel 7 to the campus community and archived online on the WebMedia site at for later viewing.

Ginsburg’s appearance is this year’s John Marshall Harlan ’20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication, which celebrates the legacy of Harlan, one of nine Supreme Court justices to graduate from Princeton. The event also is supported by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Fund, which brings American and international public leaders to speak on campus.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiring figure in American law,” said Eisgruber, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. “Throughout her career she has been a trailblazer — someone who overcame discrimination to establish her own career in the law, and then helped lead the struggle to secure legal recognition of women’s rights.”

Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993 and is the second woman to serve on the court. Prior to her appointment, she was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 13 years. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Ginsburg was a professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law and Columbia Law School, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, Calif.

“She is an independent thinker who is widely respected for her intellect and for her commitment to fairness and the rule of law,” Eisgruber said. “Hearing her will be a treat for Princeton’s students and our entire community.”

Eisgruber, a 1983 Princeton graduate who joined the faculty in 2001 and became provost in 2004, has written several books on the constitution and the Supreme Court, including “The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process,” “Constitutional Self-Government” and “Religious Freedom and the Constitution” (with Lawrence Sager).

Eisgruber was a clerk for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served for 11 years on the faculty of New York University School of Law before coming to Princeton.

For security reasons, audience members should not bring backpacks to Richardson Auditorium, and must be seated by 4:15 p.m. No photographs may be taken by audience members during the event.

Lockwood 50th anniversary celebrated

John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Lang Lang (Hiatt, Lovett photos: Courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center; Lang photo: Philip Glaser)

The McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate Bill Lockwood’s 50th anniversary as its special programming director with two performances: an acoustic concert by acclaimed singer/songwriters John Hiatt (left) and Lyle Lovett (center) on Monday, Oct. 20; and a concert by the young classical pianist Lang Lang (right) on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

These performances represent the eclectic mix of artists of all genres whom Lockwood, a 1959 Princeton graduate, has booked at McCarter over the years, including Carl Sandburg, the Grateful Dead, Luciano Pavarotti, Yo-Yo Ma, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and Marcel Marceau.

For tickets, call the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit

Korean economist to speak on country’s financial industry

Sung-In Jun, a professor of economics at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, will present “An Introduction to the Financial Industry of Korea: Achievements and Challenges” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in 219 Burr Hall.

The lecture is the second in a three-part series on “The New Korean Economy” organized by Un-Chan Chung, a Princeton graduate alumnus and president emeritus of Seoul National University.

Chung is a visiting fellow this fall with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, which is sponsoring the lecture series. A leading economist, Chung is spending the semester at Princeton to lend his expertise to the University’s expanding focus on Korean studies.

Panel examines ‘human evidence’ of war in Iraq

A lawyer for former Abu Ghraib prisoners will join an artist and photographer who have documented the war in Iraq and a former National Security Council counterterrorism chief for a panel discussion titled “Human Evidence: The War in Iraq” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The panelists are: Susan Burke, lead counsel in actions brought on behalf of former Abu Ghraib detainees that allege torture by U.S. defense contractors; Daniel Heyman, a painter and printmaker whose work focuses on issues related to prisoner torture and abuse in Iraq; Michael Kamber, chief photographer for the Baghdad bureau of The New York Times; and Steven Simon, a lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton and former senior director for transnational threats at the National Security Council.

The discussion is being held in conjunction with an exhibition on view through Oct. 24 in the Bernstein Gallery of Robertson Hall. The exhibition, which shares the title of the panel discussion, features artwork by Heyman and photographs taken by Kamber while on patrol with U.S. soldiers in Iraq. A reception in the gallery will follow the discussion.

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

Liberals and libertarians are discussion topic

“Liberals and Libertarians: Common Ground or Separate Agendas?” is the title of a panel discussion scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The panel will include:

  • Eric Alterman, an English professor at Brooklyn College and columnist for the liberal magazine The Nation;
  • Jacob Levy, a 1999 Princeton graduate alumnus and the Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory at McGill University, whose research interests include multiculturalism, nationalism and liberalism;
  • Brink Lindsey, a 1984 Princeton graduate and vice president for research at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank;
  • Stephen Macedo, Princeton’s Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values, whose work focuses on political theory, ethics, American constitutionalism and public policy;
  • Douglas Massey, Princeton’s Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, who studies international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty and Latin America;
  • Paul Starr, Princeton’s Stuart Professor of Communicationsand Public Affairs and the co-editor of the liberal magazine The American Prospect; and
  • Will Wilkinson, a research fellow at the Cato Institute and managing editor of the online forum “Cato Unbound.”

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

Drawing as a way of thinking

“Seeing Is Believing,” by Alice Suh (photo: M. Teresa Simao)

This piece by freshman Alice Suh is part of an exhibition of student work from an introductory drawing course in the Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Titled “Seeing Is Believing,” the exhibition runs through Friday, Oct. 31, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

Guided by faculty members Eve Aschheim and John O’Connor, students in the course approach drawing as a way of thinking and seeing while working in a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink and oil stick.

Vendor Fair set

The purchasing department will sponsor the 14th annual Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 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.

Symposium reflects on religious liberty

Scholars of law, religion and public affairs will convene at Princeton for a symposium titled “Reflections on Religious Liberty” from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in 219 Burr Hall.

The event marks the 400th anniversary of the journey of some 100 British citizens who fled to Holland in 1608 in the face of religious persecution. Some members of that separatist group later became the Mayflower Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth colony in America in 1620 in their quest for religious liberty from Britain’s state church.

In honor of this anniversary, speakers at the symposium will reflect on the status of religious freedom around the world, asking what has gone wrong for millions of people whose freedom has been violated and taking a closer look at instances where religious freedom thrives.

The event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in European Politics and Society, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute.

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