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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deliver keynote at colloquium

Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver the opening keynote address for the 2009 Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the McCarter Theatre Center’s Matthews Theatre. The title of Ban’s speech is “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism.”

The colloquium, titled “Prosperity or Peril? The Next Phase of Globalization,” is hosted by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18. It will examine whether and how the increasingly interconnected forces of globalization will result in a more stable and prosperous global society, or instead enable instability and violence to spread more easily across borders. Featured speakers include: Paul Krugman, professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and winner of 2008 Nobel Prize in economics; Tadataka Yamada, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program; and Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google Inc. and a 1976 Princeton graduate.

Ban was elected as the eighth U.N. secretary-general in 2006. At that time, he was minister of foreign affairs and trade for the Republic of Korea (South Korea). His three decades as a diplomat have included postings in New Delhi, Washington, D.C., and Vienna.

No tickets are required for the secretary-general’s talk. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for general admission seating. No cameras, backpacks or umbrellas will be allowed into the venue, and all attendees will be asked to bring a photo ID in the event that security measures require it. Because of security considerations, the audience must be seated by 9:15, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

As parking for the McCarter Theatre Center is extremely limited, the Woodrow Wilson School will provide shuttle bus service from Lot 21 near Jadwin Gymnasium to McCarter starting at 8 a.m. (Buses will leave from the FitzRandolph Road side of the parking lot).

For more information about the 2009 Princeton Colloquium and for a detailed schedule of events, visit

Barkan offers final President’s Lecture

Leonard Barkan, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, will present the final talk in the 2008-09 President’s Lecture Series. His lecture, titled “Did Eating Have a Renaissance? Mapping a Scholarly Itinerary From Past to Repast,” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in 101 Friend Center.

Barkan will discuss how after spending most of his career studying the high culture of the Renaissance — especially literature and the visual arts — he now pursues questions about eating, drinking and festivity, which reveal central truths about sociability, pleasure and taste.

The lecture series was started by President Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines to learn about the work others are doing in a variety of fields.

The talks will be webcast; for viewing information, visit

Spring farmers market set for April 14-May 12

The weekly campus farmers market at Firestone Plaza will return this spring for five weeks. The market will be open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 through May 5. The final market is set for 3 to 6 p.m. May 12 to coincide with other campus events celebrating the Dean’s Date deadline for written coursework.

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 expected to be available include organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range poultry and eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, ice cream and coffee.

The farmers market is an initiative of Greening Princeton, a student organization devoted to improving environmental sustainability, and is staffed by volunteers from the group.

“Over the past two years the Princeton community has proven that we can provide sufficient demand to support a successful farmers market,” said senior Ruthie Schwab, a co-founder of the market. “This spring we are inviting some new vendors, increasing our efforts to raise community awareness and making plans to accommodate student schedules by developing a special Dean’s Date market.”

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 campus groups. In addition, the market will feature live music performed by Princeton students.

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, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Office of Sustainability, Building Services, the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board and a grant from the High Meadows Foundation.

For a list of participating vendors and for more information, visit

Iraq war is focus of lecture by Ricks

“Obama’s War: Why We Are Stuck in Iraq” is the title of a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks set for 8 p.m. Monday, April 13, in McCosh 10.

Ricks, a special military correspondent for The Washington Post, will address the unresolved problems that are likely to keep the United States in Iraq for many more years.

Ricks wrote “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” which was a Pulitzer finalist in 2007. His newest book, “The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008,” tells the inside story of the events leading up to the U.S. military surge and the role of Gen. David Petraeus in the current direction of the Iraq war.

Before joining The Washington Post in 2000, Ricks covered the military for The Wall Street Journal for 17 years. He shared Pulitzer Prizes in 2000 and 2002.

The talk is designated as a Stafford Little Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

Israeli Supreme Court president speaks on human rights

Dorit Beinisch, president of the Supreme Court of Israel

Dorit Beinisch, president of the Supreme Court of Israel, will deliver a lecture on “Defending Human Rights in Times of Terror” at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Appointed a justice of the Israeli Supreme Court in 1995, Beinisch was named president of the court in September 2006, becoming the first woman to hold this position. She previously served as state attorney of Israel as part of a public service career that began in 1967. A major focus of Beinisch’s career has been to ensure that government institutions, especially security forces and police, adhere to the rule of law and protect human rights.

The lecture is open to the public. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Because of security considerations, audience members must arrive early to be screened with handheld metal detectors. All patrons are urged to avoid bringing unnecessary metal items that might activate the detectors. Photo identification will be required for admission, and backpacks and other large items will not be permitted in the auditorium. The lecture will be simulcast in McCosh 50 and will be archived later for viewing online at

The event is the fifth annual Donald Bernstein ’75 Lecture sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Seawright to discuss work

Renowned sculptor James Seawright, a professor of visual arts in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Seawright, who began teaching at Princeton in 1969, is recognized as a foremost technological artist. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton and other museums.

The event is sponsored by the Lewis Center and the /@arts lecture series.

Senior thesis exhibition of paintings at Lucas Gallery

“From Glitter to Dust,” by Cynthia Michalak

“From Glitter to Dust,” a senior thesis exhibition of paintings by Cynthia Michalak, will be on view Tuesday through Friday, April 14-17, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. Michalak’s exhibition is about progression, both in the places depicted and in her own journey as an artist. She deals with issues of how cities change — showing the poor and the wealthy, the elaborate and the dilapidated, moving from renewal to decay and back again. The exhibition is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Russian playwrights to visit Princeton

Four young, prominent Russian playwrights visiting Princeton this month will share their latest work and their thoughts on contemporary Russian theater in public events on Monday, April 13, and Thursday, April 16.

The writers — Aleksandr Arkhipov, Mikhail Durnenkov, Aleksandr Rodionov and Ksenya Stepanycheva — are being hosted by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures to help introduce American scholars and audiences to a new side of contemporary Russian culture.

As part of their visit, the writers will present a master class on “Dramatic Russia” at 4:30 p.m. April 13 in 10 East Pyne, followed by a discussion titled “Docu-Drama: Roundtable on Contemporary Russian Theater” at 4:30 p.m. April 16 in 245 East Pyne.

For more information, visit

Art historian Yoshiaki Shimizu honored with exhibition

14th-century Japanese scroll by an anonymous artist

The Princeton University Art Museum is presenting an exhibition of Chinese and Japanese art in recognition of the career of Princeton art historian Yoshiaki Shimizu through Aug. 2. Titled “Memorable Encounters From Ho¯nen to de Kooning: In Honor of Yoshiaki Shimizu,” the exhibition features works including this 14th-century Japanese scroll by an anonymous artist, “Illustrated Gleanings From the Legends of Past Virtues (Shu¯ikotokuden).”

Accompanying the exhibition will be a two-day symposium in his honor, titled “Friends at a Brushwood Gate,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, in McCosh 50. For more information, visit