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Archive – October, 2007

Renaissance coins examined, Nov. 9

The role that the study of ancient coins played in Renaissance culture will be examined in an exhibition opening in Firestone Library on Friday, Nov. 9, and a related symposium that day.

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Graduate, professional school fair set, Nov. 9

The Office of Career Services is hosting a graduate and professional school fair from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Dillon Gymnasium.

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Exhibition, symposium examine Renaissance coins, Nov. 9

The role that the study of ancient coins played in Renaissance culture will be examined in an exhibition opening in Firestone Library on Friday, Nov. 9, and a related symposium that day.

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Mormonism and politics examined, Nov. 9-10

A conference on "Mormonism and American Politics" -- featuring perspectives from historians, political scientists, philosophers, legal scholars, journalists, filmmakers and public intellectuals --is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, in 222 Bowen Hall.

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Tanner Lectures focus on meaning in life, Nov. 7-8

Philosopher Susan Wolf will discuss "Meaning in Life and Why It Matters" in the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Weiner, Katzenbach to read, Nov. 7

Bestselling novelists Jennifer Weiner and John Katzenbach will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Starr examines 'Strategy of Liberalism,' Nov. 7

Princeton scholar Paul Starr, who has written extensively on American society, media, politics and domestic and foreign policy, will explore "The Strategy of Liberalism" in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Lectures trace history of eternity, Nov. 6-8

Historian and award-winning author Carlos Eire will present a three-lecture series on "A Brusque History of Eternity" at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 6-8, in McCosh 10.

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Defense official discusses war contractors, Nov. 6

Gary Motsek, U.S. assistant deputy undersecretary of defense, will deliver a lecture on "Contractors on the Battlefield" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Free shots offered at FluFest, Nov. 6, 7 and 12

University community members can obtain free flu shots at University Health Services' annual FluFest event Nov. 6, 7 and 12, and enjoy the Cirque de Santé health and wellness fair.

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Reporter to discuss 2008 presidential race, Nov. 5

Carl Cannon, White House correspondent for the National Journal, will give a talk titled "Mixing Race, Religion, Gender, War and YouTube: The 2008 Presidential Trail" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Malkiel, Botstein, Felten discuss entrepreneurship, Nov. 8

Princeton administrators Nancy Malkiel, David Botstein and Edward Felten will participate in a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 8, to explore how entrepreneurial practices apply to the realm of higher education. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Bowen Hall auditorium. 

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New computer architecture aids emergency response

Princeton researchers have invented a computer architecture that enables the secure transmission of crucial rescue information to first responders during events such as natural disasters, fires or terrorist attacks.  

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Princeton University Art Museum and Italy sign agreement over antiquities

The Princeton University Art Museum and Italian cultural authorities on Oct. 30 signed an agreement that resolves the ownership of 15 works of art in the museum's collection. The signing took place in Rome.

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Harvard, Princeton, U.Va. admissions deans tour with accessibility message

The deans of admission for Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia will team up next month for a recruiting tour that will focus on efforts to make their institutions more accessible for all families, especially those with modest incomes. The deans also will explain the impact of decisions last year to end early admissions practices at the three schools. 

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Library exhibition highlights Mexican political prints

Through Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, various hours • Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library

An exhibition of early prints and posters from Mexico's foremost political printshop, El Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), is on view in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Joshi to describe new accelerators, Nov. 1

Chandrashekhar Joshi, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California-Los Angeles, will deliver a lecture on the future of particle accelerators at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in 101 Friend Center.  

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Brentano String Quartet to perform, Nov. 7

The Brentano String Quartet, the University's award-winning ensemble-in-residence, will perform works by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.  

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Princeton University Art Museum and Italy to sign agreement over antiquities

The Princeton University Art Museum and Italian cultural authorities on Oct. 30 will sign an agreement that resolves the ownership of 15 works of art in the museum's collection. The signing will take place in Rome.

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Selected excerpts posted from preliminary rulings

The following excerpts are from the decisions issued by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil Shuster in ruling on the pretrial motions in the lawsuit regarding the Robertson Foundation that was brought against Princeton University by several members of the Robertson family in July 2002.  

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Judge issues preliminary rulings in Robertson Foundation lawsuit

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil Shuster today issued rulings on seven pretrial motions in the lawsuit brought against Princeton University by several members of the Robertson family in July 2002. His seven rulings totaled 355 pages.

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Three selected as AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has selected three members of the Princeton University community as fellows in recognition of their "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished." 

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Need for speed: Engineering propels champion cyclist

Nick Frey sat at rapt attention in his fluid mechanics course last spring, absorbing principles that he would end up applying halfway around the world this fall. The mechanical and aerospace engineering major was conjuring ways to put his newfound knowledge to work in modifications to his racing bike.

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Cogeneration plant tests sustainable biodiesel fuel

As part of campus-wide sustainability and carbon dioxide reduction efforts, Princeton's facilities department earlier this fall successfully operated its campus energy plant boilers and gas turbine cogeneration system using soy-based biodiesel. 

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To determine election outcomes, study says snap judgments are sufficient

A split-second glance at two candidates' faces is often enough to determine which one will win an election, according to a Princeton University study.

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Emergency test results reflect increased participation

Princeton conducted a campus-wide test of its emergency notification system on Friday, Oct. 19, and was encouraged that 12,971 contacts with registered personal information in the system, or 87 percent, received a test message via live phone delivery or answering machine. Seventy percent of the calls were successfully received within the first 5 minutes of the test.

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Exhibition explores challenges confronting women in India

"Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh," a provocative exhibition of works by the artist, activist and Princeton alumnus, is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum through Sunday, Jan. 6.

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Deaton to head American Economic Association

Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and professor of economics and international affairs, has been elected president-elect of the American Economic Association. 

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L'Atelier presents Koltes play, Oct. 24-25

L'Atelier, Princeton's French theater workshop, will perform Bernard-Marie Koltes' "Roberto Zucco" at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24-25, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. 

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Conference marks opening of Hudson Review archives, Nov. 3

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.

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Annual Vendor Fair set for Oct. 30

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

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Irish novelists to give reading, Oct. 26

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.

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Graber, Truong to read, Oct. 24

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.

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Republican Party's future subject of panel, Oct. 24

"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.

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Talks set on Chinese history, Oct. 23-24

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.

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Filmmaker Gehr to screen works, Oct. 23, Nov. 13

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.

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Bodine to speak on Iraq war, Oct. 22

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.

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Letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal

This letter to the editor was published in the Oct. 18, 2007, Wall Street Journal:

Contrary to the claims of the Robertson descendants who are suing Princeton University ("Alms for the Alma Mater," Oct. 13, 2007), Princeton has always used the funds given by Marie Robertson solely for the purpose for which she made her $35 million gift in 1961. Her clear intent, which is stated in a written document, was to "maintain and support at Princeton University" a graduate school "as part of the Woodrow Wilson School," a school that does an excellent job of preparing students for careers in government service and related fields. That is exactly how the funds have been used for more than 46 years.

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Report charts course for internationalization efforts

President Shirley M. Tilghman and Provost Christopher L. Eisgruber have proposed a set of initiatives that maps out an international vision for Princeton University. In the words of the faculty committee's recommendations upon which they based the plans, the goal is to transform Princeton into "a center for a multitude of scholarly networks humming with activity and effectively responding to changes in scholarship and the vagaries of world affairs, while creatively defining the cutting edges of global research."

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Nominations due for Journey Award Nov. 9

Nominations for the MLK Day Journey Award will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 9. The award recognizes a member of the Princeton faculty, staff or student body who best represents the continued journey of Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Layton selected as director of corporate and foundation relations

William Layton, who has been serving as acting director of corporate and foundation relations, has been named to the permanent post following a national search. The appointment was made effective immediately. 

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Walters named influential sports educator

Gary Walters, Princeton's director of athletics and the former chair of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.  

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Brain cell growth diminishes long before old age strikes, animal study shows

Even early in adulthood, aging begins to slow the mind's growth -- but it does not have to stop it altogether, suggest Princeton neuroscientists who are studying the brains of adult monkeys.

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Princeton experts focus energy on sustainable human future

Humanity can't go on like this.

Earth's climate is shifting, and it is all but certainly civilization's fault for burning fossil fuels and spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. To avert the economic and environmental crisis that unchecked global warming is predicted to bring, humanity needs a sustainable way of living that threatens neither society nor the planet — and hundreds of Princeton researchers are banding together to find one.

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Nobel winner from institute is Princeton visiting lecturer

Eric Maskin, one of three economists selected Oct. 15 to receive the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has a Princeton University connection.

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Novel semiconductor structure bends light 'wrong' way -- the right direction for many applications

A Princeton-led research team has created an easy-to-produce material from the stuff of computer chips that has the rare ability to bend light in the opposite direction from all naturally occurring materials. This startling property may contribute to significant advances in many areas, including high-speed communications, medical diagnostics and detection of terrorist threats. 

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Princeton faculty part of Nobel-winning panel

Eleven Princeton faculty members have been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 12. Michael Celia, Leo Donner, Anand Gnanadesikan, Isaac Held, Gabiel Lau, Denise Mauzerall, Michael Oppenheimer, Venkatachalam Ramaswamy, Jorge Sarmiento, Robert Socolow and Robert Williams have contributed to panel reports over the years.

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Theater groups team up to present Pulitzer Prize-winning play

Two student theater groups are joining forces this year to present Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Topdog/Underdog" at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Oct. 11-13 and 18-20, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater. A matinee performance is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Boaz Barak named Packard Fellow

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Boaz Barak, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton, one of 20 new recipients of Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Each Packard Fellow receives an unrestricted research grant of $625,000 over five years. 

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Orchestra opens with Ivan Moravec, Oct. 19-20

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will open its 2007-08 season with the internationally acclaimed Czech pianist Ivan Moravec in concerts scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Novelist Fuentes to speak, Oct. 18

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most eminent writers in the Spanish-speaking world, will present a lecture on Mexico's history at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in McCosh 10.

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Writer examines Duke lacrosse case, Oct. 18

"Until Proven Innocent: An Examination of the Duke Lacrosse Case," a lecture by journalist and author Stuart Taylor Jr., will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in McCosh 50.

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American political divide subject of talk, Oct. 18

"America's Political Divide" is the subject of a lecture by Nolan McCarty, acting dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Talk examines French Enlightenment, Oct. 18

Jonathan Israel, a scholar of European history at the Institute for Advanced Study, will discuss French Enlightenment philosophers and ideas at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in 101 McCormick.

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MoveOn.org co-founder to discuss 'Women and Work,' Oct. 17

MoveOn.org co-founder Joan Blades will give a talk on "Women and Work" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Poets Hayes, Phillips to read, Oct. 17

Poets Terrance Hayes and Carl Phillips will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Lectures focus on politics of Islam, Oct. 17-Nov. 28

A series of four lectures this fall on "The Politics of Contemporary Islam" will begin with a talk Wednesday, Oct. 17, titled "Wahhabism and Contemporary Jihadist Movements" by David Commins, the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College.

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Middle Eastern historian to give lecture, Oct. 16

Middle Eastern historian Michael Oren will give a lecture titled "America in the Middle East: Power, Faith and Fantasy" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Contemporary Arab art is lecture topic, Oct. 16

"Similar and Different: Perspectives From the Contemporary Art of the Arab World" is the title of a lecture by Saleh Barakat, an expert in contemporary Arab art, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in 219 Burr Hall.

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Swiss ambassador to give talk, Oct. 15

Urs Ziswiler, Switzerland's ambassador to the United States, will present a lecture on "Human Security in 21st-Century World Politics" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Jazz program opens concert season, Oct. 13

The Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, directed by Anthony D.J. Branker, will open the University Jazz Program's 2007-08 concert season by celebrating the sound, sensibility and influence of the blues at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. 

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Emergency notification system test set, Oct. 19

Princeton will conduct a campus-wide test of its emergency notification system Friday, Oct. 19, to ensure that members of the University community can be contacted during a campus emergency.

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University submits statement on endowments to Senate committee

Princeton University has submitted a written "statement for the record" to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee describing how it uses its endowment to support financial aid. The action follows a Sept. 26 committee hearing during which Princeton officials were concerned that witnesses "presented an incomplete and misleading account of the operation and uses of university endowments, particularly with respect to financial aid."  

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Llinás brings new approach to age-old mystery of malaria

In what might be one of medicine's oldest puzzles, molecular biologist Manuel Llinás marvels at how little modern researchers know about how the pieces fit together.

"Malaria is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, but even now, more than 2 million people die of it every year. No vaccine has ever been developed," said Llinás, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. "Compared to most other diseases with familiar names, malaria remains a mystery."

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Center for African American Studies moves to transformed Stanhope Hall

The Center for African American Studies this week unveiled its new home in Stanhope Hall, which has undergone a complete renovation that has transformed the 204-year-old building into a light-filled space that reflects many historical details of its time period. "You sense the generations of history in the building," said Valerie Smith, the director of the center, which was launched in September 2006 to serve as a model for teaching and research on race in America. "Our location in the center of campus makes visible the importance of research and teaching about race to a liberal arts education, and announces the University's commitment to African American studies as a field of study to the campus and to the world outside."

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Transcript: African American studies moves to new home

The Center for African American Studies this week unveiled its new home in Stanhope Hall, which has undergone a complete renovation that has transformed the 204-year-old building into a light-filled space that reflects many historical details of its time period.

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Video: African American studies moves to new home

The Center for African American Studies this week unveiled its new home in Stanhope Hall, which has undergone a complete renovation that has transformed the 204-year-old building into a light-filled space that reflects many historical details of its time period.

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Mela will celebrate South Asian culture, Oct. 13

Mela, a festival celebrating South Asian culture and cuisine, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Scudder Plaza outside Robertson Hall. The event, sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, is intended to promote cultural diversity and bring the distinctive features of South Asia to the University and community.

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Kennedy adviser to speak on Cuban missile crisis, Oct. 10

Theodore Sorensen, an adviser to President Kennedy, will deliver a talk and participate in a panel discussion on "The Cuban Missile Crisis in Retrospect" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Novelist Picoult to read, Oct. 10

Novelist Jodi Picoult, a 1987 Princeton graduate, will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in McCosh 50.

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Whitman College open house set for Oct. 10

Members of the University community are invited to take self-guided tours of Whitman College during an open house scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Lectures explore the history of sin, Oct. 9-11

"Sin: The Early History of an Idea" is the title of a three-night lecture series by religion scholar Paula Fredriksen scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 9-11, in McCosh 10.

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Religion in China is topic, Oct. 9

Fenggang Yang, an associate professor of sociology at Purdue University and a scholar of Chinese religion, will present a lecture titled "Religion in Reform-Era China: A Political Economic Approach" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Health in poor countries subject of panel, Oct. 8

Economics, health and public policy experts will participate in a panel discussion titled "Improving Health in Poor Countries: What Works?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Memorial service for Jacob set, Oct. 7

A memorial service for Lindsay Jacob, a member of Princeton's class of 2008, is being planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Shipley '42 Pavilion in the athletic center at the Hun School in Princeton. 

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Young's community bond forged in childhood

At 11 years old, Marjorie Young embarked on an adventure that would set the course of her personal and professional life. Young, who has been director of the University's Community House for the past 10 years, first came to Princeton Borough from Haiti as a child. The experience was a formative one for Young, whose mission at Community House is to develop and lead programs that connect University volunteers with disadvantaged minority youth in the local community.

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Freshmen get lessons in civic engagement

After growing up in an affluent neighborhood, Wendy Kopp arrived at Princeton unaware of the deficient schooling some of her peers had overcome to attend the University. By the time she graduated in 1989, however, Kopp was aware of these inequalities — and determined to reverse them. At age 21, she launched Teach for America to train teachers to work in low-income communities. Kopp and four Princeton seniors recently addressed members of the class of 2011 on the many ways they could serve society — through student groups or through academic work; locally, nationally or internationally. "Reflections on Service," a new part of freshman orientation held Sept. 13 in Dillon Gymnasium, attracted more than 450 students.

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