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International court prosecutor lectures

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will present a lecture on “The ICC in the New World Order” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo was the first person elected to this position in April 2003. Based in the Hague, the International Criminal Court is the first permanent international institution with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals responsible for the most serious crimes of international concern: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Moreno-Ocampo, who previously practiced law in Argentina, is known for his successful prosecution of milestone cases regarding large-scale corruption, war criminals, and military juntas involving heads of state, top military commanders, police and business leaders.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

ABC medical editor focuses on health care reform

Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor at ABC News and “Good Morning America,” will discuss “The Media and U.S. Health Care Reform” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Johnson has provided reports on medical issues for “Good Morning America” since the program’s inception in 1975. His award-winning analysis and commentary also have been featured on “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and “20/20.” In addition to his roles in the media, Johnson holds positions in medicine at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Johnson will be introduced by Uwe Reinhardt, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of economics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, which is sponsoring the lecture with the Center for Health and Well-Being and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Buscemi and Greaves on the set

William Greaves (right) is shown here on the set of “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2-1/2,” a sequel to his 1968 film, with executive producer Steve Buscemi.

Noted filmmaker here for screenings

Noted filmmaker William Greaves will attend screenings of two of his works and participate in discussions Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2. Both will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

On Tuesday, “Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey” will be shown and followed by a discussion with Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion. On Wednesday, “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2-1/2” will be screened and discussed by Su Friedrich, professor in the Council of the Humanities and visual arts.

A former actor, Greaves has been making films since the 1950s. He has won more than 70 international film festival awards, including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. His honors include the first award for lifelong achievement in film and for contributions to black theater from the National Black Theater and Film Festival. This past December, he received a career achievement award from the International Documentary Association.

His 2001 documentary on Nobel laureate and United Nations diplomat Bunche, narrated by Sidney Poitier, aired on PBS and at the Sundance Film Festival. “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2-1/2” is a sequel to Greaves’ 1968 film, “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 1,” that was never released theatrically but has become legendary. The sequel, for which Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi served as executive producers, was screened this year at Sundance.

The March 1-2 events are designated as the Faber Lecture and the John Sacret Young Lecture and are presented by the Program in Visual Arts in conjunction with the Program in African-American Studies and the Film Studies Committee.

Africa’s security crises to be examined

Ibrahim Gambari, undersecretary-general and special adviser on Africa to the United Nations, will speak on “Death in Darfur: Can Africa Handle Security Crises on Its Own?” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in 16 Robertson Hall.

From 1990 to 1999, Gambari served as ambassador and permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, where he was a senior member of the Nigerian delegation to 10 consecutive sessions of the General Assembly.

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

Festival features fitness opportunities

Members of the University community will be able to get a massage, watch a tai chi demonstration and learn how to improve their golf game all under one roof on Thursday, March 3, in Dillon Gymnasium.

FitFest 2005 will bring together a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities in one place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This first FitFest, which is intended to become an annual event, will feature interactive experiences, demonstrations, free classes, mini-lectures, workshops and a campus walk and fun run.

It is being coordinated by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, the Office of Human Resources and the Frist Campus Center. Other campus groups scheduled to participate include: Dining Services; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services; the Office of Risk Management; the ombuds office; and University Health Services.

These campus offices and many off-campus agencies/organizations also will host tables and provide information on fitness and wellness.

The first 1,000 participants who register on that day will receive a free pedometer courtesy of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

A complete schedule is available online at <www.princeton.edu/~recsport/fitfest.html>. For more information, contact Matt Brzycki at 258-3520 or <brzycki@princeton.edu>.

North Korea’s nuclear threat subject of talk

A panel discussion on “North Korea and the Bomb: How Real the Threat?” is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in McCosh 10.

Participants will include: Bruce Cumings, the Freehling Professor of History at the University of Chicago; Joseph DeTrani, U.S. State Department special envoy to North Korea; and Gilbert Rozman, the Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton.

The moderator will be Harold Feiveson, co-director and senior research policy analyst in the University’s Program in Science and Global Security, which is sponsoring the panel with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Gallagher's work (on view now at the Whitney Museum of American Art) features modification and elaboration of illustrations and advertisements

Artist Ellen Gallagher presents ‘Orbus’

Artist Ellen Gallagher will discuss her work in a lecture titled “Orbus” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Gallagher lives and works in New York City and Rotterdam. She has a one-woman show on view through May 15 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York called “Ellen Gallagher: Deluxe.” This group of 60 works features Gallagher’s modification and elaboration of illustrations and advertisements culled from the pages of popular mid-century African-American magazines such as Ebony and Sepia (a portion of one work is shown here).

Her art, which explores the idea of transformation and challenges conventional assumptions about beauty and color, also has been shown in Great Britain, Germany and Australia and is owned by the Whitney, the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim and many other collections.

The talk, designated as the Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture, is sponsored by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.

Johnson to discuss Jane Austen’s popularity during two world wars

Claudia Johnson, the Murray Professor of English Literature, will present the third and final talk in this year’s President’s Lecture Series when she discusses “Jane Austen and War” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in 101 Friend Center.

A specialist in 18th- and early 19th-century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel, Johnson has written extensively about Jane Austen. In her lecture, she will discuss the author’s great popularity during World Wars I and II.

“It seems self-evident nowadays that Jane Austen is a woman’s novelist who writes about manners, tea parties and delicate things,” Johnson said. “But what I have discovered is that Jane Austen was adored as a man’s novelist, and particularly during times of World War, as a soldier’s novelist, and that this was so not because her fiction seemed to represent a quiet world to escape to, but rather because it has so much to teach us about enduring.”

While much of her lecture will address Austen’s stature as a war novelist, Johnson also will discuss the more general capacity of literature to console and to strengthen people during times of national crisis.

The 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 lectures are Webcast live at <www.princeton.edu/WebMedia>.