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Celebration marks official dedication
of Frist center


Photo: Steve Freeman


The Princeton tiger showed his delight at the official dedication of the Frist Campus Center Oct. 20. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a family affair for the people who provided a $25 million gift for the center. Participating were, from left: Lee Barfield and Mary (Frist) Barfield and their son, Cole Barfield '03; Bryan Frist and his parents, Sen. William First '74 and Karyn Frist; President Shapiro; Jonathan Frist, also a son of William and Karyn Frist; and Patricia Frist and Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., the parents of two other Princeton graduates.



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András Schiff will perform

Celebrated pianist András Schiff will perform Bach's "Goldberg Variations" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at McCarter Theatre. He will present the same program later that week at Carnegie Hall. For ticket prices and information, call the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit http://www.mccarter.org.


McCarthy joins panel on Stevenson

Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota will join a panel of historians, biographers and political scientists who will seek to answer the question, "Whatever Happened to Adlai Stevenson?" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The session is the final event of the University's year-long celebration of
the centennial of the birth of Adlai Stevenson, a 1922 Princeton graduate. The panel also will explore changes in the Democratic Party since the Stevenson era and reflect on the meaning of those changes in light of the results in this year's presidential race.

Fred Greenstein, professor of political science and director of the Research Program in Leadership Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, will lead the panelists. Other participants will be: Jean Baker, professor of history at Goucher College and author of "The Stevensons of Illinois: A Biography of an American Family"; Alan Brinkley, the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, author of "Liberalism and Its Discontents" and a 1971 Princeton graduate; and Jonathan Cowden, assistant professor of government at Cornell University, author of articles and a senior thesis on Stevenson, and a 1986 Princeton graduate.

McCarthy conducted his "Clean Gene" campaign to end the Vietnam War in 1968, which ultimately led President Lyndon B. Johnson to withdraw from the race that year. In 1960, he nominated Adlai Stevenson for president at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, which selected John F. Kennedy as the party's nominee.

The Stevenson panel is jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library and the Research Program in Leadership Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

A related exhibition, entitled "A Voice of Conscience: The Legacy of Adlai Stevenson," continues at Princeton's Mudd Manuscript Library through Feb. 10.

Photo: Linden Frederick


Poet Donald Hall to read from his work

Poet Donald Hall will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

A faculty member for many years at the University of Michigan, Hall is the author of 11 books of poetry, including "The One Day," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "The Museum of Clear Ideas," nominated for the National Book Award. He also has written numerous essay collections, children's books and textbooks.

His reading is part of the Althea Ward Clark Creative Writing Series.


'Genius' award winner will share theory on causes of cardiac death

Arthur Winfree, a 1970 alumnus of Princeton's Graduate School and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Helm Auditorium, 50 McCosh Hall.

Currently a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona, Winfree will discuss "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Electrical Vortices and Fatal Heart Attacks" as part of the Graduate School's Centennial Public Lecture Series. The address, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Frist Campus Center's Multipurpose Room B.

Winfree's unique work over the past 30 years integrates chemistry, physiology and applied mathematics. His latest theories concern the chemical and electrical waves thought to underlie sudden cardiac death.

Dancer and philosopher presents 'Body of Knowledge' Nov. 11

Princeton alumna Jill Sigman, a New York-based independent choreographer and performer, will return to campus to present an evening of solo dances Saturday, Nov. 11.

Photo: Bronwen Gilbert


She will perform "Bodies of Knowledge" at 8 p.m. in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

Sigman's theatrical solos take on questions about embodiment, gender and social issues, and their style and content has been shaped by her study of the philosophy of art. She earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton in 1989 and her doctoral degree in philosophy in 1998.

Sigman will preview a new work made possible by a Swarthmore Project Residency last July. "Vision Begins" is a mixed media piece involving dance, voice and video. Blending video footage of suffragettes and the 1960s women's movement as well as poetry by Adrienne Rich, Sigman weaves together themes of personal vision, feminist struggle and the legacy of the '60s for her generation.

The free event is sponsored by Princeton's Program in Theatre and Dance.

Dinosaur dig findings revealed here Nov. 9

A description of the treasure trove of information on dinosaurs uncovered seven years ago in Asia will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Helm Auditorium, 50 McCosh Hall.

Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, will speak on "Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs: A Fossil Expedition to Mongolia's Gobi Desert."

The vast one-half million square mile wilderness of Mongolia's Gobi Desert contains some of the richest fossil beds representing the age of the dinosaurs anywhere in the world, according to Novacek. First discovered in the 1920s by paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History, these sites are famous for their abundant dinosaur eggs, bizarre
dinosaurs and exquisitely preserved ancient mammals.

For more than six decades, the Gobi was closed to scientists from Western countries. Paleontologists from the American Museum were allowed to resume their work 10 years ago. In 1993, the team uncovered perhaps the richest and most remarkable locality representing the age of the dinosaurs. It contains hundreds of intact dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur nests, mammal and lizard skeletons, and even remains of dinosaur embryos and dinosaurs preserved in a roosting posture on the nests.

The study of these specimens and the detective work necessary to reveal how these creatures lived, died and were buried 80 million years ago, has yielded some extraordinary scientific insights.

Novacek's talk is part of the J. Edward Farnum Lecture Series.

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