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Randall Robinson

TransAfrica founder speaks

Randall Robinson, founder of TransAfrica and author of "The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks," will present the keynote address for Black History Month activities at Princeton Thursday, Feb. 8.
    His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium of Robertson Hall. A reception will follow at the Third World Center.
    Robinson currently is president of TransAfrica, a Washington, D.C-based advocacy organization dedicated to influencing U.S. policy toward African and Caribbean nations. In "The Debt," published in 1999, he calls for reparations to African-Americans for racism stemming from years of slavery.
    The theme for Black History Month is "Social Justice," and Robinson is expected to speak on the role of students and the academy in that process.
    For more information and a list of other Black History Month activities, call 258-5494 or visit this Web site: www.princeton.edu/ ~twc/events.html.

Clarkson to discuss Bible conservation

Christopher Clarkson, an internationally renowned consultant on the care of medieval manuscripts and bindings, will speak at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in 101 McCormick Hall.
    The title of his illustrated lecture is "The Kennicott Bible -- A Description of Its Illumination and Conservation Problems."
    The Kennicott Bible was copied by the famous scribe Moses Ibn Zabara in 1476 at the commission of Isaac, the son of Don Solomon di Braga of La Coruña in northwestern Spain. The illuminations that illustrate the volume were executed by Joseph ibn Hayyim, almost certainly a kinsman of Abraham ibn Hayyim, who composed a treatise on illumination in the 1460s.
    The manuscript -- a treasure of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England -- is housed in an extremely rare, highly decorated and contemporary morocco box binding. Clarkson will describe aspects of the bible's parchment pages, text and illuminations, and box binding as well as of its conservation problems.
    The event is sponsored by the Princeton University Library. For more information, contact Robert Milevski, preservation librarian, at 258-5591.

Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet

The Brentano String Quartet will present its fourth concert as quartet-in-residence at the University at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.




Randy Weston

Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet

Pianist and composer Randy Weston will bring his Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet to Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The concert is part of the University Concerts Jazz Series.

Hallelujah! service celebrates

The Office of Religious Life is sponsoring a 10th anniversary celebration of the beginning of the Hallelujah! worship community Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11.


Art Museum

"Melencholia I" a 1514 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, is one of the works featured in the exhibit "Great Impressions: The Art of the Print in the Western World" at the Art Museum through March 19.


    Hallelujah! is a student-led service in the African-American church tradition. The celebration will begin with a Gospel Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in McCosh 10. Participants will include the St. James AMEC Mass Choir and Liturgical Dancers from Newark, the Rutgers University Liberated Gospel Choir, the Cathedral Music Ministry and Minister Willie Baron and Promise from Perth Amboy, Mount Pisgah AMEC Combined Choirs from Princeton, the Princeton University Gospel Ensemble, and soloists Kenneth Grayson from the University electrical shop and the Rev. Vernon Byrd, Jr. of Princeton. Admission to the concert is free.
    On Sunday, there will be a worship service at 1 p.m. in Murray-Dodge Hall with guest preacher the Rev. William Gipson, who co-founded the Hallelujah! service with several undergraduates when he was associate dean of religious life at Princeton. Gipson currently is university chaplain and special adviser to the president of the University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan McKeown, Phillippa McKeown and Dwight Davis will accompany the service. It will be followed by a reception.


Peter Bell


Alumnus, CARE president on quest to end poverty

Peter Bell, president of CARE, one of the world's largest private international relief and development organizations, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in McCosh 50.
    A 1964 alumnus of Princeton's Graduate School, Bell will present an address titled "Affirming Dignity and Ending Poverty: The Search for a Better World."
    Bell is a well-known leader in global philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors. He has been president of CARE for the past five years and is credited with expanding the scope of the organization from providing immediate relief to focusing on the root causes of poverty. CARE has become a force in sustainable development and emergency aid, reaching tens of millions of people each year in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
    Bell also has been associated with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, working to improve conditions for the poor and disadvantaged in the United States; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Inter-American Foundation, supporting grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean; the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare during the Carter administration, overseeing the program for Indochinese refugee resettlement; and the Ford Foundation. He earned his master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
    In his speech, Bell will share his gleanings from his more than 35 years of professional experience in public and international affairs. He is expected to assert that the human cost of extreme poverty is morally unacceptable and that the goal of ending poverty is attainable in this century. He will examine the problem of poverty today, share the lessons he has learned from his extensive work in philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors, and, based on those lessons, define the necessary steps for creating a more hopeful future.
    The free talk is part of a year-long series called "Frontiers of Knowledge" that celebrates the centennial of the Graduate School by bringing in distinguished alumni to make presentations. It will be followed by a reception in the Frist Campus Center's Multipurpose Room.

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