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Glaude to give keynote address at King event
Eddie Glaude Jr., a new faculty member at Princeton known for his work in African-American religious studies, will be the keynote speaker at the University's annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20.
Glaude, an associate professor of religion and a member of the committee that oversees the Program in African-American Studies, will speak on race relations and King's legacy at the event, which will begin with a concert at 1 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The program will start at 1:30 p.m.
Glaude joined the faculty this year after teaching at Bowdoin College. A graduate of Morehouse College, he earned a master's degree in African-American studies from Temple University and master's and doctoral degrees in religion from Princeton. He recently won the first William Sanders Scarborough Prize awarded by the Modern Language Association of America.
The prize is presented for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture. Glaude won for his book, "Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th-Century Black America" (University of Chicago Press, 2000). The citation for the award calls the book "a rigorously contextualized and theoretically astute examination of African-American uses of the biblical story of Exodus to forge an ethical discourse of national identity in response to the racial retrenchments of the early 19th century."
Glaude also edited "Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism" (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and is the co-editor with Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton, of the forthcoming volume, "African-American Religious Studies: An Anthology."
The King Day tribute will begin with a half-hour concert by the CASYM (Caribbean-American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement) Steel Orchestra, a group of 50 students, ages 6 to 18, from New York that has performed at two previous King Day programs.
The event also will include the presentation of awards to essay and poster contest winners from area schools. Students in grades 7 through 12 were invited to create a script for a 30-second radio spot that could be broadcast on King Day to remind listeners of the purpose and meaning of the day. Fourth- through sixth-graders were invited to create billboards that could be installed along a major road for King Day. This year, 551 students from 20 schools submitted essays, and 570 students from 19 schools submitted posters.
Many of the posters will be displayed during the program. The winning posters and excerpts from the essays will be posted on the University's King Day Web site at http://www.princeton.edu/pr/mlk. The event is being organized by the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs.
Quandt to evaluate Middle East policy
Middle East expert William Quandt will discuss "President Bush's Middle East Policy" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in 302 Frist Campus Center.
Quandt is the Edward Stettinius Professor of Politics and vice provost for international affairs at the University of Virginia. He previously was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he conducted research on the Middle East, American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict and energy policy.
Quandt also served as a staff member on the National Security Council in the 1970s and was involved in the negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. He has written numerous books on the Mideast and American foreign policy concerning the Israeli-Arab conflict.
The lecture is sponsored by the Princeton Middle East Society, the International Center, the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and the Near Eastern studies department and program.
Rare Books and Special Collections
This 1902 book titled "The Discoveries of John Lederer, in Three Several Marches from Virginia, to the West of Carolina and Other Parts of the Continent" is one of the works from the University library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections that is part of the hand bookbindings exhibition on view through April 20. It is an example of skillful gold tooling by Leon Maillard, a finisher at the Club Bindery in New York.
Library exhibition celebrates eight centuries of bookbinding
The craft and art of binding books by hand is vividly chronicled in an exhibition at Firestone Library. "Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious" runs through April 20 in the library's main gallery.
While conventional wisdom states that books cannot be judged by their covers, visitors will have a chance to do just that -- 160 chances, in fact. Items displayed will range from the most humble of volumes to the most luxurious, from monastic manuscripts of the 12th century to special editions of the 20th century.
Curator Scott Husby, the library's rare books conservator, will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.
The exhibition draws on the library's rich collection of rare books to illustrate both the continuity and the evolution of European bookbinding, especially the work of English, German, French and Italian binderies. National differences also are demonstrated, such as England's partiality for calfskin and Italy's widespread use of goatskin.
While many exhibitions focus on the decorative aspects of bookbinding, known as finishing, the Firestone display explores the process of putting books together, known as forwarding. The way books are forwarded and finished reveals a great deal about the value attached to them and the status of their owners, but, as Husby points out, "there are highly decorated bindings that have been forwarded cheaply and sometimes shoddily. And conversely, there are quite plain and simple bindings that have been forwarded with great skill and sophistication."
The juxtaposition of "plain and simple" and "grand and glorious" is one of the hallmarks of this exhibition. "The bindings on books owned by the student or scholar of modest means here take their place alongside bindings intended for the shelves of wealthy patrons and collectors," Husby said.
The goal of this exhibition is to educate visitors in the techniques of bookbinding: from the skillful use of thread and board to bind a volume's leaves together; to the remarkable variety of decorative tooling that bookbinders have employed across the centuries, including flowers, animals and Biblical and mythological figures.
Another lesson of the exhibition is the enduring character of hand bookbinding, which dates from the first century of the Christian era and flourished until the rise of mechanical bookbinding in the 19th century. According to Husby, "A monk from the Middle Ages who bound books coming out of the scriptorium could walk into a hand bindery today, see familiar tools and equipment, and know how to set about using them to assemble a book." In an age of mass production, this exhibition is a powerful reminder of the strength and beauty of human handiwork, both now and in the past.
Husby also will offer a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6. "Hand Bookbindings" is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Library acquires rare Nietzsche books
The University Library recently acquired one of the finest collections of Friedrich Nietzsche's works available in the world today, including first editions of all his books.
Nietzsche (1844-1900) is widely regarded as one of the most revolutionary philosophical thinkers. This valuable addition is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funds are a portion of the foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award given in 2001 to Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature at Princeton.
Nietzsche was a precocious genius who started composing music in his teens and had an intense and problematic relationship personally and ideologically with the German composer Richard Wagner. He also started teaching at the University of Basel at the early age of 24. His ideas and methods molded modernist thinking about religion, morality and reason itself. Not appreciated during his lifetime, Nietzsche gradually became one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and his significance continues.
"This remarkable collection is the most complete set of first editions of Nietzsche's works outside the Nietzsche Archive in Weimar," Nehamas said. "Copies of many of these books are very rare because, since Nietzsche's reputation was not established until after his death, they were published in very small numbers and remained unsold and uncollected.
"Their text often differs from the reconstructed text of the standard edition scholars and philosophers are now using; these differences will be of great importance to historians of German letters and German philosophy, and the collection, especially if we eventually complete it, will draw them to Princeton," he said. "I am grateful to the library, to the University and, most of all, to the Mellon Foundation for making it possible to keep these marvelous books together and preserve them for the future."
Professor Stanley Corngold of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures added: "This incomparable collection will contribute enormously to a more nuanced, more apt apprehension of the author and his work, and of the bond between the author and his work, for these are the books of himself that Nietzsche could have held in his own hands."
The books are currently being cataloged and soon should be available for scholarly use.
The Flaming Idiots at McCarter Theatre
The Flaming Idiots, a three-man band that juggles everything from bowling pins to beanbag chairs, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in McCarter Theatre. The group prides itself in its wacky routines and witty banter. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit http://www.mccarter.org.