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scene from last of the Boys

Joseph Siravo (left) and Tom Wopat

McCarter Threatre

Joseph Siravo (left) and Tom Wopat star in ''Last of the Boys,'' a world premiere by Steven Dietz. Directed by Emily Mann, the production is being staged at the Berlind Theatre through Oct. 17.

For tickets and more information, call 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.

Post editor kicks off lecture series

Philip Bennett, assistant managing editor for foreign news at The Washington Post, will present the first in a series of discussions this year titled ''Journalists Writing the World'' on Monday, Sept. 20.

Bennett, who directs the work of more than two dozen foreign correspondents based in the paper's 20 bureaus around the world, will speak on ''The Press at War: A View From Behind the Lines'' at 4:30 p.m. in 16 Robertson Hall.

Throughout the year, distinguished international journalists will come to campus to share their experiences and analyses of pressing issues of public policy and international affairs. The sessions will be moderated by Gary Bass, assistant professor of politics and international affairs.

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

Time editor to speak on balancing election coverage

Jim Kelly, a 1976 Princeton graduate and the managing editor of Time magazine, will speak on ''Covering Politics in the World of Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh'' at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.

Kelly's presentation, which is open to the University community, will focus on the media's challenge of fairly and accurately covering presidential elections in today's society. He will discuss striking a balance amidst extreme opinions.

The event is the first in the fall/winter speakers program sponsored by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the nation's oldest political, literary and debate society.

University League Nursery School plans open house

The University League Nursery School will host an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the school located at 171 Broadmead in Princeton. All interested families are invited to attend.

The school provides a variety of programs for preschoolers on a cooperative basis. Its offerings include two-, three- and five-day morning nursery school for children ages 2 1/2 to 4, as well as extended noncooperative care for children ages 3 and 4.

Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the school currently is accepting applications for fall 2005. For more information, call Cindy Williams, director, at 924-3137.

Pig Iron performs new work

Princeton's Theater and Dance Program will present Pig Iron Theatre Company's new work, ''Hell Meets Henry Halfway,'' at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23-25, in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St.

The show is a collaboration with playwright Adriano Shaplin and is loosely based on Polish author Witold Gombrowicz's gothic adventure, ''Possessed.'' Premiered at the recent Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the piece was commissioned by the Gombrowicz Centennial in Lublin, Poland.

After its performances in Princeton, the production will travel to the Kaunas Dance Festival in Lithuania, the Gombrowicz Centennial in Lublin, the Teatr Rometosci in Warsaw and the Ohio Theater in New York as part of the Polish Cultural Institute's Gombrowicz Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Poland's notoriously absurdist novelist and playwright.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. The group has regularly visited Princeton's campus to present shows and lead classes.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and are available through University Ticketing at 258-1742 or at <www.princeton.edu/utickets>.

Prize-winning writers to read

Poet Henri Cole and novelist and playwright Edna O'Brien will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Cole's volumes of poetry include ''Middle Earth,'' ''The Visible Man,'' ''The Look of Things,'' ''The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge'' and ''The Marble Queen.'' He has been awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin and the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

O'Brien is the author of 18 works of fiction, including ''Down by the River,'' ''House of Splendid Isolation,'' ''Time and Tide'' and ''Lantern Slides,'' which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction.

The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.

Middle East expert to discuss prospects for democracy in Iraq

Middle East expert Phebe Marr will present a lecture titled ''Iraq: Prospects for Democracy, Peace and Stability'' at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.

A leading specialist on Iraq, Marr has lived and worked in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. She has served as a consultant to ABC News and is a former senior fellow at the National Defense University. She also has been a fellow of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute.

Marr is the author of the book, ''The Modern History of Iraq.'' Her lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Relief official to focus on situation in Darfur, Sudan

Sudan: The Crisis in Darfur'' is the title of a lecture to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in 16 Robertson Hall. Emily Fries, a management support specialist in the Children in Emergencies and Crisis Unit of the non-governmental organization Save the Children, will speak.

While on assignment in March and April of 2004, she served as a member of the agency's emergency response team in West Darfur, Sudan, conducting a rapid needs assessment, establishing an office in West Darfur and initiating relief programs.

In June, she testified before the U.S. Congress' Human Rights Caucus about the situation in Darfur. From the agency's headquarters in Westport, Conn., Fries now serves as the point person for Save the Children's response in West Darfur.

During a previous temporary assignment in May and June of 2003, she played a key role in establishing Save the Children's presence in southern Iraq, including opening an office in Basra, hiring national staff and starting a landmine education program for Iraqi children.

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

Lecture planned on 'Overcoming Apartheid'

A lecture on ''Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?'' is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

James Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss his research on the effectiveness of the South African truth and reconciliation process.

Considered by many to be the pre-eminent exemplar of a transitional justice mechanism, the process in South Africa has never before been systematically evaluated. Gibson's research shows that truth can aid reconciliation, and he identifies several crucial characteristics that contribute to the success of such efforts to come to terms with the past.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Politics, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Public Law Colloquium.

photo: Big Figures

''Big Figures,'' by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Art Museum ''Big Figures''

Twenty large sculptures by internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz were installed this summer on the plaza at the entrance to McCormick Hall.

The cast bronze sculptures, titled ''Big Figures,'' are about nine feet tall and weigh some 600 pounds each. On loan to Princeton by an anonymous donor, they will be on view on the plaza in front of the University Art Museum for an extended period.

One of the most powerful contemporary sculptors, Abakanowicz was born in 1930 in Falenty, Poland, and lives in Warsaw. Her work is found in collections around the world.

Abakanowicz says of her figures, ''It happened to me to live in times which were extraordinary by their various forms of collective hate and adulation. Marchers and parades worshipped leaders, great and good, who turned out to be mass murderers. I was obsessed by the image of the crowd, manipulated like a brainless organism and acting like a brainless organism. I began to cast human bodies in burlap to finish in bronze, headless and shell-like. They constitute a sign of lasting anxiety.''

The artist will discuss her work in a talk, ''The Fisher Series Presents: A Conversation with Magdalena Abakanowicz,'' sponsored by the art museum at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in McCosh 10.

Tickets to events offered online

University Ticketing, a department of University Services, is now offering tickets online for a variety of campus events.

The department provides support for ticket services for various events and performances sponsored by: athletics, Berlind Theatre, concert office, Frist Campus Center, Program in Theater and Dance, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall and Theatre Intime/Performing Arts Council. These departments have collaborated to ensure that the University Ticketing Web site meets the needs of its patrons.

Patrons who are interested in attending ticketed campus events may purchase their tickets via the Web at <www.princeton.edu/utickets>. Depending on the date of purchase and the event, tickets will either be mailed to them or placed at ''will call'' to be picked up before the event.

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted when ordering tickets online, as well as cash and checks when purchased in person. For ticket office locations, hours of operation, phone numbers or additional information, visit University Ticketing on the Web at <www.princeton.edu/utickets> or e-mail <utickets@princeton.edu>.