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Roan and Burkhalter

Eugene Roan and John Burkhalter

Practitioners of Musick

Eugene Roan, harpsichord, and John Burkhalter, recorders, will present a lecture and performance on ''Beyond the Fanlight: Music in Georgian Dublin'' at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the third floor dance studio at 185 Nassau St. The duo, known as the Practitioners of Musick, is devoted to performing repertoire of the 17th through early 19th centuries. The free program is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies.

Religion and the American founding is topic for circuit judge

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Michael McConnell will deliver the inaugural Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America's Founding Principles at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in 104 Computer Science.

The title of the lecture, sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, is ''Virtue, Republicanism and Disestablishment of Religion at the Founding.''

One of America's most distinguished jurists and legal scholars, McConnell was appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2003. Previously, he argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court, including Mitchell v. Helms, involving aid to religious schools.

In his scholarly work, McConnell specializes in constitutional law and has written on freedom of religion, segregation, unenumerated rights and constitutional theory. He teaches part time as Presidential Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Noted biologist to present views on consumption and human future

A lecture titled ''One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future'' is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Speaking will be Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. He is the author with his wife, Anne Ehrlich, of a 2004 book by the same title, which comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem ''Recessional.'' The poem compares the greatness of the 19th-century British empire to the faded glory of Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire, and warns the imperialists of their precarious position. In their book, the Ehrlichs look at the global problems of overpopulation, overconsumption and political and economic inequity that they say threaten to make the world into a new Nineveh.

Paul Ehrlich has been a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, raising issues of population, resources and the environment as matters of public policy. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given).

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.

Series begins with talk by Felten on digital media

Edward Felten, professor of computer science, will present the first talk in this year's President's Lecture Series when he discusses ''Rip, Mix, Burn, Sue: Technology, Politics and the Fight to Control Digital Media'' at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in 101 Friend Center.

The lecture 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.

Felten, an expert in computer security, will talk about how personal computers and the Internet have affected the use of media such as music and movies, and about the legal, political and policy struggles that have resulted.

Two other lectures are planned for the 2004-05 academic year:

• On Thursday, Dec. 2, Alan Krueger, the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy, will speak. His primary research and teaching interests are labor economics, education, industrial relations and social insurance. He writes a monthly column on economics for The New York Times.

• On a date to be determined during the spring term, Claudia Johnson, the Murray Professor of English Literature, will speak. She specializes in 18th- and early 19th-century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel. She has written extensively about Jane Austen.

The locations and topics of the second and third lectures will be announced soon. All of the lectures will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.

LA Times editor looks at hotspots

Marjorie Miller, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, will discuss ''Media and Conflict: War Reporting in Iraq, Israel and Other Hotspots'' at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The lecture is part of a series, ''Journalists Writing the World,'' moderated by assistant professor of politics and international affairs Gary Bass. The series brings distinguished international journalists to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to share their experiences and analyses of pressing issues of public policy and international affairs.

Miller, foreign editor since 2002, has served as bureau chief in London, Jerusalem, Bonn, Mexico City and San Salvador since joining the Times in the mid-1980s.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp to speak

Twyla Tharp, choreographer of more than 125 dances -- including several Broadway shows and many films -- will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. She will discuss ''How To Tap the Creativity Within Each of Us.''

In 1965, Tharp began the company Twyla Tharp Dance. She has choreographed many works for that troupe as well as others, including the Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company.

On Broadway, her 1985 staging of ''Singin' in the Rain'' played for 367 performances before embarking on an extensive national tour. Her dance musical ''Movin' Out,'' with Billy Joel, premiered on Broadway in 2002 and earned her a Tony Award in 2003.

In film, Tharp has collaborated on ''Hair,'' ''Ragtime,'' ''Amadeus,'' ''White Nights'' and ''I'll Do Anything.'' She has choreographed, directed and produced several television specials, including ''Baryshnikov by Tharp,'' which won two Emmy Awards as well as a Director's Guild of America Award.

Also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Tharp is the author of two books: ''Push Comes to Shove,'' an autobiography; and ''The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life,'' which will be the basis of her talk at Princeton.

As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Tharp joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists that includes Chuck Close, Merce Cunningham, Nadine Gordimer, Don DeLillo, Arthur Miller, Richard Serra and Maurice Sendak, who have come to the University through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

The public is invited to the talk, which is hosted by the Humanities Council and the Program in Theater and Dance.